DIY Eclectic: How to Mix it Up With Matching Chairs

There's been a lot of talk about mismatched dining chairs around here, and it seems many of us agree that the challenge is actually putting the mismatched set together and making it work. But what if you already have a set of matching chairs, and you want to use what you've got to create that mismatched look? Here are a few ways you could tackle the project, in case you're just itching to get more eclectic...

If your chairs have drop-in seats, consider a DIY reupholstery job with mismatched (but complementary) fabrics. You can always have a pro do a fancier tufted version (like the stools in the second photo) if you want something more formal.

Painting your matching chairs different colors is another idea. It might seem like a big commitment, but of course you can always re-paint them to match if you hate the result.

Or, if you've got some matching chairs and a few beloved singletons, and if the rest of your room is really, really simple, you could paint the chairs different colors and throw in the mis-matches. Hey, it works in the fifth photo, don't you think?

Has anyone out there experienced matching chair fatigue and done a DIY makeover? How did it turn out?

(Images: Metropolitan Home; British Vogue/Nest Decorating; Small Space Style; Absolutely Not Martha; Apartment Therapy/Livingetc)