As the holidays and the arrival of baby #2 are approaching, there is one thing that I keep thinking about…visitors. I am so excited to have visitors coming, but it brings to light how awful and uninspiring our main bathroom is. Since it is holiday and prep for new baby time, our budget is definitely less than adequate for a bathroom remodel, but at the very least, our leaky faucet and ugly countertop need to go. Of course, we wanted it to look nice and our eyes were drawn to the nice, pretty granite countertops, but the countertop alone would take up our whole budget for fixing up the bathroom. I was very happy to discover a solution….granite paint.
Giani Granite Countertop paint provides a complete kit that can transform your countertops from drab to fab. This product works on laminate, Formica, Corian, cultured marble, ceramic tile, and even wood. It also comes in a wide range of color options, which you can even customize by adding/removing specific minerals during application. We chose the Sicilian Sand kit, since we planned on painting our bathroom grey and didn’t want to add in anything too dark.
When the kit arrived, I was very pleased that it literally contained almost everything we needed, from all the paints, rollers, sponge, foam brush, practice board, and even a instructional DVD so you can visually see the application process. There were a few supplies for prepping that I had to purchase like Painter’s Tape and SOS pads for cleaning and prepping the countertop. We also had to re-caulk since there pretty much wasn’t any caulking left along the countertop edge. The Giani Granite Countertop paint isn’t for the actual sink, so we also decided to change our sink to white with an epoxy paint prior to painting the countertop. Once all the preparation was done, we were ready to paint the countertop.
The first step is the primer, which honestly terrified me because it was black. I love that their product is water based and is low VOC, so even though I am pregnant, I could help out with this portion of our remodel. Our countertop was a pretty small area, so we painted one half of the countertop and then the other. In a bigger area, you work in three foot sections so when the sections overlap they are still wet and will blend together. After the primer was dry to the touch, we re-rolled a few areas that need a bit of a touch up. Now the primer needed to dry at least 8 hours, which for us, was overnight.
The second step is the minerals. I practiced on the practice board and when I figured out how hard/light to press on the sponge, I was ready to tackle the countertop. For this step, you work in two foot sections and sponge on all the minerals in the appropriate order before moving to the next section. For example, first I sponged on step 2, which was a brown feldspar mineral. Then I sponged on step 3, which was Inca Gold. Finally, I sponged on step 4, which was white limestone. After these were completed I repeated the process in the next two foot section. Too be honest, I messed up several times during this process. Sometimes I had too much paint on my sponge and I created some runs. I also was listening for my daughter who was napping and had my hand slip and create a smear mark on the countertop. Let’s just say being prego, I almost cried. Luckily this is a fairly forgiving process. I allowed the minerals to dry for 4 hours and then sanded and wiped down the countertop.
At this point, you could start the topcoat process, but I wasn’t happy with my mistakes and was definitely going to try and fix them. I added more black into areas where I covered too much up. I then re-sponged the minerals in there proper order to help make the black that I added not stand out too much. I also sponged over my smears and runs and was careful not to create new ones. You could also be creative and do some veining in the granite during this time, but I wasn’t brave enough to try that. Once I was happy with the application, I stopped….actually, my hubby told me to stop making adjustments. I waited another 4 hours and then lightly sanded and wiped down the countertop.
I ended up waiting to apply the top coat for another day as I wanted to make sure I liked the countertop in both morning and evening light. Once convinced that it was perfect the way it was, we applied the first top coat. The top coat went on smooth and we kept our roller wet, so there wouldn’t be any dry spots. We also had learned our lesson about runs on the backsplash, so we kept it nice and thin to prevent any runs. There are great instructions for achieving a smooth topcoat and the video re-emphasizes this important step. We then let the top coat dry (4 hours) and the lightly sanded and wiped cleaned in preparation for hopefully the final coat. Our second top coat went on very smooth and run free, so we decided we wouldn’t need a third coat.
After an hour, we removed the painter’s tape and admired the finished product! After the final coat completely dried, we installed the new faucet and added the new accessories that we were able to afford since we didn’t have to purchase a new countertop. I love the result of the countertop and it gives the bathroom a whole new look. I can’t wait to find out what our guests will think of it, so please let me know what you think! We are still trying to find a new mirror and need to hang up pictures, but so glad the “remodel” part is finished. Since this will mainly be our little girls’ bathroom, purple butterflies will be fluttering in soon!
You can check out all the amazing photos from other people’s remodels on gianigranite.com and see how versatile this product is. I love how different each countertop can be even if they use the same kit.
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You can buy a complete paint kit for the awesome price of $69.95 on their website.
This product is also now available at Wal-Mart.
I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions expressed are my own or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.