The Look of Granite without the Cost

Granite brings a luxurious feeling into the kitchen, but it can cost a pretty penny. Homeowners who are looking at installing granite countertops should think again. Refinish First can refinish existing countertops to look like granite, for a fraction of what real granite would cost.

Looking at the prices of granite, it costs $35 per square foot or more. It then has to be cut exactly to fit the counter, which can also add to the cost. In addition, homeowners have to pick the edging they want, which adds even more.

Refinish First offers stone finishes that mimic the look of granite, for less than the price of new laminate. They can refinish many different surfaces to look like granite including laminate, tile, solid surfaces and cultured marble.

Finding, ordering and installing granite countertops can take weeks. Refinish First can refinish countertops with a stone accent in two days. It then needs 24 to 48 hours to cure. Still a lot less time and mess than taking out an existing countertop and installing a brand new one.

Homeowners who are worried about refinishing because their current countertop is damaged shouldn’t stress about it. Refinish First makes repairs to the surface before refinishing it. They fix chips and cracks so that it looks brand new.

Get the granite look for less. Contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

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Budgeting a Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchen upgrades can increase the asking price of a house when selling. However, these upgrades can cause homeowners to spend a huge chunk of money, especially if they don’t have a plan. Creating and staying within a budget can be difficult, but it is possible with a few steps.

Homeowners should set a budget based on the increase in value they believe they can get when they sell. Spending a ridiculous amount on an upscale kitchen in a middle-class neighborhood probably won’t reap a positive return.

From there, the costs should be broken down into percentages. Labor usually makes up between 20 to 35 percent of the budget costs. Then break up the costs based on the priorities. For example, the appliances may be in decent shape, but new cupboards and countertops may be in desperate need of an upgrade. It is also recommended to set aside about 20 percent of the budget for unexpected costs such as water damage.

Homeowners should also have a plan for how they are going to go about paying for the upgrade. Many people need to borrow money to finance a kitchen upgrade and they have multiple options for doing so. They can take out a home equity loan, a personal loan, refinance, or borrow against a retirement plan. It depends on the state of their finances and what will work best for them.

One detail that can get overlooked when doing a kitchen upgrade is the cost of not having a kitchen for a period of time. Homeowners will have to eat out or rely on take-out while the kitchen is being worked on, depending on what projects they are doing. This should be worked into the main budget as well.

Don’t just set a budget and then forget about it. Keep checking purchases and quotes against it. The easiest way to do this is to put it in a spreadsheet. This will help homeowners stay on track.

Refinishing Outdoor Kitchens

Since the kitchen has become the heart of the home, people are more likely to gather there, but that means they are stuck inside instead of being outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. That’s where the outdoor kitchen or bar comes in. They are great for entertaining during the summer because they offer food and refreshments while allowing guests to bask in the summer weather.

Outdoor kitchen areas come in many different designs and layouts depending on the functions the owner wants it to have. Most have a mini fridge and grill as the basics, since summer is all about grilling. Food prep areas are also usually present in the design.

With the temperamental Idaho weather, these outdoor kitchen areas could get damaged in the months following summer, especially the countertops and flooring. If this is the case, give Refinish First a call. They can refinish many different countertop surfaces and ceramic tile flooring that is usually found on patios.

They can create and match almost any color imaginable. They also offer a stone look in a variety of colors and textures, which would look great outdoors. They fix the chips and cracks before refinishing countertops, and will fix missing grout in tiles.

There’s still time to get the outdoor kitchen area looking brand new before summer BBQs are in full swing. Contact Refinish First today!

Replacing vs. Refinishing

Bathtubs are subject to all sorts of stains and marks that just don’t come off even after hours of scrubbing. Homeowners really only have two options when deciding what to do with an embarrassingly stained bathtub. They can completely replace it, or they can refinish it.

When making this decision, the most important factor is cost. Replacing a bathtub can get costly, depending on the type and the labor required for the project. The cost for just the new tub can vary between $400 and $1,000 depending on the type. Labor is usually $200-$400 and takes about five hours. Don’t forget other materials like fittings for around $40 or debris disposal which is usually around $20.

Refinishing a bathtub with Refinish First can save up to 75 percent on the cost of replacement. It will look just like a brand new tub, without that new tub cost. They can refinish many bathtub surfaces including porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic and marble.

It typically takes 3 to 5 hours to refinish a bathtub and it is ready to use the next day. Homeowners don’t have to worry about additional damage to their bathroom like they would with a bathtub replacement. There is no demolition necessary, no debris left behind.

If homeowners have a damaged bathtub, or just want to change the color, they should give Refinish First a call. They can be in and out in no time!

Refinishing Sunroom Flooring

Sunrooms, or four-season rooms are a great way to enjoy the weather without sitting outside. They are the perfect area to entertain when the weather is nice and the sun shines through the windows.

Many sunrooms have ceramic tile floors to give the space more of a glamorous, resort-type feel. Ceramic tile flooring is also easier to keep clean than carpet, making it a common choice for these rooms. However, because sunrooms obviously experience a lot of sun, the tile can fade and the grout can begin to crumble. Instead of replacing the entire floor, let Refinish First make them look brand new for a fraction of the cost and time of a renovation.

While refinishing the tile, they also fix, replace and seal damaged grout. Homeowners looking to refinish the ceramic tile floors in their sunroom or four-season room have many options when it comes to choosing a color. Refinish First can match any existing color and create countless custom colors. They also offer a variety of stone accent finishes for those who are wanting something more than a solid color.

When Refinish First refinishes ceramic tile flooring, they aren’t removing anything. This makes the process faster than replacing the flooring all together. They can get the project done in a few days, letting homeowners and their guests get back to enjoying the sunroom faster.

Homeowners shouldn’t let old, faded flooring keep them from using and entertaining in their sunroom. Contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

Quick Daily Bathroom Cleaning

Bathrooms can easily become cluttered with everyone in the house rushing to get ready in the morning. Towels are thrown on the floor, the toothpaste cap is left off and hair products often litter the countertops. These small things can add up, accumulating until the mess seems almost impossible to clean.

Instead of letting daily bathroom messes grow, keep on top of them by cleaning the bathroom only five minutes every day! By taking a couple minutes to quickly clean, it will keep stress levels lower and bathroom messes almost nonexistent.

Step 1: Clear everything off of the countertop. Hair tools, bobby pins, brushes and whatever else is left on the counter. They should all have a spot in a drawer or cupboard. Pick up clothes and towels off of the floor. Hang up the towels and put the dirty clothes into a bathroom laundry hamper..

Step 2: Clean off all of the surfaces. Spraying down the shower daily prevents soap scum from building up. Makeup and hair can accumulate on the counters and in the sink, so give it a quick wipe down as well. The toilet builds up a lot of gunk on and around it, and wiping it down daily can help prevent that from happening.

Step 3: Use a microfiber cloth to clean toothpaste splatter and hairspray off the mirror. The cloth just needs to be damped before wiping the mirror down.

Step 4: Straighten everything up. Close the shower curtain or door, put out clean towels, and make sure items that stay on the counter are in their place.

By doing these steps daily, the bathroom will no longer become an unmanageable mess of hair, towels, and open toothpaste tubes.

Updating Old Kitchens

A lot of kitchens get stuck in outdated styles from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s. Homeowners end up leaving them looking outdated instead of remodeling them because of the cost and time it would take to complete the project. However, updating a kitchen doesn’t need to break the bank or take weeks to complete.

There are some simple decorating projects, along with some surface refinishing by Refinish First that can transform a kitchen from being stuck in a previous decade, to a current and stylish space.

In the past, many kitchens had natural wood or dark colored cupboards. This can make the space look small and dark. This can be remedied by painting the cabinets a lighter color. Lighter colors reflect light better, making the room feel more open. If the handles and knobs don’t match the new color, buy and install new ones. There are many unique drawer knobs available that can bring a little flare of style into the kitchen.

Many of the countertops in older kitchens are laminate. Over the years, they become faded and damaged, dating the kitchen even more. Laminate is a surface Refinish First can refinish. If the countertops have become worn out or they just need to be a new color, Refinish First can help. They can create almost any custom color, match an existing color or make it look like a stone accent.

Backsplashes can add color and a fun design element in the kitchen. They don’t have to exist only behind the sink. They can also extend farther along the walls underneath the cabinets. Backsplashes also double as an easy surface to clean if food splatters on it from the sink or stovetop.

By brightening up the room with lighter cupboards and countertops, and adding some fun decorative pieces, the kitchen will no longer be stuck in the past. Contact Refinish First to help bring the kitchen up to date with some new kitchen surfaces.