3 L.A. designers show how to make every dollar count when outfitting a outdoor room
Artificially “age” pieces: An old table with nicks and patina has character; it sets the stage for a relaxed space. “I wanted to create the beautifully aged look of an old zinc bar on the cheap,” says Barguiarena, who nailed sheet metal onto an old door and aged the metal with salt and vinegar.
Shop in hardware stores: A painter’s drop cloth makes strong, durable tent fabric. And plumbing pipes plus a part called a bell reducer make convincing table legs.
Keep it flexible: All but the pots are lightweight and can be moved easily, clearing the deck for another look or a different kind of party.