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Create an impromptu outdoor dining table, set up a buffet for a late summer or early fall gathering, make a dreamy day bed, use it as a potting or project bench or simply an unforgettable statement in your yard or garden.

You’ll need a vintage solid wood door, two lengths of thick, heavy rope, large, heavy-duty eye bolts and, of course, a sturdy tree branch. Make sure the rope can carry the weight of the door, as well as whatever you intend to use it for, and get enough that you can raise the door to your desired height and tie a secure knot.

1. With the door lying flat or on a work bench, securely screw eye bolts into the sides of the door. Make sure bolts are centered and evenly spaced about 3 inches from the edge on each side, and each bolt lines up with the bolt on the opposite side.

2. Thread each length of rope through eye bolts on one side of the door, and tie secure knots.

3. Toss one rope over the tree branch. Pull the rope until it raises the door on one side to desired height.

4. Thread through eye bolt and tie a secure knot.

5. Repeat on the other side.

Now the real fun begins – decorating the setting. We’ve laid out an elegant supper setting in Fig & Frolic style. Our tablescape incorporates favorite vintage scales from our collection and other decorative objects, including an old crate as a wine rack, berry baskets with seasonal apples for topping fine china. We’ve also put out fine crystal and flatware, dangled a chandelier from the tree branch overhead, and filled Mason jars with hosta leaves.

For your own tablescape, use what you have to develop a theme, pick unusual items and make them serve a new purpose.

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