Dyeing Furniture Light To Dark

I have a off white sofa chair and ottoman that I want to try to color the fabric brown. My sister’s friend said she painted coffee on her sofa. I am curious to find out if this will work, will it stain clothes or can something be sprayed on fabric to make it so it won’t get on clothes?

Dear Marci,
In general, my advice is “don’t try it” for dyeing upholstered pieces. Talk with your friend further about the coffee option and the results. Since coffee is not dye, it would come off if anything damp or wet got next to it. In addition, it would be very difficult to get the dark brown color that you want using any method.
See my words on dyeing upholstery in my column of July 20 for more info.

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