South Africa’s ultimate DIY Guru discovered in BLACK+DECKER’s Inspiration search

BLACK+DECKER in collaboration with Grand Designs Live recently embarked on a DIY Guru Search for an aficionado with the most innovative and inspiring DIY project. Stephen Pikus was announced as the grand prize winner of the BLACK+DECKER Inspiration search and South Africa’s ultimate DIY Guru at Grand Designs Live at the TicketPro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, for his innovative ‘Fire and Ice’ upcycled chandeliers made from recycled glass, wire, fishing gut, and metal rounds, and his lamps made from recycled air and oil filters repurposed from scrap.

Stephen, ‘the DIY master’ was given the opportunity to present his project at the BLACK+DECKER DIY Theatre at Grand Designs Live on 29 and 30 May 2015. The grand prize, valued at R20 000 was meant to include a BLACK+DECKER hamper and a night away at a top class hotel in Johannesburg, however, Stephen spoke to BLACK+DECKER management and opted for an increased tool hamper rather than the night away. This worked to his benefit as the BLACK+DECKER hamper he received ended up being worth R25 000.

“I was inspired a lot by the concept of the search, it’s not a project meant for professionals, anyone could enter the competition. I love projects where I can get my hands dirty and the BLACK+DECKER DIY Inspiration Search was a very good platform for that”, says Stephen.

Stephen was raised north of Johannesburg where he was exposed to construction as his Father was a building contractor, and this is where his love to work with his hands began. He recently moved back to Johannesburg from Tzaneen where he stayed for 10 years raising funds for an NPO using his DIY expertise. “We had very little budget and everything we had to do, we had to think outside the box, which meant recycling and repurposing whatever we found,” says Stephen.

Stephen had booked a stand at Grand Designs Live for this company ‘Green Light District’ which brightens up homes, with innovative décor, while caring for the environment and honouring the heritage of the raw materials. Green Light District chandeliers are made entirely from recycled glass he generally collects from the field, such as an abandoned beach hotel in Xai Xai (Mozambique) that is 70 years old, each piece of glass has a story. His lamps are made from up-cycled air filters from mining trucks and smaller vehicles.The ceiling cup for the lights is made from a used car oil filter. These oil filters carry a large amount of black poison that poses a threat to the environment when neglected.

“Whatever project design I have, I am sure to always have my cordless drill, I can get away with anything as I love designing stuff for my home,” says Stephen. In addition to the BLACK+DECKER prizes Stephen also received various Stanley tools and storage solutions.

A DIY’er uses a BLACK+DECKER cordless drill to put up a shelf in his home.

The other semi-finalists also competing for the grand prize, were Marnus Hattingh, who made an impressive ottoman and won a BLACK+DECKER 10.8V Oscillating Multi Tool; husband and wife team, Devlin and Adele Klusener, who made an incredibly cute children’s rocking sheep and won a BLACK+DECKER Steam-mop™ with Autoselect® technology, and Naumaan Mahomed, who made a state-of-the-art hand bag cabinet and won a BLACK+DECKER Jigsaw.

“We were delighted and impressed by the high standard of entries and surprised by the level of interest and innovation. We hope that our winners will enjoy their prizes and will continue to use BLACK+DECKER products for years to come.’

“Throughout its history, BLACK+DECKER has consistently provided consumers with innovative, affordable, and quality products. While its roots are firmly planted in the power tool space, over the years there have been a number of additional categories that have contributed to the BLACK+DECKER range of products, including cleaning and outdoor devices, and small kitchen appliances. As a result of this, the brand is deeply entrenched in and around the home. Ultimately, BLACK+DECKER will help its product owners transform the place where they live into a home,” says Mayan Desai, Trade Marketing Manager for Stanley Black & Decker