For a while now, we’ve been using one of those cantilevered umbrellas that I picked up at QVC years ago. It had seen better days and had problems — the base wouldn’t hold water, the solar part was broken, the fabric was fraying and faded (just to name a few). So this year, we finally decided to part with it for something new. I wanted to replace it with just a regular umbrella but also wanted a more substantial base for it than the ones you find in the stores. After a little research, this DIY umbrella stand project was born!
I was so pleased with how it turned out that I wanted to share the process with you!!
When we got rid of the old umbrella, I was left with two bags of play sand (the bags were weighing the base down since the water bag had sprung a leak) and a small bag of rocks from another planter project that I wanted to get rid of. These would both be great for weighing down whatever base we came up with.
I wanted to make something that was functional and movable. It would also be nice if I could use it as a table between our two anti-gravity chairs. So, I started with this planter that I picked up at Old Time Pottery and a plant trolley from Amazon. If you re-create this project, make sure you purchase a plant trolley that can hold the weight of your final project. This one was rated to hold 200 lbs.
We went to Lowe’s to pick up a few supplies for the part that would hold the actual umbrella. We needed a PVC pipe that would hold the umbrella and something to use as a base.
To create the base to go inside the planter to stabilize the umbrella, we used the 2″ PVC pipe, glued into a 2″ to 1 1/2″ PVC adapter, screwed into a 1 1/2″ floor flange. To glue the PVC, we used some all purpose PVC cement we had left over from our last swimming pool repair. After the glue dried, I screwed the entire thing into an 8″ wood round (also from Amazon).
After assembling the base, I painted it to match the umbrella pole since it would stick out of the planter and be seen.
Next, I put the base into the planter and start filling it with rock and sand to stabilize it.
Now, I just needed a tabletop. For this, we purchased a 24″ pre-made table top from Home Depot.
To allow for the tabletop to slip over the umbrella stand, I drilled a 2″ hole in the center.
Next, we painted the tabletop with some hammered spray paint, slipped it over the center pole, and added the umbrella. The umbrella we are using now is an 11″ round umbrella that I picked up at At Home.
Here’s the finished product!
I love how it turned out. We can use it as either a table for the chairs or pulled forward to shade part of the pool. It’s a versatile new addition to our outdoor space!