I have always been interested in furniture and loved being creative but never really had the confidence to pursue it as a career. I saw an advert for an apprentice position at Petit Miracles and the rest is history! I am now general manager, my role includes Upholstery for the shop and bespoke orders, helping customers with their queries, making sure the shop looks beautiful and whenever I can I will be in the workshop!
Petit Miracles has given me confidence in myself and abilities and helped me grow as a person. I love working here because it’s a really creative environment, we have a great group of staff and volunteers and every day is different! My favourite piece of furniture so far has to be ‘Hattie’, a multi-media chest of drawers, one of the first pieces I worked on.
I have recently worked on a vintage walnut wardrobe. It was a lovely shape and design but was in need of a little love! We had some gorgeous wallpaper that I decided to use while upcycling the wardrobe!
First the whole piece needed to be sanded down and cleaned with sugar soap. I used brown paper to create a template for the wallpaper, once the pieces were cut out, I put them to one side and I primed the wardrobe. I mixed some wallpaper paste and started to wallpaper the wardrobe, making sure to line up the paper as best I could to ensure a clean finish! It was then finished off with a couple of coats of varnish to protect the paper and a new handle!
“Michael” – The wardrobe is now available on our website: