I wanted a seating area for my desk space that is located at the back of my family room. I found a pair of the above cane back chairs for $60. I like that they have wheels so they can be pulled closer to the desk and computer if need be.
To refurbish them, I lightly sanded all of the smooth wood surfaces with a medium grit sanding sponge. I did not sand the back caning at all, as I did not want to damage or weaken it. I covered all of the wood parts with XIM bonding primer, which paints on as a sticky mess, but is the best product for non-raw wood, and once varnished surfaces, as it will allow both latex or oil paint to stick to it. It is a little pricey as primers go, but a little quart lasts a long time. I use it all the time for any priming job I have. Here you can see how I used it to transform my brother and sister-in-law's kitchen cabinets.
To finish my chairs, I put two coats of this satin alkyd enamel by Benjamin Moore in Olive Tree and recovered the cushions and replaced the small fabric back panel. Here are the results.