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.

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

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

Painted cabinets are ruling Pinterest these days and really it is very tempting to do A DIY Kitchen Renovation 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 DO A DIY Kitchen Renovation .” 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

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The Dianella Polishing FAQ – all you need to know about your kitchen renovation

The Dianella Polishing FAQ – all you need to know about your kitchen renovation

My kitchen cabinet doors are peeling, can you fix this?        

Yes, we can re-paint your peeling doors. We are experts in fixing peeling doors and offer a long lasting solution. At Dianella Polishing we refinish your peeling doors and give them a brand-new contemporary look – for a fraction of the cost you would normally have to fork out for a brand new kitchen.

Can you glue my vinyl back?

Unfortunately there is no professional way to glue the peeling vinyl wrap back onto your kitchen cupboards or doors. You could attempt to glue them back yourself, chances are there will be bubbles or lumps in the finish and the vinyl will peel again eventually.

Can’t I just re-paint my kitchen myself?

Yes you can – but why would you? We know the YouTube videos, the Instagram posts and the advice pieces from your favourite blogger that suggest to “just do it yourself”. But we strongly recommend to let 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

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A Guide To Finding The Right Polisher – The Top Five Questions To Ask

A guide to finding the right polisher – the top five questions to ask

Finding the right polisher might seem like a simple task at first glance, but especially in post boom times you will find significant quality differences on the market.

The bottom range of the trade will be easily spotted and avoided – however the difference between the industry leaders and the average polisher lies in the detail and ranges from hidden charges to poor workmanship – often enough for the same price. This is just a general guide to help you finding the right polisher for your finishing needs.

1 – Does the square meter rate include undercoating?

Square meter prices range from $80 to $100 for a simple satin finish. Prices for gloss and buffed doors are well above that. You might not go for the cheapest option. Everyone knows the old adage: ‘You get what you pay for.’ Well good quality work has its price. At Dianella Polishing undercoating is included in all our finishes. A high end French polisher will always undercoat the substrate and sand it back before he starts the actual painting process.

“If you don’t undercoat the paint may de-laminate down

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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

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

Do you 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.

Layout

Keep the structure, update the rest. The idea behind a Kitchen Renovation 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

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