We decided to piece the ottoman together. David lets me do pretty much anything to the house, but he is definitely a fan on MCM pieces - especially the Eames Lounge - so piecing it together was his project. He found all the pieces on eBay - first the cherry ottoman shell. And the rest took a little longer .. he then found a complete ottoman with a rosewood shell, orange cushion. We bought solely for the base and decided to sell the rosewood shell and orange cushion (by the way - those are still available, if you'd like to purchase, let me know!)
Here's a picture of the orange cushion. Good vintage condition - I've never see another one like it ..
We simply used black shoe polish and then once dry mink oil. It looks almost as good as new! I'm not sure what the correct way to refinish the leather is, but this worked for us!
All in all we spent $700 on the chair and the ottoman came to $445 - I know that is still expensive, but for us, having a few investment pieces, balanced by vintage, DIY and cheaper items is what works for us. These chairs start at 4,000+ new and sell for a lot used, so we made out pretty good!