My dining room chairs were lovingly bequeathed to me from a dear friend's parents when I bought my house. Even though they were not quite what I would have chosen for myself, the sentimental value was beyond priceless, The chairs were also pretty comfy and the best price of all: free.
So, I started shopping for some new upholstery fabric and padding. Hancock Fabrics turned out to be the most cost-effective choice. They had a wonderful selection of decor fabrics on clearance and it was the only place where I could find foam pads big enough for my seats. (They are a strange shape which is why it was a challenge.)
Thanks to this DIY tutorial and going rogue with a little spray paint, the chairs are no longer eyesores! I admit I did have to contend with a lot of windy days to get the painting done but the effort required wasn't too much. The finished product was beyond expectation.