How (Not) To Dye A Synthetic Rug… And How I Painted Mine Instead

Hello friends,

I come to you today with a story. A story of a very frustrating polyurethane rug. So you see, this beautiful white and grey geometric rug came into my life a few months ago an it looked just perfect under our living room furniture. I was weary of choosing white for the living room as we often eat there and often spill, but this particular rug was supposed to be completely stain resistant. It was not. I found myself trying to remove stubborn stains at least twice a week which became rather tiresome.

Eventually, I decided that something needed to be done. Not only was the upkeep exhausting, the rug looked terrible. So, I scoured the internet for inspiration and landed on the rug dying method. I did my research and picked up Rit Synthetic Fabric Dye in the colours Midnight Navy and Graphite. I unrolled the rug out outside, boiled the dye with enough water to saturate the rug and put it in a watering can to disperse easily. I then thoroughly scrubbed the rug dispersing the colour. I let this sit for 30 minutes aaaaand… nothing. I rinsed off a test patch and the colour didn’t take at all. Frustrating. Red wine and pasta sauce seemed to take just fine. Why not the synthetic dye whose job it was to stain this thing??? I guess it is stain resistant after all.

I let the rug dry overnight and brought it inside at which point, the boyfriend suggested abandoning the project. Being rather stubborn, I refused and began to research a way to salvage my mess. Rug painting came up. Acrylic paint mixed with a mixing medium and water. I had acrylic paint, but not much left in the colours that I wanted to use, and I had water. I had no mixing medium but I was feeling bold. I mixed up my acrylic paint and water, running out of paint before I reached my desired colour and opacity so I added some watercolours I had lying around – what could go wrong????

I started in one corner painting on the mixture and rubbing it in with my hand. To my surprise, it worked fabulously. I had the entire rug painted in about an hour. It dried quickly too. It’s now been sitting in my living room for about 3 weeks and going strong. The colour looks vibrant and the stains are unnoticeable. My rug has a very low pile and the paint hasn’t changed the texture at all.

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/w2zctRsYCt4

Moral of the story: don’t dye a polyurethane rug. Paint it instead. I would suggest getting the proper tools for the job (unlike me). I’m sure if I had a higher pile rug, the mixing medium would have helped me out.

Before – preparing for the Rit dye

After – currently sitting in my living room

xoxo,

Caitlin

How I Balayaged My Dark Brown Hair At Home

Hi friends!

I recently had the urge to change up my hair, so naturally I went to youtube to find out how to do it myself. What I found was loads of at home balayage tutorials, but very few of them were on hair that was a dark as mine. Soooo… I made my own! Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/7QzLq52Rygk

Before

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After

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I used a combination of the teasing method and my own method of choosing small pieces and bleaching them for a more effortless and dimensional effect. Here are the steps that I took:

  1. Section hair off into 3 chunks – one on each side of your face and one in the back of the head.
  2. Mix up your bleach powder with developer according to the packet instructions. Add Ion Absolute Perfection Booster.
  3. Starting with the front sections, take small slices of hair and tease them.
  4. Apply the bleach to the hair left out of the tease.
  5. Process according to packet instructions, wash and dry hair.
  6. Asses where your hair could use some additional lightness and apply bleach to small pieces of hair, blending it well where the bleached part of the strand meets the unbleached part of the strand (see video for clarification).
  7. Process, wash and dry hair.
  8. Mix up root smudge colour with developer and apply at roots, blending a couple of inches down into hair.
  9. Mix up end toning colour. I used wella colorcharm demi-permanent hair color in 6N and 7A. Apply liberally to remaining hair.
  10. Brush hair from roots to ends using a wet brush or wide tooth comb to bend the dark colour into the light.
  11. Process, rinse and apply colour protector treatment.
  12. Rinse and style as desired.

Products used (all from Sally’s Beauty Supply):

– wella color charm demi-permanent hair color (3N, 7A, 6N)
– salon care 30 vol developer
– salon care 10 vol developer
– l’oreal super oreal blanc professional bleach
– ion after color treatment packette
– ion absolute perfection booster
– ardell unred
– plastic bowl and brush
– rattail comb (for teasing)
– latex gloves

xoxo,

Caitlin