Have no fear, the second chair I've been determined to refinish has yet to meet its demise into my basement.
With the great help of my husband, the chair was meticulously sanded and primed:
Just one spray can of gray did the trick, but we were really cutting it close:
So, now I have to deal with the hard part: fashioning a cushioned seat. I've reupholstered a seat before so I'm pretty sure I can do it again (just how well is the real question). But onto more important worries, like whether or not the seat will use the reversable fabric below with yellow on gray or gray on yellow: