Eight of them to be exact. To start, I took off their seats. If you've never done this to your dining chairs before, let me recommend it. I was quite horrified at all the crunchy bits of past meals that came sprinkling out. Yuck!
I gave them a light sanding to roughen the varnish, and thoroughly wiped them down. I wanted to make sure I wasn't trying to paint over petrified meatloaf or something. I gave them two coats of primer and two coats of white paint. I used Krylon brand spray paint. It covers well and the nozzle is easy on the fingers. After I was sure it was dried well, I glazed it with Ralph Lauren glaze tinted dark brown. Glazing brings out all the carved detail. Here it is before glazing.
And here it is after glazing.
The glaze gives it so much more depth. Glazing is easy to do, you just brush it all over one section at a time and wipe off. I wanted to keep the nice clean white and only bring out the edge details so I dry brushed it around the edges.
I just used the seat as my pattern and then added a pleated skirt. Check out this site for all the tips you could ever want on slipcovers. The only thing a little tricky to fitting these seats was the back. There is no space for a skirt to come out the back of the chair, so I just serged about 12 inches and then started the skirt. I just pulled it down as tight as I could between the cushion and the chair when tying it on. It's not perfect, but it works.
I still have the table to do. I plan to restain the top and paint and glaze the legs. It might be a few weeks before I get to do that though, I need the mister to help me cart it outside.
I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!