Painting wood with Rit Dye is a simple task that requires just a few basic supplies. In this article, we’ll take you through a detailed, step-by-step process of how to paint untreated wood, specifically an IKEA wooden step stool, using Rit dye.
1. Gather your materials
- An IKEA wooden step stool
- Sandpaper (only if the stool is treated)
- A Purdy paintbrush
- Liquid Rit dye
- Hot water
- Craft paint
- Garbage bag or drop cloth with lining
2. Prepare your workspace
Prepare your workspace by laying down a garbage bag or a drop cloth with a lining to protect the surface beneath. Ensure your workspace is well ventilated, as working with dye can involve strong fumes.
3. Prepare the wooden stool
If the IKEA stool you have is untreated, you’re all set to start. If it’s treated, no worries – simply sand it down until you reach the natural wood. Once sanded, wipe off the dust from the stool using a clean cloth to make sure it’s ready for dyeing.
4. Prepare the dye
To prepare the dye, measure ½ cup of water and heat it in the microwave for a minute or two. Then, measure ¼ cup of Rit dye and mix it into the hot water to create your dye solution. Rit dye recommends keeping the solution warm throughout the process, so try to maintain this if possible.
5. Paint the wooden stool
Dip your Purdy brush into the warm Rit dye solution and start applying it to the wooden stool. Make sure to paint evenly and quickly because the dye soaks into the wood fast.
After the dye has fully dried, you can add your own artistic touch. Place your stencil on the stool and apply the craft paint. Whether you want a complex design or a simple pattern, stencils are a fantastic way to add character to your stool.
6. Drying and finishing
Let the stool dry completely before you use it. This might take several hours, so be patient! You can also add a finishing touch, such as a protective coating, to enhance the stool’s durability and shine if you desire.
7. Cleanup and storage
Cleaning up after this project involves washing the brush and safely disposing of any leftover dye. Be sure to follow Rit dye’s disposal recommendations. Store any leftover materials in a safe, dry place for future Rit dye projects.