So, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew! I bought a set of 6 dining chairs from a very popular classifieds website here in Hong Kong. www.hongkong.asiaexpat.com They were an absolute deal and the style was great BUT they were painted GOLD!! My plan was to strip them and then paint them off-white. I’ve also considered painting them a piano black finish, which is my husband’s vote. I’ve only stripped 2 of the 6, which was not as easy as I had hoped. It looks like the wood is possibly mahogany which was a nice surprise. So I guess the third option would be to stain them. What do you think? Maybe I should take a vote: Off-white, Piano black, or a dark stain? Once the gold paint is COMPLETELY removed and they have been refinished they will need new seats and seat back. I think I’ll let someone else tackle that part. The next question will be what fabric to use for reupholstery. Hmmm…so many possibilities.