• Furniture painting and creative home decor workshops

  • Learn how to create your own masterpieces with chalk paint













    Furniture Painting 1:1 Tuition


    Do you love DIY home decor?

    As a Content Creator for Aussie Decor Transfers I can show you how to apply decoupage, transfers, stencils & more in my online demos.

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    My Clients Say
    Nicole NMay 2019
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    I just loved your BYO furniture painting course last week. THANK YOU! I had no idea I could make such a boring, old & tired looking piece of furniture look so amazingly new & cool. Thanks so much for your guidance and for a super fun day. I will be back for more!
    Emily B June 2019
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    Thank you! It was such a great day! HonestlyI did not expect to get that much done! Wildest dreams, yes. Reality, no! So I'm still amazed!
    Tania MSept 2020
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    Sarah is the most beautiful person and such a patient teacher. Her knowledge and tips are priceless and she compliments one’s work to the extent I come away feeling like the next Michael Angelo! I have learnt so much and highly recommend taking any of her classes!
    Sara DNovember 2019
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    I had such an awesome day at the workshop. It was so much fun and I learnt a lot. With Sarah’s help I transformed an old bedside table and a simple tray into 2 new beautiful pieces. Thanks so much Sarah it was great and would highly recommend doing a workshop.
    Sarah OOctober 2019
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    Sarah helped me to change an old fashioned orangey-pine piece of furniture into a modern, clean, fresh piece. Amazing! She has all the hints and tips on paint, colour, technique and finishing touches. Her studio is such a light and bright beautiful space, with never-ending cups of tea! After a workshop with Sarah, I have been inspired to transform several other pieces in my home, from bench seats to plant pots. Highly recommended.
    Katie JOctober 2019
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    Thank you Sarah for such a great evening ‘cushions & champagne’ I love my stencilled cushion. The studio is amazing and it was so fun chatting and crafting. I’ll definitely be booking into another workshop.
    Anne WOctober 2019
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    Sarah helped me makeover a 30 year old pine toy box that had been yellowed with age. The most difficult part was deciding what colours and pattern I should use to blend with my balcony furniture. Sarah’s creative eye for this is second to none. Due to its size, I couldn’t finish the project in her custom furniture class however, I was able to complete the base in my own time at home. We are loving the result and this old toy box is the perfect place to house our outdoor pillows!
    Michelle BJuly 2019
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    Sarah helped me transform my coffee table from orangey 90s pine to something current and beautiful. She had the patience to help me with my struggles for the right colour and together we found it. Loved my time in Sarah’s workshop - beautiful food, some champers, lovely conversations with new people and a great showpiece to take home. Can’t recommend enough! I have earmarked several pieces ripe for transformation... just need to make time now.
    Lesley MMarch 2019
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    I went to Sarah’s workshop on the weekend it was SO much fun and so easy now I’m inspired to makeover all my furniture!!Everyone went away with a gorgeous ‘new’ piece.
    Katie BMarch 2019
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    What a wonderful afternoon spent painting with my daughter! Sarah is a very patient and calm teacher and her studio feels like a relaxing sanctuary. We were amazed by what we had created by the end and really enjoyed the rare opportunity to share an experience together. Sarah comes very highly recommended.
    Esther WAugust 2020
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    You have been such a great inspiration for me. Your workshop was amazing and long after it ended, you continue to support and advise me. And I just keep painting…so thank you! Never thought a splash of paint would bring such joy.
    Jessie GAugust 2020
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    Many thanks Sarah for a wonderfully creative day and for all your endless patience and kindness when we cried out for help and advice.
    Mimi NSeptember 2020
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    You know those old beloved but beat up gems that cry out for a lick of paint? Sarah Macaulay’s workshop is exactly right! Chalk paint is such a user-friendly medium, but the best part is that Sarah is lovely, jolly and knowledgeable – she takes pleasure in showing you what to do. In this time of global angst, I found a simple antidote in the hands-on pleasure of a workshop with Sarah.
    Verónica ESeptember 2020
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    Sarah’s painting class was a great opportunity to learn about decoupage and stencil in a calming and fun atmosphere. Her input was thoughtful and respectful of what I wanted to achieve with the pieces I painted. She has experience and lots of useful tips! The class is the perfect way of giving old pieces a new life and avoiding buying new things that we don’t need! I very much enjoyed the experience!
    Les SAugust 2020
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    The chalk painting workshop exceeded all expectations. I brought over four pieces of furniture to be painted and the work involved three separate processes - straight chalk painting, creating a distressed effect and oil staining. By the end of the day all the painting was completed and totally dry. Sarah’s studio was a pleasant workspace and the five hours passed quickly. I learnt so much! I totally recommend Sarah and her workshops. She is very knowledgeable and is a great teacher. I will definitely book further courses in the future.
    Fiona OFebruary 2020
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    Sarah did a truly amazing job transforming two old pieces of furniture into pieces that are stylish and fun for my daughters' bedrooms. A pleasure to work with - taking the time to find out what colours and finishes would appeal. I am delighted with the results - thank you Sarah
    Sam SDecember 2020
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    Sarah ran a Zoom call prior to my first workshop with her. It was my first interaction with her and a great introduction and platform to ask questions. I have now attended two workshops, the studio is great, the sessions are small and the people attending were all really nice. I came home with beautifully upcycled furniture for my home. Sarah is knowledgeable, patient (which is good, as I am very indecisive when it comes to choosing colours!) and really instils confidence. I am totally hooked on chalk painting and have painted many pieces since. The products Sarah uses are really good quality and there is a great range of colours. I look forward to attending more workshops in 2021.
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    Get Creative with Chalk-Finish Paint

    This beginner guide will open your eyes to just how many items can be transformed with chalk paint!
    It’s completely free, simply sign up using the Studio Insider form below.

    Revive your old furniture and bring it back to life
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    Barleycorn Vintage Stencils is a family owned Australian business. Established in 2013, we provide French and Vintage inspired stencils for the up-cycling market.

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    Capacity: 4 per class


    This workshop will resume in the Seaforth Studio from January 2022. 

    If you wish to learn furniture painting before then please join my furniture painting class at Northern Beaches College on 26 November). To view and book click here.

    Time:  9.30am – 3.00pm

    Price: $160.00

    Location: The studio is located in Seaforth, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (exact location provided upon booking). There is plenty of on-street parking available. 

    ABOUT: Have you always wanted to learn to update your furniture but aren’t sure where to start? Then this workshop is perfect for you. Do you want to refresh that bedside cabinet, chair or mirror that you’ve had for ages or perhaps update a family heirloom and fall in love with it again? 

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    Capacity: 6 per class

    Next class November 21, 2021 

    Time: 2.00pm – 4.00/4.30pm

    Price: $50 

    Location: The Studio at 18 Judith St, Seaforth, PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NOVEMBER 21 CLASS WILL BE HELD OUTDOORS DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS. In the event of bad weather, we will postpone.

    What is Upcycling Club?

    Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our upcycling and crafts club. We will be meeting on a monthly basis during winter to paint, create and enjoy learning together! 

    • Learn chalk painting techniques and add charm and colour to your home
    • Bring your small household items such as wicker baskets, trays, hardbacked books, tins and jars, watering cans, buckets, trinket boxes, picture frames and mirrors  
    • Or bring a small piece of furniture to work on over several weeks
    • Learn beautiful painting and decorative techniques such as layering, distressing, antiquing and more
    • Try new products and techniques in a supportive and friendly environment!
    • Expert tuition from local artisan and community college tutor Sarah Macaulay
    Benefits – what we provide:
    • Access to a new creative community where you will take a painting journey together
    • Expert tuition and advice 
    • The use of chalk paints, waxes and sealers
    • The opportunity to meet like-minded creative people

    Who is this club for?

    Those who want to learn the basics of chalk painting, enjoy a new hobby and give their home space a much-needed makeover! You will be able to try all sorts of new colours and techniques in a supportive and friendly group and have all your chalk painting questions answered. 

    Suitable for adults and teens only.

    Who is this club NOT for?
    Those who want to learn detailed furniture painting techniques or paint a larger piece of furniture. In this larger group environment I will not be able to provide the individual assistance you will need. Please check out the one-day BYO Piece Furniture Painting Workshop instead.

    Capacity: 6 per class

    Date: Sunday 5 December 

    Time:  2.00pm – 4.30pm

    Price: $95.00

    Location: The studio is located in Seaforth, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (exact location provided upon booking). There is plenty of on-street parking available. 

    About: Spend a relaxing afternoon making your own festive sign and take home your gorgeous handiwork.

    In this workshop you will learn to use chalk paints, stencils and decorative transfers to create your festive masterpiece.

    These make fun and unique decorations to brighten up your home for Christmas!

    The cost includes a wooden board, your choice of Australian made transfers, paints, stencils and all other materials and tools that you require to complete your project.
    Christmassy nibbles and a glass of bubbles will be provided.

    Capacity: Minimum 4 people (maximum number depends on your location and space)

    This is a group booking for a minimum of 4 people and can be arranged at a time and date to suit you (5.5 hour duration). Please contact me before booking to arrange a date and time to suit you.

    Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm (with some flexibility around start and finish times)

    Price: $165.00 per person

    Location: You can choose to come to the Studio (Seaforth, near Manly) or you can have the paint party in your own home depending on your location. 

    ABOUT: Learn without leaving home! A perfect option for a special birthday, womens’ group, hen party, book club, yoga buddies – whatever you choose! A paint party is a wonderful way to spend quality time with friends, enjoying a mindful and creative day. 

    Suitable for ages 13 and up.

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    Workshops at Northern Beaches College

    I teach regular Furniture Painting workshops at Northern Beaches & Mosman College in Narrabeen. These are full day courses for adults and take place once per term on a Friday.

    Registrations for the November 26, 2021 workshop are open – for details and bookings please visit the NMBC website here


    Capacity: 4 per class

    Date: August/September TBC – please message me for dates

    Time:  2pm – 4pm 

    Price: $95.00 

    Location: The studio is located in Seaforth, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (exact location provided upon booking). There is plenty of on-street parking available.

    About: A two-hour workshop where you will learn to use chalk paint and stenciling techniques to create your own beautiful tray. Perfect to enjoy breakfast in bed or alfresco nibbles in summertime!

    Enjoy a fun and creative experience and take home your beautiful handiwork!

    What will be provided?

    A plain tray to paint, plus your choice of eco-friendly Artisan Chalk-Finish Paints, waxes and finishes, stencils and all other materials and tools that you require to complete your project.
    This is a really fun class to enjoy with a friend – or come alone and meet fellow creatives. Perfect for a birthday, hen party or girls’ afternoon activity.
    Light refreshments and a glass of bubbles will be provided.15


    Date: This is a personal session which can be arranged at a time and date to suit you

    Price: $230 for 5.5 hours of expert personal tuition. The price includes all paints, waxes, finishes and any other materials needed to complete your project.

    Timing: 9.30 – 3.00pm or choose hours to suit you

    Location: The studio is located in Seaforth, near Manly, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Depending on your location we may be able to work from your home.

    About: This is a 1:1 painting session over a full day (5.5 hours) where you will be personally guided through the furniture painting and refinishing process.


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