Good Questions: Dye this Chair Black?

Good Questions: Dye this Chair Black?

Janel Laban
Jul 29, 2008

Art sent in an email: I've been waiting a long time to as the AT community for some help on this one. I have attached a couple pictures of a chair that I garbage picked when I was in college. It wasn't in the best shape when I picked it up. It had a perfect little round hole in the plastic base that I assumed was an entryway for a mouse and the fabric was pretty faded...

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I feel somewhat attached to the chair because not only for its design but because I find it interesting that when I found it, I had no idea who designed it and that I would become so interested in design. But the fact that I picked it out of the snow and held on to it makes it kind of symbolic. Especially since it's a Herman Miller piece.

So, I would like to try and make the piece look new again. I don't think it would be practical to re-upholster it because the cost would probably be more than the value of the chair. So, I was thinking of something a little more unconventional. What if I had it dyed black? It would go well with my decor and I'm thinking that would definitely hide the imperfections that are apparent in its current condition. How would I go about dyeing something like this? What materials and what kind of process is involved? Thanks! And also, if anyone has any alternative suggestions or recommendations I would be glad to hear them.

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