Monday, January 9, 2012

New Counter Tops for a New Year! {How-to!}

Our counter tops were old... they needed up dating.  New counter tops are expensive and we have other things to spend our money on. They were a plain color yellow. They were not horrible but, they did have a few dings and stains on them.
Enter Giani Granite Counter top paint!  Giani Granite paint is your counter top solution that is fun, easy, and beautiful!  For a fraction of the cost you can update your counter tops!
Giani Counter top Paint comes in a kit that has EVERYTHING you need to update your counter tops in a weekend.  They even include video instructions that walk you through the process step-by-step!

Here is an overview of how to use the product!

Step 1: Clean your counters really good.  Fill in any holes or cracks with wood filler.  Tape them off.  I also use some brown paper to cover my dishwasher. 

Step 2: Prime the counter tops.  The kit comes with the primer and the roller.  We covered our paint tray with tin foil for easy clean up!  The coverage of the primer is AWESOME.  We needed only one coat! It rolls on very smooth and easy with the roller.  My hubby cut in {with the foam brush included in the kit} and I rolled.
We got the Sicilian Sand color kit.

Step 3: Applying the texture look of the granite.  The kit comes with three mineral colors and a sponge to apply them with.  We cut up the sponge into 3 different sizes {small, medium and large} and used the sponges to apply the different layers.  We worked with all three colors at once in a small area and them moved on to the next spot.   We also used a stiff brush to cut into some of the harder to reach spots. The video in the kit goes over this technique and it also include a piece of card stock to practice on.
First layer of the mineral color {brown}
Second layer {beige}
Third layer {white}

Here is a shot of the counters once all the layers were done.  I love the depth of the colors. 

Step 4: Applying the top coat... I did not get pictures of this, but you roller on the clear top coat... careful not to leave any roller lines.  The video also goes over this and it is easy to follow... wait for it to dry and do a second coat of the top coat.    Now you let it cure for 3 days before you put anything light on it and 14 days total for it to fully cure. 
I am not going to lie to you... I was skeptical that this would turn out to look like a nice new counter top.  But, Giani Granite Paint does look very nice.  I had some friends over and they all noticed the counter tops in a good way.  And they all were VERY impressed that I painted them.  It looks, feels, and works like professional counter tops! 
The counter top's finish holds up great to my everyday wear and tear.  The multicolor texture hides the dirt and messes great too!  Which is always a bonus with young kids!
It took my hubby and me a weekend to complete this project.  It was not hard to do and the video makes it even easier. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to update your counter top, Giani is a way to go! 

Check out their video for more information!

*** Disclosure: Giani provided me with the Granite Paint Kit for Free in hopes that I would blog about the results.  All opinions are 100% mine.***

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Sandie said...

You did an awesome job! I wondered how well that stuff would work. I am most impressed!

Angie said...

wonderful! what a transformation!

laxsupermom said...

Wow! The counters look amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

normands said...

WOW! They look great. I wondered about that product too. Can't wait to see it in person. Love, love it.

normands said...

WOW! They look great. I wondered about that product too. Can't wait to see it in person. Love, love it.

A Few Pennies said...

That is just so awesome--I am going to try this on my old kitchen island; love, love, love it!

Anonymous said...

Awesome job! I really like the color you chose!

The Not So Functional Housewife

Joy@Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

What a great transformation! Your counter looks amazing!

Christy said...

They look great! I've been wndering if the paint stuff you can use would work. This is now on my to do list. :)

Rhiannon said...

i totally wanna do this too but i am skeptical about painted countertops

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Wow! I've never heard of that stuff. I love the way your counters look.

Chatty Chics said...

This is so cool! Love what you've done!

Unknown said...

that is a cool idea wow !

big bang for the buck

- KAT -

Amy said...

Your counters are awesome!!! I've been wanting to paint our bathroom and kitchen counters for awhile now, but I've been scared! This product looks perfect for what I want to do. Thanks!

jessy.maus said...

your countertops look awesome! Have you had any problems with them staining since you did them? I painted my countertops this spring and they are stained up pretty bad after just a few months. I don't know if it was the finish I used or what...

Shaun said...

Can you use normal household cleaners on it or do you have to use the stuff they recommend? I love the way it looks but i want to be able to use my normal stuff and when i move out i don't want the next people to have a nasty surprise.

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