They didn't look particularly good, but they were chairs and they were free, and I have a bit of a problem when it comes to collecting old/garbage/ridiculous chairs.
So I screeched to a halt and shoved them into my trunk. I felt a little shame, but not enough to keep me from taking the chairs. Such is the nature of my addiction.
Anyway, I brought the chairs home and took a closer look. They were grody, but I liked their lines. The seats were covered in a HIDEOUS, smelly, cigarette-stained brownish velour, that was (luckily) just stapled down. I removed the seats from the frames with a drill (but a screwdriver would have worked fine), and tore off the gross old fabric.
Once I got rid of the old fabric, the smell dispersed and it turned out that the foam underneath was in great shape.
Enter a piece of black and white fabric that I bought over a year ago and have been dying to use ever since, add to that a little elbow grease, plenty of Pledge and ... voila!
I just listed them on Craigslist. We'll see what happens.
Update: They sold! Hurray!