Can Fabric Dye Be Used On Wood?

Some of us have an old, worn-out piece of furniture that we can’t bear to throw away. We either don’t want to spend a lot of money on it or we just like the way it looks and wants to keep it around.

In this situation, dyeing the wood is an option. Fabric dye can be used on wood to give your piece a new look without spending a lot of money or taking up too much time in the process. The only question is: does fabric dye work well with wood? Here’s what you need to know about this method for revamping your old dresser or coffee table.

Can Fabric Dye Be Used On Wood?

Yes, fabric dye can be used on wood. You can use it on unfinished or finished wood. It can be used on wood that has been stained, painted, varnished or scraped.

Fabric dye is usually made to adhere to fabric fibres and not other materials like metal or plastic. If you want to dye your wooden furniture with your favourite colour of denim jeans then you will have to first apply a coat of paint over the wood surface before applying the denim pants fabric dye so that they will stick properly onto your new piece of furniture!

You should also know that fabric dyes may contain different chemicals so make sure not to try this experiment indoors unless there’s enough ventilation. Some people get headaches from using these types of products indoors without proper ventilation (especially if those chemicals are toxic).

Can I Mix the Colors Before Using it on Wood?

If you want to mix colours, it is best to do so in a separate container. This will help prevent any contamination of your dyes with the colours that are already in the water. For example, if you have yellow and blue dye sitting next to each other and they get mixed accidentally, then when you go to use them again they will be different shades than what they were before.

If you want to use this method on wood, there are some things you need:

  • Fabric dye (You can also buy premixed fabric dyes)
  • A bowl or container that’s large enough for mixing colors (I recommend using a glass)

Should Fabric Dye be Mixed with Water Before Applying it to Wood?

Yes, it is best to mix the fabric dye before applying it to your wood. Mixing it with water helps the dye to penetrate the wood and create a more even finish. If you use alcohol or acetone instead of water, this will not work as well and may cause blotches in your final product. 

However, mixing fabric dyes with water does dilute them quite a bit so when working with multiple colors on one piece of wood or if you want a darker color, adding some acetone or alcohol back in can help achieve this goal without sacrificing too much saturation in any one color.

How Do You Prep Wood Before Dyeing It?

To prep your wood for dyeing, you will want to sand the surface. This step is essential because it removes the top layer of paint or other contaminants that may be covering up the wood’s natural grain. 

Sanding also helps ensure that your dye will absorb into the wood instead of being absorbed by whatever’s on top.

If you don’t have a sander at home, there are other options for removing paint and preparing your wood for dyeing:

  • You can use steel wool or steel wool pads to remove paint from larger surfaces, such as furniture pieces and doors.
  • For smaller areas like drawer handles and dresser fronts, try using a chemical stripper that’s specifically made for removing varnish from hardwoods such as Minwax Stripper Gel.

Should I Use Water or Alcohol-Based Dye on Wood?

The answer to this question depends on the type of wood you have, but water-based dyes generally work best. If your wood is clear or has knots and other natural imperfections, then alcohol-based dye should be used. 

Additionally, if you are using a stain rather than paint or varnish over your finished project, then alcohol-based dye would be better suited for your needs as well.

How Do You Seal Paint on Wood?

Sealers are an essential part of any paint job. They’re used to protect the paint, prevent damage to the wood, and ensure that your project stays looking great for years to come.

There are many different types of sealers available, including spray-on and brush-on products (also known as topcoats). The sealer comes in two main forms: oil-based or water-based. Oil-based sealers use solvents when applied; they can damage some surfaces such as concrete or tile grout so they should be avoided if possible. 

Water-based products don’t contain solvents but may require additional steps when applying them due to their tendency towards runniness when wetting large areas at once (such as large walls).

Will Fabric Dye be Used on Wood Withstand Sunlight?

Fabric dye will not withstand sunlight. As the wood is exposed to the sun, the colour of your project will fade. The faster it fades, the more direct sunlight and heat it’s exposed to. To avoid this problem, you should only work on your project during daylight hours and cover it with a cloth or tarp as soon as you’re done working on it so that it won’t be exposed to sunlight overnight.

What Other Materials can be Dyed with Fabric Dye?

Fabric dye can be used on a variety of materials, including wood, metal and glass. It also works well with ceramics and other porous materials. Fabric dye can also be used to dye fabric or paper, as well as leather.


We hope you enjoyed learning about the many ways you can use fabric dye to decorate your home. The next time you need to paint or refinish something wooden, remember that there are plenty of great options out there that won’t damage the natural beauty of your materials while still giving them a new look.