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.

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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.

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.

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.

Big Ideas for Small Kitchens

Small kitchens can be hard to decorate without making the room feel cluttered. However, smaller kitchens cost less to makeover and small projects can make a dramatic impact.

Backsplashes

To make a dramatic statement without painting the walls or cupboards, try adding a backsplash. There are a variety of styles, patterns and colors to fit any kitchen. They are also easy to wipe clean if food particles get on them while washing dishes or cooking.

Color

Go bold in the kitchen with a bright color. This can be achieved by painting an accent wall or colorful kitchen decorations such as rugs, decorative dishware, towels, and wall hangings.

Bold Patterns

If the kitchen has a window above the sink, find a window covering with a colorful, bold print. This focal point could be used to draw color inspiration for other decorations in the kitchen. Or, find a patterned wallpaper to put in the kitchen. This is a great way to bring color into a plain, white kitchen.

Open Shelving

A kitchen trend that has caught on recently is open shelves and cabinets for displaying interesting dishes or fun containers. This idea is better suited to those who like to keep their storage areas really tidy. Textured or colorful baskets or bins can be used for organization while bringing in a decorative element as well. Colorful dishes could be put on display as too.

Smaller kitchens are a good place to go bold, whether it be with color or patterns. Pieces that are both decorative and functional work well, so they aren’t just taking up much needed space.

5 Kitchen Trends for 2015

Thinking about spicing up the kitchen in 2015? Refinish those kitchen surfaces and try incorporating some of these trending kitchen looks.

  1. For those tired of white kitchens or using primary colors on walls, tribal inspired tones are making a splash this year. Taken from Moroccan and Native American palettes, these warm colors make the kitchen vibrant. Use mustard yellows, scarlet, royal blue or dusty pinks when decorating or painting the kitchen to incorporate the tribal design aspect.
  2. Less is more in 2015. People are now moving toward minimal wall cabinets to make the room feel more spacious. However, this comes with the price of possibly less storage in the kitchen. It would work great for a house with minimal tendencies.
  3. Stainless steel, silver and chrome have made their mark in the kitchen over the years. Bringing with them a new age, sleek feeling, that’s managed to stay around for quite a few years. Warmer metals will begin to take their place this year. Copper, gold and bronze bring a warmer, more luxurious and decadent feeling to the room. These could be incorporated with faucets, trims, or decorations.
  4. Instead of amazing islands or unique backsplashes, make the ceiling the statement piece. This can be achieved through lighting, the shape of the ceiling, embellishments and other features.
  5. Wallpaper comes and goes in phases when it comes to home decorating. In 2015 it will be used to create an added visual impact on the room. Choosing a wallpaper with a unique pattern to put in the kitchen could dress it up in a different way.

Get creative in the kitchen in 2015. If those counters are needing some work, give Refinish First a call.

New Year, New Kitchen

Organizing the home can be a fairly common New Year’s resolution, and is often needed after the holidays. If the kitchen is in a state of despair try some of these ideas to whip it back into shape.

Stash the Pots and Pans: Stacking them on top of each other means pulling out five different items when only the one on the bottom of the pile is needed. Trying installing a pot rack in an area where it could be out of the way, such as above an island. Or perhaps a pegboard on an open kitchen wall. Turning a cabinet into a pullout cabinet can be a great alternative as well. The dividers separate the pots and pans, making it convenient to get them in and out.

Tackle that Tupperware: Those plastic containers can quickly get out of control, causing an avalanche when the cabinet door opens. Separate and organize lids and containers by size and shape so they are much easier to stack. If a container is missing a lid or has become warped or badly stained, take the plunge and throw it out. Use containers to store the lids so they aren’t thrown about haphazardly and hard to find.

Spruce up the Spices: Throw away old spices and combine duplicate bottles to make more room. Organize it so the spices used less often are toward the back while the ones used more frequently are in the front.

Clear the Countertop: Appliances can take up an unnecessary amount of counter space, while hardly getting used. How often does that quesadilla press get used? What about that mini cupcake maker? If appliances do get used a decent amount, but not enough to be sitting out constantly, a nearby cupboard might be a better location. If they rarely get used, consider moving them to a basement or pantry area or even donating them. They’re just taking up valuable counter space.

Show off the China: Display pretty china or glassware on shelves or in cupboards with a glass front. This can simultaneously make the kitchen feel more open and display decorative pieces that have been hidden away. Displaying them on shelving can also make more room in the cupboards for appliances and other dishes.

Organizing the kitchen may seem like an impossible task, but once done it can bring a lot of stress relief into the home. Start the New Year with an organized and clutter free kitchen.