About Darren Mackay
My name is Darren Mackay. I started my apprenticeship over 20 years ago at the age of 16 with a small local decorating company. Working alongside the 2 business partners and 2 other decorators, it was a small company, however this provided me with the opportunity to be taught how to do things properly and learn from experienced professionals daily.
It was a great platform for me to learn and develop. I was shown everything from basic painting skills, to hand taping and hanging all kinds of wallpapers. We performed many common decorating tasks and some not so common. This included residential decorating and Commercial work where I found myself placed in care homes, schools, police and fire stations.
I finished my apprenticeship at the age of 21 and felt in the need of a new challenge. It was then I started work for a large construction company and spent many years decorating newly built houses – something I hadn’t done much of during my apprenticeship. This was another development in my trade.
As well as new builds, I was also involved with large hotel renovations and office development projects. Now with over 20 years experience, I now have the knowledge to carry out all types of decorating to a high standard.