Originally aired on Cityline.ca in November 2012.
Cast a spell on Halloween with these devilishly-dyed doily-covered pumpkins. The eerie display is — to die for.
Follow the DIY Guy’s 5 easy steps to create your own earily beautiful entrance this holiday season.
Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Pumpkin Patch’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.
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.
* Use sandpaper to smooth the wall.
Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Faux-Panelled Walls’ in Issue 1 of Dabble
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
It’s no secret: I enjoy a good challenge, from designing spaces to coming up with an awesome new DIY.
Recently, Dabble challenged me to go on a hike for the launch of Wolverine‘s patented ICS Hiking Shoes. These shoes use disc technology as a way of customizing the level of support the insole provides the foot, based on comfort and the way a person walks.
The wonderful people from Elevator Communications Inc. were on hand at Evergreen Brick Works to help the group of hikers gear up for the day. This dynamic public park, located in the heart of Toronto, was named one of the top 10 geo-tourism destinations in the world by National Geographic.
Feeling quite prepared, I couldn’t help but wonder if my new hiking shoes would get me through all of the obstacles in the vast outdoors. I must be honest: I had never gone hiking in my life and the thought of bugs and grass stains terrified me. But, in the spirit of self-evolution and a challenge set by Dabble, I stepped out on my first trail.
The park was an excellent venue for the day with an abundance of different terrain to give the shoes a good workout. After what seemed like hours to me–only to be corrected by one of the hikers who said it was only 7 minutes–we reached a mammoth mountain of rock and boulders. OK fine! Perhaps I’m exaggerating a little, but it certainly was a big hill.
The hike was followed by a beautiful lunch under a tent. The tables were dressed with white linens and the plate chargers were made of sliced tree stumps (great inspiration for a DIY). Marvelling at my accomplishment, and my chic new pair of Wolverine shoes, I realized that hiking and the woods really aren’t that bad!
Nicholas Rosaci’s DIY dreams branch out into an enchanting and elegant baby’s room decoration. Print out this templates and make your own.
TO MAKE THE BIRD:
TO MAKE THE FLOWER:
Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Rockabye Birdie’ in Issue 8 of Dabble.
At dusk….that’s when this newly transformed backyard looks its starlit best. How fitting, since the house in question belongs to crooner and jazz vocalist Matt Dusk.
In designing an at-home retreat for the globe trotting musician, designer Nicholas Rosaci artfully combines two of his client’s passions—travel and vintage Hollywood.
Starting with a great backdrop helps any decorating project and Nicholas was pleased to see the combination of buff brick on the house and terracotta on the patio floor. Against these fixed elements, the daring designer added bold aqua blue and fiery orange to, “Ahem, jazz things up.”
“Orange is current and urbane,” says Nicholas, “and it complements the watery blues of the swimming pool.” To give the casual dining area a sense of ceremony, Nicholas circled its perimeter with breezy white drapery panels by Sunbrite Drapery. Moroccan lanterns lend sparkle to evening events and set an exotic mood.
Favourite element? “Oh, it has to be the tiki bar,” says Matt. “And I make a mean martini too.”
The World on a String
Create a romantic mood by hanging all-weather light strings reminiscent of an Italian piazza or Tuscan courtyard.
Dream a Little Dream
Before purchasing a patio set, find some online design images for inspiration. End of season deals are always a possibility.
The Best is Yet to Come
Treat the patio with the same reverence as the living room. Dress the fence with art, mirrors and sculpture.
Memories are Made of This
Once the project is complete, christen it with friends and a festive celebration.
* 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.
Make this chair your own by clipping magazine or newspaper articles and photos that appeal to you. Nicholas Rosaci shows you how.
* An interesting but inexpensive chair
* Old magazines
* Polyvinyl Acetate Glue (Elmer’s Glue All)
* Mod Podge Matte or Gloss Waterbase sealer, glue and finish
* Utility knife
* Metal edge ruler
* Foam brush or paint brush (to apply glue and Mod Podge)
* Krylon Low Odor Clear Matte Spray
* Brayer or popsicle stick
1. CUT IT OUT
Using scissors, a utility knife and a ruler, cut out interesting pictures and text from a magazine.
Tip: If you do not want to remove pages from the magazine, make a photocopy of the pages you like instead.
2. GLUE INTO PLACE
Spread a layer of glue onto a small section of the chair or spread a thin layer of glue onto the back of the image. Carefully place the magazine clipping (working in small sections at a time) onto the chair where you have applied glue. Use the tweezers to position, overlap and move the image if desired.
3. REMOVE AIR BUBBLES
Using your fingers, a popsicle stick or a brayer, gently smooth the image from the centre outward to remove air bubbles and excess glue. Allow the glue to dry.
4. COAT IT
Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to seal down all edges for a smooth finish. Allow the Mod Podge to dry and add a second coat for durability.
5. PROTECT IT
Spray a thin coat of acrylic spray for added protection.
Watch Nicholas on CityTV’s CityLine with host, Tracy Moore: Decoupage Chair.
Turns Jujubes into a sumptuous showpiece. This festive DIY is deliciously easy to make.
* 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
1. Dream a Little
When selecting Jujubes, choose the colours, shapes, and sizes that complement your style and decor. 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.
2. Jube it Up
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.
3. Sleigh Bells Bling
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.
4. Sparkling Finale
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.
5. Drum Roll
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.
Got Straws? Using 1,000 sublime drinking straws, DIY GUY Nicholas Rosaci creates a mind-blowing chandelier, sure to quench your thirst for something cool.
* 1 roll (24′ x 5′) welded hardware mesh, 24 gauge
* Approx. 25, 4′ miniature plastic ties
* Approx. 1,500 plastic straws (colour of your choice; quantity varies according to shade size)
* Pendant Light Wiring Kit (swag lighting kit) with socket (available at IKEA, most hardware stores)
* Low voltage LED light to avoid heat build-up and fire risk
* Old or inexpensive drum-shaped lampshade of desired diameter
* Miniature wire cutting pliers (end-cutting)
1. STRIP A SHADE
Remove the fabric from the drum shade to reveal the metal rings that create its top and bottom shape.
2. IT’S A WRAP
Wrap the hardware mesh around the top of the lampshade’s ring to form a cylinder about the same diameter as the ring. With miniature plastic ties, attach the top and bottom rings of the shade to the edge of the top and bottom rows of the mesh. Space the ties about 6′ apart. Using wire cutters, trim the mesh to your desired shade height.
3. GOT STRAWS?
Cut the plastic straws in half. Fold each half straw in the middle and insert from the inside of the lampshade. Push the straw through the square openings of the mesh. (Make sure the crease, where the straw was folded in half, is wrapped around the wire of the mesh.) Insert the other end of the straw into the adjacent square. Continue inserting the straws, row by row, into all of the squares until the shade is completely covered.
4. STAND OUT
Assemble the socket/swag lighting kit into the center of the top ring of the lampshade. Attach a white or colourful party LED bulb into the socket. We used a cool touch LED light bulb which offers the equivalent light output of a normal 75-100 watt incandescent bulb but only consumes a mere 3-13 watts. Plug lamp into a receptacle, turn on the switch and enjoy the light show.