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!


Beauty Product Storage Ideas

Beauty products can take up a lot of room in the bathroom and just look messy. However, there are some unique ways to store and display these so they not only look pretty, but are also functional.

Perfume can be displayed on a spice rack or cake stand for easy access and a decorative piece. Fill a flower vase or mason jar with beads or coffee beans and stick makeup brushes in it. Coffee beans will fill the room with a delicious aroma and it will be easier to find the correct brush. If counter space is limited, try putting makeup and brushes into an old pencil case or a utensil tray in a drawer.

A magazine rack could be a great place to house curling irons and straighteners to avoid a tangled mess. Other options include hooks or a hanging shoe organizer. If multiple hair product bottles adorn the counter, try putting them in a wine rack. Makeup palettes can also be organized in a desk file organizer.

Digging around to find a certain shade of eye shadow can be frustrating but they will be much easier to sort through if they are on display. Attaching magnets to makeup compacts and sticking them to a decorative metal board hung on a wall frees up some counter space while adding a unique embellishment. Magnetic strips also work great for pesky bobby pins.

There are many creative uses for everyday items that can help transform the bathroom from a messy disaster to an organized oasis. Share some of your unique bathroom decorating on our Facebook page or on our Pinterest page.

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!