Colorful Ideas

White is a fairly traditional color for bathrooms, but can get stale and boring after a while. White also has a tendency to show dirt rather easily, compared to other colors. To give a sterile, white bathroom a jolt, add some color to it.

An obvious way to incorporate color into the bathroom is to paint the walls. This can completely change the vibe of the room. Small spaces, like bathrooms, are great for trying out a bold color because if it doesn’t turn out, it’s fairly easy to repaint. Choose a color to create a new feeling in the room. Blue is calming and could help with relaxing while get ready for bed while yellow is bright and energetic and could be helpful in feeling awake in the morning.

If painting seems like too much of an endeavor, putting small colorful items in the bathroom can brighten it up. Paintings, flowers, decorative vases and more can dress up a plain bathroom and make it visually appealing. Pick a color palette and go all out.

A more basic approach would be to invest in colorful towels, bath mats, window treatments and an interesting shower curtain. Bathrooms require all of these things, so replacing them with something colorful is practical as well as decorative.

If the white bathtub or shower has become old and dingy, maybe it’s time to refinish the surface. Refinish First can recreate that pure white color, or go in a more fun and creative direction. They can create almost any custom color and offer many stone finishes to glam up that boring bathroom.


A Spa-Like Experience

The first step in turning an ordinary bathroom into a spa-like experience is to deep clean and de-clutter. A clean, clutter free room provides an open, refreshing feeling even before additional changes are completed. Start by organizing everything into drawers, cupboards, baskets or whatever fits best in the space. After organizing comes deep cleaning. Mildew can be a health hazard as well as an unpleasant sight. Getting rid of mildew and hard water stains can greatly improve the look and feel of the bathroom. If the tub or shower is beyond repair, refinishing them can make them look brand new again.

For a spa-like bathroom, a shower-tub combination is a great option when a quick shower often fits the schedule best but a long soak in the bubble bath is sometimes needed. A claw foot tub can be the ultimate for relaxation. These can be refinished to look like new and look especially great in an older style or country home.

A shower-head with good pressure is a must-have. There are even shower heads that mimic the feeling of falling rain. Choose one to match your personality or select one with a variety of settings to match changing moods.

If splurging is in the budget, heated floors in the bathroom can take away the chill during the colder months. Sometimes there is nothing worse than getting out of a warm shower or bath only to step onto a cold floor.

Lighting can dramatically impact the mood of a room. Consider installing lighting with a dimmer switch or turn off the lights completely and use scented candles to set the mood. They not only bring a soft, flickering light, but also soothing smells to enhance the relaxation factor. Reed diffusers are also another option for bringing relaxing aromas into the bathroom. With a wide variety of essential oil fragrances, it’s easy to find one to suit every mood.

Music is a common tool used to unwind and is often heard in spas. Create a playlist to be used only in the bathroom spa or invest in a stereo. This can be comprised of lyrical songs, classical music or relaxing noises such as a babbling brook.

The spa experience doesn’t have to end when stepping out of the tub or shower. Afterward, dry off with a plush towel before slipping into a thick robe.

Tub to Shower Conversions

Bathrooms with only a shower are becoming more popular. The American Institute of Architects conducted a survey in 2013 finding that more than 60 percent of homeowners preferred a stall shower without a tub. This is good news if you’re thinking about doing a tub to shower conversion.

If the bathtub you’re wanting to remove is in an alcove in the bathroom, then you already have the perfect spot to put the shower. Although, you must make sure the ceiling height is 80 inches and the shower is 30 by 30 inches to comply with the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s guidelines.

Then comes decisions, such as what type of door you’re going to install. Or if you even plan on having a door at all. Should you install a curbless shower or put in a shower pan with curbs. When thinking about the conversion, try to make sure the toilet area isn’t going to be too crowded. You wouldn’t want the shower door to swing into the toilet or vanity. You could opt for a sliding door if you have a smaller bathroom. Installing a shower with curbs is easier and cheaper than going curbless.

You can also convert your bathtub into a walk-in bathtub. This is a great option for homes with children or elderly residents. It can reduce the number of accidents in the bathroom.

Refinish First can answer any questions you may have about converting your bathtub into a walk-in or shower.

The History of the Bathtub

Bathtubs are a staple in our bathrooms, but that wasn’t always the case. The history of bathtubs is a somewhat confusing one. H. L. Mencken wrote the story “A Neglected Anniversary,” in 1917 as a hoax during a time of war. It was a completely false history of bathing and the bathtub that many people believed and quoted for years.

The history of the bathtub actually started possibly as early as 6,000 years ago. Copper water pipes were discovered from ruins in the Indus River Valley in India. Also, in Crete, a five-foot long cousin to the claw-foot tub made of pottery was found.

During the Roman Empire public baths were more common than private baths, which usually took up an entire room. They had bronze and lead pipes and developed a sewage system. After entering into the dark ages, bathing was not as common.

In the early and mid-19th century, before indoor plumbing, private bathtubs had become common, but were portable and usually stored somewhere until they needed to be used. They were usually made out of copper or zinc. Some were anchored in a wooden box, if the house had a water-heating device. It was soon discovered that copper, and zinc discolored. Sheet metal wasn’t much better as the seams were near impossible to keep clean and both iron and steel rusted.

Eventually, ceramic tubs and glazed surfaces came to be. They were heavier and much more costly, but soon made themselves permanent fixtures in the bathroom. Many people found the cast iron feet on these tubs made them difficult to clean behind which then led to recessed tubs. Eventually, in 1911, the built-in tubs we use today were developed.

In the beginning, white was the only color manufactured because it was easy to spot filth. But in 1929, colors became more popular in the bathroom. Starting with pastels and then appearing in bolder colors, bathroom fixtures became bold and decorative like they are today.

If you’re wanting to give your bathtub a facelift, Refinish First can help.

What does your bathroom say about you?


For being such a personal space, the bathroom is subject to a lot of foot traffic. Your bathroom gives off an impression. So, what does your bathroom say about you?

Not only the design, but also the cleanliness say something about the type of person you are. If you have an unkempt and dirty bathroom people will think you aren’t hygienic and don’t take pride in your home. A clean, well-stocked guest bathroom shows that you try to make guests feel comfortable and welcome.

A rustic bathroom shows your guests that you’re warm and a little old-fashioned in that you respect your elders and have good manners. The warm hues in a rustic bathroom can make your guests feel right at home.

A classic, white and bright bathroom sends the signal that you enjoy the simple things in life. You’re a tidy, organized person who doesn’t need lavish things.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is the luxurious, spa-like bathroom. You enjoy the finer things in life and believe everyone else should too. You have exquisite countertops, a heated floor and the softest towels money can buy. Guests are wowed and feel pampered when they leave this bathroom.

Send the right message with your bathroom. Contact Refinish First today and let us help you create the look to match your personality.

Bathroom Trends to Keep an Eye On


Technology has found its way into every part of our lives, and now it’s in our bathrooms.  Showerheads with wireless speakers, toilets that play AM/FM radio and music hydrotherapy bathtubs are some of the newest features to enter the market. Adding audio to the bathroom can create a spa-like atmosphere or keep you informed by playing the news while you get ready for the day.

A vessel sink, a free-standing sink that sits directly on the countertop, can add an element of elegance to any bathroom. These sinks, based on the design of Chinese washbasins, can be made of cast iron, glass, natural stone and more. There are some things to think about when looking into a vessel sink. The counter height needs to be slightly shorter since the sink will be sitting on top instead of sunk into the counter. Also, the faucet needs to reach to the middle of the sink. Otherwise it will hit the side and cause splashing. With numerous design possibilities this trend could stick around and become a standard bathroom fixture.

Nature can also be reflected in the bathroom, not just with plants, but with the materials and colors used in the space. Using organic colors and textures, such as stone, wood, marble and metal your bathroom can radiate comfort and style at the same time. Different colors, patterns and fixtures can create the perfect earthy tone or crisp, radiant vibe to bring the natural world into your home.

Another trend that is always on point is the classic look. Using vintage or vintage-inspired pieces you can create a bathroom that will never go out of style. Keeping it natural with stone, brick, wood, slate or other man-made materials for the floors, walls and cabinets creates a more realistic vintage feel. Bright whites and tile flooring can give the bathroom the “sanitary style” that became popular after the turn of the century. This classic design brings elegance from its simplicity and has an easy-care advantage. A decorative mirror or gilded frame can add the perfect statement piece for your vintage-inspired bathroom.

Some say less is more. The minimalist style bathroom’s clean lines and thoughtful restraint echo just that. This style has a purposeful lack of decoration and draws inspiration from nature. The colors are kept neutral, mirroring clouds, sand and river rock. The fixtures are sleek and simple with a touch of elegance. This design would work well for those who like to keep it simple and despise clutter.

If you already love the layout and fixtures of your bathroom but would like to freshen up the colors, Refinish First can refinish your existing fixtures and countertops for that perfect look for your bathroom.

Slip Resistant Surfaces for Tubs and Showers

Most people never consider the possibility of falling in the shower, never thinking it could happen to them. Perhaps they are young and invincible or have been using a shower mat or slip resistant floor stick-ons in their shower or bathtub for years without incident. The problem is, accidents happen, shower mats and stick-ons occasionally slide, and these scenarios can result in tub-time disaster.

Let’s take a look at some of the facts regarding bathroom slips:

  • The CDC reported an estimate 234,084 non-fatal injuries in the bathroom throughout the year of 2008 in people 15 years of age and older. Nearly two-thirds of these injuries occurred in the bathtub or shower.
  • Falls are the leading cause of unintentional home-injury related deaths in the United States, claiming around 6,000 lives each year.
  • Over 43,000 children are injured in the bathtub every year in our nation alone.
  • Slip resistance isn’t just for the home. Bathtub, shower, and walkway slips account for a multimillion dollar expenditure to the hotel, motel and health care industries each year.
  • Despite this, 2 out of every 3 death related to slip falls occur in the home.
  • As many as 66% of injuries for people over 65 were the result of a slip related fall.
  • 75% of deaths related to slips and falls occur to those over 65. This means that those under 65 still account for 25% of the deaths.
  • A legally recognized slip and fall can occur in a private home. This means, if you have guests over and have not properly slip proofed your bathroom, you may be held liable in court.

If you think those statistics are scary, it’s because they are. Your ability to properly slip-proof your shower or bathtub can have a lasting effect on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Refinish First offers slip resistance you can rely on with options for bathtubs and shower pans. Our slip resistant surfaces are chemically bonded to the floor of your tub to ensure that it will not slip, crack or peel. For the ultimate in shower protection for your loved ones, contact Refinish First.