So back when I first began my #Adult journey and moved into my first apartment BY MYSELF, I did a very Adult thing and bought myself a couch. Granted, it’s from Ikea but it was a big deal at the time okay?! My apartment aesthic was what I fondly called “Pinterest- inspired mermaid grotto” and was very light and beach-y. As such, I bought a white couch. I’m sure you’re thinking I’m clearly a crazy person because who the hell thinks they can keep a white couch clean but I was like, hey. I’m an adult. A kid-less, pet-less adult. It looks perfect in the space and I love it.
So I bought a white Ektorp couch with the chaise lounge.
It was so cute.
Then, about five months after I moved in, I did the really smart thing and adopted a black mutt furball. ( #adoptdontshop ! ) Whom I also LOVE. He is SO CUTE.
He also ruined my lovely white couch.
To add insult to injury, about a year and half later I moved into a house with two roommates. One of those roommates also has a black mutt furball. Double whammy of couch destruction. It was beyond all hope. I’d taken to constantly covering it with blankets because it would just look terrible 10 minutes after washing it, but naturally the lovely pups like to do that weird pre-sleeping digging thing and would move the blankets all around.
Something had to be done. I’d been looking into buying a new slipcover for the couch for a while, but they start at $200 from Ikea, and being that the couch is so unique (with the chaise) I couldn’t just use a generic cover. I was getting desperate and also I’m poor. Okay, I know $200 isn’t THAT much and I’ve probably spent that at Target in the last month but I just have a hard time justifying dropping that dime on something so boring.
Then one random day off my roommate and I were talking about the dismal state of the couch and it came to us:
What if we dyed the slip cover?
Would it work? Would it ruin the couch? Could it possibly get any worse?
Immediately left for the store to pick up a few packages of RIT dye in Navy. A nice dark color that would camouflage some of the black hairs but also still go with the rest of my nautical stuff when I move out eventually.
Wrestled all the cushion covers and slip cover off the couch and followed the package instructions to dye the covers in the washing machine. I did two loads, one of the cushions and one of the slipcover. The covers are all made of cotton so I used hot water. Due to limited quantities of dye at the drugstore near me, I used a bottle of Rit and two powder packages of Rit for each load. Not sure if its recommended to mix the two types, but whatevs. It worked out. I also put a large scoop of salt in the washing water. Not sure if it helped or if it just made it more salty – get it? Salty like grumpy? l o l. I’m sorry about what just happened there.
Here’s the only part I would change – it was getting pretty late and I had to work the next day so I knew I wouldn’t be able to put the couch back together if I let the pieces fully air dry, so I put them in the dryer on low for a bit. I would ehnat do that again, it definitely ruined some of the lining and the bottom of the chaise cushion, but luckily those aren’t parts that you actually see. I also purchased washing machine cleaner which I recommend doing immediately after the process so you don’t ruin the machine, especially if you’re using a dark color like I am.
And now, she’s beautiful again! I love it. I might even do the whole process again to get a deeper navy shade, it looks very denim-like right now. But for now, it’ll do!
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