DIY Spray Dye Upholstery
How to get this look!
If you happen to have a little green machine, a little cleaning machine,
that is perfect for this or one of the pet mess clean up little wet vacs that
is great. Second to that if you have a wet vac, a
shop vac that is a wet vac in your garage, that will work awesome for
furniture. Just make sure it's a wet/dry vac just not a dry vac. So if you're
using the wet vac, spray on your cleaner. I use carpet cleaner. Scrub it in
with your scrub brush and then really if you're doing this, the more moisture you
can get in there, this is just plain water at this point, the more moisture
you can get in the more stuff you can remove. You don't want to over saturate
it but if you can get a good amount of moisture in there you can see I think
how this kind of fluffs this upholstery up. It will just look better the more
dirt you can get out of it. If you don't have a wet vac or a little green
machine, do the carpet cleaner, then the water, take your scrub brush and scrub.
Now the important thing to this is to get up all of the moisture that you can.
When you get up the moisture that is what is gonna get the dirt up out of
here. So don't just spray it in there and let it soak in, spray it in there and
clean it. if I was doing this by hand I would come back over this several
times because the more you do, the more stuff you're going to get out of there
and that is just gonna make for better dye job on this fabric. It
will make it so it's not blotched up. it will make it softer you will just get a
lot better result and who wouldn't want their chair clean. So I'm gonna do this
whole chair like this and then I'm gonna come back and show you the next step.
To dye the fabric you're going to need some fabric dye. I'm using Tulip Color Shot
which I got from Hobby Lobby. You can also get it from Michael's, order online
and it's available in a lot of other crafts type stores. My tip is that
Michaels and Hobby Lobby always have a 40% off one item coupon so I paid six
dollars for this and pretty much whenever I go by one of their stores, I
buy something that I will need with their 40% off coupons and I save a lot of
money. So you need the fabric paint I'm using "Grape" color, you will need a scrub brush and
some disposable gloves would be best but you don't have to and you need a rag. So let's
get to dyeing this fabric. This is a project best done outside.
It is best if you wear clothes that you do not care about because the likelihood of this
spraying somewhere you don't want it to spray it's pretty high. So put a drop
cloth on the ground as to not to pollute the earth and have your scrub brush and your rag
ready. Your gloves, if you can get these this is really the best way to go so. These
crevices here, I'm going to spray in the crevices
otherwise it won't get in there if you don't separate the fabric. This is why I
I have gloves on. I got two cans of this dye and will probably use them both sometimes you only need one
but buy two and then you can return it if you don't use it. I'm gonna stay away
from the wood as much as possible but if I get dye over there just wipe it off
it will actually be a cool look you're distressing chalk paint later you will have
those purple tones under there. You want to put on a light coat you do not want
to saturate this with any coat. If you put on a bunch of paint or dye it will
only make your fabrics stiff later.
First I'm going to get the excess off the wood because I don't want build up on
the wood. It will make it harder to make the chalk paint look good later and you
will probably see lumps of fabric dye under the chalk paint later or the paint
if you don't wipe it off. So now that I've got that wiped off while the dye is
wet just after you dye it take your scrub brush and go over everything.
The reason you do this is because it distributes the dye evenly and it
softens the fabric up later. You will have softer fabric and you will have
instead of a flat look it will be textured just like the velvet is that
you are dyeing.
So that is the first coat on that part this chair is damp from cleaning not wet,
just damp. (rain drops fall) I have some drops of water dropping from the tree because I
just can't wait to dye fabric.
There's the first coat. I will probably wait wait 24 hours to come back and put
the second coat on here because it's humid and raining you really want it to
dry completely between coats it will give you a better end result. It would
just be better that way so I'm going to finish dyeing the arms and the back of
the chair and then in 24 hours we will be back to put another coat on.
Alright it's been 24 hours and this is dry. Now that it is dry we're going to get it wet
again. First thing is take your brush and again, rough up all this upholstery. We do
this at every turn because this is what keeps it smooth later and it keeps it
from just piling up with dye. We want the velvet texture so spend a couple minutes
doing this. After you have gone over all your upholstery with the scrub brush use
a water bottle and spray all the upholstery until it's just damp. Okay I
sprayed all that down and if you have gloves, work that water in there.
It really does help distribute the paint evenly.
I will never stop saying " spray paint" instead of "dye'. I will confuse and interchange them until the
end of time. This is fabric DYE. So do your second coat just like your first.
So that is coat number two. We did the same thing. We put the dye on and we
took the scrub brush and went over all of it and wiped everything we could off the
wood. This is gonna need a third coat as most of them do. Don't try to do it in one coat,
just don't try to do it heavy and get it over with
you will not get a good result in the end you will have just piles of flat nap
on your furniture if you try to do it quickly. So it is warm outside today so
I'm only gonna wait a few hours to come back and put the final coat on this so I
will be back for the final coat of dye. Last coat of dye, I am NOT going to wet down the upholstery.
I'm just going to protect the wood that I have painted and touch up where it
This is my final result on the upholstery for this chair. I made a
separate video on how to do the sterling silver finish on this wood and there's a
link to it at the end of this video. You can also find it on my channel. The very
last thing I will do but it will be probably in five to seven days, I will
put a coat of Scotch Guard on here just old time Scotchguard that you use for
fabric it will protect the color and make sure this dye does not rub off. It won't rub off now it probably
won't rub off later but I still Scotchguard all of the fabric that I
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