Pumpkin DIY

Originally aired on Cityline.ca in November 2012.

Pumpkin Patch DIY

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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.

How to Properly Use Painter’s Tape

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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.

Preparation:

* 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.
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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

Step up the Style

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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

My Date with Wolverine

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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.

Reaching the summit of the hill, something strange happened to me…I felt zen and at peace with nature. I forgot about the bugs and the grass stains and, best of all, my feet didn’t hurt. I had tried all four settings: Comfort, Firm, Inward and Outward Support and had particularly enjoyed the Comfort setting, wishing all my shoes could be this comfortable.

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!

Rockaby Birdie

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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:

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TO MAKE THE FLOWER:

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

 

At Dusk

  • Orange and blue are complementary colours that work in harmony with the pool.
  • “I dabble in... entertaining. There’s nothing I like more than having my close friends over”. ~ Matt
  • Matt prepares tangy martinis at the tiki bar.
  • RIGHT Simple and stylish appetizersare crowd pleasers.
  • Send a message to guests on slate plates from Crate and Barrel.
  • Dabble’s DIY Guy, Nicholas Rosaci takes a well-deserved seat in the lush setting he’s created for his client.
  • "Attention to detail is what really gives a home a feeling of quality and style. Every detail should work in harmony to create a space that truly sings." ~Nicholas

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, which we put in recently ourselves after finding a place to rent a mini excavator.” 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.

Backyard Bliss

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It’s dusk–.at Dusk’s. Crooner Matt Dusk has every reason to sing the praises of his designer, DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci.

To read more about Matt’s digs, visit Issue 7: Apr/May’12.

Read the entire article ‘Home Tour – At Dusk’ in Issue 7 of Dabble.

Copper Frame DIY

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

INSTRUCTIONS
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.

Decoupage Chair DIY

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Make this chair your own by clipping magazine or newspaper articles and photos that appeal to you. Nicholas Rosaci shows you how.

MATERIALS REQUIRED
* 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
* Scissors
* Metal edge ruler
* Foam brush or paint brush (to apply glue and Mod Podge)
* Krylon Low Odor Clear Matte Spray

OPTIONAL
* Brayer or popsicle stick
* Tweezers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5. PROTECT IT

Spray a thin coat of acrylic spray for added protection.

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Watch Nicholas on CityTV’s CityLine with host, Tracy Moore: Decoupage Chair.

Candy Coated

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Turns Jujubes into a sumptuous showpiece. This festive DIY is deliciously easy to make.

MATERIALS REQUIRED
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

OPTIONAL
* 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thirsty For Light DIY

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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.

MATERIALS REQUIRED
* 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, ask you local LED light distributor.
* Old or inexpensive drum-shaped lampshade of desired diameter
* Scissors
* Miniature wire cutting pliers (end-cutting)

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1. STRIP A SHADE

Remove the fabric from the drum shade to reveal the metal rings that create its top and bottom shape.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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