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.


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!

Updating Old Kitchens

A lot of kitchens get stuck in outdated styles from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s. Homeowners end up leaving them looking outdated instead of remodeling them because of the cost and time it would take to complete the project. However, updating a kitchen doesn’t need to break the bank or take weeks to complete.

There are some simple decorating projects, along with some surface refinishing by Refinish First that can transform a kitchen from being stuck in a previous decade, to a current and stylish space.

In the past, many kitchens had natural wood or dark colored cupboards. This can make the space look small and dark. This can be remedied by painting the cabinets a lighter color. Lighter colors reflect light better, making the room feel more open. If the handles and knobs don’t match the new color, buy and install new ones. There are many unique drawer knobs available that can bring a little flare of style into the kitchen.

Many of the countertops in older kitchens are laminate. Over the years, they become faded and damaged, dating the kitchen even more. Laminate is a surface Refinish First can refinish. If the countertops have become worn out or they just need to be a new color, Refinish First can help. They can create almost any custom color, match an existing color or make it look like a stone accent.

Backsplashes can add color and a fun design element in the kitchen. They don’t have to exist only behind the sink. They can also extend farther along the walls underneath the cabinets. Backsplashes also double as an easy surface to clean if food splatters on it from the sink or stovetop.

By brightening up the room with lighter cupboards and countertops, and adding some fun decorative pieces, the kitchen will no longer be stuck in the past. Contact Refinish First to help bring the kitchen up to date with some new kitchen surfaces.

Laminate Countertop Refinishing

Laminate was a popular countertop material during the 1960’s and 1970’s. This material is made of layers of paper and melamine resin. It can mimic patterns such as marble, metal, wood, fabric and leather.

However, laminate is subject to damage if it is abused. Hot materials such as pots and pans can easily burn laminate, creating burn marks or in extreme cases, holes if set on the surface. Knives can also inflict damage, leaving scratches. Using a cutting board on laminate surfaces is always a good idea to minimize the chance of this happening.

Replacing a laminate countertop is a difficult task. If laminate countertops become damaged, Refinish First can refinish the surface to look better than new. The refinishing process costs less than replacing the laminate.

Don’t worry about options when refinishing those laminate countertops. Refinish First can match any existing color or create a custom color. They also have a stone option that comes in a variety of colors and textures. Whether a homeowner is wanting to refinish their countertops and keep their existing color, or switch it up with something new, Refinish First can handle the job.

The durable finish on a Refinish First surface can hold up to daily use and uses the most advanced coatings available. If it does become damaged, Refinish First has the ability to repair it, unlike other surfaces, which can be difficult or impossible to repair.

Homeowners with old, worn down, or damaged laminate countertops should contact Refinish First for a free estimate. The refinishing process won’t take long and will leave the surface looking brand new, for a fraction of the cost of replacement.

Boat Beautifying

With the temperature rising and summer heading this way, it’s time to de-winterize the boat and prepare to hit the water. It’s important to make sure every aspect of the boat is ready and in working order.

Starting with the mechanics, check to make sure everything it in top shape to run efficiently. The engine should be checked and the oil and filter may need to be changed. Other items that need to be inspected are the battery, cooling system, gas tank, distributor and the belts.

After the mechanics are good to go, take a peek at the inside of the boat and see how the surfaces are faring. The inside surfaces, such as the countertops, can get damaged from water and begin to rot.

If they are damaged, Refinish First can fix them. Along with refinishing the surface to look brand new, the refinishing process seals the surface to avoid future water damage. They can refinish many different surfaces including, but not limited to laminate, solid surfaces, ceramic tile, porcelain and fiberglass.

The inside of a boat should look just as beautiful as the outside. If the surfaces have become water logged, give Refinish First a call. The process only takes a short amount of time and can save a boat owner thousands of dollar in replacements.

Refinishing Damaged Hotel Surfaces

With a heavy amount of traffic, it is easy for hotel rooms to become damaged. Countertops can be cracked, chipped and marked up. Bathtubs and showers can become worn, dingy, and cracked. Keeping up with repairing damage or replacing these damaged surfaces can get expensive and create a lot of down time, creating a loss of revenue.

Instead of spending endless amounts of money and closing down a room for weeks for repairs, consider refinishing the surfaces instead. Refinish First can repair multiple surfaces including: porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, cultured marble, laminate, tile, and solid surfaces. They can also repair any chips or cracks during the process, making the surfaces look brand new.

Refinishing is also a good alternative for a complete renovation. Hotels can change their color scheme and look by refinishing floors, countertops and showers. Refinish First can create almost any custom color and match just about every color. They also have a variety of stone finishes.

A bathtub generally takes three to five hours to refinish, and can be ready to use within 24 hours. For countertops and tile, if a solid color or speckled finish is chosen, the process only takes three to five hours and is ready the next day. However, the stone finish takes about two days to apply and 24-48 hours to cure. Although it takes a couple of days, the process can be much faster than replacement and they can have hotel rooms up and ready to go, with a minimum amount of revenue lost.

Hotels that are in need of surface repairs or want to update their rooms could benefit from refinishing. Contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

Quick Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen renovations don’t need to cost $50,000. If homeowners are working with a small budget, simple things like repainting, new lighting, replacing hardware and refinishing surfaces can make a huge difference without going over budget.

When it comes to cabinets, pre-manufactured are the way to go when looking for a thrifty solution. Most can be installed by the homeowners if they feel up to the challenge. If replacing cabinets seems too much, repainting or staining them is another option. Changing out the hardware such as the hinges and handles can drastically improve the look as well.

Changing out window treatments, hardware, such as sink faucets, and lighting can be quick fixes for a new kitchen look. A change in the window treatments can lead to a whole new color palette in the kitchen or try lighter window treatments to bring more natural light in, giving it a brighter, and more open feeling.

Refinishing surfaces in the kitchen can transform it into a completely different kitchen. Putting in new countertops can be expensive and time-intensive. Refinish First can refinish the countertops for way less than replacing and leave them looking brand new. Want the look of granite without recreating the price tag? Refinish First can provide a granite look and their refinishing process leaves countertops durable and seamless.

Refinish First can also repair and refinish ceramic tile flooring. They have three standard solid colors as well as more than 30 stone accent finishes. Custom colors are also available. Along with refinishing tile, they can repair chips, cracks and missing grout. Refinishing tile also seals grout, making it last longer.

Small changes can make a huge difference in the kitchen. Even when working with a small budget there are options to create a beautiful kitchen. Refinishing is one of those options. For questions or a free estimate, contact Refinish First.