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.

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

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When you build a new kitchen or when you renovate your existing kitchen, you will probably call a cabinet maker. This 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. There are some questions you need to ask them when engaging his services.

A cabinetsmaker’s job

A cabinet maker is responsible for designing and building kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets. He carries out different scopes of work. Though all cabinets are made from timber or MDF, their finishing will differ. Timber, vinyl, laminate or paint, – you choose of many different finishes when installing cabinets. If cabinets have a painted finish, will be built first and then send 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 of  the cabinet maker.

The final finish

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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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How to Care For Your New Painted Kitchen

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Have you just had shiny new kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets painted by Dianella Polishing? After years of outdated timber, melamine, or vinyl wrapped cabinets do you finally have the fresh, modern look you were after? Getting a new kitchen, bathroom or laundry usually involved months of planning and preparing. It’s exciting! Renovations, no matter how big or small, always cost money. When done right, home renovations add value to your home. To get the best value out of your investment it is important to take proper care of your new cabinets from the day they are installed.

 

A kitchen painted by Dianella Polishing is painted with durable 2 pac paint. This is made to withstand the elements of a kitchen, bathroom and laundry. However, looking after your cabinets will ensure they stay looking fresh for longer. There are a couple of important tips to keep in mind when caring for your new painted cabinets:

– Clean your cabinets with lukewarm water and a diluted multi-purpose cleaning solution. Though painted cabinets are heat and chemical resistant, they are not indestructible. Using mild

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Reality Rules: Misconceptions About At Home Renovation Shortcuts

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The last few years has seen an overwhelming hype and popularity of home renovation shows such as The Block and Reno Rumble. These shows give great insight into the the highs and lows that come with renovating a home. Though renovation reality television does provide a lot of great tips for renovating, it also provides a number of misconceptions regarding your kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovations. We have often talked about how easy it is to save money on your kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovations by getting your cabinets refinished instead of replaced. Renovation TV shows often show kitchen cabinets being refinished within the home. Though this is a viable, cheaper alternative to replacing your kitchen – there can be a number of issues that come with in-house cabinet refinishing.

 

Uncontrolled Environment

You wouldn’t paint your car at home – why would you paint your kitchen cabinets? Painting cabinets within the home provides an environment that cannot be controlled. This increases the risk of

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