My kitchen was re-done about four years ago (three years before I moved in), and basically included all builder-grade fixtures. I have tons of counter space, but the counters were a marbled, salmon-pink color. And combined with the orange-oak cabinets, my kitchen was really very “blah”.
I’ve always loved the look of granite, but I knew that I would probably have to sell all of my arms and legs to cover putting in real granite counters– not to mention that for my house, and my neighborhood, that much granite would be a silly investment (that I wouldn’t be able to earn back). So I looked around for solutions. Anything had to be better than the ugly salmon color.
And then I found Giani Granite online. I was sold. I did my research, looked at all the facebook pictures happy users have uploaded to decide what color I wanted, and drove out to Walmart to buy my kit(s). I chose the Bombay Black kit.
This was my inspiration:
Here’s what you need:
- Giani Granite kit(s) – each kit covers 35 sq ft (I bought two kits because I needed to cover almost 40 sq ft) $140 ($70 for each kit)
- Painters tape – FREE
- Butcher paper – FREE
- An artist’s paintbrush (just a small brush to paint in the corners) – FREE
- Tin foil – FREE
- Paper plates – FREE
What to do:
1. Clean your counters WELL. Use a mild soap and scrubby sponge to get EVERYTHING off your counters. Then, wash them again with just water at least three times to make sure all the soap and everything else is gone. Also, if you have caulk anywhere touching your counters, remove it all.
2. Spend some time taping around your counters and sink. Use the butcher paper to protect your cabinets/backsplash. Use AT LEAST THREE lines of painters tape above the counters/backsplash to make applying giani easier. I only used two lines in most places and had to wipe paint off my tiles several times. No fun.
3. Paint on your primer layer. Use the foam brush included to get around the edges, but use the roller as much as you can–smoother finish. One coat of primer should be fine. Don’t worry too much about lines, they’ll be covered up with the paint.
4. Let your primer dry overnight.
5. Get out your sponge(s) and cut them up. See a good way to cut them up from the Giani directions HERE (click “View, print, or download Giani Instructions).
6. Pour your paint onto the paper plates and use the black practice sheet to try them out.
**The paint colors are numbered for the order you should use them in. My inspiration picture suggested that I use my paints in a different order: Bronze, White, Black. So that’s what I did. Different combinations get you different results.
7. Start painting your counters. Work in three-foot sections at a time. Paint all three colors and then move onto the next counter section. Using the colors on top of each other before they can dry creates this really cool marbled look in the paint.
8. I let my counters dry first, but you could do this right away. Use the painters brush to get into the hard-to-reach corners and edges. I found that using the brush was the only way to get paint all the way up to my tile backsplash.
9. Let the counter dry (I waited overnight, but I think the directions say to wait four hours).
10. Paint on the shiny top coat. This was my favorite step. The shiny coat is what makes the counters look so similar to granite. Watch THIS video before you start. It’s gives a great explanation on how to paint the top coat on (it dries super fast!) without ending up with dull patches. I used this method and didn’t have ANY dull, dry patches when I was done.
12. Once the final top coat is dry to the touch, you can remove the painters tape CAREFULLY. Use an X-Acto knife (or razor blade) to score between the paint and the tape, otherwise you could peel up your newly-painted counters!
Giani says to let the counters dry for two, full days before you put anything on them or use them, and then to wait two weeks before you can use them like normal.
Here is my before & after!
What have you been working on lately?