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5. Dual-Purpose Planter

Perch a metal farm trough atop chunky balusters to create a raised planter or, filled with ice, a party-perfect bar. Vintage troughs like the one here can be pricey, so pick up a new trough that will develop a patina over time.

Eclectic Galvanized Metal Planter Box, about $59; Pottery Barn
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