Thursday, April 5, 2012

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Wow! I am in love with my new counter tops!! They look amazing!!!! Just exactly what I wanted.

 
Before Picture
As you can see my laminate counter tops were not too horrible but not great either.

Here is the product I used.
I was given this product from Giani Granite to review.
All of the review is my own true opinions.

The kits come in many different color options to help create to individual look you and trying to achieve
The color kit I choose was "white diamond"

Here is how I did it.....

1. Scrub your counters really well.
2. Make sure they are very dry.
3. Use painters tape to tape all around the edges.

4. Then you paint the counter with this black primer. All the different color kits come with the black primer, which yes is scary if you are going for a super light look like I was, but as you see in the pictures of mine all done this will be covered up. It is very important to make sure you tape the edges very well, for clean lines.

5. The primer must dry for at least 8 hours. I let mine dry overnight.

 6. The kit comes with 3 mineral colors that you use the sponge to apply. This is the first color called pearl mica. Make sure to pat with the sponge do not smear.

7. Normally in this step you would apply the 2nd mineral paint which in the kit is called Inca gold. I myself am always trying to be unique, and I had read on the website that you can add you own color using acrylic paint, you just have to let it dry longer

So that is what I did I bought a turquoise blue and mixed it with white glitter paint. I love turquoise and I love glitter so I was really excited to to have them both on my counters.

I will admit at this part, I was scared about how dark it still was.
I skipped over the Inca gold  color, that comes in the kit I did not use it at all.

8. Apply the 3rd mineral which in this kit is called "white limestone" as you can see this step really made it much lighter like I had wanted.  

What is so awesome about this product is you can really create whatever kind of look you want depending how much of certain colors you use.

  
As you can see I made mine super light just how I wanted. But I could have made them much darker by using less of the lighter color and by having the primer show through, you can even use the black as one of your color on the sponge also if you like a more dark look.

9. I let the counter dry for more than 12 hours since I added my own acrylic paint before appling the clear coat. The kit says to apply two clear coats letting them dry in between I actually applied four coats because I like a really glossy look.

10. The hardest part of the whole process is you are  to give your counter tops 14 full days to dry. I made it! the full 14 days! It was especially hard because I was so excited to share it on my blog. My 14 days was up a few days and I have been back to using my counters like normal and they are wonderful.

 The After Pics!

I took a mixture of day time and night time pictures to give you the full effect.

 I did this project on a Saturday while my boyfriend was at work. When he came home and saw the counters the first thing he said was "Wow they look like marble" So it really does give laminate counters that expensive look.


I love how my counters have just a touch of turquoise to them.

 Aren't these cute my Grandma gave me these blue jars from a friend of hers I love blue ball jars.



I love how my counter top color flows so much better with the colors I use in the rest of my home now.






I think I did a good job around the edges of the sink, I thought this part would be hard but it turned out great.





To Think less than a year ago this is how much kitchen looked. I am so happy with everything I have done too it. You too could paint your cabinets and counter tops from probably less than 150 dollars and make a HUGE difference to the overall look, like I did.

I highly recommend Giani Granite. I was very happy with my results. This product gave me just the look I wanted & the satisfaction of knowing I did it all on my own.

If you are thinking of doing this yourself I recommend you watch this video, it was very helpful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHWuXmb47wQ


You can order this very affordable product at
http://gianigranite.com/The color I used was called White Diamond but there is many other colors you can choose from.

I give this product two thumbs up! 

70 comments:

  1. Hi Janae!

    Your kitchen is really nice since you painted the cabinets... and especially now with the "new" counter tops. It really brightens up the whole area.

    By adding the turquoise it really made it "custom" to your style. I am just curious if there is a texture to the finish and if it is tolerant to heat.

    Thanks for sharing this great product/tutorial at my party!

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    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

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  2. They turned out absolutely gorgeous! Love the new look! Much brighter now, and the hint of blue is just splendid!

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  3. LOVE what you did!! They are so pretty now!!
    Sherri

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  4. Your kitchen is so very pretty! The counter tops really tie everything together. I'd love to hear an update on this product after you've been using the kitchen longer. But I love them!

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  5. I love how your kitchen looks now!! You are a very talented, creative Lady. Congratulations on a beautiful job!

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  6. You did a wonderful job on the counters and I also love that the cabinets are now white. You have such a lovely home!

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  7. Your counter tops are beautiful! You did a fantastic job transforming them!

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  8. I love how the countertops turned out, they look amazing! Great job!

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  9. First of all you are soooooooooo brave. Good thing you are because the counter tops came out so amazing. Wow! This is such a wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our WIW linky party. Hope to see you there.

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  10. Your Kitchen looks beautiful! In fact your whole house looks lovely! And all your little fur babies are adorable. Is that Allen in Christmas pet photo?

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  11. You did such a wonderful job. They DO look like real marble. I love how beautiful your home looks.

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  13. Looks great! I've painted the cabinets in our kitchen, and it made a huge difference. I thought about painting the countertop, but we're going to be replacing it probably next year, so it doesn't make sense to mess with it.

    Your house is sooo pretty. You've done an amazing job! Oh! and your fur-babies are adorable!!!

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  14. This is amazing! You are your mother's daughter! I love it! The transformation is absolutely wonderful! I love the step by step tutorial! Your kitchen looks so pretty! I love the turquoise you added to make it yours! Happy Easter!

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  15. Your countertops look great! I have seriously been thinking about doing my counters, since a friend of mine did hers. I may have to try that someday. Good job!

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  16. oh I wish I had read this yesterday. My daughter purchased a retro table and coffee table. We couldn't figure out what to use, so we used a stainless steel paint. she wanted it a little lighter, this would have worked out beautifully.

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  17. I am so doing this, although I'm not sure if my husband can abstain from using the countertop for 14 days, lol. Your home is beautiful. We shabby girls love white don't we? Hope you will visit me. I'm your newest follower.
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    1. You can lightly use the countertop the very next day. We recommend that you wait the 14 days before placing your heavy items like your microwave back on the countertop.

      Art Coordinator ~ Giani Granite

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  18. Your counter tops look fantastic! I am so impressed with how they turned out. The color is perfect. I am amazed at how you transformed your kitchen for so little money. I am jealous of those counter tops!

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  19. I have been thinking of doing this same thing to my countertops..and seeing this post has not only given me more confidence to do it, but has supported my decision that GianiGranite is the way to go. Thank you for the details and for giving great info(I think 4 coats will be for me too!).

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  20. you did an awesome job ! You done a GREAT job making your house into your home !

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  21. You have such a lovely home!! I love what you have done with everything. The counter tops are amazing! Great Work!!! You are welcome over anytime to do mine :-)

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  22. Your home looks absolutely gorgeous, I'm very jealous! I can only manage to paint a little table at the moment!

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  23. This is a really cool DIY idea. Thanks for sharing your experience and the before and after transformation. Keep up the good work! Your counters came out good.

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  24. Hi Janae: What a great job on your counters. It really does look like marble. We had ceramic tile on ours so couldn't do this type of procedure, but, boy, I wish I could have. It would have saved a lot of money. Just beautiful and your whole house is lovely. I love to see you young uns loving your homes..Happy Weekend..Judy

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