There were actually 3 chairs and I have only refinished 1 because they are a pain in the bum!! All that spinny (is that a word?) stuff up each side. I thought I had to strip the old stain off so I did and it took about 6 months for me to finish the one chair that I have done. (mostly because I lost all motivation to finish them a couple of times) Next time I'll just sand down the flat parts of the chair and rough up the "spinny parts", prime it and then paint it. The only reason I'll sand the flat parts is because I like to see the grain of the wood. Any way here is the one I have finished and I don't think it turned out too bad for my first ever project of this kind.
Just in case you were wondering (Melissa) I spray painted it almond and then antiqued it with dark walnut. (brushed stain on with a paint brush and wiped it off with a rag)