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.


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!

Refinishing Locker Rooms

With winter sports about to end and springs sports poised to start soon, it’s time to get those locker rooms in shape. Year round they take a beating from cleats, mud, and equipment, which can take a toll on locker room surfaces. Instead of a complete remodel, refinishing those surfaces can take much less time and cost a lot less.

Whether it is tile showers, floors, countertops or sinks, Refinish First has the job handled. They can transform a variety of surfaces including ceramic tile, porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic and more. Chipped tiles are repaired during the refinishing process. Missing grout is also replaced and then sealed.

Want to ramp up the school spirit in the locker room? Refinish the surfaces in school colors! Refinish First can match an existing color or create almost any custom color imaginable. Create a custom locker room feel while fixing any imperfections on the surfaces.

Refinish First has completed tile shower and locker room projects for Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University and Brigham Young University Idaho. Contact them for a free estimate!

The History of Showers

The idea of showering to bathe has been around a lot longer than the fancy showers installed in homes today. The first shower was provided by nature, in the form of a waterfall. Even back then, people figured out running water was more effective for bathing than standing water.

Soon, people were figuring out they could bring the shower to themselves with jugs of water. Wealthy Egyptians had servants dump the water on them, instead of doing it for themselves. However, they didn’t have water heaters to warm up the water before their showers, so cold showers were the norm. Sounds a bit like the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations had rudimentary shower rooms with basic drainage systems. The Greeks expanded on this design later. They created a sewer system that could pump water in and out of communal shower rooms. These rooms were similar to the locker rooms of today’s society in that they were social areas. The Romans also built many bathhouses and an advanced sewer system.

A contraption similar to the shower used today was finally built in 1767 in London. A pump forced water into a basin above the bather’s head, where they pulled a chain to release the water. Expanding upon this design, the English Regency Shower was more effective. It stood over ten feet tall and was made up of many metal pipes.

By 1850, reliable plumbing allowed showers to be connected to running water. Over time they continued to change, but were usually only found in homes of wealthy people. In America during the 1920’s, ownership of showers finally spread to the rest of society.

Open vs. Enclosed Showers

Many people are getting rid of bathtub/shower combinations and instead installing an extravagant shower. Just as expansive bathtubs and enjoying bubble baths is a luxury, showers are becoming luxury items too. With the ability to change the water pressure, control how the water streams out of the shower head and other technological advances, showers have come a long way.

A new trend is to install an open shower in the bathroom. These showers are more accessible and help smaller bathrooms feel larger than they are. However, some people aren’t ready to give up their enclosed showers. Each option comes with its own pros and cons.

Enclosed Shower


  • More private
  • Keeps steam in the shower


  • If not regularly cleaned the glass can get hard water stains
  • Can take up a lot of space in the bathroom

Open Shower


  • Feels spa-like
  • Visually appealing



  • No privacy
  • Water can get everywhere in the room

Depending on the size of the bathroom and the lifestyle of the homeowner, one option might be better than the other. Some people enjoy more traditional bathrooms, while others embrace the idea of creating a spa-like environment.

Not ready to make the jump to an open shower? Refinish First can update and transform you’re existing bathroom to provide a fresh new look without the demolition needed for a complete remodel. Contact us for a free bathroom transformation estimate today!

Refinish Apartment Surfaces

Apartment complexes can get worn down pretty fast with the number of renters that funnel through them. Kitchen and bathroom surfaces easily become damaged and may need replaced before the next tenant can move in. To shorten the downtime between tenants, consider refinishing kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Tenants whose apartment is looking a bit worn should inform their landlords about Refinish First. Kitchen and bathroom surfaces can be easily refinished to look brand new in no time. Landlords can save up to 75 percent when they choose to refinish over replacing. It takes less time to refinish rather than replacing too!

Refinish First can transform many surfaces, such as laminate, tile, cultured marble, acrylic, wood and more. They can also match an existing color to keep the apartments looking uniform, or create almost any custom color if the landlord wants to do a remodel of the entire building.

It usually only takes them 3-5 hours to refinish a bathtub, and it is ready to use within 24 hours. For countertops, it takes about the same time and is ready to use the next day if it is refinished with a solid or speckled finish. If upgraded to a stone finish, it takes two days to apply and up to 48 hours before it is ready to be used. This is much less time than what would be required to replace all of these surfaces.

To get a free estimate for refinishing the surfaces in an apartment contact Refinish First.