I want to share with you my new FAVORITE hack for revamping a kitchen. You’re not going to believe it when I tell you that you can revitalize your kitchen counters and give your kitchen a whole new look for under $100!!!
(I was not paid to promote Giani’s countertop paint at all, these are my opinions and product recommendations. I do use affiliate links for your shopping convenience and to help out my blog! Thank you for your purchases!!!)
This was my first time using this product and I am in love with it! The Giani Countertop Paint Kit allows you to upgrade your counters to look like granite without the hefty price tag. (It’s only $79.95, people)
The kit includes everything you need to paint your countertops and hide existing stains, scratches and burns. You can choose from Bombay Black, Chocolate Brown, Sicilian Sand, Slate or White Diamond depending on your taste.
The Kit works on Formica, laminate, Corian, ceramic tile, butcher’s block and cultured marble. You can even use it on granite counters if you want to change the color. One kit covers up to 35 square feet of counter.
For this project we chose Chocolate Brown. The kit came with:
- 12 oz. Iron Core Primer Base Coat
- 6 oz. Brown Feldspar Mineral
- 6 oz. Inca Gold Mineral
- 6 oz. Chocolate Brown Mineral
- 16 oz. Automobile Grade Acrylic Top Coat
- 6-inch Giani Roller Arm and 2 Roller Pads
- 4-inch Giani Paint Sponge
- 2-inch Foam Brush
- Practice Board
How to Paint Kitchen Counters
Setting the Stage
This is a quick and easy project, but it requires long periods of drying time so you will want to choose a weekend when you will not need to cook. It’s not a good project for the week of the school bake sale or when your in-laws are coming for Thanksgiving.
Here are my client’s counters BEFORE… (We took off the cabinet doors because we were painting those too! But I’ll get to that in another post.)
It’s important to note that once you start this project you won’t be able to use your dishwasher until everything is completely dry so make sure all of your dishes are done beforehand and plan to eat off paper plates for the weekend. It’ll be kind of like camping except without the bugs and you won’t have to sleep on the hard ground.
You will need to clear your countertops and you won’t be able to put things back until three days after the project is finished. Then, it’s just a matter of cleaning the counters and taping off the edges with blue painter’s tape.
You may want to consider using a drop cloth when you’re painting around the edges to protect your floors!
Getting to Work
The first step is a little scary. First, you have to paint your entire counter black. You will be praying that you didn’t just ruin your countertop but don’t panic.
While you’re waiting for the first coat to dry you can start playing with the colors to see what look you like best. I highly recommend using the sample board to experiment before applying color to your counters. We cut apart the 4-inch sponge and tried several different techniques before we finally came up with the one that worked best. It’s all about finding out how heavily you should apply the paint.
On that note, make sure you have a separate plate for each paint color. We tried to put all three on one plate to start but quickly found out that would not work. You need the entire surface area to draw enough paint into the sponge for each stage of the project.
When you begin painting start with a light layer of the darkest color first. You want to pounce on the color and then change the sponge in different directions in a small area. Then move on to the next small area. Next, you will add the next lightest color followed by the lightest color.
When we were done with the first round of color we could still see a lot of black.
That’s okay. We let it dry and then added another round of color. When it was done there was not as much black showing through and it had more dimension.
But we noticed there was a black line along the edge where we had taped off the counter from the backsplash. To make the counter look more like real granite, we took a small piece of sponge and glued it to the end of an artisan brush (like these inexpensive ones here). Then we used the same painting technique to soften the edges.
We added the top coat and let it dry then we sealed all around the back of the counter against the wall and around the sink with DAP caulk in clay.
When we were done the counter looked brand new. It was amazing!
We painted the golden oak cabinets a lighter cream color .. and now this kitchen looks brand new! The new counters match the backsplash and wrap around the edges looking more expensive.
I would highly recommend this countertop product as an affordable way to retrofit your countertops for a luxurious look at a bargain price.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know if you’d be willing to try painting your counters. I would love to hear from you and see your projects too.