My kitchen counters kind of reminded me of a hospital, I’m not to sure why, they just did! Needless to say, I wasn’t to fond of them! I completely forgot to take a picture before I painted them! So I had to crop on of my before pictures of my kitchen, showcasing my handbag addiction, sorry guys!
With all the money we dropped on the house, not to mention all of our other projects, I had to get creative with my countertop solution. I was really into the idea of wood counters for a while, but then I decided against that! They are so gorgeous, but doing them would put us way over our time line. Real stone counters were out to, too costly! So that left me wandering the isles of my local hardware store, the only counter refinishing option they had (In stock at least) was just to paint them, which I was just not feeling. I did some research online and found a company called Giani Granite. Giani makes several countertop kits, ranging from faux granite to faux marble. I was a little nervous about painting the counters, but I decided to go for it! I couldn’t hate them anymore than I already did! So the kits comes with several things: Black Primer (Matte Black Paint), 2 Rollers, A Foam Brush, a Sea Sponge, Polyurethane, and three mineral colors (Varying paint colors)
What You’ll Need:
- Giani Granite Kit (I used Chocolate Brown. Home depot seems to have the best prices for these kits! I couldn’t find one in my local home depot or lowes so you may have to order it online.)
- Blue Tape
- Drop Cloths
- Brillo Pads
- Paper Plates
- Small Arts and Crafts paint brush
- Screwdriver or Pencil
I started out blue taping all of my walls and cabinets around my counters. Before painting you need to clean your counters with brillo pads, then wash off the residue with water. Then I painted on my black primer with the roller. One coats covered everything!
Depending on what type of counters you have, you may need to use the foam brush here, I needed to use it where the flat counter space and the wall piece meet. Then I proceeded to cut my sea sponge into three separate pieces, after you have done that cut a small sections off of one the sponges, maybe about an inch long. Take your inch long section and tape it onto the end of a screw driver or pencil, this will be your sponge for hard to reach areas.
Set out six paper plates, then open your minerals (I say minerals because this stuff is not like regular paint, it’s finish is matte and powder like) and pour a small amount of each onto it’s own plate. Now you have a small amount of paint on three of the plates. You have six plates set out so you can dip your sponge in the color, then blot it on a clean plate. I know this sound complicated but it’s not! Trust me! I’ll included a link to Giani’s video to help you all further! Time to start sponging! I started off with my smaller hard to reach areas but, it’s personal preference. The colors are lettered A,B,C so I dipped my small, screw driver sponge contraption into color A. After this I blotted it on a plate, then gentle taped it onto the surface. Repeat for colors B and C. It’s important to remember to tap not wipe! Moving on to the flat part of the counter, this can be a little nerve racking! I was shaking in my boots! I would start off on the smallest least noticeable part of your counter, just in case! They do give you a piece of construction paper to practice on! Take one of your bigger sponges and dip it into color A then blot it off. Gently tap the color onto the counter, then lift!
It’s good to remember you can always add more but, it’s harder to take some away! Repeat this for all the colors. If you feel like it needs more after all of the colors are on don’t be afraid to give it some more color, that’s what I did. If it looks strange to you, then add more color! The trickiest part for me was the corners, where my wall piece meets my flat piece. For this I took a small arts and crafts brush a painted little lines in the creases then sponged it out with my screwdriver
sponge. I think the picture will explain this one better than I do.
After your counter tops are all colored it’s time to poly! Now this poly I liked! I coated those counters until I ran out! It dries very fast! The box however, say to wait two week before putting your things back on your counters. I am just way too impatient for that! I lasted a week before I had put everything back on! Putting everything back on the counters didn’t seem to do any damage, however I would recommend you wait the two weeks (If you can). My husband, after doing the dishes, put the drying mat right on the counter! The water made the poly bubble slightly! It wasn’t noticeable until you ran your hand over it, but I was so upset. Thank goddess, I got them all buffed down with some super fine steel wool! It didn’t even dull the shine! All in all I love these counters! I think it was well worth the $70! Link to Giani Granite Videos: https://youtu.be/Mn8PgJombz4
*I am not sponsored by any of the brands or stores mentioned above. These are my honest reviews of the products!*