A couple of these rather unpreposessing chairs seem to have been knocking around our house for ever, always on the verge of being thrown out, but kept "just in case" for times when we needed extra seating. As 1940s utility furniture, they are still sturdy, and had been revarnished multiple times by my mother-in-law.
I gave them a coat of Annie Sloane chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue, softened with a bit of Old White. Then, after a touch of distressing, finished with a coat of clear wax and a good polish.
I made a piece of thickish felt decorated with bright spots to cover the seat pad.
And here it is, brightening a darkish corner under the stairs. A reprieve, and a reincarnation!
(And you can see the second chair with cover here.)