I have had two bar stools in my kitchen since we moved here in December of 1999. They have worked great, but boy were they worn out and scuffed up. I took them outside and gave them a good washing and sanded them down really good.
Although they looked 100% better I decided that they just needed a new look. I grabbed a can of red spray paint and went to town. A couple of light coats and they look so much better and have new life! My picture below says "Almost After", because I still had another coat to paint when I took this picture.
I like the little hint of color that this adds to my kitchen and really love that I was able to extend the life of my bar stools.