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.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.