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Photo by Thomas J. Story

Carefree and playful dining pavilion ($600)

The beauty of this design is its easy assembly and disassembly. Design: Stylist Jennifer Barguiarena (jenstyle@me.com)

  • 4 ceramic pots (30 inches) on sale from Jackalope Pottery – $334
  • 4 bamboo poles and plastic pipe from a hardware store – $31
  • Canvas drop cloth and tent hardware from the Home Depot – $30
  • Sheet metal top from a supply company – $33
  • Folding chairs from eBay – $64
  • Old door (table top) – $0
  • Pipe table legs from a hardware store – $76
A dropcloth with a grommet at each corner forms the top; it’s attached with S-hooks to lag screw eyes at the top of each pole. Each pole is inserted into a 2-ft.-long plumbing pipe (2 inches in diameter), secured in the pot with gravel.

Total: $568

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