Our story

Local family business

About Us

Meet Darren

Darren is the man behind the biz. He’s been working in the painting industry for many years, running teams of painters on a wide range of jobs both commercial and residential. However, local residential demand continued to increase through word-of-mouth and Darren decided to step back into his own neck of the woods and paint Lake Mac.

Darren has built a solid reputation delivering quality and trust. Both very important values aligned with Darren’s beliefs. Giving every job 100% and walking away knowing customer satisfaction is high. Darren was born and bred in Lake Mac and enjoys working and living right here in paradise. Striving for a work-life balance, family time is high on the list, and working locally definitely helps achieve this.

Honest, fair and easy to get along with

The boys do things the right way, not the fastest way

Organised, punctual and reliable

Highest quality workmanship

Thinking outside the box for awesome results


Years in painting

Years living in Lake Macquarie

Years married


Happy customers

What we do

These and more…

Residential interior

All interior surfaces including a repaint of existing, colour change, renovations and new work.

Residential exterior

All exterior surfaces including weatherboards, render, brick, modular systems and fencing.


Preparation and finishing of wood surfaces on decks, balustrades, custom panelling and all timber.

Problem fixing

Substrate issues such as water damage, plaster repairs and previously failed painting work.


What customers are saying

“Darren delivered on all fronts, quality workmanship, unsurpassed attention to detail whilst always communicating where the job was at and what the next step was.

There are plenty of people out there to paint houses and they can knock it over really quick, but I’m certain there is no one who will take as much pride in delivering a quality finish as Darren did on our place, and that makes all the difference.

I have and will continue to recommenced Darren to anyone wanting a quality job.”

Miriam Towndrow

Home owner, Valentine Gardens

“Darren from Lake Mac Painting has just transformed my, recently purchased, run down house into a fresh modern home. His work and the finish far exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend him.”

Jon Shaw

Home owner, Valentine

“Could not be happier with the professional service from Darren and his wife. Excellent in all aspects, from prompt reply to my initial email, to getting quote and having the work done. Darren has a very high standard and great attention to detail. Highly recommend his painting service.”

Robert Pearce

Home owner, Bolton Point

“We thoroughly recommend Lake Mac Painting! Darren and Zac are friendly and incredibly reliable. Appreciating the difficulties we had with colour choices, they went out of their way to help us settle on the paint combinations until we felt happy. The paint job is immaculate and attention to detail is outstanding. Nothing was ever an issue for Darren and Zac – even when we decided mid paint to change our external lighting. 🤭 Our house looks amazing and the paint job has made all the difference 🏡🥰.”

Melanie V

Home owner, Valentine Gardens

“Darren was fantastic and I can’t recommend him highly enough. He was flexible with working to my uncertain timeframe (I was waiting on a settlement date to confirm the work) and went above and beyond to ensure the work was completed to a very high standard and to time.”

Felicity Way

Home owner, Murrays Beach

We highly recommend Darren and Zach. They were very professional, reliable and did an amazing job. So pleased with the transformation.

Susan McRae

Home owner, Eleebana

“I have used Darren numerous times for painting at my place. I have found him reliable and very high-quality workmanship. I have no hesitation in recommending Lake Mac Painting to my friends/family.”

Chad Wolfenden

Home owner, Valentine

“Darren did an amazing job on our house. His work was immaculate and a pleasure to have around. His work is incredibly neat and sharp. Everything was cleaned and tidied as he went. We loved the new colour scheme and his suggested touches. Would absolutely use Darren again and highly recommend him to anyone needing a top-notch painter”

Peter Hartnett

Home owner, Valentine Gardens

“Darren recently completed painting my elderly mother’s home. It looks amazing and it’s hard to believe it is the same house. It was a difficult job requiring quite a lot of preparation and time painting timber pickets and timber flooring but Darren always arrived with a smile and made my mum’s day with his chats and cheerful company. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lake Mac Painting to anyone needing this service. Thank you so much Darren for a great job well done!”😊😊
Suzanne O'Donnell

Home owner, Rathmines

“House was in need of a full interior freshen up and Darren was extremely helpful from the start assisting in both paint and colour selection. Darren addressed any questions I had throughout the painting process and the attention to detail was amazing. Very happy with the outcome! Would definitely use again and can highly recommend Lake Mac Painting”


Home owner, Belmont

“We couldn’t possibly be happier with the end result.  Such a great eye for detail. He really takes so much pride in his work. He really went above and beyond to make sure the end product was top notch. Nothing was ever too much trouble. He raised any concerns he had up front, and he suggested several techniques and colour changes to make it work. Nothing but praise for Lake Mac Painting. It was an absolute pleasure having him work on the house. I’d highly recommend using Lake Mac Painting every time.”

Dan Wong

Home owner, Belmont

“Darren painted our workplace. Legend of a guy and did a great job!!👍👍 Highly recommended!”

Graeme Stockley

Business owner, Belmont South

“Can’t thank you enough for the huge effort Darren put in this week. Highly recommended!”

Andrew Roberts

Home owner, Eleebana

“Darren painted our windows and eves on the front of our house. The painting is perfect and Darren was so good with communication. Such a nice man. Highly recommend him.”

Emily Stocker

Home owner, Valentine

“The results exceeded my expectations the inside of my house looks amazing completely updated the look and feel!
Darren was extremely professional, courteous and most importantly dedicated to a quality finish!
Thank you 🙏🏻”

Georgina Dark

Home owner, Islington

“We were so happy to find Darren & Zach from the Lakemacfamilylife site. Darren was so helpful right from the start, having to please 4 owners of our units ( not an easy feat) choosing the right colours, he had so much patience and some very good advice. They have transformed our units into a real talking point in our neighbourhood, we have had so much positive feedback. Darren and Zach are very professional, polite, and hard-working team. I would highly recommend them..”

Phil & Wendy Kepreotis

Strata owners, Valentine

I found both Darren and Zac very professional in the way they went about their work. Not only great painters but reliable, tidy, friendly, and mindful not to let the cat out. More than happy to recommend them.

Karan Main

Home owner, Valentine

Darren was professional from start to finish. He came out to quote and gave me his expert opinion on colours and paint types which I was grateful for. He and his apprentice kept the house clean and mess to a minimum. He communicated with me the entire time as we were living in the house whilst they worked. I would highly recommend this service. Very professional.

Kelly Yeung

Home owner, Merewether

New life has been given to our home with a full freshen-up of the interior completed by Lake Mac Painting. Their service was professional, reliable, and thorough with great preparation and attention to detail. Darren was extremely patient when it came to selecting colours and helped to ensure we ended up with the right white for our home! I would absolutely recommend Lake Mac Painting to anyone looking to transform the look and feel of their home! Thanks, guys!

Brooke S

Home owner, Valentine

“Darren is so easy to deal with and the quality of his work is amazing. I’m very happy with the finished result of our bathroom which was a fiddly and difficult job. I would highly recommend him! Thank you, Darren”
Nicole Whitaker

Home owner, Valentine

“Lake Mac Painting is exactly what you would want in a local trade business. The owner Darren has integrity and a great work ethic. He consistently provides quality workmanship. He is extremely professional, whilst also being friendly, approachable, and polite. I will happily recommend Lake Mac Painting to any of my friends who are looking for a high-standard paint finish.”
Jan Millar

Home owner, Valentine

“Darren @ Lake Mac Painting did a great job painting the external of our property in Valentine. As the house is built lightweight a significant amount of pre-work was required. His attention to detail needs to be commended. The quality of the work is to the highest standard and the final result is better than when the house was new! I can highly recommend Darren. Lake Mac Painting will be the company of choice for painting the inside of our property.”
Johann Zank

Home owner, Valentine Gardens

“Very happy to highly recommend Lake Mac Painting. From initial contact to completion, Darren’s friendly and approachable manner along with expert advice, attention to detail, thorough preparation, and quality workmanship ensured a quality and professional result. Thank you Darren.”
Robyn P

Home owner, Valentine

“The thought of organising a painter was quite daunting for me and was the first big task I had to undertake since losing my husband. I’m so grateful that I found Darren from Lake Mac Painting. He immediately put my mind at ease, helped me choose the paint colour and carried out his work in a very professional, respectful and happy manner. Nothing was a trouble to him even though it was a difficult job regarding access and height. Darren was very mindful of the neighbours’ properties and even cleaned my 2nd storey windows which I would never have been able to reach. I can certainly recommend Lake Mac Painting and will continue to use them for all future painting work. Thank you so much Darren and all the very best Kathryn”
Kathryn Robertson

Home owner, Marks Point

“We ended up getting Darren to paint our bathrooms at very short notice on the lead up to selling our house…Darren is very cost effective, no fuss, and his attention to detail is second to none! Highly recommended…we will definitely be acquiring his services again once we settle into the new house. Thanks mate!!!!”

Ben Skewes

Home owner, Belmont

“Excellent consultation before and during the job. Helped me find the perfect colours for my home. So much care for the smaller details. The finish is perfect. Such a beautiful result, thank you Darren 😊 I am very happy!!”

Laurie Freeman

Home owner, Tingara Heights

“These boys brought life back to our dated weatherboard home. Darren understood our love of colorbond colours and love of natural timbers. This love and understanding delivered a result that we couldn’t have dreamed of. We are besotted with our fresh looking home.
Darren delivers a quality service in all aspects of the job. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lake Mac Painting.”

Tabitha Hensel

Home owner, Wallsend

“Really happy with the quality of work done by Darren and Zach at my home. Attention to detail, honest, and hard-working with a professional manner. Would highly recommend.


Home owner, Belmont

“⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you want a five-star painting job I would recommend Lake Mac Painting, Darren and Zach, two very professional painters. From helping us to choose the internal room colours to the preparation and the painting they are the best. Nothing was a problem, easy to communicate with and very reliable . Value for money.”

Bill Noble

Home owner, Valentine

“Had a great experience with Lake Mac Painting who recently painted our home. Darren was most professional and obliging right from the quoting stage through to the last stroke, and we couldn’t be happier with the finished result. The attention to detail and quality of the workmanship was first class, and we have had many favourable comments on how the new paint scheme has brought the home right up to date. We would have no hesitation in recommending Darren and Lake Mac Painting – 5 stars from us.”

Brenton & Beryl Elsey

Home owner, Eleebana

“Darren from Lake Mac painting is a consummate professional, working to a very strict deadline he went above and beyond to help us realise the interior we always wanted. He provides a fair quote for an exceptional job and is an expert with painting solutions when you’re looking for advice. Looking forward to choosing him for our next project!”


Home owner, Charlestown

“Darren and Becky were professional from start to finish. We had to arrange the painting from Sydney, but Darren was happy to oblige. Turned up when he said he would, finished on time and the job was reasonably priced. We have engaged a lot of trades over the years and are very happy to recommend Lake Mac Painting.”

Neil Toft

Home owner, Valentine

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