Vintage Bathroom with a Colored Bathtub

Vintage bathrooms are all about fun colors. In the 1950’s and 1960’s interior decorators used a lot of pastels. This trend also carried over to bathroom decorating, where bathtubs escaped the normal white shade and went lavender, yellow, aqua, pink, and green.

Homeowners can use these colors to create a vintage-inspired bathroom. With a pink, blue or lavender bathtub, homeowners can design a spa-like bathroom by making it the focal point of the room. To do this, use a variety of white shades for the rest of the bathroom.

For a more classic feel, mix traditional features with a yellow, mint green or pink bathtub. Pink and green or blue and yellow were common color combinations back then. Add a pedestal sink and a checkered floor to complete the look.

Mix the pastel bathtub with modern features to create a modern, yet whimsical bathroom. Add modern bronze faucets to the pastel tub to tie it into the room. Play off of the tub’s color when buying accessories such as soap holders and towels.

Tired of boring white bathtubs? Head on over to Refinish First. They can replicate any color and create countless custom colors for bathroom surfaces.

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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!

2015 Bathroom Design Trends

With a new year comes new design ideas and trends to follow. As bathrooms continue to transform into a spa-like experience, design trends lean toward a feeling of luxury and relaxation.

A trend that started in 2014 and is expected to continue in 2015 is dramatic floor tiles that make a statement. This can be an alternative to a statement wall or art piece. Bright, colorful tiles or tiles with an interesting design can bring a unique aesthetic element to a bathroom of any size.

There’s a continuing trend of bring the outdoors in with earthy materials that can bring a calming feeling to the bathroom. Some people also achieve this by decorating with live plants. Designers are falling in love with the idea of a “living wall,” where an entire wall of the bathroom is converted into a vertical garden of sorts. They can be beneficial to the environment and the occupants’ well-being along with being an interesting vocal point.

This year it’s all about the free-standing bathtub to create a feeling of rest and relaxation. These bathtubs mimic those found in spas, creating a feeling of indulgence when used. For smaller bathrooms, they have semi-inset stand-alone bathtubs.

Decorating with recycled or upcycled materials is going to make a big splash in bathrooms in 2015. Globally, everyone is becoming more aware of sustainable living and making the transition to this lifestyle. This can be as simple as using reclaimed wood for an artistic piece or using it to build a vanity.

Instead of giving the bathroom its own style, make it an extension of the rest of the house and décor. Bring in the style of the rest of the house with the wall colors, accent colors and the type of fixtures chosen. Gray became a trend-setting bathroom color in 2014, and will continue to live on in 2015. It pairs well with almost any color. Use it as a base and add a bright accent color, or infuse it with white to create a sleek look.

Need an old stand-alone bathtub resurfaced? Contact Refinish First. We can make even the oldest tub look new again.

Refinish Don’t Reglaze or Replace Bathtubs

The term reglazing and refinishing a bathtub refer to a similar process (when people reference reglazing, they are generally talking about refinishing). Bathtubs are commonly made of porcelain. In order to literally reglaze your bathtub, would require a kiln to heat to exceedingly high temperatures. Given this is not practical for most residential applications, the process of refinishing is the best way to provide your bathroom with a new look at a fraction of the price of replacing your tub.

Frequently when people want a fresh look for the bathroom, they debate between refinishing an old tub and replacing the tub. What is often overlooked, however, is the cost of demolition and removal of the old tub when considering replacement. This process is definitely messy and can be quite expensive. What you end up with is a process that can total $3000 or more. This means that replacing your tub may involve a lot more than you think. Refinishing your tub can save you up to 75% over the cost of replacement. It takes about 3-5 hours to complete and will be ready to use in about 24 hours. During the process, we fill in any nicks or holes in your tub surface, then prime, seal and gloss-coat to give it the look of a brand new tub with a surface that will last for 15+ years.

Some of the other benefits of refinishing include:

  • We can match almost any color you choose.
  • You have the ability to save an antique or sentimental bathtub.
  • Replacing a bathtub is messy. Refinishing is not.
  • Resurfacing reduces your carbon footprint by reducing your input to the local landfill, making it an excellent green alternative.
  • It eliminates mold and mildew that may already be in your tub.
  • It creates an easy to clean surface.
  • Refinished tubs are very low maintenance.

Our bonding works on all types of bathtub materials, so we can refinish porcelain, acrylic, fiberglass, cultured marble, and even clawfoot tubs. In short, our bathtub refinishing services can work for nearly every bathtub resurfacing project you have. If you are looking to find a new shine in your old bathtub contact Refinish First today!

Refinishing is NOT a Do-It-Yourself Project!

While there are products on the market that allow you to “paint” your tub or countertops yourself, be advised that almost 25% of the work we do is to redo work to repair the jobs performed by other refinishers or surfaces “refinished” by do-it-yourselfers.

Painting your own bathtub or countertop may change the color, but the result is not likely to look as good or last as long when compared to a professional refinishing job.  Most remodeling consultants recommend leaving surface refinishing to a professional like Refinish First.  Call our surface refinishing professionals today to discuss your refinishing options at 208-908-6678.

5 Common Remodeling Mistakes

  1. Determining minor design elements before determining your kitchen lifestyle—before you go out and buy all-new appliances and dishes to match the new look you’re envisioning, first think about what kind of lifestyle you want your kitchen to provide. Do you have kids? Are you hard on your cookware? If you know you plan on getting plenty of life out of your kitchen, you probably don’t want to buy easily damaged soapstone or granite countertops. That’s where Refinish First comes in. Our countertops are beautiful, affordable, and we offer a warranty on all of our products. Once you’ve got an idea of what you want, plan other design details around your eye-catching countertops.
  2. Not hiring a professional—we can’t stress the importance of hiring a professional enough. Whether it’s installing your window blinds or refinishing your tubs, you’ll save plenty in terms of quality and peace of mind when it’s all said and done. Sacrificing an extra buck now will pay off down the road and it’s true: you get what you pay for. We’ve seen DIY bathtub refinishing jobs and they’re not pretty. Sandpaper and household paint just aren’t going to do the trick. When it comes to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Do you really want to reapply all the grout yourself anyway
  3. Gutting everything—unless you happen to be a professional remodeler, ignore the temptation to rip everything out with the confidence that you’ll get it done yourself. We’ve heard horror stories about people who have entirely ripped out their bathroom with the intent on doing it themselves—many years later, nothing has been worked on. The bathroom is in terrible shape—much worse than if they had called a professional refinisher to take care of the problem.
  4. Buying into fads, rather than function—even the newest fad in countertops can be very expensive and difficult to swap out, so think about whether that countertop will be worth the money now and later. Even granite countertops can be considered dated. Play it safe with your countertops by choosing a smart, economical material, like our Natural Accents. Select a neutral color that complements your house. Save the fads for easily replaceable things, like dishes.
  5. Not doing your homework—if you’re not doing the work yourself, know what to look for and know who is doing your refinishing. Make sure your refinisher is licensed and has a good track record— Refinish First technicians attend standardized training and adhere to defined quality standards. Independent refinishers are accountable to no one.