I got these chairs at the Goodwill for $9. I thought they were in great shape and I envisioned what I wanted to do with them. They pretty much stayed that way for a long time because I was in the middle of more projects.
The first thing I did was ordering some slipcovers from Sure Fit, they are only $24 or so a piece so I decided to not even stress about buying good quality fabric and doing my own. Plus you can toss them in the washer if they are dirty. After I received them I realized that the fabric is stretchy and some of it would come up so the underlying ugly white fabric would show. I knew that maybe I could buy some upholstery tack strips that are easy to put up and take off. I got a 5 yard strip for $17 minus discounts.
I removed the fabric from the legs and all the staples. Yes, it was a P.A.I.N! I got poked several times but…oh well, it was worth it, right? I filled up the holes using wood filler and then sanded them and stained them using Dark Walnut gel stain, a couple of coats. After they dried, I applied 2 coats of Polycrilic in gloss.