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

Date:  February 23, 2016


Categories:  Renovating, Tips

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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!

8 responses to “3 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen, Bathroom or Laundry Renovation”

  1. Braden Bills says:

    I think that one of the most beneficial parts of a laundry renovation is the appliance updates. The quality and efficiency of washers and dryers has gone up so much over the recent years, it really is incredible. Upgrading can make your laundry days so much easier. Thanks for sharing!

    • dianellapolishing says:

      Hi Braden,

      Thank you for your comment, we are happy you enjoyed our latest blog post!


      The Team @ Dianella Polishing

  2. Dan says:

    I wish I had read this blog before my wife and I did our remodel. This is a great blog. We are both very hands on DIY people but it had never occurred to us to reuse our existing cabinets and paint them. We did install a flat pack kitchen ourselves that came from IKEA and built a wooden DIY kit central wine rack that we bought online from https://wineracksite.com/shop/120-bottle-wine-rack-kit/ that holds 120 bottles. It has become a real talking piece with guests. Next remodel and renovation project is the laundry so we will take your good advice on board.

    • dianellapolishing says:

      Hi Dan,

      glad you found useful inspiration in our blog. And success with your upcoming renovation projects. It is a good idea to give a face-lift to old laundry and bathroom cupboards. Please dont hesitate to require an obligation free visit of our consultants if you are ready to go.

  3. eMoov says:

    You will surely save a lot with the use of DIY solutions. There are lot of things that you can do with your own hands when it comes to bathroom renovation. Just be careful with it and get some tips and guides from the experts through research.

    • dianellapolishing says:

      We have experienced more problems than successes when people start to diy on their cabinets. – Or in other words, we’ll see the cabinets afterwards and if you are unlucky – you can destroy them completely when trying to paint them yourself.
      We advise rather let an expert do it for you than having to replace your entire kitchen.
      Kind regards, your Dianella-Polishing Team.

  4. Bill Dunn says:

    Great blog. Yes, you are right, “The kitchen, bathroom and laundry are three of the most well loved and utilised rooms in a house.” Thanks for these helpful tips on how to renovate these rooms on a budget.

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