St Mary's Maitland student Luke Luckner wins Cherie Barber Young Renovators Scholarship

Renovation is something most people would associate with adults.

But a local teenager has not only made renovating his passion, he’s made it his business... and he’s getting noticed.

Luke Luckner is a year 12 student at All Saints College, St Marys Campus, who became interested in renovating and property at a young age.

“Around turning double-digits I was introduced to display homes as my mum was finding a way in which we could buy a brand new house,” Luke said.

“That’s when my passion in renovating began; it made me want to turn something we could afford and that had potential into something better.”

“Its a rewarding experience turning something that is nothing special and changing the entirety of it into something else.”

“Seeing the before and after is very rewarding especially if it's how you'd envisioned.”

It made me want to turn something we could afford and that had potential into something better. - Luke Luckner

Despite his youth, the 17-year-old decided to start his own business, refurbishing furniture that he sources for free and sells online. 

“My furniture business has made me more money than my regular retail job,” he said.

“I have a Facebook page, so I know my target market and make posts aimed at what they want.

“I hope to continue my business to save more money for my first renovation.”

He heard about a scholarship run by “Australia’s Renovation Queen” Cherie Barber and decided to apply.

But instead of waiting for fate, Luke took initiative and at one of Cherie's seminars he approached her to push his chances forward.

“Stoked, I was awarded the scholarship then and there months before the entries were filtered through online,” he said. 

He was picked as one of five young Australians for a full 12-month scholarship to her in depth program, valued at $5,970.

Luke and the other Young Renovators Scholarship winners started Ms Barber’s three-day workshop in Sydney on Thursday.

To check out some of Luke’s work, visit www.facebook.com/lukxfurniture.

PASSION:  St Marys student Luke Luckner has started his own renovation business and won a scholarship worth $5,970.

PASSION: St Marys student Luke Luckner has started his own renovation business and won a scholarship worth $5,970.

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