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 If your salon has old, dingy and chipped fixtures, customers might think that translates into an outdated hair cut or dye job.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!


Renew by Refinishing Sinks and Bathtubs

How often do you look into your kitchen sink or bathtub only to have the chipped spot be the first thing you notice? Whether the sink or tub is clean or dirty, the worn spot (or spots) draws your eye to the area in need of attention. Even though you have lovingly maintained your home, chipping occurs on porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, tile or cultured stone. After a material chips, it grows and takes more and more attention (mostly away from what you want to be thinking about).

Why not give your kitchen or bathroom the makeover it needs? A great solution is resurfacing with Refinish First. If you want to change the color or texture, this is the perfect time. The image above shows a tub resurfaced to resemble stone. If you prefer a different finish, Refinish First can match almost any color. In addition to refinishing, why not repaint which dramatically improves rooms? With resurfacing and paint, in no time at all you can create a brand new room.

A new surface will improve the longevity of the tub, sink or shower by providing layers that hold up to constant wear. If you think you or someone else in your household could benefit from a slip resistant surface, then this is the perfect time to add a nonstick surface while the rest of the area is being improved. Everyone, especially children and the elderly, is vulnerable to surfaces that are slippery. In fact, most bathroom accidents are slips, which are easily avoided with the proper surface, or if needed, a walk-in tub. Refinish First has solutions for color, texture, accessibility and safety needs when it comes to bathrooms. Ask us for a free resurfacing estimate.

Let us help reinvigorate your bath or kitchen area.

What to Know When Planning a Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling your bathroom is wonderful in concept and certainly provides amazing results. It is also very easy to spend far more than you intend while turning what you hoped would be a problem solving project into a time consuming and expensive undertaking.

Another option instead of removing everything down to the studs is to work with what you have and add where you can. Leaving a bathtub/shower in place and resurfacing is far more affordable than removing. When you decide to remove something big like a bathtub or shower, you need to address framing whatever you hope to add back into the space which means properly installing new waterproof backers like green board and caulking which is time consuming and expensive. What you don’t see behind the new tub/shower, will cost as much or more than what you do end up seeing and using. If you want a bright, clean shower, then get it resurfaced, rather than starting over.

If you decide to do a full remodel; changing plumbing, walls or electrical wiring, you may need design assistance and may even require special permits. All of this takes time and money. It is much more affordable to leave everything in the original place and change finishes. Adding new finishes will give you the fresh new look you crave.

Another important consideration when it comes to full remodels is the demolition required. Many elements need to be removed and hauled off to the land fill. Either you take the time to remove everything or you hire someone to remove the old to make way for the new. Then, you either need to haul the debris in a trailer and pay for the disposal yourself or rent a dumpster and pay that fee. No matter how you choose to get rid of demolished materials, there are cost and time consequences.

If you have a tile floor, why not get it refinished? When Refinish First refinishes tile, all issues like cracks and chips are repaired, then coatings are placed over the top. The final product looks like new, is whatever color you want and is as strong as a new floor. When you resurface a floor, you avoid the cost of removal and get a great new floor. This is a fantastic way to save time and money.

What do you have for a bathroom counter? If it is porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, tile or cultured stone, we can resurface it in the color of your choice. This transforms the counter at a much reduced price. Maybe change the mirror, lighting and towel bar to continue the transformation.

When you decide to refinish and resurface your bathroom, you end up with a new room for a far more affordable price than replacing. Maybe you’ll want to use the money you save to buy everything you want to decorate the room and more. Why not have Refinish First provide a free resurfacing estimate and compare the price to a full remodel?

Refinish Cast Iron Sinks

Cast iron really is built to last forever. Short of all the enamel being removed and exposing it to various acids or harsh cleaners, and even then, they are very resilient. As a result, when you purchase that older charming home of your dreams, refinish the claw foot tub and sink. Often the tub, because of its size draws more attention, but refinishing an old sink is amazing. The transformation is remarkable. Many people spend hundreds of dollars to get something with the charm of an old sink, but something mass produced is never the same as an original cast iron or vitreous ceramic sink. Sink refinishing is a great return on investment. Don’t just trust us. Call us for a sink refinishing estimate.


What to do to make your Bathroom Pop

Pop is a bit overused in the interior décor world, but it does a great job describing what happens when elements form a visual interest or response. This can come in the form of a yellow towel in a black and white room. Or maybe it is colorful Mexican tile for the backsplash. The fun part is you get to pick the Pop.

When you walk into a bathroom, the tub/shower, toilet, flooring and vanity all scream out for the most attention. The finishes on all of these immediately inform the visitor of the age and quality of the room. Do the finishes say the home is in disrepair? Dated? Recently updated? Or does the room scream out “Hello, it is so nice to see you!” We want that one.

It is very affordable to update the shower and especially smart if it is in the slightest degree of disrepair. Address failing issues first to curb long-range problems and create a foundation for the fun to follow. Now that you know you aren’t going to create mold or rot out the floor joists, it is time to choose the color your really want. Have you always wanted a sage green bathroom like you see at spas that encourages relaxation? Or do you want something very neutral that will allow you to constantly change other things in the room? For resale value and ease of design, neutral is a wise decision. However, expressing yourself is also important. Don’t sacrifice your dreams for resale value. Simply consider that the colors you choose for the large elements will dictate future decorating options. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact if you have always wanted a canary yellow or fuchsia toilet, because it makes you smile, then do it. You will live it—no one else.

What is happening with the flooring? Is it a tile floor that needs to be addressed? Do you want someone to come in and fix your floor, tub, and counter? Refinish First can come in and give all of these elements makeovers that make them new and in the color of your liking.

Now that the tub, toilet, flooring and counter are addressed, what remains? Lots. Do you like the vanity lights? What about the overhead light? This is a great time to make upgrades that will work with your new finishes if budget permits. If not, not to worry because refinished surfaces will be screaming “hello.”

However, if budget permits, consider shopping for lighting and faucets at the same time. This will help you choose things that will work together stylistically. If you want to make things more modern with your lighting, you probably don’t want to get more decorative with your faucets. Modern will be about simple and clean lines. However, if you love Victorian influences, this is a great time to think about the types of lights and faucets that will be attractive together.

So much is going right with this room. Have you considered repainting? If nothing else, even if it is the exact same color, it is a great time to update the paint. It freshens a room and makes cleaning easier. The walls may have been bumped from years of living and this is an ideal time to fix.

Hang in there because we are almost done. Do you need a shower curtain or do you have a door or doors that keep in the water? Shower curtains take up a lot of visual space so carefully consider what sort of color and texture you want to add to this thoughtful space. It will be more obvious than the faucet—initially. But that faucet will have its day in the sun so don’t think it isn’t important.

Last, but not least, do you have or need hand and bath towels for the room? Do you like the color? How do they look with the new finishes? Is there money left over to buy something new or do you want to put this on hold? Now or eventually, consider soaps, soap dishes, mirror, towel and cabinet hardware, door handle set and electrical switches—all interesting elements that will reflect your design and color preferences.

Once the biggest parts are addressed, namely the counter, floor and tub finishes, scream out “nailed it” or “made it pop” and walk through the house with a smile. Enjoy your new bathroom!

Is My Countertop a Candidate For Refinishing?

Sometimes this is a question of what type of counters does Refinish First refinish, while other times it is a question of identifying the existing material.

To answer the first question, Refinish First refinishes laminate, Formica, ceramic tile, Corian, Silestone and cultured marbled surfaces (fiberglass too but this is more of a tub thing and less of a counter thing).

Ceramic tile is easy to identify because of the grout lines and the fact that it is all over the place. However, other materials can blur together because the names are interchangeable, misnamed or often the counter has been around for 10,000 years and the material name is long forgotten. Not to worry.

The first step is to contact Refinish First to come out and determine if your counter is a viable option, answer any other refinishing questions and provide an estimate. It is hard to make a plan if you aren’t sure where to start. Find out so you can move to step two.

Bathtub and Chip Repair Success at Hotels & Resorts

Hotel rooms need to be clean and nice in order to keep customers happy and wanting to return. Since repeat business is an important component to any business, it becomes clear that hospitality spaces need to sparkle.

Utilizing the services of a company like Refinish First to bring a large facility up to date is the most economical option. Remodeling and improving surfaces can have the same result as new construction. You don’t need new studs to have a new room.

When undertaking improvements for several rooms, the expense adds up quickly, which forces the issue of how to proceed. It makes sense that refinishing bathtubs is more affordable and practical than removing and replacing existing tubs. It is possible to give a tub a new color and texture to create a whole new appearance. This can save thousands of dollars on a remodeling project.

Refinish First can repair and refinish all types of bath and kitchen surfaces, including porcelain, Formica, fiberglass, and cultured marble. The finishes are guaranteed against peeling and adhesion failure. Additionally grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces for bathroom safety can be installed.

Refinish First has created a Nationwide Commercial Services Team to handle large jobs requiring additional manpower. Refinish First understands that working on hotel rooms cuts into the bottom line and makes every effort to complete improvements quickly.