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 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 to ensure you have beautiful new cabinets. Because of this, it is important to make sure you ask your cabinet maker the right questions regarding the polish shop they will be using for your painted kitchens. Being inquisitive and educated on the work your cabinet maker and polish shop will carry out is key to making sure you get the cabinets you have always dreamed of!


What is most important to ask your cabinet maker?

In regards to a painted kitchen there are a number of important questions to ask your cabinet maker about your polish shop. These include:

– What polish shop will be used on my cabinets? It is important to ask your cabinet maker what polish shop will be painting your cabinets. Some cabinet makers will utilise the services of multiple polish shops, so make sure you ask what polish shop will complete your work.

– Can I see samples and finished work from the polish shop? If your cabinet maker is using a reputable polish shop such as Dianella Polishing, they should be able to provide you with branded samples of their work. The sample should show the high quality finish that your cabinets will have.

– Can I contact the polish shop directly? There is no problem with contacting the polish shop directly to see some finished work. When dealing with a cabinet maker, Dianella Polishing recommends asking them for our contact details so that you can come down to the workshop and showroom. This will allow you to view a wide range of sample work and see the workspace where your job will be complete.

– What experience does the polish shop have and how long have you worked with them? As the polish shop industry is largely unregulated industry, it is important to gauge the relationship your cabinet maker has with your polish shop. Dianella Polishing has been in the industry for almost 35 years, which makes us an industry leader. We have long standing relationships with cabinet makers all over Perth, meaning we trust them and they trust us. Find out from your cabinet maker the relationship they have with their polish shop and how long they have been in the industry and the experience they have.

If you’re unsure about the polish shop your cabinet maker is using, you are always able to request they send your cabinets to Dianella Polishing. Alternatively you can give us a call on 9302 6913 and speak to us directly. We will be able to provide you with a quote on your job, or point you in the direction of a reputable cabinet maker who can help you with your renovation!

Do you have any question regarding cabinet makers? Ask us below!

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 process. This guide can be purchased through the HIA website. Generally speaking, the depth, length and width of a scratch, chip or marking are all deciding factors on the level of damage to a cabinet and who is at fault. If you find your cabinets are damaged throughout the installation process, speak directly with your cabinet maker or polish shop to discuss the outcome with respect to the HIA guidelines. If you can not come to an agreeable solution contact the HIA directly to discuss your claim.


Will my kitchen have a warranty?

Your new kitchen can come with different warranties depending on what you have had renovated. When kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets are painted by a professional polishing shop, the paint is under manufacturer warranty. This means the supplier of the paint itself is the company who provides you with your warranty. Different product suppliers will have different rules and have a different spectrum on what its warranty covers. It is important whether you are working with a cabinet maker, or polish shop directly to ask about who is supplying the paint and what does their warranty cover you for before the job is completed and installed.


Depending on whether you complete parts of the renovation work yourself or utilise contractors, your kitchen might be covered under different warranties. It is important to ask questions and read the paperwork regarding your renovations to know what is covered and what isn’t.


More information and industry standards

If you are having issues with your kitchen renovations it is always advisable to speak directly with contractor at first instance. If you continue to have issues, you can contact the Housing Industry Association who will be able to point you in the right direction to get your issues resolved. The HIA provide an industry standard for a number of topics relating to home building and home renovations and can be a governing body on any potential issues that may arise.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to send us your questions below!

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. When a kitchen, bathroom or laundry is first designed it is typically created to maximise the space that is available. Because of this, when renovating these rooms there usually isn’t a need to completely replace the cabinets. The original material that a cabinet is made of will impact the refinishing process. Vinyl wrapped cabinets typically need the vinyl and glue to be removed before the cabinets are refinished and painted. Whilst cabinets made of laminate or timber can usually just be cleaned, sanded and painted.


How Much Will It Cost?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how much refinishing your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets will cost. There is no ‘standard price’ per door, or easy quoting method that can give you an exact price on what refinishing will cost. However, we typically say that kitchen, bathroom or laundry refinishing will cost you about a third of the price of an entire cabinet renovation. Though the price will depend on various factors, it is almost certain you will save money.


When looking at getting your cabinets refinished, give Dianella Polishing a call and we will send out Trevor to take a look and provide you with a quote. Our quotes are obligation free and Trevor will provide you with honest and reliable information on the best course of action for your renovation.


If you have any questions regards cabinet refinishing let us know in the comments below!