Sometimes little changes around the house set off a decorating chain reaction. The new room needs twin beds so the room with twin beds gets a new antique bed which means a different rug which means a new lamp… you see where I’m going with this. Well once the new bedroom was ready, we moved the twin beds from Martha’s 3rd floor room into that new space. And I replaced the twin beds with an amazing antique bed I found on Craigslist. (For those of you wondering whether today’s standard mattresses fit older beds… they do NOT. We had to build a boxspring and jam the mattress in, but it works!) This is how that little third floor room looked before.
And this is a sneak peak at the new fabulous bed. In related news, I will never ever be hired to style a bed.
I’m slowly filling in the space to suit the new furniture arrangement, but in the mean time, the new bed needed some fun bedding! That whole area up there is colorful and kid-centric so I wanted the bedding to reflect that. I also wanted to DIY something to keep the budget down. (Duvet covers can be expensive, yo!) All of our comforters are these ones from Ikea and I love the cost and the fact that they’re down so warm and washable and lightweight. When I was looking through their linen selection, I noticed that they have this plain white DVALA one for $24.99. That’s my price point.
Do you love an ombre as much as I do?! Can I get a hell, yeah?! I wanted a pure kelly green to match the fringe on my DIY curtains. Rit dye makes a kelly green but it appeared to be a little duller than I wanted. A more patient blogger than I would have tested the color to confirm this theory… My solution was to add some aquamarine to the mix… aquamarine makes everything better.
(Bear with the pictures… I had to do this in the basement so we’re dealing with flash photography.) First, I mixed the dye: more or less equal parts of the kelly green and the turquoise. Per the directions on the bottle, I added a cup of salt… I’m not Walter White so I don’t know what salt’s for, but I’m a rule follower so I did it. About 30 seconds before dipping the entire duvet cover, I did think to dip this strip in… the color looked pretty enough.
I got the duvet cover wet first and then placed the bottom 12 inches into the dye. I let it soak for 5 minutes and lowered it another 12-18 inches into the dye. I repeated this until the top 24 inches were left. I quickly dipped the last little bit into the dye leaving 8 inches plain white. I went back and let the bottom 12 sinches sit in the dye for quite a while just to enhance the ombre effects a little more.
After rinsing and washing, here’s the finished product. You feel what I’m throwing out, right?! Bright, fun, bold… perfect for the space. And the color’s not half bad either despite how crappy these pictures came out.
The photos don’t represent the color very well, but it’s a nice bright green (just what I wanted). The ink is on the blotchier side which I don’t mind, and the ombre gets a B+. I might give it another round of dipping just to sharpen the color gradient, but for a $24.99 duvet cover, it will do just fine!
Now what to do with half a bucket of dye leftover?! Where there’s a DIY will, there’s a DIY way!
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