Changing the Color of Curtains?

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November 24, 2017

I have a pair of organza-like curtains that I would like to change to white. Do I do this using the bleach/water mix? Has anyone done this and had success? It's just that it's a bit of a leap of faith to try it.


November 26, 20170 found this helpful
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Step 1
Use a colour remover first. Rit sells it. Hang to dry before you color them.

Step 2
Then choose a white dye. Follow the box instructions. Put water in first and add dye then mix well.

Step 3
You can use more than one box and leave it in longer to soak in the dye.

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March 1, 2014

How can I change the color of sheer panels from ivory to white?

By Marilyn


March 3, 20140 found this helpful
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If they are colourfast, you can't. Sheers are not expensive. If you want white ones, buy them, and save these for the future or sell them at a yard sale.


Fooling around with synthetic materials to change colours is just a recipe for ruining them, in my opinion.

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January 5, 2006

I have an old set of curtains that are quite nice and thick that I'd like to dye to a darker shade. Does anyone have any tips or words of caution before I begin?

Megan from Durham, NC


January 5, 20060 found this helpful

Megan, Are they curtains or drapes? If they are the thinner smaller curtain, they may dye alright, but I would think twice about dying drapes, as they are so large and made of stuff that might not take dye well. But I have bought cheap shower curtains to put on the back of drapes to keep the heat and cold out. You could do that with a very dark shower curtain, most of the time they can be found at the $ store. You will need 2, one for each panel. I smoothed the drapes faced down, on the floor and layed the shower curtain on top and lined them up at the header on top, then just wiped stiched the headers together, tucking it into the pleates some.


Then I whip stich them down both sides but leave the bottom free. This will help to darken the room when the drapes are pulled, which is all that you might need. I do this to drapes I buy second hand that are in good shape, but are not insulated, it really helps to keep the heat out in the summer and the cold in the winter. I use clear shower curtains if we need more light in a dark room and darker ones in we need the room to be darker. Of course if you just want to change the color of the curtains, this won't help much. good luck

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January 9, 20060 found this helpful

Wash well first!
If dyable, use double the amount of dye, but be aware that the dye might smudge the wall later on if it isn't totally rinsed out of the curtain.


Haven't you ever worn a dyed something or other, only to find that the dye came off on you?

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By anita (Guest Post)
January 18, 20060 found this helpful

I tried dyeing polyester curtains that I had gotten at Sears years ago. I washed them thoroughly first. The dye streaked and the curtains looked awful. I should have just left them the cream color and added ribbon banding to the hem and edges. It would have changed the look of the curtain and I probably would have been happy with that. Just my .02 cents...

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By Robin (Guest Post)
June 14, 20060 found this helpful

I am wanting to do the same thing. I am curious to know if you tried it and how it turned out. What kind of dye did you use?

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October 10, 2016

I have beige linen look draperies and want to change them to white. How can I do this?


October 11, 20160 found this helpful

Have you considered using bleach? Perhaps undo a bit of hem (top or bottom) to do a test?

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October 15, 20160 found this helpful

Don't think this can be done, sorry

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February 16, 20170 found this helpful

Buy strong bleach and soak for few hours

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July 29, 2015

How can I change the colour for sun block curtains?


November 4, 20170 found this helpful

They sell several different types and colors of sun block curtains, just because they are sun blocking does not mean they have to be dark in color. If they are lighter in color they are typically just thicker or made from different material than your regular curtains but as far as I know you can pretty much get any color you like and still have them be sun blocking curtains.

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November 5, 20170 found this helpful

You can buy sun block liners and use them under regular drapes.

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March 30, 2011

How can I dye thick cream colored curtains white?

By Dionne from Manchester, UK


March 30, 20110 found this helpful

You can probably bleach them enough that they would be closer to white. Or else if you can find Rit dye products over there, look for some Rit color remover.

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

Depending on the fabric it might not be possible. You could try using bleach but do some homework first because some fabrics will simply melt or get holes in them from the bleach.


I doubt very much rit dye remover will work but it's at least worth a try.

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