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DIY Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Kimberley Seldon's Dabble

How to Properly Use Painter’s Tape


A great paint job begins with solid preparation. Proper masking technique for paint protection is key to achieving sharp, clear paint lines that will make any project have professional results. The following steps will help you prepare for almost any paint project.


* Ensure you’re using the best tape for the job.
* Remove wall hangings (pictures, nails, fixtures) and fill nail holes.
* Use sandpaper to smooth the wall.
* The surface should be clean, dry and dust free before you begin painting.
Surface Types:To help ensure clean, damage-free removal, your tape’s adhesion level should match the type of surface you are planning to mask.
* Delicate surfaces like wallpaper and fresh paint call for ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
* Masking light to medium textured surfaces is the job for ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
* For best results on heavily-textured surfaces, use ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Original Multi-Surface or ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
Using Painter’s Tape:

* When you’re ready to mask, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time.
* Apply tape to the surface, pressing down the edges as you go.
* Secure the tape to smooth surfaces by pressing the edges down with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool. Don’t use these tools on medium or heavy textures, as they can tear the tape.
* To further seal against seepage and paint bleeds, use your brush to paint a little of your basecoat color along the tape edge.
Removing Painter’s Tape:* Remove tape at a 45 ° angle, using a moderate speed.
* For best results, pull the tape back on itself. If adhesive sticks to the surface, try a 90 ° angle.
* If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut (or score) along the painted tape edge.
When to Remove Painter’s Tape:* Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector: 14-day clean removal
* Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector: 60-day clean removal
* Original Multi-Surface: 14-day clean removalFor more information, visit: ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Faux-Panelled Walls’ in Issue 1 of Dabble

Bye-Bye Blackboard Blahs


Finessing a finish that’s been in the line for several years, Benjamin Moore has introduced a new edition of its Chalkboard Paint that now is tintable in any colour.

The ChalkBoard Paint colour choices are endless and go far beyond the classic black and green chalkboard colours we are use to. Time for a DIY project!

Step up the Style


Step up the style quotient in your dressing room, says DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci. Make a decorative ladder to display haberdashery and accessories.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – The Height of Style’ in Issue 9 of Dabble

DIY Guy: Rockabye Birdie

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Nicholas Rosaci’s DIY dreams branch out into an enchanting and elegant baby’s room decoration.


– 2 faux branches, 2′-3′ long
– Spray paint
– Felt sheets, 8½”x 11″(medium stiffness / weight)
– Pencil or disappearing fabric marke
– Craft / utility knife
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Pompoms
– Decorative rhinestones
– Craft glue
– Tweezers
– 4 pieces of string (length depends on ceiling height)
– 6″string for each bird
– Hole punch
– 2 ceiling hooks

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Spray paint inexpensive, fake branches. Choose a colour that best suits baby’s room décor.

Print out the bird and flower templates and photocopy them to desired size. Cut the shapes out using sharp scissors. Position each template onto a sheet of felt, securing with removable tape. With a disappearing fabric marker or pencil, carefully draw the outline of each template onto the felt and then cut out the shape.


To give the bird dimension, use a craft knife and ruler to create a small slit in the centre of the template (in the position of the wings). Slide the wing cutout through the slit. Glue rhinstones in place to create the bird’s eyes —tweezers make the task easier.

Tip: To keep the wing securely in place, make the slit only as wide as the centre width of the wing.

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Using the flower blossom cutouts, layer three sizes to create the blooms. Position the largest flower at the bottom and the smallest one on top. Add a small dab of glue to adhere the layers and then finalize with a pompom in the centre. Finish by adding some rhinestones to the centre of each flower’s pompom.


When you’re ready to hang the mobile, tie a 6″ string to each bird by poking a hole in the top centre of the bird using a hole punch. Tie the other end of string to the branch so the bird hangs at the desired length. Arrange the birds in a loose fashion with felt blossoms
interspersed at random intervals. Glue the flowers directly onto the branches. Finally, tie long strings to each end of the branches and hang the mobile from two or more ceiling hooks at the desired height.

*Please Note: As with any DIY, the quality of the project varies. For safety, hang the finish project, either well out of reach of a child standing in the crib, or on the wall as static art.

Rockaby Birdie


Nicholas Rosaci’s DIY dreams branch out into an enchanting and elegant baby’s room decoration. Print out this templates and make your own.






Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Rockabye Birdie’ in Issue 8 of Dabble.


DIY Guy on Breakfast Television

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on April 12, 2012.

DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci on Daytime!

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on March 22, 2012.

DIY Guy: Copper Showstopper

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“Penny for your thoughts” says Dabble’s DIY Guy, Nicholas Rosaci as he makes cents of his latest project.


– Table of your choice
– Pennies
– 2 cups distilled white vinegar
– 1 tbsp table salt
– Small container
– Lepage® No More Nails adhesive glue
– Copper coloured spray paint


– Envirotex Pour On High Gloss Finish or other polymer coating


Scout thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, antique stores and used furniture stores to find a small, inexpensive but practical table to adorn.

In order to clean pennies, mix vinegar and salt in a small container and soak several at a time in the mixture. Wait three minutes and remove shiny pennies from the container. Rinse coins under warm water and pat dry.

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Tip: Don’t clean valuable or collectible coins. Removing the tarnish (patina) reduces their value by as much as 90%.

Spray paint the table a copper or bronze metallic colour to match the pennies. Dupli-Color® automotive paint in metallic copper is a great match.

Tip: If you feel like spending a little more on the project, use nickels and spray the surface silver instead.

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Glue each penny onto the table until its surfaces are completely covered. Work closely around the base, sides and top of the table and adjust the position of the coins to minimize gaps.

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Follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you choose to cover the table with a clear coat of polymer.

Tip: Double the layer of pennies for greater depth.

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Copper Frame DIY


* Picture frame of your choice
* Spray paint (automotive)
* Painter’s tape / masking tape

1. Tape off the glass with painter’s tape or remove glass if you can.
2. Spray paint frame to give it a custom look.
3. Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes and then apply a second coat.
4. Make sure the paint has properly dried before putting in a picture.

To see another Copper Showstopper DIY project by Nicholas, check out Issue 6 Feb/Mar 2012.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Candy Coated’ in Issue 5 of Dabble.

Candy Coated Chic

Nicholas Rosaci demonstrates how to turn simple jujubes into a sumptuous showstopper. These easy-to-embellish trees look good enough to eat — lucky for your guests that’s exactly what they’re for!

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on Dec. 8, 2011.

DIY Guy: Candy Coated

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Nicholas Rosaci turns Jujubes into a sumptuous showpiece. “This festive DIY is deliciously easy to make.”


– Styrofoam cone: 24” H, 6” diameter base
– 4 pounds of Jujubes (approx.)
– Toothpick for each Jujube
– 5” cake pin
– Decorative bead or crystal
– 8” candle base


– Hot glue gun /sticks (For a non-edible Jujube tree)
– Automotive spray paint


When selecting Jujubes, choose the colours, shapes, and sizes that complement your style and décor. Candy canes, peppermints and rock candy are great alternatives to Jujubes. Remember to buy extra candy since you’re bound to eat a few while making your tree.

Starting from the top and working in rows, insert a toothpick into each Jujube and push them, one at a time, into place on the Styrofoam cone. For a decorative, non-edible Jujube tree, affix the candies to the cone with a drop of hot glue. Make sure the glue gun is set to “low” so the glue doesn’t melt the Styrofoam.

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Up the glam quotient with a crowning crystal bead (available at craft stores). Slide the jewel onto a cake pin (also available at craft stores) and insert the pin through a larger Jujube. Push the crystal adorned Jujube finial into the top of the Styrofoam cone.

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In a well ventilated area, spray paint a candle base using automotive spray paint, which is durable and comes in a variety of glittering metallic finishes. Nicholas is using a shimmering green to complement his blue Jujube tree.

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Finish the festive masterpiece with a feather boa wrapped around the bottom of the tree base. Tip: To give your Jujube tree as a gift, wrap the entire thing in clear cellophane and top with a ribbon.

Tip: A strand of white feathers add glam.

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Decoupage Chair DIY

Nicholas Rosaci, DIY Guy, shows us how to make a Decoupage Chair! Make this chair your own by clipping magazine or newspaper articles and photos that appeal to you.

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on Nov. 8, 2011.