Trying to makeover a kitchen on a budget can be tough. We tried Giani Countertop Paint in our kitchen to give our countertops a granite look without the granite price.
Once we completed tile backsplash makeover in our kitchen, our counter tops looked naked. It’s odd how one improvement forces everything surrounding it into the forefront. Our kitchen before was a stark white canvas that desperately needed to match the warmth in our household provided by our family.
Remember our before pictures of our project kitchen? It’s not bad, right? In fact, when the home was first purchased, it had dated maple wood cupboards that were painted to brighten the kitchen. This ‘before’ photo is a great improvement on what we had, but no where near what we wanted.
Once we installed our new glass tile backsplash, the white of our countertops became even more obvious and we knew we needed to continue our project. We wanted the look of granite countertops but we certainly couldn’t afford the price. After doing a little research online, we found Giani granite paint for countertops.
Traditional granite countertops are porous and can absorb foods and liquids which means your counter can hold in harmful bacteria. They require maintenance which includes resealing every year. Giani countertop paint claims to lock out moisture and resists bacteria with a unique blend of polymers and minerals.
You can customize the colors, look and design of your countertops to resemble granite or marble and the difference is nothing short of amazing, especially considering the significant cost savings.
For our project kitchen, we chose the Giani Countertop Paint Chocolate Brown kit. The kit came with most everything we needed, including paint rollers and sponges. The website has detailed instructions and videos to show us how to transform our countertops. We could even see a few customer submissions to get ideas on what it would look like and how easy the process is.
Once the primer was applied – which is the smooth black that you see, in only one coat, by the way – we started the creative process of applying our colors to our countertop. It’s much like a paint by number project; just apply the colors (as shown above) in the numbered ordered using the sponge that Giani includes in the kit.
Once that is done, a top coat is rolled on to add gloss and protection to our new countertops. The top coat must cure for 14 days, which was the toughest part of the project, but completely worth it in the end.
The difference is amazing and the cost savings are considerable. We also love that you can use Giani Granite Countertop Paint indoors and out and on countertops, vanities, butcherblock, Corian, laminate, Formica, marble, wood, drywall and more!
Two Year Update: How Did Giani Granite Countertop Paint Hold Up?
Update!! This project has been one of our most popular, by far. After about 15 months, we did start to notice that on the areas we used most, the paint started to peel. Because of this, we were a little more apprehensive about preparing food on our countertop.
I think this option is one that’s great short-term, but in the long-run, we suggest saving for those real granite countertops. Giani Granite Countertop Paint might also better be utilized on countertops that aren’t used as often, like in a guest bathroom.