Bees Vinyl Seats

I found these fab chairs at Goodwill for $1.99 each. There were four, but two were very wobbly and shabby and I wasn’t too sure of my fix it skills, so I stuck with the two solid ones.
I love the shape and while the finish was rotten, the wood was in very good condition.
Check out the lovely vinyl seats- nice right?

I took off the seats and sanded away with my palm sander till everything was smooth. I watered down some of my kids $1.99 red paint, don’t judge, it is what I had on hand and I was too impatient to wait till I could run to the store for appropriate paint.
I painted on a thin coat and then after it dried I sanded it up a bit by hand, retouched certain areas, and sanded some more. I was aiming for a worn and distressed look (since the kids will rough ’em up anyway) and it took some time to get there.

Now something really had to be done about those seats. I have some drop cloth material left over from the curtains in my son’s room and decided to use them here (remember this whole redo is under $100, so I need to be thrifty). The seats were also very hard and not comfy, so I grabbed a 2 pack of foam for $6.97 and cut them to the size and shape of the seats. Then I measured the fabric and cut to fit.

I found some fun bumblebee images at  Graphics Fairy (here and  here)that I thought would look cute on the seats. So I printed them on iron on transfer paper ($5.59 at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon), cut as close to the image as possible, and ironed them onto the middle of the drop cloth pieces.
I used my trusty staple gun to attach the fabric and screwed the seats back on.
Hmmm, they just felt like they still needed something more, a witty saying perhaps?
And here they are in all their fun, vintagey, worn in, and comfy glory.
I think I am going to ship them out to the garage one more time for a coat of scotch guard on the seats.
Markers + 2 Year Old = Big Mess
The kids already know the worker is the female bee and the drone is the male, so they have claimed their appropriate seats for our art projects.
Since they are banned from the “QUEEN’S” chair, they are quite pleased with themselves to have their own assigned seating now!

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