Good Questions: Helpful Tips for Painting Dining Chairs?

Rebecca writes: Oh hello helpful Apartment Therapy peoples ... My next summer project is helping a friend paint and recover these chairs for her dining table.
I've seen lots of posts about others doing similar projects and was wondering if there were any helpful tips people could share to make the process go smoothly....

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...i.e. - do we have to take ALL the finish off them, or can we just rough em up with sandpaper?

Please share your DIY chair makeover knowledge with Rebecca in the comments below....thanks!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.