10.05.2012

DIY: Revive Your Denim

The other day I noticed that my go-to jeans from the past 2 years were starting to look a little faded. In attempt to renew their ascetic value, I hit the grocery store in hopes I would come across some dye to get them back to their original state. Success! And surprisingly the process was really quite simple. Want to give it a try too? 
1. Pick a pair of your favorite jeans that have become faded from wash/wear
2. Purchase Rit dye- very inexpensive and comes in several other colors (about $3.99 at Harris Teeter)
3. Next, you'll need to find a pair of rubber gloves that you will be wearing during the dying process for protection. 
4. Fill a large bucket like this to let the solution sit for 5-10 minutes
5. Plug the drain and fill the sink with warm water. (Though there are several methods to chose from, I personally like the sink dying process for easy clean up.)
6. When the sink is filled, you may add the dye from the bucket and begin constantly mixing your jeans. Make sure the dye has been evenly distributed. This will take 10-30 minutes depending on how saturated you want the color. 
7. Start draining the sink and rinsing the excess dye from your jeans until the water runs clear. 
8. You can air dry or put your pants in the dryer until dry. 
9. Wah-lah! You've revived your old jeans to look just like new again! For an even more revamped look, add studs to your back pockets. 

Tip: Oxblood red is the "it" color right now. Want some new jeans in this color but don't want to spend a lot of money? Try thrifting. No, really! Hit up you local consignment shop and opt for a white pair of denim in your size. You can dry them in Rit's darker red shade to create your own trendy jeans for a fraction of the price. 

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