We recently had our windows replaced, and we had to take all our curtains down. We have a lovely room with corner windows toward the front of the house which requires ten curtains of a certain size. We thoughtfully chose what turned out to be the perfect color for them, hung the curtains, and lived happily with them for nine years.
Then we took the curtains down to replace the windows, and found that some of our lovely curtains had mildewed.
This is the worst of them---sunbleached and mildewed. You can see an approximation of the original green on the right. The sheers were also mildewed, and they disintegrated in the wash, so we replaced them. The stains did not come off the green curtains when we washed them, so we looked for replacements.
Apparently the curtain we bought is no longer available, the company does not make curtains that size any more, and in fact nobody seems to make them. That was okay, because we couldn't really afford ten curtains after replacing our windows!
What we could afford was a dye job. I did a sample to see whether it would cover up the mildew and it did a satisfactory job. Now I just have to find a friend with a top-loading washing machine who will let me dye a couple loads of curtains a lovely sage green! My husband did a load of whites immediately after I dyed this, with no ill effects.
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