I gave them a couple of coats of a French Grey, distressed them, waxed and a little darker grey glaze. I used a drop cloth from Home Depot for the fabric Cost about $10. Whenever I use a drop cloth for upholstery I wash it and then run it through the rinse cycle 3-4 times with liquid fabric softener. This breaks down the stiffness and leaves a little bit of a coating or barrier.against dirt. For stains I would fabric protector on any newly upholstered piece. I used http://frogtape.com/ to tape off a few lines and then using a navy blue fabric paint, made a grainsack stripe down the center. After that I used chalk paint in black and a grainsack stencil I had for this fabulous result.