Who doesn’t love a good vintage schoolhouse chair! When I got them, the metal frame was its standard tan and the plywood seats and back were two different tones. These are American Envoy #17s.
After what felt like hours sanding off the old finish from the wood, I restained them in a warm red oak. They still don’t quite match but they are close.
For the metal frames, I painted one coat of a light green paint, then a coat of blue, then sanded the blue away to expose the green paint, the original tan paint, and even the bare metal under it all. It’s all finished with a coat of polycrylic.
These chairs are for sale at my Etsy shop.