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.

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 After years of outdated timber, melamine, or vinyl wrapped cabinets do you finally have the fresh, modern look you were after?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 temperature water and a diluted cleaner will ensure they stand the test of time.

– Do not clean your cabinets with boiling hot water. Boiling hot water can potentially damage your cabinets. As mentioned above, use lukewarm water instead of boiling hot water.

– Stay away from harsh chemical cleaners. Strong, undiluted cleaners can damage the paint on your cabinet. Stay away from directly applying harsh cleaners to your cabinet, try diluting them instead.

– Clean your cabinets regularly. It might seem like a simple tip, but regularly washing down all your cabinets will ensure dirt and residue does not build up and permanently stain your cabinets.

– Where possible place appliances that generate steam or heat away from your cabinets. For example, do not place your kettle or toaster under a wall mounted cabinet. In the short term the steam and heat will not damage your cabinets or its paint. But after years of wear and tear steam and heat from appliance can cause damage quicker than if it was in a better ventilated part of your kitchen.

– Do not slam your cabinet doors shut. Slamming your doors shut over the lifespan of your cabinets can damage both the hardware and the paint. Soft closing cabinets are now popular in modern homes to ensure that you don’t do damage to your cabinets.

 

The kitchen, bathroom and laundry are often the most well utilised rooms in your house. This means the general wear and tear of everyday use will impact the paint over time. Making sure you take the best care of your cabinets from the day they are installed will ensure that they stay looking as good as new for as long as possible.

 

Do you have any questions regarding the care of your painted kitchen? Let us know in the comments below.

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 dust and dirt getting trapped under the paint and drying. Once dry, it is extremely difficult to remove this dirt.

 

Can You Smell Paint?

Paint has an extremely distinct smell, and it’s one that can almost last a lifetime. If you get your cabinets painted at home, the smell of the professional paint will often leave not only your kitchen, but your entire home smelling like paint for a long time. Though the kitchen, bathroom or laundry is often sealed off for the painting process, the fumes from the paint can still escape and attach to furniture, walls and even you carpet.

 

Ventilation, Safety Procedures and Speciality Equipment

Having cabinets painted is a professional service. It requires special ventilation, safety procedures and speciality equipment. Though safe, there is always a risk when utilising the painting process. In Australia, it is not deemed unsafe to have your cabinets painted at your home. However, if the proper ventilation and equipment isn’t used it can be considered unsafe for your family and home. Why risk it? Leave professional painting up to the professionals to carry out in our purposely designed workshop.

 

Dianella Polishing remove the cabinet doors and side panels from your home before professionally painting them in our warehouse and paint booths. A professional warehouse is a controlled environment which ensures there is will no dirt or dust that could get trapped in your job. This means you will have a beautifully professionally painted kitchen, without the risk. Having your cabinets painted at a professional polish shop, also means your house won’t be left smelling like fresh paint. It is also a much safer alternative to at home paint jobs.

 

Do you have any questions or comments about getting your kitchen, bathroom or laundry repainted? Let us know in the comments below!

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.

 

Benefits of Repainting a Timber or Laminate Kitchen

A vinyl wrapped kitchen is amongst the most common kitchen finishing of the past few decades, which means a huge number of them come through the Dianella Polishing workshop to be refinished. The biggest issue with a vinyl wrapped kitchen is once the vinyl begins to peel, all the vinyl and the residual glue needs to be removed. This process isn’t always easy. It takes time and costs additional money to get the vinyl removed and the underlying MDF prepped to be painted.

 

When you have a laminate or timber kitchen, you don’t have the issue of removing peeling vinyl and residual glue. The doors, side panels and draw faces from your kitchen just need to be removed and brought straight to the Dianella Polishing workshop. The cabinetry does need to be cleaned and prepped before it’s ready to be painted, but this process takes considerably less time than the vinyl process. So not only will you save time in your kitchen repaint, but you will also save money.

 

Laminate and timber are both extremely durable, long lasting materials. Repainting your kitchen cabinets will save you time, money and give you a new look and feel to your home, all while not wasting the cabinetry you already have in place.

 

Do you have any questions or comments about your timber or laminate kitchen let us know in the comments below!