Sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference and I was thrilled when I succeeded at dying a very tired candlewick bedspread.

Sadly I did not take a “before” shot so I can only describe to you the state of this item prior to its revival. It was a lacklustre shade of peach which, I suspect in reality, was a very washed out orange.

The reason I chose to regenerate it was because it was the ideal fit for the double bed in the attic room above the garage. I had bought a new cover from Ikea but it was not as voluminous as the candlewick “hand-me-down” and therefore never quite lived up to expectation.

Acting on the spur of the moment I headed to our local hardware store and rummaged through their rather untidy selection of DYLON products. I decided to buy two “pods” to ensure a dense and even coverage. I chose Navy Blue, confident that it would reform the counterpane.

Before embarking on the process of dying I machine-washed the item to ensure that it was free of dust and dirt.

The DYLON instructions read:

  1. Put damp fabric into the drum. Remove sleeve, peel off lid and put the DYLON colour pod on top of the fabric.
  2. Run full cycle (30° or 40°C).
  3. Run another cycle (30° or 40°C) – with detergent.

What could be more simple! At the end of the process I had a beautiful navy blue throw that looked brand new.

Navy blue throw

It now acts as a protective cover to my exotic Joules bed linen, as well as adding an extra layer of warmth if required.

Exotic Joules bed linen