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Dip dye is all the range in the crafts department these days, and I’m definitely aboard the fan train. It’s the simplest detail, really, but proves to make such a grand impact on even the most basic furniture pieces. The bolder, older sister to ombre, dip dye is a technique used in a variety of mediums – from baskets to tees to [gasp!] hair! – and is quickly transitioning from a fleeting trend to a long-lasting and well-loved design practice.

Dip Dye Stool DIY Before & After - Erin Loechner

Transform a $5 stool in an afternoon!

So how do you get the look? Start by choosing a piece of furniture in your own home that needs a bit of design love. In my case, I picked up the above basic $5 stool years ago, and although it’s proven to be functional in a variety of different ways, I was ready to elevate the design a bit. Enter spray paint, the world’s answer to quick and easy DIY transformations. Here’s how I pulled it off!:

Dip Dye Stool DIY Before & After - Erin Loechner

How high will you dip dye?

1. Decide where you’d like to place your “secondary color.” Inspired by this chair, I wanted to create an inverse white color block on the bottom of the stool’s legs. There are no rules here – get creative with color, texture and placement. After all, a DIY is meant to be custom, experimental and (of course!) fun!

Dip Dye Stool DIY Before & After - Erin Loechner

Tape marks the spot.

2. Use painter’s tape to mark where your secondary color will begin; then sand the surface area vigorously. Most furniture will have a slick finishing coat of varnish on it, so be sure to sand well so your paint has something textured to stick to! Measure the rest of the stool’s legs to determine painter’s tape placement, then repeat sanding on each of these legs.

Dip Dye Stool DIY Before & After - Erin Loechner

Cover your bases!

3. Cover the portion of furniture you’d like to remain untouched (a plastic bag or trash bag will work just fine!) and secure with more painter’s tape and spray the exposed, sanded surface with thin, even coats (I’d recommend priming first, then painting!). Let dry and repeat: 1 coat of primer, 2 coats of spray paint.

Dip Dye Stool DIY Before & After - Erin Loechner

The big reveal!

4. After your second coat is dry, remove your plastic cover and painter’s tape to see your furniture’s new lease on life!

Of course, I don’t know that I can accurately title this a “dip dye” DIY, because we didn’t actually dip anything. Yet the result is the same – a two-toned, color-blocked, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that you’re sure to love for years to come.

Need some inspiration to get started? Check out a few of my favorite “dip-dyed” projects from around the web!:
-A neon industrial stool from Verhext
-Dip dye drapes from Michael Penney
-Dip dye tablecloth from Oh Happy Day
-Dip dye basket and stepstool from Annixen

26 Responses

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  2. Christina says:

    I can't believe what a difference this makes? I love it. A fun modern twist. :)

  3. Amanda says:

    What products did you use?

    • erin loechner says:

      Hi Amanda:

      The stool was from Target years ago, and we just used your average white spray paint (I believe the brand is RustOleum?)! Easy peasy. :)

  4. Martha says:

    Well done and well styled :) Love the last pic.

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  7. ppomme says:

    Simple to make yet really effective. It really looks great! I like it.

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