Hello beautiful friends!!
Jack has officially graduated woohoo!
What a weird year this has been. We weren’t even sure we would get to see him walk at all.
They arranged it so that the graduates could walk through one at a time by appointment with a maximum of 10 guests each.
I couldn’t be more proud of my sweet boy!
We did have to wear masks indoors but were allowed to take them off for photos.
We had a little fun with that sign above that I had made for his celebration!
He missed getting cap and gown photos taken at school when they shut down, so we set up shop in the kitchen!
Our week at the beach house started out a soggy mess, but by mid-week, the clouds parted and the sun came out, and we had a blast!
My niece’s husband was able to capture us all with his drone!
Photo Credit: Spencer Bloodworth
Thank you, Spencer! That is my two sisters and their families, one of my brothers and his family, me and my boys (and Jack’s GF), and my parents. My hubby is missing from the photo because he still had to work while we got to play!
Brennan enjoyed himself too, and that was our house in the background. It was right across the street from the ocean which was so nice!
We were sad to see the week come to an end, but we definitely enjoyed every minute! Thanks for letting me share a bit of our week.
Okay…on to today’s project!
This post was originally a Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday share a couple of years ago, and it is a fantastic project for Summer! I’ve included the links to my friends’ pieces that were shared the day I originally shared this, at the bottom.
I love it when I have actual trash to share!! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I was able to create something super functional out of these wood planks my Hubby was just getting ready to toss:
We were in desperate need of some shade in our back yard. The afternoon sun around here is relentless, so I got online and started searching for an umbrella base that we could move around as needed, and that was sturdy enough to weather the high winds we often experience here.
Seriously, the best option I could find that would fit our needs and had positive reviews was $139, AND it was just plastic. Apparently you can put bricks inside it?
There is just no way, so I decided to sketch up my own DIY version:
I needed it to be mobile so I started thinking about the materials I would need to create my own DIY version when I came across our wheel barrow filled with scraps of wood left over from a project my Hubby had been working on. He was just about to throw them away, but they were perfect for what I had in mind!
Here is what I came up with:
This is just perfect for our needs!
I like to be able to sit down here by the pool when my boys are swimming and with the umbrella, I don’t have to bake in the sun to do it!
I also love that we can roll it around as the sun moves across the sky also. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Here’s a quick run-down of how I made this…
- I started with my Hubby’s wood scraps. This is pressure treated wood so it will withstand the outdoor elements.
- I used my miter saw to cut all but two of the pieces to a length of 19″.
- As you can see I also needed one smaller piece cut to make the bottom a perfect square. Also two of the side pieces are each about 1 1/2″ shorter to be able to fit in between the other side pieces.
- I lightly sanded all pieces before starting to piece them together, especially the newly cut ends. Then I used my nail gun to attach the side pieces together to create the sides of my box.
- I attached the bottom pieces across the bottom also with my nail gun.
- Tada…a square wood box!
- You can see I had stained my box at this point, but I would personally wait until the end. (You should actually wait 4-6 weeks before staining until the wood has had enough time to dry out, but I was impatient. The wood won’t take the stain quite as well when it is still new.) Here I pre-drilled my holes for the wheels. I used two locking swivel casters and two stationary ones, both recommended for outdoor use, from the Home Depot. (UPDATE: This umbrella base is so heavy that it is not going anywhere, so I would skip the locking casters and buy four swivel next time!)
- I used deck screws we already had to attach the wheels.
- I had originally planned to add a piece of PVC to hold the umbrella, however I already had this concrete base I purchased at Target for under our patio table. Unfortunately it wasn’t heavy enough to stop the wind from knocking our patio table over when the umbrella was up so it was pretty useless on its own…perfect for this project though! I put a layer of plastic under it to stop any concrete from seeping through the bottom planks. I also covered the edge with FrogTape in case any concrete spilled over the edge.
- I used one and a half bags of Quikrete concrete mix.
- My Hubby was happy to mix it for me using a grout mixing paddle and a five gallon bucket. He likes to feel needed!
- It is very heavy so you may need to mix it in smaller batches if you have a hard time lifting anything heavy. He just poured right over the old base and continued to add more until it was flush with the top. **At this point, you could add pretty decorative stones or broken china to make a mosaic if you like. I never thought of that idea until my Hubby suggested it AFTER the concrete had cured.
- You could call it done at this point, but I wanted cover the concrete.
- I cut Three 19″ pieces, then used my table saw to rip them in half lengthwise.
- I traced a half-circle on each piece that was going on either side of the umbrella and cut it with my jigsaw.
- All cut and ready to attach.
- Before attaching the top, I stained the concrete using the same Thompson’s Water Seal deck stain in Desert Brown that I used on the rest. I used this pad applicator (paint edger) from Shur-line and it worked great.
- I dry fit the planks before staining them.
- Then I stained the rest of the wood pieces. Again, you should probably let the wood dry out 4-6 weeks like suggested, but since this is just a small item and not our entire deck or fence, I went ahead and stained it. I attached them with my nailgun.
- I inserted my umbrella and voila!
And that is it! I spent about $26 for the wheels and concrete and the smaller concrete base I originally purchased from Target was $39. The wood was free and I had the deck stain left over from staining our deck, so out of pocket for this project was around $65. Not cheap by any means, but certainly better than $139!
I like that it can even serve as a side table.
You can see the tree blowing in the background from the wind, but my umbrella has held firm!
And after two years, it is still going strong!
Here’s what my friends shared on that Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing this gorgeous dressing table that belongs to the lovely lady that blessed me with my Mother’s day haul:
This is a piece she wanted to keep for herself, but wondered what I would charge to redo it for her. Of course I was happy to do it for her in exchange for all the beautiful pieces she gifted me! I’ll share all the pieces I got in that haul soon!
UPDATE: See how this beauty was brought back to life HERE now! 🙂
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