The stars of the Bunnings Workshop community are our wonderful members and their inspiring projects. We love reading your stories and really appreciate you sharing your projects, experiences and knowledge.
But as we continue to grow the Workshop team, some members have asked if we could tell our own personal stories so everyone could get to know us a little better.
By popular request, here’s the Bunnings Workshop team in alphabetical order…
As one of our resident Bunnings D.I.Y. experts assisting members with their project questions, EricL is a passionate D.I.Y. problem-solver. He loves helping D.I.Y. enthusiasts find solutions to their project challenges.
Eric particularly loves creating 3D diagrams for members, from complex kitchen layouts to simple cabinet drawings. “I love drawing diagrams because it takes you one step closer to your dream becoming reality,” he says.
Eric lives with his with his wife and three children in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs. He loves spending time with his family and dragging them to the beach for a day of relaxation.
He often writes D.I.Y. ideas in a notebook and takes votes from his family to see which one he should work on next. “Our family has recently worn out the finish on our dining table. We've decided that we're going to sand our table back to wood and give it a new coat of varnish.”
On the weekend, Eric enjoys shopping with his wife before tinkering around in the garage to see what he can build next. He’s also currently teaching his two eldest sons how to drive. “You feel like that they should know how to drive already because they play so many video games!”
Whenever he has time for himself, Eric loves watching classic science fiction movies. “The one that stands out is the The Thing by John Carpenter. Because the alien mimics us so well, we never really know which one of is the alien…”
Jason is a former newspaper, magazine and online journalist who now specialises in managing online communities. He never ceases to be impressed at how generous community members are in sharing their time, knowledge and experience to help and inspire other people.
“It’s a real privilege to be part of such a friendly community in which everyone is welcome. This is a place where your skill or experience doesn’t matter – everyone has to start from somewhere and is encouraged to have a go.”
Jason describes his own D.I.Y. skills as “basic” and “in need of further development”. But with expert help and more than a little direction from the Bunnings team and his creative wife, Jason has tackled two major renovation and building projects at his 50s-era Melbourne home.
“We loved the house as soon as we walked through the door, even though it needed some work. Since then, we’ve managed to make a real home.”
KatieC is Bunnings Workshop’s member engagement coordinator and self-described "professional D.I.Y. dreamer". Originally hailing from Colorado and New York, she has called Australia her home for over seven years but her accent remains.
Katie shares her home with her husband and Dutch Shepherd puppy – both of which she says create lots of laughs and some annoyances. Earlier in the year when they were living in a 1920s house, Koda woke them up in the middle of the night barking at a lounge that was (apparently) empty. “I was too scared to get out of bed…”
Katie has previously worked in local government, hosting events including a recent online arts and crafts market. “My biggest reward was not only bringing arts and culture to the community, but also the appreciation from the artisans, musicians, and children's entertainers for giving them a platform to continue to do what they love in times of uncertainty.”
She is thrilled to be part of the team creating ways that Workshop members can connect and engage with one another in an inspiring and safe environment. “After speaking to many members, I can truly feel the love and pride of being a member of Workshop. This community is filled with inspiration, hope and support.”
Bunnings team member MitchellMc has been helping make home improvement accessible for the past two decades. Discovering his passion for all things D.I.Y. at a young age, there’s nothing that excites Mitch more than seeing someone’s project come to fruition, especially if his assistance has been a catalyst to its completion.
“I can’t imagine anything more rewarding than being part of someone else’s D.I.Y. journey,” Mitch says. “There’s something really special about helping grow a person’s confidence and encouraging them to attempt projects outside their comfort zone. Watching them relish in the fact that they can now improve their home without having to employ others to do it for them is exceptionally fulfilling.”
Early in his career, Mitch realised that the very customers he was serving had a wealth of knowledge to share. Any time a tradesperson had time to teach him a thing or two, he’d pay great attention, and what he’s learned over the years has been invaluable in helping others.
“I’m exceptionally grateful for the broad range of knowledge that has been passed on to me over the years. I can’t imagine being able to acquire it any other way. When you come across someone that really knows what they’re talking about, sometimes, you just need to stop and listen.”
When at his Sydney home, Mitch likes nothing more than to spend as much time with his young family as possible. In his free time, he works on a whole range of D.I.Y. projects and put’s his expertise to the test at any chance he can get. His wife Sarah always knows who to call when there’s something that desperately needs fixing. “Mitch is a bit like a roll of duct tape; he can pretty much fix anything,” says Sarah.
Bunnings Workshop Project Editor StevieB is a content specialist who has worked as a writer and communication strategist. She lives with her partner Matt and dog Frankie in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
Stevie says she loves the “creativity and generosity” of the Workshop community. “Inspiring projects are posted daily and many community members spend a lot of time sharing ideas and advice to help fellow members with their projects.”
With a passion for books, Stevie started a bookclub to meet more people in her local area. “I love that a group that was formed with a shared location and love of reading has turned into a space where we can all share what is going on in our lives and help each other through another tough year.”
Stevie also enjoys getting friends together for crafty afternoons to D.I.Y. decorative wall hangings and clay creations. “I recently made a punch needle wall hanging and dried floral arrangement. Now that I’m in a bigger space with a garage, I’m hoping to tackle larger projects such as a D.I.Y. table and a few upcycling projects.”
On the weekend, you may find her redesigning the house with upcycled pieces from Facebook Marketplace, walking to her local for a chai, smashing out a new documentary series or running around with Frankie at the dog park.
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