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.

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 After years of outdated timber, melamine, or vinyl wrapped cabinets do you finally have the fresh, modern look you were after?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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Timber or Laminate: A Kitchen Repaint Will Save You Money

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There are endless cabinetry options for your kitchen – laminate, melamine, vinyl wrapped, painted cabinets, timber – the list goes on. Every few years creates new interior decorating and design trends. A modern kitchen usually doesn’t stay modern for long. Quick changing trends can often leave your kitchen outdated, before you’ve even settled in to your new place.

 

If you have an established home, or you’re looking at moving into an existing home, renovating your kitchen may be cheaper than you think. When purchasing a new place, home buyers often get disheartened by outdated timber or laminate kitchen cabinets. An assumption that ‘replacing’ the kitchen will run up a large renovation bill often means a great house will be discredited or undervalued.

 

Refinishing or replacing a laminate or timber kitchen doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. If the structure of your cabinetry is good, a laminate or timber kitchen can be completely refinished at almost a third of the price of completely renovating it.

 

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Professional vs DIY: When Should You Use a Professional for your Renovation

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We have all seen the home renovation shows on TV where seemingly every day people are able to repaint their kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets to reveal a professional looking end result. Though do-it-yourself home renovations are becoming increasingly popular because of the popularity of these shows, it is creating an unrealistic perception that you can do everything on your own and end up with a professionally finished renovation.

 

A great deal of your home renovation can be done yourself and DIY projects are a great way to save money. When planning your renovation, it is important to have a clear idea what you should do yourself, and where you should spend extra for a professional.

 

Projects to do yourself

1. Painting walls yourself is a great and easy way to save money on your home renovations. If this is the first time you have tried painting your own home, YouTube provides a number of great videos

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