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I love the granite in my kitchen and was excited to have the opportunity to review Giani Granite paint for countertops. Never before had I heard of painting countertops and at first I was skeptical about how easy the process would be but the painting time is approximately 4 hours and drying time is approximately 16 hours.
My fiancé and I purchased our house in 2011 almost completely remodeled with the exception of the
bathrooms and laundry room. The master bathroom had a Formica laminate countertop that was
made to look like marble but is worn and outdated; the laundry room had a yellow Formica laminate
countertop that looked original to our 1977 house. We chose the Bombay Black paint kit for our
look-a-like granite countertops and I couldn’t have been happier with the easy paint by numbers process. The kit included a 17 minute instructional DVD, illustrated written instructions, foam paint brush, paint roller handle and two roller heads, construction paper for practicing your faux granite technique, along with base coat paint, three mineral paints, and top coat. You can purchase these kits for less money on Amazon, and I have included a link here.
The prep work was very easy. I removed the caulking around the sinks, scuffed and cleaned my
countertops with a Brillo pad, and lined the walls, sink, and faucets with painters tape. By following the
DVD instructions I was able to easily apply the base coat, the recommended dry time is 8 hours but I let
it dry over night. The next morning I practiced my method for creating the granite countertops look with the three
different mineral paint colors. It was a very fun and easy process, although I learned a few things as I
went. After dabbing the sponge in the mineral paint dab it on an extra piece of paper or paper plate to
remove excess. By not doing this I ended up with a saturated sponge and a few paint runs on the vertical
back splash. Also, if you have a tight space between your faucet and back splash, like I did with my utility
sink, I would recommend cutting your sponge small enough to fit nicely into the space without getting
squished. I accidentally created a few smear marks by not checking my space and sponge size first.
After finishing the granite paint technique I let it dry for 4 hours before sanding rough paint peaks
with 600 grit sand paper. I then wiped the counters free of dust and added the first top coat, 4 hours
later I ended with the second top coat. The finished product looks beautiful minus a few flaws I did
accidentally. It’s one of those things where I learned a lot about painting techniques and I know what not
to do next time. The included DVD tutorial does tell you to dab lightly in the paint with the sponge and
demonstrates what happens when you press too hard or smear the sponge. Gianigranite.com also has
many tutorials and technique tutorials to view.
The Giani granite countertop paint kit covers 35 square feet and is $65.95, a mere fraction of the cost
of genuine granite. There are a total of seven different granite color schemes to pick from including;
Sicilian Sand, Chocolate Brown, Bombay Black, White Diamond, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, and
Roma Red. Please like them on Facebook here . You can find these products on Amazon for a little bit less here
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Review published by Justine Godsil, VA