I have a few old armchairs out the back of the shop at the moment, just sitting there patiently waiting for make overs.
Old upholstered chairs can look fabulous if you pick just the right fabric and can give some personality to a room that lacks the wow factor.
I love the blue and white chairs Anna Spiro had done up for her shop recently. I had the striped ones covered in a french deck chair fabric for my shop a while ago and when I look at this photo again wish I hadn't sold them!
Sometimes they benefit from a coat of white paint on the woodwork and sometimes just a polish will do.