DIANELLA POLISHING BLOG

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.

Trigg Beach House Kitchen Facelift Saved Thousands of Dollars

Trigg Beach House Kitchen Facelift Saved Thousands of Dollars

Whether you’re looking for a kitchen that is on trend or timeless, a professional contractor can transform your dated kitchen and turn it into a modern gourmet space. Don’t toss out the good with the bad, at Dianella Polishing we thrive to work with your existing structure, giving your kitchen a very affordable, cost effective new look.

When Merilyn Elson was tired of her thermo foil coating peeling off her kitchen cupboards, she called around to get a quote for getting her cupboard doors repainted. That’s when Dianella Polishing came on the scene.

A whole new look pulled off with a simple re-paint

Our Kitchen Renovation Expert, Trevor Skeels went out to meet with Merilyn and her husband at their Trigg beach house. The lovely couple were concerned they’d have to pay for a whole new kitchen, when they showed Trevor the problem. Their kitchen was well appointed and besides the vinyl peeling from the doors, it was in great condition.

Trevor advised the couple to leave the structure of the kitchen untouched. The kitchen was nicely designed, offered plenty of cupboard space and a great layout. Instead of a full kitchen makeover, our consultant pulled off a whole new look with a simple re-paint of the panels.

Impressive straight forward and honest approach

The Trigg couple was very impressed with Trevor’s straight forward honest approach. With precise and clear instructions, Trevor ensured that Merilyn’s husband was confident to do all the prep work himself.

The more you do yourself, the cheaper it gets

“That is the first thing I tell all clients, the more you do you do yourselves, the cheaper it gets.” First thing I do tell clients – the more we involve you the cheaper it gets”, says Trevor.

“It takes about five minutes for me to explain them how to take the door off. It is not difficult to do  at all.”

Merilyn’s hubby did it all, saving the couple thousands of dollars.

The fresh white paint lifted the kitchen and gave it a brand-new modern feel. Even the stylish stainless steel door handles could be kept and integrated into new look. Add a new light grey stone benchtop and be amazed how the light flows through the space.

Dianella Polishing exceeded expectations

All in all, Dianella Polishing saved the Elson’s thousands of dollars and exceeded their expectations. How about you? We are here to help you make your dream kitchen reality – even on a budget. Have you got questions? Want to learn more?

Click here to browse our website for more renovation tips, or follow this link to apply for a Dianella Polishing Consultant to come to your home and give you an obligation free quote.

 

How to save thousands of dollars on your kitchen renovation

Kitchen Renovation on a budget

Good bye peeling vinyl

Before the kitchen renovation

 

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!