Found two abandoned chairs with nothing wrong with them that couldn’t be fixed with black Sharpie marker and a generous spraying with Fabreze. They were made in California and I’m guessing date from the mid-80s. Second-hand and thrift stores feel they can’t sell metal frame chairs. Our other chairs were actually traded with a thrift store. We were dropping off donations and needed chairs, and the staff said that they wouldn’t be able to sell the chairs, so they let us have them. And those chairs only needed a quick spray with household cleaner.
As you can see, this is before.
Here is the after photo, they now look (and smell!) way more presentable.
and last a close up showing how I disguised the frayed piping.
I like them because they are comfortable and feel solid when you sit on them. Plus more chairs mean you can have more people over without having to drag office chairs out. I’m contemplating making coordinated tie-on seat pads to pull the look more together.