{More Designer Decor on a Diaper Budget}As you may know, I’m a big fan of Ballard Designs & their style. But I’m a bigger fan of replicating their style for a fraction of their prices. Here’s another entry for my new series of Designer Decor on a Diaper Budget. If you missed the first one, click here. So, I found a pair of cane-back chairs at another thrift store last week & left without them, not sure of where I might put them. However, before the end of the day, I was asking myself “What was I thinking? ” & speed-dialed my husband to ask him to pick them up for me on his way home from work. And for the unbelievable price of $12.50 each, they became mine.Reupholstering a dining chair is one of my favorite types of makeovers because it’s quick, fun, & I get to use my staple gun. Most of you have probably done this & you may love it as much as I do, but I don’t want to take for granted that everyone knows how this is done, so if you’ve never tried it, click here for a great tutorial.Here’s the before shot of my chairs:

I wanted them white just because I paint almost everything either black or white. And then I chose this fabric from a local fabric shop:
The tutorial above will tell you to use the existing foam or batting & just cover it with your new fabric, but I’m not a big fan of that. I always remove the old foam & start over from scratch. Here’s a standard chair cushion foam that I usually buy from Hobby Lobby or another craft store:
You will definitely need to use new foam if you’re using a silk fabric like I did because it’s so thin, it needs a smooth surface underneath to prevent lumps & bumps from showing through.
Here are my new chairs now, after the transformation.
It’s amazing how much they resemble this one sold at Ballard for the bargain price of $379.
I like the style of mine better anyway, but for the money saved, I’d say I got a good deal. đŸ™‚
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