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Cat screen
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One of the more unusual and challenging restoration jobs I’ve had for a while involved the restoration of an Antique Japanese screen which the client’s cat decided to try and climb up. Needless to say the cat didn’t make it to the top and it’s claws shredded the gilded rice paper to shreds. After two […]

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Melb Club2
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We were recently commissioned to make some very large mirrors for some very large rooms. The very prestigious Melbourne Club in Collins st did a refurbishment of their breakfast rooms which included new paint and carpets, new light fittings and the old mantle pieces were cleaned up to take our Mirror Frames. At the insistance […]

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Display sweet
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This week we were chosen to supply some of our reproduction range of mirrors for a new Gold Coast Development. The Brighton Grand is being built at 42-44 Brighton Parade in Southport and is under construction now. The mirrors we are supplying will be used in the sales/ display units and we will also be […]

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Michele & Alan
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This week we also sold three mirrors to a lovely couple in East Malvern. They came in initially to buy one mirror for their dining room and when we took a few to the house for their approval, they ended up buying three. It’s not that surprising as the obvious benafits become immediately apparant when […]

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Walsh
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This week we also went back to a rather large house at Mt. Eliza. We had previously sold four mirrors to these clients and they had been considering the benefits of a mirror above a sideboard at the top of their staircase. I had previously supplied them with a digital image of how the mirror […]

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Crate
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Recently an old client who had bought a lot of gear from us over the years asked if we could relocate her prized Antique Collection. When we went to quote and advise, it was apparent that if we were moving all that stuff then she might as well have us move the lot. She was […]

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Brugge
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Nov-2013

A Giltwood Revival   Minimalism is DEAD, Long live the King!   What a great time to buy Antiques, It seems to me that those in the know have not been fooled by the nonsense simply known as minimalism.   Good taste and style has never gone out of fashion, only the availability of the […]

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3134-15 Small
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Antique Collectors Club talk 5/11/09   When asked by the Brighton Antique Collectors group to talk  about Gilding, Gilt Restorations and Mirror Processing etc, late last year I found that for me it was all about a journey of discovery. How did I know all this stuff? And Why ? Customers would often ask how […]

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RESURRECTION A labour of love When we moved shop last year in November to 410 Burke Rd. it became all too obvious that not everything was going to fit into the new place. Having sold off quite a bit of stock prior to moving there were a few hard decisions to be made as to what we […]

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Quik Stix1
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On 8 August 2012, at around 4.30 pm my life, as I knew it, all changed. Since starting work at the age of 15 as an apprentice painter and decorator, and having run an antiques and mirror business for nearly 40 years, I had been up and around ladders nearly every day without a care. […]

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the boys copy
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100% Australian Made. When you buy from Giltwood you should be proud to know that you are supporting a small Australian business which produces all goods for sale entirely made in Australia and 95% in house. (Reproduction Range) We do have a guy who machines our timber mouldings from his workshop and we also source […]

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Coalbrookdale after
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Did you know that a Gilder is a master of finishes. A friend suggested that I should put a little more information on this website as she did not realize that we also do painted finishes to iron or outdoor furniture and other furniture items. If you come to realize that to complete premium finishes […]

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After
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A bit of a tricky job this week was way more difficult as you would think given I have nearly fourty years experiance in colour matching. An Upholstery firm contacted me because their client had a set of ten dining chairs which being recovered and the client thought that the chairs might look better not […]

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Did You Know that At Giltwood, not only do we offer Free Delivery for all of our products in the greater Melbourne area but we also offer Free pick up and Delivery of all Restoration Work. We do not charge for a quotation as we are perfectly happy to supply a Free quotation and take the […]

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Diamondstein
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It was a while ago that we were asked to make a diamond shaped mirror to go on a wall which was covered in very expensive glass tiles in the shape of diamonds. It looked so great that we decided to make one for the shop. Well to this point nobody cared until we were […]

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Black iron
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Again this week we have been busy refurbishing an old clients outdoor garden setting. This is a really nice solid iron setting with a stone table top but has been out in the weather for twenty years without any love. The rust had seriously set in. Firstly had to remove and scrape down any flaking […]

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Repairs
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Recently had a call to do some urgent repairs on an iconic Establishment in a  Collins st Building. Seems there had been an incident with a light fitting which resulted in damage to one of the heritage listed nule posts attached to the grand staircase. Giltwood to the rescue as we had done many repairs […]

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