Step 5: The Finish

The box can certainly be left as is but I chose to spray paint the bottom a matte antique bronze to further camouflage the cardboard.  We now have some toy storage, foot stool, gaming seat, and laptop table!!!  I purchased my boxes but this could easily (and preferably) be done with recycled boxes.  Since I already had batting, fabric, glue and tape in my stash my total project cost was approximately $6 for boxes and paint!!  As you can see from the photos I am no tiny Mama and I can comfortably sit on this box!
I have always preferred ottomans as a foot stool as compared to other regular ones you can easily find in stores. I feel that it is better to have a dual-usage furniture piece as compared to just something that holds your feet. Now that I have this easy but highly useful instructable in my hands, I might just clear space in my store room where there are a few stacks of abandoned cardboard pieces.
Good Idea.
Have you actually tried sitting on it? Or holding storage in it? Because cardboard doesn't seem too promising.
Beautiful! Looks very nice for cardboard - definitely going to try this!!
Amazing! i wanted to do something similar to this thnxs great tutorial!
Do you remember the title of the vintage book? Thank you
I found it!! It's "Nomadic Furniture" by James Hennessy and Victor Papanek. It's super groovy and even has a plan to make a cardboard car seat for a child...yikes!!

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