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Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

November 20, 2017

Project Description

Chevron patterns are still so on trend and this tray by Walnut Hollow doesn't disappoint! We added some holiday character with some Cherry Red dye and gold metallic paint.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Walnut Hollow Chevron Tray

  •    DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Paint: Splendid Gold

  •    1” Foam Brushes

  •    Sand Paper #220

  •    Tack Cloth

  •    Clear Polyurethane

  •    Painter’s Tape

  •   artist brushes

  •   glass bowl small

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.

  2. Sand wood lightly, if necessary. Wipe clean with a tack cloth.

  3. Tape edge of tray with painter’s tape to prevent dye from accidentally dripping on this area.

  4. Dye Preparation: Shake dye bottles before pouring.Wear latex gloves when mixing the dyes. To create light and dark shade variations for the chevrons, prepare two dyebaths. For the lightshade, mix together 1 cup very hot water with 1 ½ teaspoons Cherry Red dye and ¼ teaspoon Cocoa Brown dye. For the dark shade, mix together 2 cups very hot water with ½ cup Cherry Red dye. Stir well.

  5. Test dye colors on back side of wood tray. If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water. Dye will appear lighter when dry.

  6. Plan placement of light and dark shade color variations and gold paint. This tray was dye-stained in sets of light and dark colors, with a gold-painted slat between each set. Tip: Mark color rotations with painter’s tape.

  7. Use a narrow foam brush to apply dye to wood. Dab brush on paper towels to absorb excess dye before applying to wood. An artist brush can be used to dye-stain near the sides of the tray, which will remain natural. Tip: Narrow strips of folded paper towels can be placed between the slats to help prevent drips. Back side of tray can remain natural. Tip: Keep dye hot during the wood staining process for better dye absorption. If dye cools down, reheat dye in the microwave for one minute. Tip: Dyes can be stored in jelly jars, then heated and reused several times.

  8. After wood dries, brush gold paint on remaining slats as planned. If dye colors are too light, a second coat of dye can be applied. Remove painter’s tape.

  9. Let tray dry completely.

  10. To seal dye-stained wood, apply a coat of clear polyurethane using a new foam brush. Let dry. If a second coat of polyurethane is needed, rub wood lightly with fine sandpaper. Remove dust with a tack cloth before applying polyurethane.




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