I also got more than I bargained for. The crackle finish on the chairs would not be sanded down so I had to resort to toxic paint stripper. Ug. What a messy dangerous job! Can I just say that it is never as easy as the can tells you it will be!
Finally, the chairs have realized their potential and I love them. It's amazing what a little elbow grease can do!
Here are 2 of the chairs in my dining room. Yes, I make my kids sit in cheap Ikea chairs with washable cushions. Hey, it's better than using plastic seat covers!
side note: the buffet is an Ikea buffet that looks fine as is but I wanted to give it a little more character. I found a sheet of grass-cloth wallpaper and taped it to the doors (yes, taped..that way, I can change my mind and have very little work to do!).