I finally...yes, finally...finished this chair. It didn't take long. The hard part was just taking the time to finish it. The chair was a $1 find in all of its dark stained wood and orange and yellow striped glory. The arms came off (not problem).
A couple of coats of ivory paint took care of the dark wood stain (perhaps it needs a little sanding to give it a "roughed up" look though). Our walls are ivory, so the chair had to be ivory.
The braid was a thrift store find (it was in a bag of other notions for a few dollars). The pretty green material was the end bits of a roll of material found at a different thrift store for $5. I'm thrilled that there is some still left, since it's so pretty and versatile. It will await a future project. Anyway, with a hot glue gun and a staple gun, this was easy to do and finish. Now we have a "new" chair in our bedroom!