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3 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen, Bathroom or Laundry Renovation

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The kitchen, bathroom and laundry are three of the most well loved and utilised rooms in a house. Because of this, they are usually the first rooms that need a facelift when you start thinking about home renovations. Unfortunately, a full renovation of these rooms comes with a hefty price tag. If you’re looking to bring new life to your home, whether it’s renovating yourself or using a professional, here are some handy industry tips on how to renovate this rooms on a budget.


Do it yourself – Bathroom and Laundry cabinets

Did you know that major retailers such as Bunnings stock flat packed cabinets? A common complaint about older style bathroom and laundries, is the lack of cupboard and bench space. This can easily be solved by a trip down to your local hardware store.


Flat packed cabinets come with relatively easy to follow instructions, so if you’re a little bit handy when it comes to using a drill, this could be a great way for you to save some money! Flat packed cabinets typically only come in a limited range of colours. However, if you bring your flat packed cabinets down to your local polish shop, such as Dianella Polishing, along with a sample of the other cabinets in your room, your new flat packed cabinets can be colour matched to your old cabinets. This is a great way to save money and add to your home with a professional finish.


Skip the designer – reuse existing cabinets

Have you ever thought to yourself “I love the layout of my kitchen, but the cabinets are getting a little tired”? A common misconception about kitchen renovations is that you need to gut the entire kitchen in order to update it. A cabinet maker, or renovation specialist, will typically recommend to rebuild your kitchen from the ground up when you enquire about updating your kitchen.


Whether your kitchen is laminate, melamine or vinyl wrapped, kitchen refinishing it a great way to bring new life to your cabinets at about a third of the cost of a full renovation. To save extra money, removing the cabinet doors and panels yourself and removing the peeling vinyl will cut down the costs even more.


Update appliances and storage solutions

If your budget is limited and you’re not particularly handy at renovating yourself, updating the appliances and storage solutions in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry can bring new life to your home. If you’re looking for inspiration on new appliances or clever storage ideas for your bathroom, kitchen or laundry Houzz provide a comprehensive library of articles on the topic.


If you have any tips or tricks on how to save money on your kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovations let us know in the comments below!

How Colour Matching Could Help Your Kitchen Renovation

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Bringing life back to an outdated kitchen is often a lot simpler than you would expect. When a home is starting to look lived in and dated, the first room on the “renovation wish list” is usually the kitchen, bathroom or laundry. These rooms are the some of the most well used rooms in the house and because of this, they often require renovation attention first.


Getting your kitchen cabinets refinished instead of replaced typically costs about a third of the price. Almost any cabinet surface can be painted, as long as the underlying MDF is still in good workable condition. One of the biggest benefits of refinishing your cabinets is the fact that paint can be colour matched to almost any colour. So even if you only want a few cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry to be refinished, it can be done.


Vinyl kitchens of the 90’s and 00’s are amongst the most popular to be renovated at the moment. The lifespan of vinyl cabinets is typically 10-15 years, and after the the glue will start to lose its adhesiveness and the vinyl will begin to crack and peel. Unfortunately the peeling process does not happen overnight and though one cabinet may begin to peel another may not. This can lead to your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets all looking different and having different levels of wear and tear. If you can’t afford to refinish your entire kitchen, but don’t want unsightly peeling cabinets in one of the most utilised rooms of your house, colour matching may be the answer for you.


Painted cabinets can be almost perfectly colour matched to any vinyl, laminate or previously painted kitchen. If one or two cabinets are peeling, they can be removed from your kitchen and brought into the workshop to be matched to your existing cabinets. This gives your kitchen new life, while keeping the renovation costs low until you can afford a full kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovation.


Colour matching is also a popular solution when adding new cabinets into your home. When starting the renovation process, restyling the most outdated part of your kitchen can result in changing cabinets which are around large appliances such as the fridge, oven or stove. These changes can be easily painted and colour matched to the existing kitchen layout so that you don’t need to get the entire kitchen refinished.


Colour matching is one of the many flexible options that painted your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets can offer. Removing and replacing your current cabinets is not the only way renovations can be complete. Sometimes the smallest changes will make the biggest difference in bringing new life to your home.

Important Questions for your Cabinet Maker

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A painted kitchen adds style and value to your home. Whether you’re building your kitchen from new or replacing the design of your old kitchen a cabinet maker is probably your first phone call. When you have decided on a kitchen design, the next question you will receive from your cabinet maker is what finish you would like. Timber, melamine, laminate or a painted finish are the most typical cabinet finishes that you can chose.


When choosing painted cabinets, most cabinet makers will outsource the painting of the cabinets to a professional polish shop. Though this is work the cabinet makers can do themselves, it is usually better for not only the cabinet maker, but also the client to have the work done by a professional polish shop.


If you’re having your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets painted, here are some of the key questions you should ask your cabinet maker to ensure you’re getting the highest quality painted cabinets possible.


Question #1 – Do you use a professional polish shop to paint your cabinets, or do you paint them yourselves?

Though there is no issue with a cabinet maker painting their own cabinets, a professional polish shop is specifically designed to carry out high volumes of cabinets in a short period of time. This means your job will be done professionally and quickly.


Question #2 – What polish shop do you use to paint your cabinets? Can I recommend a polish shop?

It is extremely important to find out what polish shop your cabinet maker uses to paint their cabinets so you can do your own research on their work. If you’re not happy with the polish shop they use, you can also request they use a polish shop of your choice, such as Dianella Polishing.


Question #3 – Does the polish shop have a showroom? Can I go see their warehouse?

Whether it’s your bathroom, laundry or kitchen that you are getting made it is going to be a decision you’re going to have to live with for a long time, not to mention a decision that is probably going to cost a lot of money. Ask your cabinet maker if the polish shop they want to use has a showroom where you can go view their work. Any reputable polish shop will have a showroom and a warehouse where you should be able to see samples of their work to give you the peace of mind about your cabinets.


Question #4 – Does the polish shop have a website?

It might seem like a simple question, but asking to see a polish shops website is the first step in researching the type of cabinets you are going to be left with. A professional polish shop will have a professional website that includes samples of their work, information about two-pac painting and a good question and answer section that answers any questions you might have.


If you’re looking for a cabinet maker in Western Australia, more information can be found through the Cabinet Maker Association of WA. If you have any questions regarding cabinet makers or polish shops let us know today. We would love to hear your renovation experiences in the comment section below!