Good Questions: Can I Dye This Chair?

Good Questions: Can I Dye This Chair?

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 8, 2006

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.

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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?

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