With the first chair I tried a couple of approaches to stripping off the black paint. First I tried a hot air gun. Which was not terribly effective. So I moved on to paint stripper and wire wool.
For a long time I've not pulled my weight in the "cooking a meal for the family" stakes. Based solely on the excuse that I don't have a dining table or chairs. So I've been content to go to my brothers' houses and enjoy their hospitality, but when it came my turn it was always out for a meal somewhere. But no longer!