Friday, September 27, 2013

Giani - Granite Countertop Paint Review

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Everyone has an idea of what their dream home looks like.  Mine has always included granite countertops, among other things.  I think granite gives a look of classiness and elegance.  There's just something about it that makes a place look rich.  Unfortunately, along with the dream home is the dream money. 

It's above my budget to have real granite in my kitchen.  Thankfully there's a company that has the supplies to replicate the look at the fraction of the cost.  Giani is said company, and they specialize in kitchen coatings.  

I received a Giani Granite granite paint kit in Sicilian Sand for review. The kit contained primer, three cans of paint, clear coat, a sponge, an instructional DVD, paper instructions, piece of practice paper, paint brush, and a paint roller with two heads. There was enough paint to cover 35 sq. feet of countertop space. When I first opened the package, I was daunted by all there was because I wasn't so sure I'd be able to take on the project. I took it on head first, though, and it wasn't near as alarming as it first seemed.

My kitchen countertop was originally white. Not that there was anything particularly wrong with it, but I wanted to change it up and go for the granite look. I first started out by fully reading the instructions included with the kit. They are written in more than one language, which makes it seem like there's more to read than there really is. The instructions give step-by-step directions, as well as tips and tricks. I did not watch the DVD.
The only extra supplies I needed other than what was in the kit was a tool to pry the cans open and something to place the paint on when it was poured out. I first wiped down my countertop and cleaned it of any debris or food particles. I then applied the black primer and let it set to dry for a few hours.

After the primer work was complete, I used the sponge to dab on the three paint colors after I first practiced on paper. Depending on the look you want, you can use more of one color than the other. I opted for a more darker look and made sure the browns were more prominent than the white. Once that process was finished, I let it dry for the recommended time. The last step was applying the clear coat. It sealed in the color and gave a high-gloss shine.
I am super happy with how my countertops turned out. I was able to complete the entire project without any help and my husband even complimented my work. The hardest part of it all was being patient for the paint to dry each time. Because the countertop is now a darker color, messes are harder to see. My kitchen countertop may not be made of real granite, but you'd be hard pressed to see the difference.
For more creative examples, you can visit Giani's photo gallery online.


Masshole Mommy said...

NO WAY! That came out awesome.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I've always wondered how this stuff turned out. I'd say you did a fabulous job! We actually shelled out the money for granite when we redid the kitchen and the girls bathroom. Shopping local stores, we were getting quotes of $5000 just for the kitchen. We took a trip into Chicago and found a few very reasonable places. In the end, we paid $2200 to have both the kitchen and bathroom done. Still pricey, but I think this looks like a great alternative for those who don't want to pay that much for the real thing.