Kitchen Renovations: You Don’t Always Need a Cabinet Maker

Date:  July 27, 2015


Categories:  Renovating, Tips

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Your kitchen is the center of your home, and it’s often the first place home renovations start. Though getting a new kitchen is an exciting idea, it can also be a daunting one. Where do you start? How much is it going to cost? How long will you have to go without a kitchen? Will there be early morning wake ups by tradespeople knocking on your door and banging around your home?

When deciding to renovate a kitchen, a cabinet maker is often the first call. Once a cabinet maker comes out and inspects the space, they will come back to you with a design for a new cabinets. Cabinet makers will almost always suggest a set of new cabinets when redoing your kitchen. Though new cabinets can seem like a good idea, it will often leave you with a large renovation bill and turn your home into a worksite for up to weeks at a time.

It may come as a surprise, that when renovating your kitchen not only do you not always need new cabinets, but you also don’t need a cabinet maker! Whether the vinyl wrap on your kitchen doors is peeling, or your cabinets are significantly outdated, if the hardware of your cabinets is still in good condition your kitchen could be refinished instead of completely renovated.

When shopping around for your kitchen renovation, make sure you not only call cabinet makers, but you also call a reputable polish shop such as Dianella Polishing to come out and give you a quote. A polish shop can offer you an alternative to completely renovating your kitchen, at a fraction of the price.

What Does a Polish Shop Do?

When a representative from Dianella Polishing comes out, they will assess your kitchen cabinets and advise you on whether they are able to be refinished, or whether they need to be replaced. If they can be refinished, they will provide you with a quote on how much the job will cost.

After you have reviewed and accepted the quote, the doors and end panels of your kitchen will be removed. Once Dianella Polishing receive your kitchen, they will prepare and paint your doors. Your cabinets will look like new!

Will it be Cheaper than a Cabinet Maker?

Generally, when Dianella Polishing submit a quote for cabinet refinishing it will end up at about one third of the cost of new cabinets and the quote that a cabinet maker provide. However, every job is different and the money you save will depend on your kitchen cabinets!

Will my Cabinets be New?

Though the shell and doors of your cabinets will be the same as before, the new painted finish will make your cabinets look brand new. Often with your kitchen, the cabinet space has been designed well but worn down, refinishing the cabinets gives them a new look and feel whilst using the old cabinet structure.

If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences regarding your kitchen renovations, feel free to leave a comment below!

7 responses to “Kitchen Renovations: You Don’t Always Need a Cabinet Maker”

  1. Lorraine Franklin says:

    We have Tasmanian Oak doors in our kitchen. Does the same procedure apply?

    • dianellapolishing says:

      Hi Lorraine,

      Thank you for your comment regarding Tasmanian Oak! A similar procedure does apply when working with a Tasmanian Oak kitchen, though nothing needs to be removed, the oak is sanded back and then paint is applied over the top. If you’re located in Western Australia and you’re looking at getting your kitchen refinished feel free to head over to our contact form ( and send through some pictures of your kitchen and your contact details. Our Rep, Trevor will get in touch and arrange to have a chat about what Dianella Polishing could do for you!


      The Team @ Dianella Polishing

  2. Thanks for your advice on calling a cabinet maker. Not only can they be expensive, but sometimes they just don’t see the vision of what I want! There are other options (including refinishing yourself!) that are cheaper, and sometimes easier. If you do go with a cabinet maker, make sure you find one that really sees eye to eye with you on what you want.

    • dianellapolishing says:

      Hi Olga,

      We completely agree! Our aim is to educate the public that when it comes to kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinet renovations a complete replace isn’t always necessary! There are so many options out there! And when you do need a cabinet maker, there are some great ones you can work with. Your advice is completely true – finding someone who understands your requirements and vision will certainly make the process easier. If you ever have any questions regarding your renovations, please feel free to let us know! Thank you for a great comment.


      The Team @ Dianella Polishing

  3. Anna says:

    Hi there we have 1990s style Tasmanian oak cabinets and we are looking to get them sanded back to remove the previous stain and then finish them with a more natural look. Is this something you do?

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