Good Questions: Can I Dye This Chair?

Pin it button big

Hello AT,

I just bought a chair off Craigslist. In the original picture (attached) it appeared a light orange color. When I got it home it turned out to be more brown, 70s paneling color.

I fell in love with the chair's wingback shape so I don't want to sell it, and I can't afford to reupholster the chair. Is there a way I can change the color of the piece? I figured dying would have the problem of transfer, is that true? I've also thought of bleaching. Do you know of any other possibilities? Know any furniture design students who would reupholster it for cheap?

Thanks, Sara A.

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.)
Link To All Good Questions

Dear Sara,

We've never heard of anyone dyeing a chair while in situ, but we don't think it would be a good idea. You really want that color to be colorfast and you're probably not even dealing with fabric that will take dye that well - if it's poly.

We're stumped. The best thing is to reupholster OR you could strip the upholstery off down to the white liner and work from there. Either way, The Furniture Joint can help you. They upholster and also teach classes to DIY'ers.

Anyone else?

You might also like

Recommended by The Kitchn

Categories

Good Questions

Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

32 Comments