This little project reminded me of the classic book “Old Hat New Hat” – while it doesn’t have that much in common, it’s still fun to call the post “Old Mat New Mat”. Well, I guess I did end up with the same hat mat like they do in the book, it’s got a new color to it.
I have this old bathroom mat. It’s terrycloth, but super thick. It was actually in my husband’s possession when I met him (no doubt a hand me down from his mom, due to the high quality). It’s from Christy’s (Made in England) and very nice – except for the fact that it’s no longer white. Instead of bleaching the heck out of it (and most likely damaging the fibers), I thought I might give it a second life by simply dyeing it another color. Since this mat is primarily for our downstairs bathroom, I choose a dark gray/green to compliment the beautiful tiles my husband installed. (Yes, my wonderful husband re-tiled our basement bathroom. He also installed a new sink, mirror and light fixtures. . . . . He’s awesome.)
I used a simple Rit Dye ($2) that I picked up at the grocery store, mixed up the dye and made my old mat a new mat!
I think it looks much better now! Don’t you?