- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.