By Amanda Zimmer
May 29, 2017
I bought this mid-century green velvet headboard for $50 off of Craigslist. It was exactly what I was looking for, except for the hideous hue that haunted my bedroom since I bought this beast. I had no interest in re-covering it as I don't have the time, skill, or patience. I thought of painting this thing, but did not want to lose the softness of the velvet - and the DIY tutorials seem too good to be true, and also appeared to take WAY too long for my liking to even get a fraction of the softness I wanted to maintain. Then I realized that I could DYE this! I was certain it wasn't synthetic velvet, so I was able to use regular RIT dye, but had one hell of a time deciding on a colour. I aimed for a blueish-green, but would have been happy with a range of shades in the blue or green family. I did a ton of research on colour wheels and how best to attain certain colours, so I finally bit the bullet and went for it! It turned out to be a navy-purplish hue, which I was very happy with! Anything but that candy apple green!
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4 gallon pot
Step By Step
First, I setup a large tarp in my front yard where I had full sun for most of the day to help with drying time. I propped the headboard up on a few bricks so that I would be able to get to the sides and top much easier, and made sure I had my rubber gloves, an old towel and a bucket of water in case of any spills, and my paintbrush ready to go.
I did a ratio of 1 capful of dye to 1 cup of water. In total I used 16 cups of water and 16 capfuls of dye which I heated up on the stove in a stainless steel stockpot, and this was exactly enough for me to do this project. I did a test spot in an inconspicuous place and at first was scared by how dark it was - then I rinsed it a little bit and it turned out to be the exact colour I was hoping for!
Then I went ahead and brought the stockpot of dye outside with me. I dipped the paintbrush in the dye batch, and applied liberally all over the clean and dry headboard, massaging with gloved hands, into all the tufted crevices so that I got every stitch of fabric saturated with dye.
I went back after a couple hours to do a few touchup spots, and was pleased with the results. I then used a spray bottle and liberally saturated the entire headboard with white vinegar to set the dye.
I left the headboard out on our covered porch for another day to make sure it was fully dried and absorbed all the vinegar, and then applied a few coats of scotch guard to ensure there is no colour transfer onto the bedsheets or pillows.