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Perth's Experts in Kitchen Restyling and French Polishing

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Kitchen renovation: The savvy six steps to upgrade your kitchen on a budget

How a Kitchen Facelift can make your kitchen look brandew

Your Dreamkitchen on a budget

Want to know, how to be smart about your kitchen renovation? We have the savvy six steps to upgrade your kitchen on a budget.

If your kitchen is still in a good nick but simply outdated, you clearly need a change. But it doesn’t always have to be a brand-new kitchen. If you decide on a kitchen make over with Dianella Polishing, you’ll let your old kitchen shine as new.

1) Layout
Keep the structure, update the rest. The idea behind a kitchen make-over is to give you a brand new kitchen on a budget. In order to save 1000’s of $$, you want to make as much use of your intact existing structure as possible.

Keep the cabinets, leave the plumbing where it is and don’t touch the electricity and gas connections. Instead freshly paint cabinet doors, panels and drawer fronts, add new benchtops, add some colour and change the lighting to design a modern contemporary light filled kitchen.

While you can’t re-invent your kitchen layout from scratch, you obviously can still improve the overall design by adding a kitchen island or a single unit to the existing structure. Dianella Polishing works with Perth’s best cabinet makers and can assist you with any new additions you require.

2) A fresh coat of paint
Whether your old cabinet doors look outdated, or the vinyl is peeling – we can re-juvenate most old cabinets. A professional paint job can transform the look of your kitchen as long as your cabinets are still intact. This is a very price effective alternative of getting a brand-new (looking) kitchen.

Now that you re-design your kitchen, go wild. Experiment with colours and textures. 2017 sees a new trend of softer colours complimented with solid timber structures and eye-catching textures for the splashback and highlights. Mix white motifs with less saturated colours – shades of grey are timeless. Pale blues and greens add colour and calmness. Create that coastal flow in your kitchen by choosing natural colours that open up the space and match the light. Check our showroom for some inspiration on great colour trends. (NOTE to Trevor and Tim: We should simply hang up a couple of colour catalogues)

3) New Handles
The right handles add the finishing touch to your kitchen. Accentuate by choosing the right look. Dive into an abundance of options. Long and straight bar pulls dominated the market over the last years. They make for the tidy contemporary look. Go rustic or country with carved and curved handles and establish the style of the space.  Colours and materials are unlimited. Clever: Unscrew the old handles first and measure the distance between the screw holes – use this distance when shopping for the replacement.

4) Replace the Benchtop
Replacing the benchtop has a huge impact on the look of your kitchen. Quality surfaces are paramount if you cook a lot. While laminate is cost effective, you might want to try some more durable, scratch resistant surfaces like engineered stone, granite or marble. Solid timber benchtops are also back in fashion. They add that rustic charme and are long-lasting; combined with high gloss surfaces wooden benchtops make a fabulous stylish kitchen.

5) Wallpapers and paint
Set the scene by adding a feature wall: Softer colours, off-whites and shades of grey come to life, when highlighting a wall, a splashback or some cupboards. Chose one area and one colour as a theme or set focus points in different areas. Splashes of green freshen up every space and bright blues bring boldness to your room. A wall decal comes at no cost and adds a personal touch to a stylish kitchen. Wallpapers are making a move into kitchens too and adding texture and luxury.

6) Lighting
Now that your kitchen looks as new, highlight it, literally. Pendants, spot-lights, under-cabinet lights, LED strips, wall lights, floor lights, mood lights, colour-changing lights etc.  Clever lighting adds atmosphere, functionality and style to your kitchen. Consider experimenting with LED strips for a high-tech ambience. Install under cabinet lighting to provide illumination for food preparation. Be bold and light it up underfoot or shine a light on your freshly painted kitchen drawers and cabinets. The right lighting can take an average looking kitchen to a very special level. Guess what it does to your splendid brand-new looking kitchen.

Can’t wait to make your kitchen dreams come true? Call us now to arrange for a visit of one of our consultants. Got more ideas how to renovate a kitchen on a budget, comment below.

Update Your Laminate or Melamine Kitchen With a Professional Paint Job

Stylish white modern kitchen interior.

A custom designed kitchen can come in many shapes and sizes. Throughout the years the fashion and trends have allowed for many different styles of kitchens to gain popularity in modern homes. There are four most popular types of kitchen finishing; a painted kitchen, a vinyl wrapped kitchen, a laminate or melamine kitchen and a timber kitchen. Each type of kitchen has its strengths and weakness. Budget, personal taste and the time which your kitchen was designed all play the biggest roles in impacting the type of kitchen your home might have. Since the 1980s, a laminate or melamine kitchen have gained popularity due to their range of styles and lower cost. However, outdated colour schemes and change in trends has led to a number of older laminate and melamine kitchens to become outdated.

Updating a Laminate or Melamine Kitchens

Melamine kitchens cupboards are made from a process of pressing paper to a MDF board through a high pressure process. Unlike vinyl wrapped kitchens, melamine does not use glue to adhere the colour to the board, which means there is no chance of the glue losing its ability to stick. Laminate cupboards are made through a similar high pressure process. However, multiple pieces of papers are stuck together before being bonded to the underlying board and coated with a special laminate coating to adhere the colour to the board.

Both laminate and melamine are strong and durable cupboard finishing. It is more common for the style of laminate or melamine to go out of fashion before damage is done to the cupboards and they need replacing. Because of this, updating a laminate or melamine kitchen is usually an easy way to modernise or rejuvenate your kitchen.

Painting Laminate or Melamine Cupboards

The durability or laminate or melamine makes it the perfect base to be turned into a painted kitchen. By using a professional polish shop, such as Dianella Polishing, you can give your kitchen new life at a fraction of the cost of a complete kitchen renovation. Laminate and melamine cupboard doors, draw faces and side panels can usually be easily removed. Once removed, they are brought into the Dianella Polishing workshop to be prepped and painted, before being left to dry and reinstalled into your kitchen. It’s a simple process that typically only takes two weeks and will leave your outdated kitchen looking like new again.

If you have any questions regarding your laminate or melamine kitchen, or want to know more about the professional painting process, please let us know in the comments below!

Tips to Keep Your Rental Property Competitive

Portrait of house for rent

If you live in Perth, you have probably read or seen that the rental market is currently taking the favour of renters looking to find a new home. Whether you’re as far north as Yanchep or down south in Mandurah, growth in the property market over recent years has lead to the market being saturated in rental properties. Rental prices are low and seemingly more affordable than they have been in a long time. If you are a owner of a rental property it is important to keep your property as desirable as possible during competitive time. Here are some of the key things renters typically consider when looking for a new rental property and things to consider to keep your property as competitive as possible.

Fresh Paint & New Flooring

Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference. If your rental property has been on the market for a few years or has been extensively lived in it might be time to consider a fresh coat of paint and some new flooring in the most utilised rooms in the house. A DIY paint job, and long-lasting flooring options such as vinyl or floating floorboards will go a long way when your property is on the market. The walls and floor take up a great majority of your house and when freshly done they will quickly be noticed by potential renters.

Modern Kitchen

Depending on the age of your house, a modern kitchen might not be feasible. However, small changes can be made to your outdated kitchen in order to give it a fresh, modern look. Refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a cheap and effective way to add value to your home. Light coloured kitchen cabinets will brighten up a room, give the appearance of more space and will look completely modern for a fraction of the price of a new kitchen. If your cabinets are in good condition, refinishing them to make them look as good as new will typically cost a third of the price of installing a new kitchen. It’s a job that must be done by the professionals, but if you speak with Dianella Polishing our Sales Representative will be able to come have a look at your current kitchen and make suggestions on how a kitchen makeover will make your home more appealing to potential renters.

Storage Space – Kitchen, Bathroom & Laundry

The kitchen, bathroom and laundry are three of the most well utilised rooms in the house. In additional to their day to day purposes, these rooms are also largely used for the storage of everyday clutter. If you’re trying to make your rental property shine in a competitive market, making sure the kitchen, bathroom and laundry have ample storage space and are visually appealing is key. Similar to a modern kitchen, utilising light coloured cupboards will make these rooms look more spacious. If your bathroom or laundry lack storage space or cupboards, it might be worth investing in a cabinet maker to install some new cabinets for you. If you already have ample storage space in the bathroom or laundry, but the colours of the cupboards are dark or outdated, Dianella Polishing is able to refinish your cabinets the same as we can with your kitchen.

If you’re the owner of a rental property staying ahead of trends and keeping your property appealing is the key to ensuring your property is never on the market for long. If you have any further question on how Dianella Polishing can help you with your rental property, let us know in the comments below!