DIY Umbrella Side Table

After searching and searching (for like a whole 20 minutes on the internet) I was unable to find the side table that I wanted for our pool deck. I found a lot of pretty tables that were the perfect size and look, but none that had a hole in the center for an umbrella pole. I am quite sure they are out there, but the internet minions didn’t let me see them that day.

So I sent Mr. Creativity and his friend ‘Skyscraper’ to Lowe’s with a list (Skyscraper was going to make an outdoor dining table using the same materials, so don’t start thinking that I roped in someone else on my hair-brained idea).
3.5 hours later they returned…with everything that was on the list…thankfully
DIY Umbrella Side Table

  • 1 – 2x8x6 pressure treated wood cut in 3 lengths of 24″
  • 4 – 1″ galvanized pipe cut (with threads on both ends) to 20″ lengths
  • 1×3 cut to 19″ lengths
  • 4 plastic caps for 1″ pipes
  • 4 galvanized 1″ pipe flanges
  • 2″ exterior screws

DIY Umbrella Side Table
I gave the wood a good distressing first because I wanted it to look old and imperfect. If it looked new and perfect, it wouldn’t fit in around here…

DIY Umbrella Side Table
We braced the 3 boards together with the 1x2s and screws and then moved on to the legs…

DIY Umbrella Side Table
Our poor neighbors…bless their hearts.
They have the patience of Job.
You can put ‘old box and arrows’ on your shopping list, but we just happened to have these in the garage.
DIY Umbrella Side Table
The flanges were set on the outside corners and then the legs just screwed into them.
DIY Umbrella Side TableMy man got the power tools out and drilled a hole that would fit the umbrella pole (he used a 1.5″ drill bit and a lot of muscle…)
DIY Umbrella Side Table
After sanding the wood and wiping away the dust with tack cloth I applied the stain.
The stain color that I chose was Kona by Rust-Oleum. I love how dark it is.
Then I gave it 3 coats of poly so that if we splash water on it or set cold drinks on it the finish will be fine.
DIY Umbrella Side Table
DIY Umbrella Side Table
DIY Umbrella Side Table
Now, all I have to do is sit by the pool and think up other projects that need to happen.
Well, that and laundry, bathrooms, vacuuming…
DIY Umbrella Side Table
Are you a DIY’er ? I would love to hear about a “can’t find it on the internet, so I’ll just build it myself” that you have done recently!

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DIY Umbrella Side Table