So…you learn a lot when you live on a farm. Not the least of which is that cream colored rugs have no business being anywhere in your life. Not with two horses and a dog. And mud. And hay. And dirty boots.
I was in love with this vintage rug that I got in Turkey…It was just the right amount of faded and vintage blue. For about 2 months. Then it slowly turned a brownish grey with dirt stains. And then it was pretty much done. I folded it up and replaced it with something more practical.
However, I really wanted to salvage this rug…as I loved the pattern and the size…it was over 11′ long. So I decided to try to “overdye” it.
This was right up there with my penny wall idea…as far as hassle, time and just general messy-ness…so once again my husband gets the saint of the year award.
Of course I decided to dye it pink. And not just any old pink…screaming bright, knock your socks off fuchsia pink.
We got the supplies from Dharma Trading which sells acid dye…among a lot of other cool things. The only problem was we needed something big enough to dye this mammoth rug in…So I traipsed off to Target and bought a kiddie pool.
The other trick was that the water for the dye had to be hot…so we boiled pots of water, carried hot water buckets out and used the horses water heater to try to keep it warm enough. About 20 gallons of hot enough. I had my doubts that it would remain hot enough for the dye to activate…but it seemed to have worked…
The rug came out awesome…even if we were both covered in pink dye at the end. It was all worth it.
And of course Helper Horse Libby had to come over to investigate and give it a little taste….and then took off running.
We are going to use it for our tradeshow booth in Atlanta! And then it may make its way into my studio in between shows.
I love it that much!