More Ombre?

I stumbled upon this apartment therapy post about how to DIY ombre curtains.



Wouldn't they be a nice way to introduce some color in here?

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I'm a bit scared to try it. Has anyone DIY'd with dye? What were your experiences.

36 comments:

  1. Pnsy38:03 AM

    I haven't dyed in ages, but
    you need to check out this post:
    http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/06/a-four-color-process/
     

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  2. Sally Fienup8:37 AM

    Yea! I was just going to post (like Pnsy3) that YHL just posted about dye-jobs.

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  3. Ooh yes! A nice ocean-y blue, perhaps?

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  4. I hope that you do it!!! I would love to see it.

    Maybe in the colors of the ombre Armour that you posted. 

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  5. I used it to freshen up many a dingy white ikea slipcover.  Only thing that's bugged me with dye is that I've never managed to get a nice, rich, espresso brown...usually just end up with medium brown.

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  6. I was just about to say, go check out YHL! I think ombre would be hard, but probably sooo worth it!

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  7. the Sugar Plum Princess9:53 AM

    Oh definitely do it!  It's not hard at all.  I have never done it in the washing machine but I have in my stainless kitchen sink and had a great time.  Check out www.ritdye.com and they even have tut's for ombre.  Post some pics when you're done!

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  8. Newburgh Restoration10:04 AM

    Young House Love just posted about this yesterday. Check it out. 

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  9. ErinOneProjectataTime10:30 AM

    I actually just took on a little dye project that went very bad before it went great.  http://oneprojectatatime.blogspot.com/2011/05/59-curl-up-and-dye.html  It was totally worth it though, and now that I have a little more practice I would definitely do it again!  

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  10. Lori at www.wom-mom.com10:56 AM

    I personally have not tried it, but my wom-mom co-author did with a thrift store dress and it worked GREAT!  GO FOR IT!

    Lori
    www.wom-mom.com

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  11. Kim @ Yellow Brick Home11:23 AM

     I recently helped a friend with her curtains - the second dye job I've done in my life, ever. And the first time was a pair of pjs!:

    http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2011/03/29/how-not-to-dye-curtains/

    We didn't do well with all of our very highly calculated math (ha!), but in the end she liked it, so that's all that matters. I do think ombre curtains would be very pretty in that room!

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  12. Yah, no.  I think I'm going to wait to see how you do with this before I venture out and try it myself.  Good luck!

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  13. You've seen these curtains from Anthro, yes?

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=083293&catId=HOME-CURTAINS&pushId=HOME-CURTAINS&popId=HOME&navAction=top&navCount=24&color=046&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isBigImage=true&templateType=templateC

     They are KILLING me with fabulousness. And also, price.

    I say go for it!

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  14. Alandval201111:58 AM

    I really like the clean fresh look your room already has.  I wouldn't dye them. :-/

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  15. ramblingrenovators12:07 PM

    I dyed my wedding dress crinoline for "something blue" and if that wasn't scary, I don't know what is! It was easy. I did the laundry machine method too (you can also do it in a bathtub). The dye went on easily and evenly, though it was a bit lighter than what the box of Rit-dye showed.

    I think ombre curtains would look great in that room!

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  16. I'm a chicken when it comes to dyed dyi. I'd buy a new comforter instead to add color.

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  17. maison2112:27 PM

    do it! just make sure you hem your curtains to break 1/4" ABOVE your carpet as my experience with RIT is that it isn't so colorfast (i did pillows, and while they looked good, they left marks on my sofa).

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  18. Wouldn't it be cool to do a pretty real robins egg blue at the top and do the omber effect to a nice charcoal at the bottom. Dye usually works so long as the fabric is the same. For instance, coloring silk and cotton and poly-blend would all result in a different saturation.

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  19. Kristi2:38 PM

    I second/third/fourth the http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/06/a-four-color-process/ They have not led me astray yet.

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  20. Ms_Bright3:18 PM

    would be very cool...mimic the canvas over the bed...if it's staying!

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  21. christina7:58 PM

    I dyed my crinoline for my wedding using RIT dye and it was the simplest thing ever.  I think curtains would be even easier (since they aren't big and poofy).  Make sure you pre-soak the curtains before adding them to the dye mixture in the washer--it helps keep the color even.

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  22. MrsLimestone8:44 PM

    That gives me hope.  Thanks for sharing!

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  23. MrsLimestone8:45 PM

    Im going to mimic the style but Im kind of meh on the painting. I did it myself and it just didnt turn out the way I hoped. (But it was better than nothing so I hung it anyway)

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  24. MrsLimestone8:45 PM

    YHL is always awesome.

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  25. MrsLimestone8:45 PM

    Great point.  I think Ill try the gray at the bottom.  Didn't even think of that.

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  26. MrsLimestone8:46 PM

    Good to know.  I don't have carpet so it won't be a problem but kind of a bummer  its not colorfast.

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  27. MrsLimestone8:46 PM

    Im definitely getting a new comforter.  Im just holding off until I figure out the rest of this space.

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  28. MrsLimestone8:47 PM

    Thanks.  Did it stain your bathtub at all.  Mr. L is not too pleased with the idea of me using dye on anything valuable.

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  29. MrsLimestone8:47 PM

    Thanks for the feedback Alandva.  I see what you mean but it feels kind of blah in here. 

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  30. MrsLimestone8:48 PM

    Thanks.  I didnt even think to check out the RitDye.com site.  Great tutorial over there.  Let's see if it really works :)

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  31. Great idea, I did see the slipcovers over at YHL. looks like a nice simple way to brighten things up. I would choose something lighter -that way you can re-do in a darker shade if you need to...once you go dark I cant imagine being able to alter them further

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  32. ramblingrenovators9:22 AM

    I used the washing machine but no, it didn't stain it. I ran an empty cycle with bleach though just to be sure.

    One thing I forgot to mention... to make sure the dye distributes evenly, mix the material around in the water soak every few minutes. I basically followed the directions on the rit-dye website and it worked well.

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  33. Freestyle Motherhood3:12 AM

    I haven't tried it but I'm buying cheap IKEA curtains to try it out.  I keep seeing it, and I can't resist any longer!

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  34. Ghpkmp10:58 AM

    Have you read this post over at Trouvais?  I'm going to try the dyes she uses, rather than Rit.  http://trouvais.com/2011/05/10/mouses-back/

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  35. the Sugar Plum Princess7:12 PM

    Oh definitely do it!  It's not hard at all.  I have never done it in the washing machine but I have in my stainless kitchen sink and had a great time.  Check out www.ritdye.com and they even have tut's for ombre.  Post some pics when you're done!

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  36. Ghpkmp7:12 PM

    Have you read this post over at Trouvais?  I'm going to try the dyes she uses, rather than Rit.  http://trouvais.com/2011/05/10/mouses-back/

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