Anyways, I finally got this chair done last week:
My husband and I debated back and forth a bit over what to do with the seat. He built me a new seat out of pallet boards, wanting to give it a rustic look. I then stained it dark walnut.
Neither of us was sure whether we liked it after it was stained, so, I recovered the original seat with a piece of drop cloth and added some stripes to give a faux grain sack effect.
My husband calls them racing stripes... he doesn't quite get it ;-)
All in all, I think it's lovely, and it's now ready for a new home!