I started with a set of these hand-me-down chairs.
I sanded them down, primed them and painted them. Then I added a coat of semi-gloss polyurethane over the top. I also reupholstered the seats and ended up with chairs that look like this.
They really brighten up the kitchen. Next on the agenda is to refinish the table, but I need a few days to recover my strength. After three days of sanding, painting, prying up old staples and using a staple gun to reupholster the seats, I feel like I can barely move my arms.
I apologize for the pictures being a little off, but it was really, really bright in the house when I took the pictures. Ordinarily, I would take them later in the day when the light is a little softer, but I wanted to take them while my son was napping.