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.

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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.

The Look of Granite without the Cost

Granite brings a luxurious feeling into the kitchen, but it can cost a pretty penny. Homeowners who are looking at installing granite countertops should think again. Refinish First can refinish existing countertops to look like granite, for a fraction of what real granite would cost.

Looking at the prices of granite, it costs $35 per square foot or more. It then has to be cut exactly to fit the counter, which can also add to the cost. In addition, homeowners have to pick the edging they want, which adds even more.

Refinish First offers stone finishes that mimic the look of granite, for less than the price of new laminate. They can refinish many different surfaces to look like granite including laminate, tile, solid surfaces and cultured marble.

Finding, ordering and installing granite countertops can take weeks. Refinish First can refinish countertops with a stone accent in two days. It then needs 24 to 48 hours to cure. Still a lot less time and mess than taking out an existing countertop and installing a brand new one.

Homeowners who are worried about refinishing because their current countertop is damaged shouldn’t stress about it. Refinish First makes repairs to the surface before refinishing it. They fix chips and cracks so that it looks brand new.

Get the granite look for less. Contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

Refinishing Outdoor Kitchens

Since the kitchen has become the heart of the home, people are more likely to gather there, but that means they are stuck inside instead of being outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. That’s where the outdoor kitchen or bar comes in. They are great for entertaining during the summer because they offer food and refreshments while allowing guests to bask in the summer weather.

Outdoor kitchen areas come in many different designs and layouts depending on the functions the owner wants it to have. Most have a mini fridge and grill as the basics, since summer is all about grilling. Food prep areas are also usually present in the design.

With the temperamental Idaho weather, these outdoor kitchen areas could get damaged in the months following summer, especially the countertops and flooring. If this is the case, give Refinish First a call. They can refinish many different countertop surfaces and ceramic tile flooring that is usually found on patios.

They can create and match almost any color imaginable. They also offer a stone look in a variety of colors and textures, which would look great outdoors. They fix the chips and cracks before refinishing countertops, and will fix missing grout in tiles.

There’s still time to get the outdoor kitchen area looking brand new before summer BBQs are in full swing. Contact Refinish First today!

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.