Come learn from DIY Experts at Grand Designs Live

“The theme of Grand Designs this year is ‘Responsible Living’ which is in-line with BLACK+DECKER’s local vision to enhance the homes of South African’s in a responsible and sustainable way,” says Mayan Desai, Trade Marketing Manager of Stanley Black & Decker Southern Africa, “We have recently repositioned BLACK+DECKER as a brand for the home due to its rich and varied product offering so the partnership with Grand Designs is a perfect fit.”

In line with the ‘Responsible Living’ theme of the show, many of the DIY projects will be based on upcycling or repurposing.

The speakers at the Black+Decker DIY Theatre are:

  • Paul Rotherham is a DIY enthusiast who feels as comfortable in his tool shed as he does in a radio studio or in front of a television camera. Paul will demonstrate how to upcycle PVC pipe to make a kiddies garden chair at 11am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Neil Lovell is based in KZN and started working for Stanley Tools 18 years ago, which is now part of Stanley Black&Decker. His wife Leigh-Anne will assist him teaching guests to make a planter box made from scrap pallet timber on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12pm.
  • Gareth Greathead is the editor of Home Handyman. He is skilled as both a writer and technically in DIY plumbing and woodworking. On Friday at 1pm and Sunday at 2pm Gareth will be demonstrating how to make a PVC Poolside Towel Rack, on Saturday at 2pm he will give 10 easy steps to create a Cat Scratching Post.
  • Karin Orzol worked at Elle Magazine for 6 years, becoming picture and decor editor, before deciding to go freelance in 2008. She is now a freelance fashion editor and decor contributor for a few magazines and own a business called Sålt+Støne that is both a boutique and a function venue in Chartwell. Karin will show guests how to change a room with a few inexpensive DIY steps on Friday at 2pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
  • Marlene Cronje is a DIY Diva at DIY Divas & Guys which offers a range of courses that give hands on experience with power tools, how to do your own home repairs, allow you to make your own furniture and home decor accessories. On Friday at 4pm Marlene will teach guests how to make your own upholstered storage ottoman, on Saturday at 1pm how to create a herb garden by using plastic bottles and reclaimed wood, and on Sunday at 1pm how to transform an old car tyre into fun & functional furniture.
  • Stephen Pikus is last year’s Black+Decker DIY Guru Search winner and the owner of Green Light District, a decorative lighting company that designs and manufactures innovative chandeliers and lamps out of recycled, repurposed and renewable materials. He worked at an NGO with other artists for more than a decade.

Stephen will be demonstrating how to make a lamp from recycled PVC on Friday at 3pm.

BLACK+DECKER supports the trend of greater and greater DIY uptake in South Africa and in fact globally. As consumers have to tighten their belts with increasing economic pressure, ‘doing-it- yourself’ becomes a great solution for a productive and financially sound way to spend leisure time.

Grand Designs Live is one of South Africa’s leading contemporary home, design and garden shows, it brings stylish yet accessible home renovation and design solutions to consumers each year. Visitors will be kept entertained with this celebrity line-up and expert advice in quality presentations at the Black+Decker DIY Theatre. Interactive workshops will be on offer to those who want to immerse themselves in DIY experiences and get two free tickets to the show, click here to find out more. There is also a Black+Decker Guru Search competition currently underway, click here to find out more.

“People coming to the show are in for some fantastic surprises, we intend to fully live up to Stanley Black & Decker’s reputation as an innovator and to create an interactive and experiential journey with our brands,” says Desai.

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