They were a little beat up and the fabric was definitely not for me, but I loved the sleek style and thought the unique "squiggle" backs and medallions gave them such personality. I had originally planned to lightly sand and stain these, but they had some kind of super gloss finish to them and rather than spend hours sanding I opted to paint.
I used a mustard yellow paint (to coordinate with some artwork and other accents in the adjacent living room) and several coats and a topcoat later...here they are. I added some new foam for padding and picked out a neutral (but interesting) fabric for the seats. I'm loving my happy "new" dining room chairs.
P.S. I also bought a children's table/chairs set for my kids and I plan to use the leftover yellow paint on those chairs. My husband is a little concerned I'm going to paint all the wood furniture in the house...haha, I just might!