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« on: January 11, 2006 02:04:18 PM »

Ok, so my beau has these really plain bamboo-like blinds we picked up from ikea for reaaal cheap. After having them up for awhile, we were thinking about dyeing them a different color, like a dark blue. I've dyed before but always clothes, never wood. I'd rather not paint them, I was hoping there would be a way to dye them in the tub or something. My other question to go along with this is because this is a new apt, we don't wanna ruin the tub and the blinds are too wide to use a bucket or anything else... is there a way to dye using like saran wrap around the tub or something in hopes of it not staining the tub? Thanx guys!

ps, the effect caused by dyeing them is a good side effect for us, so we aren't trying to make them a uniform blue, just interested in the dyeing effect on the blinds.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2006 11:09:19 AM »

I've used a commercial cold-water dye (Dylon, to be exact) for stuff like this before. It works well and there are instructions for wood/baskets and such that are a little different (and less complicated) than when using it on cloth/yarn.  Their directions recommend painting the stuff on once it's mixed...so if you're into that, you don't need to worry about tub stainage...but do make sure you don't drip the stuff anywhere important, like the carpet. I've also done the soak method for small baskets and it works fine, I don't remember my whit plastic bucket staining at all, but it's plastic & your tub is probably diffrent. Anyway, just make sure the blinds are free of wax/varnish (and if that's how you got them you can probably safely skip the sanding bit..I have with no ill effects
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2006 10:09:27 AM »

Thanks so much, thats perfect. Hopefully these blinds don't have any finish on them, and being from Ikea I think it's safe to bet that they don't,  and I can get to staining!
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2007 11:37:41 AM »

hey i know this is an OLLLDDD post but in an attempt not to clog up the works with another question post topic i'd thought i'd try here first. okay, my boyfriend is making me some wooden bangles for christmas on his lathe, i want them to be colored, but not painted. i'm pretty sure RIT dye will by okay for this, yeah?
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2007 07:59:23 PM »

they make wood stains in colors that won't hide the grain of the wood. They're usually brush-on-wipe-off.
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