Introduction: Newspaper Side Table in Cardboard!

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That begins with the wish to replace my baskets (turned upside down) which served as side tables in my formal living.
I wanted something curved but not too much – because my husband prefers square and angled stuff – small, but with storage space for blankets…

Step 1: Find Out the Internal Structure...

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I had no idea how I would do it ! So, I made a really small one (you still see the glue filament) ! For the anecdote, my daughter reused it to a “Playmobil furniture”!

This copy in scale gave me a good idea of the furniture’s skeleton. Let’s get to work!

Step 2: Cut the Profiles

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The first step is to find cardboard in good shape. Trace and cut out 4 profiles.

Step 3: The Feet...

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Next, I used the “fitting” technique. This technique involves cutting out crosspieces of the same depth and stick them perpendicularly to 2 profiles. I did that twice and obtained that :

Step 4: Build It...

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Next step, I assembled these 2 new “thicker” profiles and used the same technique to fill the bottom and the top plates.
After checking the furniture is straight and making adjustments when necessary, I covered the sides still empty with pieces of cardboard.

Step 5: Cover the Side, Sand and Set Up Before Decorate

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Time now to protect the furniture to give it the chance to wear well!
I had to sand the edges to make them smooth, before waterproofing the whole furniture and protecting every edges applying a gummed tape. Then I covered it all with a finishing layer of Gesso.
While waiting for everything to be completely dry, I made another one!

Step 6: Decoration With Newspaper

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Finally, I chose to decorate it mostly with international newspapers and some part with grey paint.

The result is pretty cool, he?

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Mad Props (author)2017-08-14

I love the sharp lines. Your precise measurements and cutting technique really finish the table nicely. I'd never know it was cardboard!

Me robot (author)2017-05-26

i am finally making this for my mom!

i'm 11

Me robot (author)2017-05-12

I favorited because I want to make it if I find enough cardboard!

greasyudder (author)2016-09-16


Onixgato (author)2016-04-19

Can you use some varnish or something like that to cover the newspaper? Something transparent to protect it from damage while used?

OmKhalis (author)2015-07-05

What's a Gesso? What can I substitute it with?

AlinesCardboard (author)OmKhalis2015-10-18

Hi, Gesso is a paint primer that Artists put their canvas. You can use a regular primer.

emilkaram (author)2015-05-10

Very cool I like it

Thank you!

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Bio: I transform and design used cardboards into unique works of Art that can be used as furniture or home décor and accessories.
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