The Heart of the Home

Most people would agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the location where families of all sizes gather together for food and fun and in many homes it’s the hotspot for homework too. It is often the focal point of the home used at both the beginning and ending of each day. Many people start out their day reading the paper while eating breakfast before work. After work, people come home and cook, eat dinner and catch up with family in the same place.

Guests are always impressed when shown a beautiful kitchen. They aren’t always as impressed with a newly renovated bathroom or freshly painted bedroom. A beautiful kitchen pulls focus from the rest of the house. Perhaps this is because it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but serves a much needed function as well.

The kitchen is also important when selling a house. Location and functionality are important aspects homebuyers look at when choosing a house. Streamlined, modern kitchens are becoming more desirable and kitchens that have an open layout are more popular than ever before. The kitchen has become a place to socialize instead of just prepare a meal.

Many newer kitchens now come with islands. This brings the countertop into the spotlight. An old, scratched, chipped countertop can make any kitchen look old and dingy. Homeowners don’t have to do a complete kitchen renovation to fix this issue. Countertops can be refinished to look brand new and last many more years. It’s a much more affordable option for making those countertops the star of the kitchen.

While not only being more affordable, refinishing countertops takes less time than a renovation, in which they are completely replaced. Homeowners can be back in the kitchen a lot sooner. Refinishing is also a good option for those wishing to sell their home. Since the kitchen has become such an important part of buying a home, refinishing the countertops, and even floors, can help sell the home faster and for a better price.

Refinish First has been refinishing and repairing surfaces in the Treasure Valley since 2008. They can refinish any countertops made of laminate, Formica, tile, solid surfaces, tile and cultured marble. Refinish First can match an existing color, create almost any existing color and also offer a stone look in many varieties and textures.

Homeowners who want to update their kitchen, or are getting ready to sell, should consider Refinish First. They can make the most important room in the house shine.

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Post-Holiday Cleaning

The holidays can bring with them a lot of clutter and mess. Going into the New Year with a cluttered house can make for a stressful start. There are simple ways to keep the mess down to a minimum and get the New Year started with a clean, clutter-free home.

With family and friends visiting to celebrate the holidays, spills and stain are inevitable. Stains are harder to get out the longer they sit, so they should be remedied as soon as possible. Using warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle is usually an easy fix. Just spray it on the stain, blot with a paper towel and continue this until it is no longer visible. Then it should be rinsed with water and blotted once more before left to dry.

Kitchens should be deep cleaned after the holidays. Mop the floors and clean all of the countertops. If the countertops have become damaged from all the prepping and cooking, contact Refinish First about refinishing them to look brand new.

Separate recyclables from what needs to be thrown in the trash during the festivities instead of after. Also, try to do dishes right after they are done being used. Many people find cleaning as they go to be less stressful than walking into a kitchen with piles of dishes the next morning.

Have a designated box for Holiday cards. Update addresses and lists as necessary. Holiday cards should be recycled after the holidays are over, there is no real need to keep them around for a whole year.

When packing away decorations, people sometimes decide to throw everything into a box to sort later. However, later tends to not come around and next year those decorations are tangled and misshapen. Packing away holiday decorations neatly will help limit stress and frustration when they are needed next year.

Many people consider the easiest way to stay away from clutter is to get rid of one thing when they add something new. This can be done with clothes, kitchen gadgets and much more. While doing this, it could be a good time to get rid of things that are no longer used, such as toys or shoes that are no longer worn.

Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

For those who enjoy spending their time in the kitchen, the best holiday gifts are ones they can use to make cooking easier or just more fun.

Microwaves are useful for cooking many dishes, but sometimes food can come out dry. Using a microwave pressure cooker, any foodie can make a multitude of dishes by braising, steaming, stewing and more. They use less energy and cook food in a fraction of the time it would take in an oven or on the stove.

A common way to cut back on expenses is to make coffee at home instead of heading to the nearest Starbucks on the way to the office. However, that can limit options for brewed coffee. For that friend who loves their morning latte, but not necessarily the price, pick them up a French press and frother set. This gift is less expensive than an espresso machine, and easier to use.

Some would argue that one can never have too many slow cookers, especially during the holidays. Well now there are double-duty slow cookers that are a little larger and have a divider in the middle. That way two dishes can be cooked at once. This can definitely cut down on crowding the countertop with slow cookers during holiday parties.

For the serious bakers out there, a turntable and cake stand is the perfect gift. The rotating plate on top makes it perfect for piping frosting around a cake, but is also stylish enough to display desserts.

Wine connoisseurs know the frustration of breaking a cork in a bottle of wine. Instead of letting friends open bottles of wine by hand with the anxiety of mangling the cork, get them the gift of an electric corkscrew. This method takes a fraction of the time and muscle power.

Holiday Refresh

When family and friends gather for the holidays, the kitchen and bathrooms become high traffic areas. If the kitchen or bathroom is looking a little dingy and old, consider refinishing the surfaces before the holidays hit.

Refinish First can get those floors, countertops, sinks and bathtubs looking brand new before guests arrive. They can refinish surfaces in days, and there is still plenty of time before the holidays hit to get it done.

Whether homeowners are wanting a completely new look or just their old one spruced up, Refinish First can deliver. They can match any color or create almost any custom color. They also offer a variety of stone looks.

If the kitchen or bathroom needs a little love, but the price of a renovation is overwhelming, contact Refinish First for a free estimate. Refinishing costs a fraction of what a renovation would.

Refinishing Damaged Hotel Surfaces

With a heavy amount of traffic, it is easy for hotel rooms to become damaged. Countertops can be cracked, chipped and marked up. Bathtubs and showers can become worn, dingy, and cracked. Keeping up with repairing damage or replacing these damaged surfaces can get expensive and create a lot of down time, creating a loss of revenue.

Instead of spending endless amounts of money and closing down a room for weeks for repairs, consider refinishing the surfaces instead. Refinish First can repair multiple surfaces including: porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, cultured marble, laminate, tile, and solid surfaces. They can also repair any chips or cracks during the process, making the surfaces look brand new.

Refinishing is also a good alternative for a complete renovation. Hotels can change their color scheme and look by refinishing floors, countertops and showers. Refinish First can create almost any custom color and match just about every color. They also have a variety of stone finishes.

A bathtub generally takes three to five hours to refinish, and can be ready to use within 24 hours. For countertops and tile, if a solid color or speckled finish is chosen, the process only takes three to five hours and is ready the next day. However, the stone finish takes about two days to apply and 24-48 hours to cure. Although it takes a couple of days, the process can be much faster than replacement and they can have hotel rooms up and ready to go, with a minimum amount of revenue lost.

Hotels that are in need of surface repairs or want to update their rooms could benefit from refinishing. Contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

Quick Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen renovations don’t need to cost $50,000. If homeowners are working with a small budget, simple things like repainting, new lighting, replacing hardware and refinishing surfaces can make a huge difference without going over budget.

When it comes to cabinets, pre-manufactured are the way to go when looking for a thrifty solution. Most can be installed by the homeowners if they feel up to the challenge. If replacing cabinets seems too much, repainting or staining them is another option. Changing out the hardware such as the hinges and handles can drastically improve the look as well.

Changing out window treatments, hardware, such as sink faucets, and lighting can be quick fixes for a new kitchen look. A change in the window treatments can lead to a whole new color palette in the kitchen or try lighter window treatments to bring more natural light in, giving it a brighter, and more open feeling.

Refinishing surfaces in the kitchen can transform it into a completely different kitchen. Putting in new countertops can be expensive and time-intensive. Refinish First can refinish the countertops for way less than replacing and leave them looking brand new. Want the look of granite without recreating the price tag? Refinish First can provide a granite look and their refinishing process leaves countertops durable and seamless.

Refinish First can also repair and refinish ceramic tile flooring. They have three standard solid colors as well as more than 30 stone accent finishes. Custom colors are also available. Along with refinishing tile, they can repair chips, cracks and missing grout. Refinishing tile also seals grout, making it last longer.

Small changes can make a huge difference in the kitchen. Even when working with a small budget there are options to create a beautiful kitchen. Refinishing is one of those options. For questions or a free estimate, contact Refinish First.

Colorful Ideas

White is a fairly traditional color for bathrooms, but can get stale and boring after a while. White also has a tendency to show dirt rather easily, compared to other colors. To give a sterile, white bathroom a jolt, add some color to it.

An obvious way to incorporate color into the bathroom is to paint the walls. This can completely change the vibe of the room. Small spaces, like bathrooms, are great for trying out a bold color because if it doesn’t turn out, it’s fairly easy to repaint. Choose a color to create a new feeling in the room. Blue is calming and could help with relaxing while get ready for bed while yellow is bright and energetic and could be helpful in feeling awake in the morning.

If painting seems like too much of an endeavor, putting small colorful items in the bathroom can brighten it up. Paintings, flowers, decorative vases and more can dress up a plain bathroom and make it visually appealing. Pick a color palette and go all out.

A more basic approach would be to invest in colorful towels, bath mats, window treatments and an interesting shower curtain. Bathrooms require all of these things, so replacing them with something colorful is practical as well as decorative.

If the white bathtub or shower has become old and dingy, maybe it’s time to refinish the surface. Refinish First can recreate that pure white color, or go in a more fun and creative direction. They can create almost any custom color and offer many stone finishes to glam up that boring bathroom.