What does your bathroom say about you?

 

For being such a personal space, the bathroom is subject to a lot of foot traffic. Your bathroom gives off an impression. So, what does your bathroom say about you?

Not only the design, but also the cleanliness say something about the type of person you are. If you have an unkempt and dirty bathroom people will think you aren’t hygienic and don’t take pride in your home. A clean, well-stocked guest bathroom shows that you try to make guests feel comfortable and welcome.

A rustic bathroom shows your guests that you’re warm and a little old-fashioned in that you respect your elders and have good manners. The warm hues in a rustic bathroom can make your guests feel right at home.

A classic, white and bright bathroom sends the signal that you enjoy the simple things in life. You’re a tidy, organized person who doesn’t need lavish things.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is the luxurious, spa-like bathroom. You enjoy the finer things in life and believe everyone else should too. You have exquisite countertops, a heated floor and the softest towels money can buy. Guests are wowed and feel pampered when they leave this bathroom.

Send the right message with your bathroom. Contact Refinish First today and let us help you create the look to match your personality.

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Choosing a Countertop 101

 

There are almost endless options when picking the perfect replacement countertop for your kitchen. Among the considerations should be clean-up, maintenance and durability. Often overlooked is the cost and time involved in the countertop replacement process. Refinishing your countertop is always more economical than replacing and your kitchen will be back in use in days rather than weeks.

Whether your existing countertop is made of tile, laminate, Corian®, or even granite, Refinish First can refinish it to get rid of unsightly stains, scratches, chips and burns. We also guarantee our work! Contact Refinish First for a free countertop refinishing estimate today.

Shower vs. Bathtub

 

In an idealistic world we could have it all. Two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bathtub. But as reality sets in we realize some houses only come with one bathroom and we could be forced to choose between a shower and a tub.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Shower enclosures and tubs can be designed to work with your space.  Shower enclosures tend to keep the bathroom floor drier than a shower bath. The water stays inside the enclosure. Steam also has a harder time escaping from shower enclosures. Quick showers beat out bathtubs in water conservation, but longer showers use more water than can fill up the largest standard bathtub. However, shower units can become expensive depending on the design. Fixing showers can be a hassle and time-intensive also.

Bathtubs work better for families with small children than showers. However, they are more difficult for the elderly or those with limited mobility to access. Did you know Refinish First can convert your existing bathtub into a walk-in tub? This makes entry and exit safer and easier and is an ideal solution for children, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to avoid injury.

Despite the differences between bathtubs and showers, if you ever plan on selling your one-bathroom home, it’s good to remember, buyers generally prefer tubs over showers. A shower-bathtub combo can also be a good compromise for a one-bathroom home.

Kitchen Trends

 

Kitchens are becoming more of an artistic viewpoint. Functionality is being combined with creativity and design to create a kitchen worth marveling at. Check out these new kitchen trends and how you can incorporate them into your home.

Fewer upper cabinets creates wall space for decorative lighting such as sconces. Most sconces have adjustable arms so you can move the light directly where needed. They also come in a variety of finishes to match or make a statement in the kitchen.

Large backsplashes are another option with the upper cabinets gone. They can bring natural materials into the kitchen and become a focal point. Refinish First has a wide range of Stone Accents that can convert your backsplash and countertop from plain to eye catching.

Warmer metals are starting to replace chrome, nickel and stainless steel in the kitchen. Shades of iron and graphite are becoming more popular and can go well with that new Stone Accents backsplash.

Natural materials are coming into play this season as well. Brick, concrete and wood create an industrial, yet warm feeling. Creating open shelving with reclaimed wood can be a fun DIY project to add some rustic charm to your kitchen.

Need some ideas to get you started? Contact Refinish First. We would love to help you update your kitchen!

Bathroom Trends to Keep an Eye On

 

Technology has found its way into every part of our lives, and now it’s in our bathrooms.  Showerheads with wireless speakers, toilets that play AM/FM radio and music hydrotherapy bathtubs are some of the newest features to enter the market. Adding audio to the bathroom can create a spa-like atmosphere or keep you informed by playing the news while you get ready for the day.

A vessel sink, a free-standing sink that sits directly on the countertop, can add an element of elegance to any bathroom. These sinks, based on the design of Chinese washbasins, can be made of cast iron, glass, natural stone and more. There are some things to think about when looking into a vessel sink. The counter height needs to be slightly shorter since the sink will be sitting on top instead of sunk into the counter. Also, the faucet needs to reach to the middle of the sink. Otherwise it will hit the side and cause splashing. With numerous design possibilities this trend could stick around and become a standard bathroom fixture.

Nature can also be reflected in the bathroom, not just with plants, but with the materials and colors used in the space. Using organic colors and textures, such as stone, wood, marble and metal your bathroom can radiate comfort and style at the same time. Different colors, patterns and fixtures can create the perfect earthy tone or crisp, radiant vibe to bring the natural world into your home.

Another trend that is always on point is the classic look. Using vintage or vintage-inspired pieces you can create a bathroom that will never go out of style. Keeping it natural with stone, brick, wood, slate or other man-made materials for the floors, walls and cabinets creates a more realistic vintage feel. Bright whites and tile flooring can give the bathroom the “sanitary style” that became popular after the turn of the century. This classic design brings elegance from its simplicity and has an easy-care advantage. A decorative mirror or gilded frame can add the perfect statement piece for your vintage-inspired bathroom.

Some say less is more. The minimalist style bathroom’s clean lines and thoughtful restraint echo just that. This style has a purposeful lack of decoration and draws inspiration from nature. The colors are kept neutral, mirroring clouds, sand and river rock. The fixtures are sleek and simple with a touch of elegance. This design would work well for those who like to keep it simple and despise clutter.

If you already love the layout and fixtures of your bathroom but would like to freshen up the colors, Refinish First can refinish your existing fixtures and countertops for that perfect look for your bathroom.

Beautify Your Beauty Salon

 

Whether updating a salon or starting a new salon using previously owned equipment, a great way to breathe new life into those old sinks and counters is by refinishing them. Starting and running a beauty salon can be very expensive. One way to cut down on these costs is to refinish those old countertops and sinks.

Let’s be honest, people judge a book by its cover. It’s no different when customers walk into a business. If your salon has old, dingy and chipped fixtures, customers might think that translates into an outdated hair cut or dye job. Instead of giving them the wrong impression, update your fixtures by refinishing them.

By refinishing instead of replacing, you’re cutting down on the time the salon would have to be closed during the renovation. The refinishing process takes less than a week to complete. They don’t need to tear anything apart, making clean up a breeze.

Because they aren’t tearing out the existing features it can save you up to 75 percent over the cost of replacement when you choose to refinish instead of replace. Refinishing can extend the life of your fixtures by up to 15 years or more with proper care and maintenance.

If you’ve been dreaming about updating your salon, but couldn’t afford brand new fixtures or closing during the renovation, look no further. Refinish First has many different surfaces to choose from to complement your salon or give it a whole new look.

Don’t own a salon? Next time you’re in for a trim take a look around. If the salon you use needs a refresh be sure to let them know about Refinish First. We always appreciate referrals!

Slip Resistant Surfaces for Tubs and Showers

Most people never consider the possibility of falling in the shower, never thinking it could happen to them. Perhaps they are young and invincible or have been using a shower mat or slip resistant floor stick-ons in their shower or bathtub for years without incident. The problem is, accidents happen, shower mats and stick-ons occasionally slide, and these scenarios can result in tub-time disaster.

Let’s take a look at some of the facts regarding bathroom slips:

  • The CDC reported an estimate 234,084 non-fatal injuries in the bathroom throughout the year of 2008 in people 15 years of age and older. Nearly two-thirds of these injuries occurred in the bathtub or shower.
  • Falls are the leading cause of unintentional home-injury related deaths in the United States, claiming around 6,000 lives each year.
  • Over 43,000 children are injured in the bathtub every year in our nation alone.
  • Slip resistance isn’t just for the home. Bathtub, shower, and walkway slips account for a multimillion dollar expenditure to the hotel, motel and health care industries each year.
  • Despite this, 2 out of every 3 death related to slip falls occur in the home.
  • As many as 66% of injuries for people over 65 were the result of a slip related fall.
  • 75% of deaths related to slips and falls occur to those over 65. This means that those under 65 still account for 25% of the deaths.
  • A legally recognized slip and fall can occur in a private home. This means, if you have guests over and have not properly slip proofed your bathroom, you may be held liable in court.

If you think those statistics are scary, it’s because they are. Your ability to properly slip-proof your shower or bathtub can have a lasting effect on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Refinish First offers slip resistance you can rely on with options for bathtubs and shower pans. Our slip resistant surfaces are chemically bonded to the floor of your tub to ensure that it will not slip, crack or peel. For the ultimate in shower protection for your loved ones, contact Refinish First.