Kitchen Decorating Trends Throughout the Decades


While the US was embroiled in World War II, the intense patriotism of the first half of the 1940s was reflected in decorating trends. Red, white, and blue were featured prominently in many homes. However, war was not a time for excess. While goods were being rationed, homeowners stuck to simple, sparse design. After the war ended, a booming economy ushered in a design era that prized sophistication. Dark, rich colors like brown and black were paired with modern design and materials. Linoleum floors also became a household fixture in the 1940s.


After World War II, many Americans were optimistic about the future, which was reflected in the cheerful pastel color palette used in many homes. Pastels adorned cars, countertops, and walls, but nowhere was pastel more ubiquitous than the bathroom. The pink bathrooms of the 1950s were a hallmark of the decade’s decorating trends. While some enthusiasts adore the pink bathrooms, many homeowners decry the overwhelming style—pink tile, pink tubs, pink walls, and pink toilets don’t fit well with most modern decorating trends. Do you have a pink bathroom you’re dying to fix up? Better give Refinish First a call!


The tumultuous upheaval of the 1960s seeped into every aspect of life, including home design. The psychedelic movement inspired the use of shag carpet, tie-dye and vivid paisley patterns in home décor while the space race inspired modern, space-age appliances and accessories. But not everyone embraced peace, love, and tie-dye; like any decade, the ‘60s were a study in contrast. Just as beehive hairdos and flowing locks adorned with flowers were both popular, psychedelia existed alongside late mid-century modern style.


In the 1970s, convenience became standard as microwaves and appliances grew more affordable. And with appliances available in many colors, home décor knew no bounds. Who could forget the orange, avocado and harvest gold appliances that perfectly matched the Formica countertops? These countertops, which remain in many homes today have become an eyesore to their new owners, who don’t appreciate the aesthetic of the 1970s quite as much as the original home builders. Do you have a countertop in any of these characteristic colors? Time for Refinish First to refinish it!


The 1980s brought us a booming economy, MTV, and Miami Vice. Excess was in—frills, floral patterns, and plenty of color. The earth tones of the 1970s gave way to primaries and neons. Designers paired hunter green and burgundy in bathrooms, and homeowners put up foil wallpaper. Geometric shapes added an extra punch to the bright colors. The ‘80s also brought us wood paneling, popcorn ceilings, and laminate flooring. Plenty of homes still retain vestiges of ‘80s design, much to the annoyance of homeowners.


The 1990s ushered in a new era of technological innovation—the Internet started making its way into homes and Americans began to carve a new life around it. Rooms showcased computer desks and entertainment centers. This new online era was characterized by stark, modern design. Blinds began to replace curtains and shiny metal fixtures adorned sinks and cupboards. Brass is a hallmark of the ‘90s and the bane of both of homebuyers and realtors. While the ‘90s don’t seem long ago, the decorating styles are dated. Replace that ‘90s brass with brushed nickel or steel and to really revamp your house, refinish those ‘70s countertops with Refinish First.


Benefit of Miracle Method to Property Managers

With potential savings of up to 75% over the cost of replacement, surface refinishing makes good sense for property management companies. Whether it is called refinishing, resurfacing or reglazing, each of these terms refer to the process of restoring or upgrading existing porcelain, cultured marble, tile, fiberglass or laminate surface to a like-new state. Refinishing is an affordable solution to give impossible-to-clean bathtubs, ugly tile and outdated kitchen countertops a fresh look that turns potential renters into tenants.

Even though surface refinishing is not necessarily new to property managers, what’s new is a proven process that really works and is guaranteed for one year. Professional surface refinishing by Refinish First is not a quick fix but a proven restoration process that saves sellers money and allows property management companies to rent a home or apartment more quickly and for a better price. Refinish First not only saves property managers time and money, but also the hassle and mess of removal and replacement of bathroom fixtures.

New coatings for kitchen countertops, especially Refinish First’s finish, are very popular for property managers who want to give a home that makeover look without the expense of installing expensive solid surface countertops. Natural Accents looks and feels like stone, but costs significantly less.

Quality refinishing is a craft that requires the proper materials, extensive training and experience to provide consistent, high quality results… and high quality results will save you money in the long run. Not all surface refinishing is of the same quality—cheaper isn’t always better. With many maintenance quick fixes, a company will often wind up paying more when the first attempt fails. Paying to have the same tub refinished twice over a 12-month period because the first refinish peeled costs substantially more than having it done right the first time. In addition, if the new finish failed once, it will likely do so again.

If you are a property manager hoping to more quickly rent your property at a higher price, give us a call. Refinish First has become the preferred refinisher for property managers.

Cultured Marble Refinishing—Don’t Replace It, Refinish It

Is your bathtub or vanity made of cultured marble? Refinishing is a process that can make dated colors, swirls, cracks and scratches all disappear. Refinish First’s cultured marble refinishing process will save you up to 75% over the cost of removal and replacement, and typically takes just one day.

Refinish First’s MM-4 bonding agent assures you that the new surface will stick for many years to come. Many of our competitors will not offer cultured marble refinishing, nor offer a guarantee, because their acid etching process will dissolve the surface of cultured marble. Refinish First can guarantee your refinished cultured marble finish because of our proprietary bonding agent, MM-4.

Our process works equally well on cultured marble vanities and sinks allowing you to complete a bathroom makeover by refinishing your bathtub, surround, vanity and sink. To bring your bathroom back to the 21st century, give Refinish First a call.

How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean With 5 Minutes a Day

If you’re like most people, your busy schedule doesn’t allow for much free time. And the little time you do have, you probably don’t want to spend it cleaning your bathroom. However, given the nature of bathroom activities, it’s important to keep your bathroom clean and sanitary. The good news is that you can keep your bathroom clean with just 5 minutes a day. You can get a surprising amount of work done in 60 seconds, so even if you don’t have 5 consecutive minutes available, chances are you have 60 seconds available throughout the day.

  1. For the first minute, start by clearing off surfaces. Remove magazines from the vanity, put your makeup back in the drawer, and hang your towel up. Remove any clothes from the floor and find a home for stray bobby pins.
  2. Dedicate the second minute to cleaning up surfaces. Drop in some toilet bowl cleaner and let it sit while you wipe down the vanity, sink, and toilet tank. Next, spray down your shower or tub with a liquid cleaner. During the last few seconds, run your toilet brush around your toilet and the second minute is up.
  3. The third minute is for straightening up around the bathroom. Straighten your hanging towel and pull the shower curtain open to let it dry, which helps prevent the spread of mildew and mold. Straighten up the bottles on your vanity and in the shower. Make sure you have plenty of toilet paper.
  4. Take a look in the mirror—toothpaste spittle and water drops can quickly build up, so spray them with a cleaner and wipe them down. While you’re at it, wipe down the sink fixtures, which also receive plenty of water and toothpaste buildup.
  5. Perhaps you need the final minute to give surfaces some extra attention. If not, skip the mirror cleaning once a week and take a moment to sweep or mop your floor. Or, you can give your tub or shower a full scrub down. You’d be surprised at how little time this takes if you regularly keep up on bathroom maintenance. If you skip a few days every once in a while, dust and grime can build up that require more than five minutes of cleaning.

Creative Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Kitchen and Bathroom

  • Spruce up the kitchen sink area—add a little holiday cheer to your kitchen sink area by setting out a holiday scented soap. Hang ornaments or wreaths in your kitchen window or adorn the top of the window with a green garland, which adds both holiday spirit and a fragrant Christmas scent.  
  • Cozy up your dining room tableadd a casual centerpiece of candles and natural elements like pinecones or garland. This simple addition will add ample Christmas spirit to your dining room.
  • Use plenty of poinsettiasthis beautiful seasonal flower adds plenty of Christmas cheer to your bathroom vanity. If you’ve got plenty of shelving in your bathroom, add several poinsettias to create an especially vibrant bathroom.
  • Seasonal scentsplace a basket of scented pinecones in your bathroom to double as a holiday decoration and a subtle air freshener. Or, use a holiday-themed candle (think sugar cookie or apple cinnamon) to set a cozy mood when guests come over.
  • Hang a holiday shower curtain—a shower curtain like this one is an unexpected place for a holiday decoration, but your guests will certainly appreciate the clever decorating idea that showcases your personality. 

Do your countertops need a fresh look before Christmas? There’s still time for Refinish First to transform your countertops without disrupting your holiday season. Contact Refinish First today!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest page for plenty of wonderful Christmas decorating ideas! Find more ideas here >>

Tile Wall Refinishing

Homeowners often consider replacing a tile wall when they replace the bathtub. Before you rip out your tub and tile, think about the cost and time required for replacement. It’s not a quick and inexpensive fix. In fact, replacement isn’t even necessary when the option to refinish is available. Like quality bathtub refinishing, you can save up to 75% of replacement costs by refinishing your bathroom tile walls.

Whether your tiles are chipped, the grout is crumbling, or your bathroom needs a complete makeover, refinishing is a more affordable alternative to replacing your tile wall. Refinish First offers a variety of colors and textures. Our Natural Accents finishes have also become very popular for bathroom tile walls.

The best time to refinish a tile wall is when you have your bathtub refinished. Your Refinish First professional can offer the best pricing if you have both the bathtub and tile walls refinished at the same time. We offer free estimates, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

Refinishing bathroom wall tile is very similar to bathtub refinishing. Refinish First uses a two-step cleaning process to remove soap scum, body oil and dirt. This ensures that no contaminants interfere with Miracle Refinish First’s unique bonding process and the new finish.

If needed, we float additional grout over the existing grout to fill any voids and provide a smoother appearance. We use a squeegee to spread a small amount of grout over the surface. Once the new grout sets up and adequately dries, the technician will clean the tile and apply Refinish First’s MM-4 bonding agent to ensure that the new finish adheres.

After the application of hi-tech acrylic coatings, the refinished tile will have a bright, glossy finish with clean and even grout lines. One of the greatest advantages of having tile walls refinished is that the grout is permanently sealed, eliminating any need to clean or silicone seal the grout.

5 Common Remodeling Mistakes

  1. Determining minor design elements before determining your kitchen lifestyle—before you go out and buy all-new appliances and dishes to match the new look you’re envisioning, first think about what kind of lifestyle you want your kitchen to provide. Do you have kids? Are you hard on your cookware? If you know you plan on getting plenty of life out of your kitchen, you probably don’t want to buy easily damaged soapstone or granite countertops. That’s where Refinish First comes in. Our countertops are beautiful, affordable, and we offer a warranty on all of our products. Once you’ve got an idea of what you want, plan other design details around your eye-catching countertops.
  2. Not hiring a professional—we can’t stress the importance of hiring a professional enough. Whether it’s installing your window blinds or refinishing your tubs, you’ll save plenty in terms of quality and peace of mind when it’s all said and done. Sacrificing an extra buck now will pay off down the road and it’s true: you get what you pay for. We’ve seen DIY bathtub refinishing jobs and they’re not pretty. Sandpaper and household paint just aren’t going to do the trick. When it comes to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Do you really want to reapply all the grout yourself anyway
  3. Gutting everything—unless you happen to be a professional remodeler, ignore the temptation to rip everything out with the confidence that you’ll get it done yourself. We’ve heard horror stories about people who have entirely ripped out their bathroom with the intent on doing it themselves—many years later, nothing has been worked on. The bathroom is in terrible shape—much worse than if they had called a professional refinisher to take care of the problem.
  4. Buying into fads, rather than function—even the newest fad in countertops can be very expensive and difficult to swap out, so think about whether that countertop will be worth the money now and later. Even granite countertops can be considered dated. Play it safe with your countertops by choosing a smart, economical material, like our Natural Accents. Select a neutral color that complements your house. Save the fads for easily replaceable things, like dishes.
  5. Not doing your homework—if you’re not doing the work yourself, know what to look for and know who is doing your refinishing. Make sure your refinisher is licensed and has a good track record— Refinish First technicians attend standardized training and adhere to defined quality standards. Independent refinishers are accountable to no one.