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Bucket Umbrella Stand

Martha Stewart Living, April 2008

Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint. In addition to providing color, the paint will help disguise any rust caused by dripping umbrellas. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket (available at garden centers) with painters' tape; prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Let dry 24 hours before removing tape.

Comments (17)

  • Kistla 9 Jun, 2011

    I know this is an old thread, but I just found this idea, tried World Market and couldn't find the tall buckets (they don't seem to carry them anymore). I did find them online at Great Rooms Decor - they had several different sizes.
    I love this idea, on to pick the color!

  • NoFixedAddress 17 Nov, 2008

    To the people who asked these questions:

    What type of paint?
    It states to use "by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint"

    Where to buy the buckets?
    As soon as I saw the photo I thought "IKEA" for sure
    they have every size of these

    and the local Dollar Store (or at least here) has them also:)

  • nicozilla_007 4 Jul, 2008

    You could also an array of galvanized buckets at World Market (if there is one in your area, if not try They sell a variety from small planter buckets, to tall buckets as seen in this photo.

  • tizinu 12 Jun, 2008

    TishK: Try Michael's. It may not be exactly what you are looking for here, but I know they have the tall metal floral containers.

    Fanny: Any rust-preventative paint will do. (eg Rustoleum). They use a brush with paint, but you can use a spray on version too... as long as it's rust preventative.

  • TishK 20 May, 2008

    I love this idea , but I need help finding the tall bucket. The article says you can find it at any garden center . i have gone to and called over 20 places and no where can I find it. Help me . I live in upstate New York. Thanks!

  • fanny119 13 Apr, 2008

    Forgive me, I'm a craft newbie. What is the best type of paint to use for this project?

  • emilybeck 11 Apr, 2008

    I love this idea, i have been looking for something to go in my entryway I think that this will do just fine thanks martha!!

  • Isabella07 11 Apr, 2008

    For many years I have used a similar style bucket for an umbrella stand. My hint is to fill the bottom with beach sand. This will not only weight the bucket, but the umbrellas will stand straight. I have it standing by the back door. It is colorful and handy.

  • Boisebabe 11 Apr, 2008

    Really a great idea, but I think I will tole paint my bucket instead in soft florals.

  • casperboy 10 Apr, 2008

    Wonderful idea. It has rained alot here in North Carolina this year so I'm ready to find a place for the drips. I love all the good tips on Martha. I'm forever telling my friends "I heard this or that idea from Martha".

  • Quanah 10 Apr, 2008

    I am so glad I read this. I have been at my wit's end to find something to put my umbrella in. Thank you!

  • Quanah 10 Apr, 2008

    I am so glad I read this. I have been at my wit's end to find something to put my umbrella in. Thank you!

  • mitsya 10 Apr, 2008

    EXCELLENT suggestions (and screen name!), funbug! I think a combo of your sponge insert and lindydi's plant saucer will be the perfect rust

  • lindydi 10 Apr, 2008

    I love this idea! I think I will put an inexpensive clear plastic plant saucer in the bottom, and maybe a couple inches of pea gravel, or stones to weight it down.

  • LuvMaerz 10 Apr, 2008

    I like your idea funbug! Looks like a great project, and it would be great to use for displaying [filtered word] willow branches, etc.

  • funbug 30 Mar, 2008

    This is not a good thing it is a great thing. I did this, but I painted the inside with a rust inhibitor paint and then placed a proper sized sponge in the bottom. That way I could remove the sponge as to keep standing water out. Thanks for the idea!!! D :)

  • csmithOT 27 Mar, 2008

    This is a perfect solution in two ways. One, rain does not fall often here in Arizona therefore the umbrella's tend to get lost/misplaced; perfect to stay organized, and two this is a beautiful way to design the front door.