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Perth's Experts in Kitchen Restyling and French Polishing

Welcome, from everyone at Dianella Polishing, to our blog. Here we post more extensive information on some of our past, on-going and future projects, as well as share company news and highlights. Our regular posts will allow you to stay updated with our newest clients and styles as well as acting as a forum for any queries that you may have.

A Flat Pack Kitchen Turns Out To Be A Costly Option

Flat Pack Kitchen Disaster

Getting frustrated putting together your self assembly furniture

A Flat Pack Kitchen Turns Out To Be A Costly Option

Kitchens are the most important room in your house. Updating your kitchen can increase your property sale price – a lot. Unfortunately kitchens are also the most expensive rooms to renovate. So, many people are looking into flat pack kitchens as a way to save money. What they often don’t realise is that a flat pack kitchen turns out to be a costly option.

  • Decreased value of your property

    When a Flat Pack Kitchen turns out to be costly

    Flatpack Kitchen –
    Remodel Disaster

A major disadvantage of a flat pack kitchen is the lower re-sale value of your property. It can easily decrease your property value by $30,000 or $40,000. How is that? As a flat pack kitchen does not follow the glue and screw method of rigid kitchens, it is less sturdy. A custom built kitchen is more durable, perfectly fitted to your space and hence the most valuable option. Every Real Estate Agent spots a flat pack kitchen straight away – and will adjust the sale price – accordingly.

  • Unexpected costs of professional installers

The unexpected expense of professional installers mostly bursts your budget. Property owners, who aren’t experienced with engineering, find a flat pack kitchen more of a challenge than they expected. An Allen key, a cordless drill and a few cabinets don’t make a kitchen.

It easily takes four weeks for a complete kitchen to be unpacked and assembled. DIY kitchens are loaded with manuals which one has to follow to the letter. Beware if you are getting impatient or lose interest. If you don’t follow the instruction manual precisely it will lead to damages and an unsightly if not unstable structure, which often results in a cabinetmaker or at least a professional handyman being called to help.

  • Plumbing costs

    How to Avoid Getting Burned By Kitchen Remodels

    How to Avoid Getting Burned by Kitchen Remodels

Additional costs: Once you tear out your old kitchen, you by law will need the tradies to come in. You can’t just install the sink, hook up the plumbing and re-connect the stove. Plumbing can only be done by a licensed plumber, so you’ll need some help with this. The same goes for the stove and oven. By law, you need a license to do electrical work or gas fitting.

If you are lucky they only need to reconnect the new appliances. More often though the flat pack kitchen does not fit in the same way as the custom built kitchen, so that the plumber may have to actually cut open the wall and re-do the piping.

  • Benchtop refitting
    To install a benchtop is harder than it looks, because walls are rarely flat or square. Stone benchtops require accurate cutting and special tools and really should be done by a professional to avoid costly mistakes.

So instead of paying 4 or 5 separate bills on top of your flat back kitchen and being shell shocked at the end by how much you went over budget for a cheap flat pack kitchen – double check if it’s worth it.

In most cases a kitchen makeover is the smarter strategy. With a facelift you can make your dated but structurally sound kitchen look like new in no time. Add a couple of modernising tricks and you‘ll get a fresh, modern kitchen for a fraction of the money.

How long does a facelift take?

We take no more than three weeks from start to finish. This includes the pick–up at your location as well as the delivery back to your home.

Do you have any other questions? Please fell free to comment below.

Need a quote? Just click here: http://www.dianellapolishing.com.au/contact/

Why You Cannot Repair Peeling Vinyl

Why You Cannot Repair Peeling Vinyl

Vinyl cabinets are the cheapest option for new kitchen cabinets on the market. They do look great when you first get them. Or more precisely, they do look great until the vinyl begins to peel. At that point, usually after 5-6 years they become an eyesore. You want to fix those vinyl cabinets? You google Peeling Vinyl, you YouTube Peeling Kitchen Cabinets – and you’ll find all these DIY heroes that suggest a number of solutions. None of them seems particularly difficult and so you decide to give it a go! Why throw good money after bad? Read on to learn why you cannot repair peeling vinyl and why

Wood glue is not solution to fix peeling vinyl

How to fix peeling vinyl

none of the common 3 options work.

Option 1 – Glue Back Small Peeling Vinyl Corners

You might just have small sections of veneer coming off your kitchen cabinets. You think you could fix them with glue. You would have to very carefully peel off enough of the vinyl to get to the underneath board. Then apply some wood glue to the board under the vinyl with a thin brush. To finish it off you would need to press the vinyl back on the cabinet and fix it in position until the glue has dried. What is the problem?

1) You most likely get cracks in the vinyl.

2) The vinyl does not stick.

3) Most importantly, by the time you have glued those few corners back on, the next doors and drawer fronts are already starting to peel. It’s simple really, once one vinyl door starts peeling, the others will follow. Really if the industrial glue that the manufacturer used doesn’t last, how long will your Bunnings DIY wood glue keep those doors together?

Option 2 – Cut Open and Re-glue Peeling Vinyl Bubbles

You can remove bubbles frokm peeling vinyl but it will look shocking.

How to remove bubbles from vinyl wrapped kitchen doors

If you have bubbles popping up underneath your vinyl wrap, you might consider fixing this by cutting these open and then applying small amounts of wood glue underneath to fix the material back to the underlying board. In order to have the piece of vinyl stay flat on the surface, you’d put a weight on top of it whilst drying. Surely, this will eliminate those bubbles. But what shall we say: how do you think your kitchen cabinets will look after that DIY surgery?

Option 3 – Larger Repairs

WHY YOU CAN NOT REPAIR peeling vinyl cabinets

Option 3 – Larger Repairs

Vinyl cabinets that are in a seriously bad shape will require larger repairs. In order to successfully glue back down bigger pieces of vinyl, boards and C clamps are needed to keep the pressure on the vinyl wrap while the wood glue is drying. Obviously you’ll face the same problems as if gluing back small sections of peeling vinyl, just on a bigger scale.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Most importantly though; your attempted repairs will be costly in the long run. Once you have tried to glue back vinyl, we cannot fix your doors easily any more. In most cases you will require a cabinetmaker to produce brand-new doors.

Rather than wasting time and money trying to fix your peeling vinyl doors yourself, give us a call straight away.

Our experienced kitchen consultants will meet you in your home and work together with you on finding the best solution for you to make your cabinets look new again.

Rather than wasting time and money trying to fix your peeling vinyl doors yourself, give us a call straight away.  Our experienced kitchen consultants will meet you in your home and work together with you on finding the best solution for you to make your cabinets look new again.

A freshly painted kitchen will look like new and last forever.

The pitfalls of painting your kitchen yourself – why a DIY paint job will cost you 1000s of $$ in the long run

How to avoid wasting hundreds of dollars with a DIY kitchen paint job

How to avoid wasting hundreds of dollars with a DIY kitchen paint job

The pitfalls of painting your kitchen yourself – why a DIY paint job will cost you 1000s of $$ in the long run

Painted cabinets are ruling Pinterest these days and really it is very tempting to update your kitchen yourself, with only a few coats of paint. It seems like a no-brainer project, but this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls. At Dianella Polishing we get asked quite frequently: Can’t I just paint my kitchen myself?

So the short answer obviously would be: “Yes you can.” You guessed however – there is a catch to it. If you paint your kitchen yourself – it will look as if you did it.  The best case scenario is: Your kitchen cabinets will look like your walls.

Most often though what happens is, we get another phone call from the same client – a few months later. Can you please fix my doors? We come out, inspect the kitchen and Trevor, our boss, goes like:

Trevor: “Who did you get to paint that?”

Client: “We did.”

Trevor: “I’m sorry but I can’t fix that now. You will need a cabinet maker.”

So why do these paint jobs go wrong, when it looked so simple on YouTube?

Here are the Top Five Mistakes people make when painting their own kitchen.

The top five problems with DIY paint jobs

If you 'just paint' your kitchen cabinet doors, they quite likely end up peeling .

Paint coming off a home-painted kitchen cabinet door

1) Most commonly they use water based paint which makes your kitchen cabinets feel and look like your wall. And what makes it worse: No matter how clean you think your kitchen is, if you don’t degrease all surfaces – the doors, drawer fronts, panels etc. as the water-based paint just won’t stick to an oily surface.

2) Some people use turpentine based paint – just an ordinary bucket from Bunnings. If you use this on doors – you have pretty much destroyed your doors – you can’t fix the se doors.

3) Clients don’t remove the doors and drawers. Yes we do know it is time consuming. But it is an essential first step. You need to take all the doors and drawer-fronts off, remove the hinges and handles. If you paint your cabinets while they are still (partly) assembled, the paint will peel off and chip in no time and you will have to do it all over again.

4) The cabinets aren’t dust-free. Even if you try to wipe off the sand and dust, you won’t succeed. A private garage doesn’t provide a clean environment and it just takes a few pieces of dust to ruin the look: “You’ll get a sandy uneven finish.

5.) People often skip the primer. By the time the homeowners have taken their kitchen apart, hopefully labelled it so it gets back together correctly and sanded it back, most DIY’ers already have run out of steam. You want to save time and money, but unfortunately it is only a question of time until the wood will start to stain. Wood is very porous and always requires a primer.

However – even if you used high quality water based paint, degreased and sanded the surfaces, wiped the dust off to your best ability and primed your cabinets thoroughly – the bottom line is, a DIY job will look like one and won’t ever give you the same finish as polyurethane (2pac paint). Most likely you will have spent between 5 to 8 days of your time just to find out that your cabinets don’t look as expected (to say the least).

Can I use polyurethane myself? 

You need a spraybooth to professionally re-paint your kitchen

Professionally re-painting a kitchen in a spray booth

You can if you want to spray the kitchen in your backyard? But without a spray booth you won’t get the professional finish. We strongly recommend letting us experts do it.

Kitchen cabinets need to be painted in a controlled environment, to ensure the professional finish. You don’t want your kitchen to look as a DIY-project. At Dianella Polishing we have more than 30 years’ of experience in French Polishing and spray painting, a professional workshop and the expertise to make sure that your tired dated kitchen sparkles like a brand-new designer dream. As tempting as it is – there are some jobs you need to leave to a professional!

Contact us, upload your photos, and let’s discuss your options.

A professionally painted kitchen can give your old cabinets new glory.

A professionally painted kitchen can give your old cabinets new glory.