DIY Umbrella Stand into an Easy Patio Side Table

INSIDE: How to build an easy outdoor patio side table using a metal umbrella stand.

Turn a metal umbrella stand into an outdoor patio side table | Dazzle While Frazzled.comNo idea why but we have three umbrella stands and one patio umbrella. Not too sure why this is. Did we lose an umbrella in a house move? Did someone “gift” us a heavier-than-heck metal base and forget its umbrella companion?

But here we sit outdoors among the warm sun, the green grass and flowering pots…and three metal (and dare I say, rusting) umbrella stands dotting the landscape. It was time to get crafty or call in for a donation pick-up. Guess which option I roped my husband into?

This is how we turned a rusted umbrella stand into a unique and practical outdoor patio side table…

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diy patio side table from an umbrella stand

– Metal patio umbrella stand (Don’t have one? This is similar to what I used.)
– Wooden circle table top
– Galvanized pipe floor flange fitting (must fit dimensions of umbrella stand)
– Galvanized pipe bushing fitting
– Galvanized pipe section (must fit dimensions of umbrella stand)
Bonding glue material
– Spray paint (for base)
– Paint and/or stain (for table top)
– Polyurethane spray

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Step #1:
Insert pipe fitting section into umbrella base stand. Use a rubber mallet to ensure tight fit.

Step #2:
Screw pipe section into pipe floor flange fitting.

Step #3:
On top of pipe section, insert pipe bushing fitting.

Step #4:
With the side table base built, give it a coat of spray paint. Once dry, give the base a coat of polyurethane spray.

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Step #5: 
To create the striped table top, tape off sections of the wooden top with painters tape.

Determine which sections you want to paint which colors. Truthfully, I went with colors we already had stored away in the garage.

And that’s how one section was stained gray and another section was painted teal.
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Step #6:
With the paint now dry on the table top, give that a coat (or two) of polyurethane spray.

Step #7:
Use a bonding glue to secure the wooden table top to the base.

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Pour yourself your favorite refreshing beverage…while you decide what to use the one remaining patio umbrella stand for!
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50 thoughts on “DIY Umbrella Stand into an Easy Patio Side Table

  1. Pili says:

    I wish I had seen this before I left my lonely umbrella stand behind on my last move… This table is so cool, love the chairs too

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Wendi! Glad the base finally has a purpose other than sitting in the corner of the yard.

  2. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    Re-using the umbrella stand to make an outdoor table — brilliant! It turned out to be quite attractive and really adds to your outdoor living space! Great up-cycle project!

  3. Tonya C Redmond says:

    Such a great idea! I LOVE to see all of the creative ways bloggers reuse things instead of throwing it in the landfill! Saving this in case I ever end with an extra umbrella stand 🙂

  4. Toni says:

    Wow, that is so smart! We also have a few stands and rarely use the umbrellas now that we got some sail shades in the back yard. I love that you painted it to complement the chair 🙂

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Toni! It turned out better than what my husband and I originally discussed. I think the stripes help!

  5. Debbie says:

    super cute, love the cabana stripes they really shout summer! What a great idea for an unused umbrella stand. thank you for sharing it at TADA! Thursdays

  6. Angie Rose says:

    What a beautiful job you did! Very inspiring. I even love all the beautiful plants you added to your space. Looks like a place I would love to sit and relax :0) Thanks for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It!

  7. Leslie says:

    So cute! The umbrella stand is perfect as a table base. And I love the stripes with your patio furniture. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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