MMM {home} A whole new look

In the past my craft expertise has been limited. I’m a bit of a bodge-it merchant – I’m impatient, really bad at reading instructions and don’t give things time to dry properly.

Which is why my latest home exploits have really surprised me – as I’m actually *happy* with the results.

We’ve just turned the spare room into Charlie’s bedroom, so lost the double bed and bedding for it. But I didn’t want to get rid of one particular throw – it’s only a cheapish one, but it looked pretty and I was pretty sure I could dye it and re-use it in Lila’s new room.

The throw before two boxes of dye attacked it.
The throw before two boxes of dye attacked it.

This is what I went for – Flamingo Pink by Dylon. Two boxes, plus 500g salt.

Two x Flamingo Pink Dylon + 500g salt
Two x Flamingo Pink Dylon + 500g salt

Chuck it all in the washing machine on a 40-degree cycle and hopefully, Bob’s your uncle.

In the meantime, the gorgeous duck-egg blue ‘Oliver’ bed I’d ordered back in June from Feather & Black was suddenly delayed and they wouldn’t be able to get it out to me for another eight weeks. So I compromised and they sent me the off-white shade. No worries, I thought – I’ll spray it. And with all the lovely iron beds on my Pinterest boards as inspiration, how hard could it be?

Answer: Very. It was single-handedly the most stressful thing I have ever done – and I’ve given birth twice.

I used five cans of this, Rust-Oleum Pure Aqua Mode spray paint (top tip, it’s much cheaper on Amazon, but I ran out halfway through the spraying and had to make an emergency dash to Homebase, all the while praying they had enough in stock).

Rust-Oleum Pure Aqua Mode Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Pure Aqua Mode Spray Paint

Anyway, if you don’t look too closely and whizz by on a very fast bicycle, you don’t notice the patches of white appearing through or the globules of dripping spray where I got a bit trigger happy. Plus, it all adds to the vintage charm, right? My fingers have just about recovered.

And THIS is the result of both my crafty endeavours. (Just please don’t ask me to do any more DIY for a while.)

Lila's newly sprayed bed and dyed bedspread
Lila’s newly sprayed bed and dyed bedspread
Lila's room
Lila’s room
  • Comments ( 10 )

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    Sophie mars

    Gorgeous. Love the bed, the colour looks great! Well done! X

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks Sophie! I won’t be doing it again in a hurry though! X

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    My Midlife Fashion

    What a fantastic idea & I love the colour of the bedspread. I’ve often wondered about home dyeing but have always worried that they would either dye the inside of the washing machine as well or leave excess to dye the next load of washing! Presumably neither of these things happened for you?!!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

    • avatar
      Erica

      Hi Jane! No it was really simple – and definitely didn’t dye inside of machine! It’s a great way to give things a bit of a refresh! Go on try it! X

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    Caroline

    Lovely! Well done that girl! X

    • avatar
      Erica

      Ha! Thanks love!! Never again!!

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    Juliet

    Hi Erica,

    The room looks great, similar to a look I’m creating for my 5 year old daughter Alice.. I was just wondering where the picture is from? Is it an etsy find and if so what is the name of the shop?

    Thankyou for your blog. I love it,

    Juliet

    • avatar
      Erica

      Hi Juliet, thank you so much for your lovely words! I bought the Pop picture a couple of years ago from a company called Dandy Star and they sadly seem to have discontinued the prints now. But they do have wall stickers http://dandystar.com/collections/wall-stickers. I hope that helps!

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    Sue

    Oh well done you and bravo for all your efforts. The spraying of the bed is one I wouldn’t have taken on lightly but I have tried a little washing machine dyeing before with not entirely successful results. The thing that caught me out? Polyester thread which stayed white despite the rest of my garments turning out a beautiful berry hue.

    But the hard work certainly looks like it paid off! It looks fab!

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks Sue! Well funnily enough the polyester thread has stayed white on this throw too, but I quite like the effect!! I won’t be spraying another bed any time soon though! X

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