Napoleon chair made of solid hardwood is generally not available through big box stores, and it can go for anywhere between $250 to $500 a piece. I wasn't going to spend $2,000 for four dining chairs in my kitchen, so I turned to local classified web sites such as Kijiji. Upon first attempt, I couldn't believe my luck that a lady was selling four Napoleon dining chairs, in mint condition, made of solid maple, for $100!!! Yes, you heard it right, 4 Napoleon chairs = $100! I wanted to paint these chairs in solid paint to begin with, so I didn't care much about the wood grain (or lack of it) as long as it's made of durable and sustainable hardwood.
Here is a picture of the BEFORE and AFTER. After sanding, I used a very good and soft brush ($15, it's almost like watercolor brush leaving little to none streaks behind) and a small can of Martha Stewart semi-gloss paint in Chinchilla MSL264 ($25), and I was all set to go. This is Martha Stewart's Chinchilla MSL264. It was very easy to apply, and the finish was very smooth and even. This is the chair from another angle. They are sitting in the basement now screaming to see the sunlight in my kitchen. I will be adding dark color seat pads/cushions to make them more comfortable. And this is the look I was trying to accomplish by combining a dark espresso round pedestal table, and dove-grey Napoleon dining chairs. This is a picture taken from Greenpark's Princess Margaret Lottery Grand Prize Home. While I wonder how much a kitchen table set in a $3.6 Million Dollar show home costs, the only certainty is that my cost will beat theirs -- my total price tag including the table, four chairs and makeover materials only comes to $1,200! There is always a way to achieve the designer look without breaking the bank.