I have a set of barrel back caned chairs.  They are in great condition – the wood is the original brown, minimal wear.  The seats are upholstered in black.  Pretty basic.  But everywhere I’m seeing these great caned chair makeovers!  Take a look at some examples below.

from etsy

Here’s an example of a caned chair in its original state.  Beautiful.  My chairs are not upholstered on the back – they are caned all around.

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Painted black with bright upholstery. Funky.

Miss Mustard Seed

Beautiful cream color chair with light cushion.  Romantic.

One Kings Lane

Fresh in white and with a pop of color.  Though, my chairs are not faux bamboo – so it would be a different look.

Apartment Therapy

Similar style to my chairs – painted black.  Fun upholstery.

I think I’m scared to paint them because I won’t ever be able to get back the natural wood (not easily, anyway!)  I kind of feel that since they are in great shape, why mess with something that is working, right?  But, they are lacking a kind of “pop”, which is maybe what I’m searching for.  Maybe some little pillows for the backs that are done in a fun fabric?  What would you do?