As some of you may know, I have been doing some home improvement projects lately. For the longest time I had wanted to redo my family room, dining area, and kitchen. Having had the opportunity to paint those rooms with Aura Paint made a huge difference alone. Then I had received a wall decal for the dining area, which added a nice touch to the wall. However, against the backdrop of the beautiful new paint my old laminate countertops were looking worse for wear. So, when I was given the chance to review a product that would give my countertops a long needed update I was very excited.
Make Countertops Look Like Granite
Giani Granite Countertop Paint is an amazing way to update your kitchen countertops without spending an exorbitant amount. This process will make countertops look like granite, but for only $70. All this involves is a little work on your end that is well worth any amount of effort involved.
There are seven colors to choose from: Sicilian Sand, Chocolate, Bombay Black, White Diamond, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, and Roma Red. It was a really hard decision, but in the end we chose Bombay Black.
Here is what was included in the Bombay Black Complete Kit:
- IronCoreTM Primer-Base Coat
- Pearl Mica Mineral
- Black Onyx Mineral
- Bronze Mineral
- Automotive Polyurethane Topcoat
- 6” GIANITM roller arm and two roller pads
- 4” GIANITM granite paint sponge
- 2” Foam Brush
- Black practice poster board
- Paint by Number DVD for beginners
- Illustrated Instructions
The instructional DVD that comes with this kit is fabulous. I think I wore mine out watching so many times! I was nervous about making some big mistake and not being able to fix it. I actually had the opportunity to call customer service for help a couple of times! They do have an off hours service available on weekends and week nights that is very convenient, and I think very important.
The first step in this process is to remove any acrylic caulk you may have since these paints will not adhere to it. We had some white caulk around our backsplash that was in desperate need of being replaced so I did end up removing all of it.
I do have to make a little side-note. When I had received this opportunity, my husband did not have a broken elbow! Since I had fully expected his help on this project I was a little nervous about him not being available. However, I did find that getting this project done on my own was not too difficult at all!
Now back to show. Once I removed the white caulk, I had to go touch up some paint. This is not a normal part of the process, but it was something we had not taken care of when we painted. The next recommended step is to use wood putty to fix any scratches or imperfections. Our countertop was in fairly good shape, but there were a couple of minor repairs that needed to be done. One was the seam of the countertop was uneven where it came together in one the corners. I used the wood putty to fix that and then sanded it with 600-grade sandpaper. The second repair was in one small section of our countertop, the lip was coming up so I used Rubber Cement to fix that area.
Once those repairs were done, it was time for preparing the countertop by giving it a good cleaning. It is recommended that you do this by using a a cleaner or water with an SOS or Brillo pad to scrub. You should then proceed with two rinse cycles of water. Once the countertops were clean it was time to use painters tape around the backsplash and use construction paper under the countertop to protect the cabinets.
Next was primer time. I watched the instructional DVD again to ensure I applied it properly. I was rather nervous of really messing it up. But, the primer went on just fine! I was surprised how much the kids and I actually liked the countertop as all black. I think it was just because it was so vastly different then what it had been and we were all ready for a big change. After the primer was put on, it had to dry for 8 hours. I allowed it to dry overnight.
Granite Countertop Paint
The next morning it was time to practice with the 3 minerals of the granite countertop paint. These are the products that actually give your countertop the granite appearance. This is where things got a little tricky. We were a little unsure which colors we wanted to show through the most. I know I did not want it to be black with just a little color. My thought was for it to be mostly white with some black and a touch of the bronze. It had been suggested with this kit to use a plastic bag instead of a sponge, which would make it look more veiny.
I started on the one section of the counter, but my husband thought what I was doing was not really the look we wanted to achieve. So he actually stepped in and did the one section. You can see how swollen his right hand is from the break and surgery! When I did the other two sections I noticed there was quite a difference between what he did and what I did. Although, I think it was because I had already started his section and then he went over it making it look like it had a lot more minerals on it.
I did end up doing more in each section, in fact, it was rather hard to stop going back to add or make changes with the minerals. Eventually I had to just stop.
After the minerals dried for four hours I could then start putting on the topcoat. The topcoat is automotive grade polyurethane, which gives it the shine and the durability. This step was a bit tricky as well since I needed to be very careful not to leave roller marks. I think I ended up watching this section alone about 4 times! But this product starts to dry very quickly so it was important to keep the roller wet and make continuous long strokes. I put three coats, the maximum recommended, of this topcoat. Between each top coat was a 4-hour drying period.
Here is what the countertops looked like after all three layers of topcoat were applied:
Before I move on to the final before and after photo’s I have to say we are so happy with how the countertops turned out. We were both really nervous about the final look since the sponging part looks so messy. It is hard to visualize the final product. We found the process to be quite painless and are extremely happy with the results! It does actually have more black in it, but we love the combination of the colors and feel the colors coordinate well with the wall color.
What do you think?
It is such a great look, isn’t it? Although I think now I may need to do the cabinets! Hmmm, Giani also has cabinet paint!
If you want to update your kitchen affordably, I would highly recommend Giani Granite Countertop Paint, $70 compared to $3,500! It is an amazing product, with amazing customer service!
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.