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.

Renovating Your Rental: When is the Best Time?

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Similar to owning the house you live in every day, a rental property needs ongoing care and upkeep. When a property is a rental, keeping upkeep costs to a minimum is imperative to ensure you make the most profit possible.

At Dianella Polishing, we regularly receive phone calls and email enquiries regarding refinishing the kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinets of rental properties. The renovation of a rental property should be approached with a different set of rules to renovating a home that you live in.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re refinishing the kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets of your rental property.

Cost – Refinishing your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets will save you a considerable amount of money on your rental property renovation costs. Generally speaking, refinishing cabinets with Dianella Polishing is typically a third of the price of replacing the pre-existing cabinets with completely new ones. Where saving money is one of the most important

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Know the Signs: When it’s Time to Upgrade Your Cabinets

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What motivates a homeowner to upgrade their kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets? Sometimes it’s difficult to determine the difference between your home needing a little upkeep and TLC or a proper renovation. Here are some handy hints on the tell tale signs of when it’s time to get started on renovating your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets.


Peeling vinyl

The most obvious, and often the most first tell tale sign that your cabinets might be refinished is the vinyl beginning to peel. Vinyl cabinets became extremely popular in home decor in the 1990s. As a cheap alternative to a painted or timber kitchen, vinyl cabinets were installed in homes all over the country. Though vinyl cabinets often look great, the biggest issue with them is when they begin to peel. No matter how well you look after your cabinets, after roughly 10 to 15 years the glue which is used to apply the vinyl to the underlying MDF will lose its adhesiveness. Unfortunately this can’t be avoided as the glue

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Even When Working With A Cabinet Maker: Get to Know Your Polish Shop

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When building a new kitchen or renovating your existing one, a cabinet maker is often the first contractor you will think to call. A cabinet maker is an important part of the building and renovating process. However, it is important to understand what a cabinet maker does and the questions you need to ask them when engaging their services. A cabinet maker is responsible for designing and building kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets. The scope of work that a cabinet maker carries out will differ depending on the cabinet maker. Though all cabinets are made from timber or MDF, their finishing will differ. Timber, vinyl, laminate or paint, there are a variety of finishes available when installing cabinets. If cabinets have a painted finish, once they have been built they are sent to a polish shop to complete the paint and finish. When installing a painted kitchen the final look of the cabinets relies heavily on the quality and workmanship provided by the cabinet maker. The look, feel and finish of the cabinets is extremely important

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Know Your Rights When Renovating Your Kitchen

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When it comes to home renovations almost everyone has heard or experienced first hand some type of horror story. Unfortunately, in an industry which relies heavily on quality craftsmanship and experienced tradesmen, there are a number of suppliers who do not meet the expected standard. Knowing your rights as a customer, knowing the industry standards, and knowing who can help you if something goes wrong is extremely important for peace of mind when renovating your home. Below we discuss some of the most common queries we have heard of in regards to kitchen renovations and offer some advice on where to find more information.


Scratches, chips and markings

Renovating is messy work and with that mess can sometimes come general damage to your new kitchen. It is important to understand what damage, even if it is slight damage, is considered acceptable wear and tear, and what is not acceptable. The Housing Industry Association (HIA) provide guides on their website regarding whether a scratch or chip is acceptable throughout the construction

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Cabinet Refinishing: What’s Involved and How Can It Save You Money

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When you think kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovations your first thought is probably “how much is that going to cost me?”. Surprisingly enough, a kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovation doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. When the team at Dianella Polishing is asked to come and quote on refinishing cabinets, we are usually met with the same expression “wow, I didn’t realise I can get a new kitchen at such a low price”!


Vinyl wrapped kitchens rose in popularity in the 80s and 90s. Which means a good majority of the kitchens we see today are faced with peeling or cracked vinyl doors. However, many homes have kitchen cabinets made of other materials such as laminate, melamine or even timber. It doesn’t matter what your cabinets are made out of, we can usually refinish them.


What is Cabinet Refinishing?

Cabinet refinishing is a term typically used to describe giving your cabinets a new look, without changing the physical hardware.

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