As soon as we realized we could fit an actual dining room table in our new apartment, I was jumping with joy. Literally. We have been eating at counter tops, tiny tables, and TV trays for the last three years. It was about time we upgraded to an adult sized dining room table. With the addition of a new table, we needed new chairs. Four of them to be exact. Which meant more money of course. Chairs at West Elm (pictured at right) were running about $150+ a pop so we went looking at our favorite money saving spot, IKEA, and settled on these beauties on the left for $60.
Yeah, not a whole lot to spin circles for so we decided to make them a sunny yellow by using iDye Bright Yellow for Natural Fabrics and following the directions for the front-loading washer.
1. Fill a large bowl with 2 cups hot-as-possible sink water and the dye tablet. Stir until completely dissolved.
5. Wet two chair covers with water and place into the washing machine.
7. After the cycle is fully completed, add a small bit of mild detergent (do not use Tide, it leaves blue spots) and wash on cold normal.
AND THE RESULTS:
Are you thinking highlighter yellow? That’s what we thought too. So we tried again using iDye Gold Ochre. You can see the difference between the two below with Gold Ochre on the left and Bright Yellow on the right. Much better.
The total chair investment was $75 a chair for a grand total of $300 opposed to the $150 a chair at West Elm for $600. 50% Savings Baby! I LOVE the price and how they turned out. iDYED for them when they turned out (haha get it..iDye..I died)! They seriously brighten up the room and add pops of color to our otherwise grey and white color palette. Now maybe we will change them to a more festive Christmas color… 🙂