Gold Gilding: Decorative Paneling, Antique Restoration Techniques

Although used with subtlety, the mixture of 18ct gold leafing on the light fixture and 24ct gold gilded mirror above the Australian Granite fireplace, the presence of gold warms any area.

Historically, the practice of placing malleable metals such as gold, silver and copper onto painted surfaces, also known as Gilding (extending from the English/ Germanic word ‘gyldam’; very closely related to “gold” obviously), has been utilized to embellish or coat ornaments and structural elements, further enhancing their aesthetic appeal.

An example of gold leaf embellishment — an entire ceiling decorated.

We are glad to offer refurbishment of your gilded household items or perhaps installing new gold or silver gilding on your favorite ornaments & antiquities in order to reclaim or add value.

Decorative Paneling containing newly applied gold


Mortar Joint Removal and Replacement, aka Re-pointing on Victorian Bluestone Cottage

Mortar removal and replacement, otherwise known as repointing or mortar repair, is a process where the jointing material between the bulk building masonry material, whether it be stone, block or brick, is removed and replaced with a suitable substitute.

Bluestone cottage squared random rubble stone wall where mortar, or pointing, removal has just commenced.
Same section of bluestone wall with mortar removed. For some, this look is also aesthetically appealing albeit not the most durable option.


In the case above, the original mortar material, as constructed 150 years ago, is being removed. The cottage had never seen a full renovation until now.

Shag-style ribbon pointing where burring is left to create texture. Parre!



Bricks and Mortar Investment: Restore your Stone and Brick and add value to your Home!


A good example of the difference in re-pointing your masonry wall, whether it be brick or stone. A visible difference.

Rule of Thumb: Gain Twice what you Spend! If you spend $25000, you add $50000 worth of value onto your property. This is only true if you spend it in the right way. One way to improve your house is to restore the brick or stone facade back to original or in some cases, a state surpassing original.


Are you Renovating and Selling your Property in Melbourne? Mason & Maker help you profit

Kitchen makeovers are just one part of the Mason & Maker service

As the Melbourne Real Estate market continues to boom, Mason & Maker have provided services to this expanding market through our renovation and interior decoration services for many owners throughout Melbourne.

Before Mason & Maker

We also work with Agents in preparing exclusive houses, apartments and villas for sale through adding our “temporary property overhaul” services where we provide solutions for improving the property’s aesthetics in order to take outstanding photographs and for the physical viewing process; thereby increasing your appeal and your return!

After Mason & Maker

Think of our service as, either permanently or temporarily, your ‘auction house stylist’. And psst… Agents, we can even arrange the photos for your advertisements saving on your downtime.

Why hire separate consultancies and photographers and pay more than one company?

Mason & Maker, #onecompanyoneoverhead



Mason & Maker, Restoring Victoria’s Regional Heritage Stone Buildings


Our next restoration project in Winchelsea, Victoria – an hour past Geelong. The bluestone cottage is approximately 150 years old (circa 1860) and is now used by a professional services company.

With ‘dressed’ pitched face bluestone, hammer dressed quoins and coursed random rubble, the front entrance is also adorned with a ‘celtic-themed’ 3 pin arch; complete with springers, curved voussoirs and keystone.

Front Entrance with Keystone Arch
Coursed Random Squared Rubble

Stand by for more …

#workinprogress #stonerestoration #cottagerestoration #victorianrestoration

We service Hospitality Venues throughout Melbourne – Waterproofing, Tiling and Masonry Repair

Waterproofing is one of the major dilemmas that faces Hoteliers — Mason & Maker can help!

Do you have leaking showers, cracked vanities or need some new silicone for your bathroom wet areas? Mason & Maker service hotels throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

Even if it’s a Stadium with water leaks, we have the experience and the expertise to provide solid solutions that last. Why use 10 different companies with 10 different profit margins, 10 different overheads…

Mason & Maker install expansion joints at Stadiums. We all know stadiums leak, we can help!


Renovations for Restaurants throughout Melbourne – Tablecloths, Napkins, Plaster and Paint


Are you a restaurant owner and want to restore your premises? Have a run down appearance and want to revamp your image and your client base? Want to match your masterchef with your aesthetic image?

Contact Mason & Maker as we offer the complete service.

From structural repairs, painting and solid plaster, through to new table cloths and aprons, we can customize your entire appearance. One company, one set of overheads.

We guarantee to save you money and restore your image.