DIY Dyed Rug

In response to our recent post about Alexandra Wentworth's dyed rug profiled in Elle Decor, the mother of an Apartment Therapy reader was kind enough to send in her own step by step DIY version for us ...

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My daughter forwarded this post (referring to the Alexandra Wentworth rug) to me because this spring I had dyed a small rug to cover some stains. It is a wool Karastan, good quality and soft to the feet, so I didn't want to lose it in my home office area. I had a packet of rit dye that I bought years ago but never used in a blue jean color, but added another packet to make the color deeper. I took the rug outside, laid it on an old shower curtain, dissolved the dye and put it into an empty windex container. Then I sprayed the dye all over the rug until the color was fairly even. I let it dry but noticed that it felt like it was coated and stiff. The next day I took the garden hose and totally sprayed the rug, washing out some of the color. The resulting color looks to me like faded blue jeans and it restored the soft feeling of the wool. I like how it looks now, much better than before, with stains that would not come out even with professional cleaning. I think you could use just about any color on an off white rug. It was simple and cheap.

Thanks Suzanne! We commend you for saving a soiled, but perfectly good rug from heading to the trash, giving it a new life. Bravo!

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