Slip Resistant Surfaces

Over two-thirds of accidental injuries happen in the bathtub or shower. Bathtub and shower surfaces are already fairly slick, but add water and some soap and they become downright dangerous. Having slip resistant materials could help to reduce the number of injuries.

Slip resistant mats or treads can come off pretty easily and be more of a nuisance than a help in the bath or shower. Instead of constantly reapplying stick-on slip resistant mats, try something more permanent to prevent bathtub and shower falls.

Refinish First can install slip resistant surfaces in bathtubs and shower pans to reduce the slickness of these surfaces. The surface they install chemically bonds to bathtub or shower floor, making it resistant to cracking or peeling.

Slip resistant flooring can help everyone from slipping in the bathtub or shower and reduce the number of injuries in the bathroom. Ask Refinish First about installing a slip resistant surface in the bathtub or shower.

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Vintage Bathroom with a Colored Bathtub

Vintage bathrooms are all about fun colors. In the 1950’s and 1960’s interior decorators used a lot of pastels. This trend also carried over to bathroom decorating, where bathtubs escaped the normal white shade and went lavender, yellow, aqua, pink, and green.

Homeowners can use these colors to create a vintage-inspired bathroom. With a pink, blue or lavender bathtub, homeowners can design a spa-like bathroom by making it the focal point of the room. To do this, use a variety of white shades for the rest of the bathroom.

For a more classic feel, mix traditional features with a yellow, mint green or pink bathtub. Pink and green or blue and yellow were common color combinations back then. Add a pedestal sink and a checkered floor to complete the look.

Mix the pastel bathtub with modern features to create a modern, yet whimsical bathroom. Add modern bronze faucets to the pastel tub to tie it into the room. Play off of the tub’s color when buying accessories such as soap holders and towels.

Tired of boring white bathtubs? Head on over to Refinish First. They can replicate any color and create countless custom colors for bathroom surfaces.

The Perfect Kitchen Island

Homeowners love kitchen islands for many reasons. They are functional, they can be a design focal point, and can provide extra seating. Finding the perfect kitchen island requires marrying functional and style to fit the kitchen.

For function, islands need to give the dishwasher enough clearance when opening the door, have 18 inches of space on either side of a cooktop, and have outlets for appliances to cover the basics. After that, many more features can be added to customize the island for each unique kitchen need.

If it’s going to be used for extra seating, make sure it’s the proper height for kitchen stools. The eating area should also be raised so it’s out of range of spatters from the cooktop or sink, if one is present.

A kitchen island is usually at least four feet long and two feet deep, taking up quite a bit of space. Because of this it is recommended that the kitchen should be at least eight feet deep and more than 12 feet long to accommodate an island.

One of the major advantages of having a kitchen island is more storage. Cabinets can be installed on each side to increase kitchen storage. Put more shallow cabinets on the front, dining side, and larger, deeper cabinets on the kitchen side.

Homeowners should design or find a kitchen island that works for their needs, whether that be an extra cooktop, more storage, or a breakfast bar.

School Kitchens

Children can be rough on things and that includes school cafeteria surfaces. If they’ve taken a beating and are looking worn down, it might be time to call the professionals at Refinish First for help. While school is out they can make those cafeteria surfaces brand new.

With the amount of countertop surfaces in the cafeteria kitchen, replacing all of them would be a process and cost a good chunk of money. With refinishing, it would take less time and money to make them look new again.

With countless colors and many stone accents to choose from, the cafeteria could get a color update as well when getting the surfaces refinished. Refinish First can also match any existing color if they would prefer to keep it the same.

With school out for the summer, it is a great time to repair and refinish cafeteria surfaces. Give Refinish First a call.

Refinishing Commercial Kitchen Surfaces

Commercial kitchens take even more abuse than residential kitchens. They’re usually in use for at least 12 hours a day and the chefs cook with heavy duty vessels and utensils. With the chaos of activity in a commercial kitchen, it is easy for counters to get scorched by hot pans or nicked with knives.

Although most commercial kitchens aren’t seen by the public, health inspectors might look more favorably on kitchens with countertops that don’t have burns and cuts throughout the surface.   In kitchens that are open or viewable to the public, making a positive appearance becomes even more important.

One way to keep the counters looking brand new is by refinishing the surface. Refinish First can refinish many countertop surfaces including laminate, Formica, tile, solid surfaces, and cultured marble. The chemical bond Refinish First creates on the countertop can extend the life of the surface for 15 years or more.

For commercial kitchens in need of an update, refinishing makes sense. It takes less time and costs less than renovating. The surfaces will be brand new and any damage that happens to them can be fixed by Refinish First.

Renovation vs. Refinish Timeline

Renovating the bathroom is a large project that can take months depending on the materials used and how extensive the renovation will be. Instead of a complete renovation, consider letting Refinish First make over the room for a fraction of the cost and time.

With a renovation, the process starts with planning and creating a design or at least picking materials. Finding the right contractor also takes time. After deciding who and what they want, homeowners have to wait for the materials to be ordered and shipped. Depending on what they order it can take anywhere from five business days to eight weeks.

Each individual stage of the renovation will take one to two days, which can extend the construction to almost a month. If there are no problems with construction or the budget, everything will go smoothly, but problems frequently occur, extending the timeline.

For those who are happy with the layout of their bathroom, but are tired of the old, worn out, lifeless bathroom surfaces, Refinish First is a better option than renovating. Their refinishing process takes much less time, getting the bathroom back in use in no time.

For a standard bathtub, the process usually only takes three to five hours. After is cures, it is ready for use within 24 hours. For countertops and tile, the length of time depends on which finish homeowners choose. The solid color or speckled finish takes three to five hours, and again is ready within 24 hours. The stone finish, which mimics granite, takes two days to apply and additional time to cure.

Instead of possibly taking months, the bathroom can get an affordable upgrade in less than a week. With new surfaces it can look like a completely different room. Call Refinish First for a free estimate.

Summer Kitchen Decorating

Summer comes with blooming flowers, sunshine and a laid-back feeling. This feeling doesn’t have to exist only outside, bring it indoors to the kitchen with a few simple decorating choices.

Fresh flowers help brighten up any room and bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. Whether they’re from the garden or store they will be sure to add a pop of color in the kitchen. Use them as a decorative piece on the table or the island.

Colorful plates, bowls and glasses can be a fun way to celebrate summer and are great for all those summer BBQs. A patterned or colorful pitcher is also great in the summer for serving lemonade or iced tea.

Tableware can also be used just for decoration. In kitchens with open shelving or glass cabinet doors, colorful plates can add a little pop of color or hang a few on the walls. The pitcher could also be used as a quirky flower vase in the kitchen.

Think bold and colorful when decorating for summer. The kitchen doesn’t have to look the same year round.