Help! How Can I Update These Inherited Chairs?

Help! How Can I Update These Inherited Chairs?

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Q: My grandmother recently passed and I have the sad task of emptying out her apartment. Her style was very different from mine, but she has a pair of chairs that are surprisingly comfortable. I'm not a "style visionary" like most people here on Apartment Therapy so I can't imagine how this chair might be transformed.

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Here are my questions: Can this chair be updated? What kinds of fabrics and paint colors would erase what I perceive as fussy formality and make the chairs modern/interesting?

(Image credit: Submitted by Casey )

I have wonderful photos and a sweet trinket of hers to keep her memory close; I truly won't be upset if the verdict is to donate the chairs. Thank you!!! — Sent by Casey

Editor: Casey, so sorry for your loss. Alright commenters I turn it over to you and your infinite wisdom. Please leave your suggestions for Casey below - thanks!

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