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.

Don’t Panic If You Have a Peeling Vinyl Kitchen

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

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Renovating Your Rental: When is the Best Time?

A rental property facelift can increase the value of your house or apartment.

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 maintenance costs to a minimum is imperative to ensure you make the most profit possible. A rental property facelift is a necessity but must not be pricey.

At Dianella Polishing, we regularly receive phone calls and email enquiries regarding rental property facelifts.  Landlords want to re-finish the kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinets of rental properties. The rental property facelift  is different 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

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

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

update the kitchen cabinets - a picture of elegant kitchen furniture with solid wooden worktops

What motivates a homeowner to update the kitchen cabinets? When do you have to update the kitchen cabinets and upgrade your 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  cabinet aging. Learn when it’s time to update the kitchen cabinets and get started on renovating your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets.

Peeling vinyl

An obvious sign that you need to update the kitchen cabinets is when 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 are installed in homes all over the country. Though vinyl cabinets often look great. The biggest issue with them is that they begin to peel. It does not matter how well you look after your cabinets. After roughly 10 to 15 years the

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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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