Beaux R'eves

Sunday, July 27, 2014

How To Fade Fabric

I had a totally different blog post 
lined up for today but I got so excited 
over my success 
that I had to share it with all of you!  
In my last post you read how upset 
I was over a recent online purchase 
that wasn't what I was expecting.  
Unfortunately, I couldn't return the bed-skirt 
because it was a final purchase item.
Soooo, after reading all of your lovely comments 
I decided to go ahead 
and try to fade the bed-skirt fabric.  
 Here it is before...  
Slightly garish and not at all what I ordered.
I read up online on how to safely fade fabrics.  
Martha even chimed in with her advice.  
Hey, if you can't trust Martha 
then who can you trust... 
Although, I do recall a birthday cake 
that I ended up in tears over... 
but that is a different story!  
I used Clorox Ultimate Care bleach, 
Oxi Clean White Revive, 
and a small amount of regular Clorox bleach.  
 I washed it three or four times 
in the washing machine 
and then set it out to dry in the sun to dry.  
Because what fades things better than the sun, right?  
 I tried not to be too conspicuous 
because there was a  pro-am golf tournament 
happening on our golf course this weekend.  
I'm sure my laundry hanging in the backyard 
would only add to the credibility 
of the tournament!  
But, I do have to tell you 
that the sweet little kids next door 
sell lemonade every year 
to raise money for Brain Tumor Research.  
So adorable!  
So did it work?  
Heck yeah!  
Scroll up to see the difference!  
So much softer and the colors are so much calmer.  
I am so thankful for my readers 
and their wonderful ideas!  
I seriously LOVE you guys 
and I read every comment that you make.  
If I don't respond 
it is only because I can't track you down.  
Look at how well it now blends with my drapes.
It's a little bit of perfection!  
Right there in my Master Bedroom!  
I am just going to take a moment 
and stare at how lovely it is! 
And I give all the credit 
to my wonderful readers!  

Thanks again!  

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves,

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Unknown said...

You did it!! It looks amazing ! I mean it was a luvly bed skirt to start with , but now, it is perfect. a
Happy new week.

Miss Kitty said...

Amazing! Thanks for that great tip for fading too bright fabrics. I saw your post over at Metamorphosis Monday blog party...your bed skirt certainly did have a metamorphosis.

Pinehurst Farm said...

WOW...So much better. I would not have thought of that! I would have been so afraid that one spot or another would have gotten more bleach and I would have ended up with one area of just white! :) Great transformation!

JoAnne said...

It really did work and it looks beautiful ~ your entire bedroom is gorgeous ~ I don't blame you for wanting to stare at it! This is such a good trick to know. It is so hard to see the true color of things online.

This N That said...

Wow much better! Good job Cindy. It really works.

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

I love a happy ending!

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

This is just gorgeous. You are so brave with a bleach bottle, but you manage to get my favorite color.


Sonny G said...

I admire your spunk and courage for giving it your best shot~! it looks GREAT.

so please take this tiny suggestion as me trying to be helpful:) I have a psp pro graphics program so I took the photo with the drapes and bedskirt to my program.. when I got the tone value from the drapes it had a Vanilla //off white undertone-- you wouldnt see that when you look at it unless it was up against a bright white// blue or green undertone... anywhooooo lol.. here's my suggestion- take about a teaspoon to a full washer of water, you'll thhink theres none in there even if you scoop some in your hand- BUT- dont add anymore.. swish the water to make sure the rit dye is full incorporated into the water- then put the bedskirt in and wash as normal-- then an extra rince. wish you had a small piece of the bedskirt fabric to use as a test piece.. it shouldnt effect the blue/green check at all but it will tone back the//what still looks bright white on my monitor ,, enough to make it a perfect match to your drapes and shams. now, if this messes it up- you never saw my comment and I'll move to a foreign country so you cant wring my neck..
I deleted the photo I used to check the color value..

Sonny G said...

PS in case my monitor is reading it wrong--cause, of course you can see it way better than I can= just ignore my above comment....

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Cindy, you did a great job! So glad it all worked out for you!

Blue Creek Home said...

This turned out so good! And, thanks for a seriously great idea on how to fade fabric. I have a few things that I am going to try this on.

Bonnie Schulte said...

I can't believe how perfectly your drapes and shams match the new bed I would have been so afraid to go ahead and bleach. So happy you took the "big" step to go ahead. I love so much how it turned out. Just beautiful! Congratulations...

Lisascraftiques said...

Wow! Looks great!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I am so thrilled you got the color you wanted. It looks so good!!

Pamela said...

What a great tip Cindy! I am still in love with your room.

Donna Wilkes said...

Love the idea of "aging" by lightening the fabric. Yours turned out quite lovely.

Unknown said...

What a great solution!! I remember "tea dying" a set of linen and lace pillow cases to "dirty them down". But I've never tried fading things like this. Thanks for the tips.

The Charm of Home said...

I love your bedroom! It looks perfect together!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Well you certainly turned the lemon into lemonade...the bed looks magnificent!!!

Cristina Garay said...

Love the new color, it certainly blends so nicely with the drapes! Beautiful room, Cindy!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

YAY!!! AWESOME - it worked, whoo hoo hoooo.

Golly it looks so great. Well done, lady! : - )

A Joyful Cottage said...

I'm so happy you shared this, Cindy. I've been wanting to try fading some fabric, and now I have a great tutorial. Thank you! xxx ~ Nancy

Cindy DIY beautify said...

Love your post! I had no idea you could fade fabrics so this was a perfect read...and your results turned out just beautiful! It's amazing how similar the bed skirt looks to the pillows and drapes!!! Great job!

The Vintage Chateau said...

Amazing job! I don't think I would have been brave enough to try, but you showed it was worth the experiment, it turned out perfectly!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Great Job and thanks for sharing. I think your room is so lovely, soft and pretty.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Unknown said...

Looks great! I need to fade red fabric for a sewing project. What amounts of the clorox and oxi products did you use during your washings? TIA!

Clair Wayman said...

I like regular Clorox bleach. Great job!

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