Our dining room chairs were a motley crew. Four of them are a pretty traditional set, given to us by John's parents when we had a table but no chairs. The other two were picked up on the side of the road (thank you across-the-road-neighbors!), are much more contemporary, and very different fabric from the other four. In fact, those two didn't even match each other fabric-wise.
Perhaps if we had loads of money at our disposal, we would just chuck all the chairs out by the road and start from scratch . . . but loads of money, no way! And that would be a mistake anyway, because they are all quality chairs. Time to paint and re-cover!
Re-using items you already have cuts way down on costs. We have a brand new look for our 6 dining room chairs for less than $30. I found the fabric at the Fabric Warehouse and bought the last two and a half yards off their "Buy by the pound" rack, and got a quart of paint from Home Depot. Voila!
Thanks to my dad for the use of his battery powered staple gun!
And one more photo, while at Home Depot I picked up another can of spray paint . . . "Hammered Brown" . . . now I am happy with this wall.