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.

My Vinyl Cabinets Are Peeling: Now What?

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If your home was built since the 1980s, chances are you might have a vinyl wrapped kitchen. Known for their affordability and variety of colours, vinyl wrap became a popular kitchen covering option. Fast forward 20+ years and vinyl wrap is still being used in homes today. However, kitchens, bathroom and laundry cabinets that are covered in vinyl wrap will often start experiencing peeling after about 8 to 10 years of installation. The reason for this is simple, the glue which is used to hold to vinyl to the underlying MDF is only made to last about 10 years, after which it loses its stick and begins to peel.

When faced with a peeling vinyl kitchen it’s important not to panic. Though peeling vinyl isn’t the most attractive look for your cabinets, more damage can be done by trying to fix the cabinets than speaking directly with the professional. So what should you do when the vinyl on your cabinets begins to peel?

– Do not sticky tape or glue down the bits of the vinyl that are peeling. Trying to stick down the peeling vinyl will cause more damage, and expense in the long run.

– Call the professionals! When vinyl begins to peel your first call should be to Dianella Polishing. Our experienced rep will come out to your property and assess the damage. He will then be able to point you in the right direction on getting your cabinets looking new again.

After calling Dianella Polishing and speaking to a rep, you might ask yourself what happens next?

– The Dianella Polishing rep will advise you whether your cabinets can be painted. If they are able to be painted, you will be given instructions on how to safely remove the peeling vinyl yourself. This will save you time, and money in the renovation process.

– Once the peeling vinyl has safely been removed the doors, edges and draw faces will be taken to the Dianella Polishing warehouse to undergo our special glue removing process. This will ensure your cabinets are glue free and ready to be painted.

– The cabinets will then be painted in our environmentally controlled warehouse with high quality two pac paint.

– Finally, once the new paint has dried your cabinets will be delivered back to you ready to be reinstalled. No peeling vinyl, no excess glue, and no paint fumes from being painted in house.

When vinyl begins to peel the process to get it fixed can seem daunting. But don’t panic, Dianella Polishing are here to help and our rep will make the process as easy to understand as possible. Do you have any questions about peeling vinyl? Let us know in the comments below.

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 factors, refinishing cabinets is a great start.

Style – The kitchen is one of the most well utilised rooms in the house. When prospective renters are looking for a new home, they can be easily swayed by a modern, stylish kitchen or bathroom. Refinishing cabinets to update and modernise their appeal means your rental home may be worth more per week to potential renters.

Durability – When living in a home that you own for yourself, typically you’ll always be more careful with furnishings and fittings. Unfortunately the nature of rental properties means different people will be living in your home for different amounts of times. As cabinets are well utilised, they need to be as durable and long lasting as possible.

Timeliness – If you have decided you want to refinish the cabinets in your rental property, it’s important to chose to best time to get the upgrade complete. If tenants are still in your property it can cause problems to remove the hardware for it to be upgraded. When Dianella Polishing are upgrading cabinets, we need to deal directly with the owner regarding the upgrade, not the tenants or real estate agent as they are unable to make decisions. The best time to complete cabinet refinishing is when the property is vacant, and in between tenants. On average, it only take 2 weeks to complete an upgrade, which means you can have new tenants back into your property in a flash. So if your current tenants are about to move out, it might be time to consider upgrading your cabinets.

If you’re a homeowner of a rental property and you need to do some work to your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets get in touch with Dianella Polishing today!

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 which is used does not have a long standing life span.

 

The first signs of peeling vinyl will often show on the corners and edges of the cabinets which are in the most utilised part of your kitchen, bathroom or laundry. Once the peeling process has begun, there is no way to stop it. However, peeling cabinets does not mean the cabinets need to be replaced. The peeling vinyl can be removed and the doors can go through a special process to remove the excess glue. Once this has taken place, the cabinets can then be painted to whatever finish best suits your home decor and reinstalled back in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry,

 

White vinyl changes to yellow

When vinyl cabinets haven’t been maintained to the correct standard over a long period of time, eventually they will begin to discolour and turn yellow. The three main reasons why this occurs is due to heavily sunlight, cooking and food particles or a faulty product being installed originally. Similar to peeling vinyl, once discolouration begins it is a difficult process to stop. Though discolouration does not hinder the use of cabinets, it is often a sign that it might be time to refinish your cabinets to give them new life. The kitchen, bathroom and laundry are some of the best utilised rooms in the house, and often where you spend a large amount of your time. So if you notice the cabinets turning yellow, maybe give Dianella Polishing a call.

 

General wear and tear

We are all guilty of slamming a cupboard shut every now and then, or maybe forgetting to put the exhaust fan on in the kitchen or bathroom. Not to mention the countless meals that have been prepared for your family in your kitchen, or the number of times you’ve opened the laundry cabinet to get soap for the washing. Your home is made of be lived in, and with that comes the general wear and tear of life. After years of living in your home the cabinets will begin to lose the shine they once had. Sometimes cabinets don’t need to have anything wrong with them to be refreshed, they have just been well used and need a facelift.

 

If you have any questions regarding to when you should start considering to upgrade your cabinets, let us know in the comments below.