This weekend, my husband, father in law, and I tackled the kitchen counters using the Giani Granite kit. Our counter tops are the original ones in the house when it was built and they definitely needed a little updating. (And yes, the walls will be next!)
Here’s before photos:
Prepping took about an hour or so, taping everything up, scrubbing counters, washing counters, and all. This was probably the longest part of the whole process. Making sure everything is properly prepared is essential to making the counter tops look great. We followed the instructions completely.
Here’s the difference as we painted on the first coat:
Makes a big difference!
Next comes the fun part! Stamping on the colors!
We followed the directions again and stamped the colors all over in the way the instructional dvd suggested. Here’s how one of my counters looked after the first color:
We got the other colors applied and then it was finally time to seal!
I’m loving it! Doesn’t it look great? Here’s a closeup:
And final photos:
(ignore the stuff piled in the sink! That’s what happens when you have to have everything off the counters! lol!)
My thoughts and tips? It went much smoother and easier than I anticipated. Be sure to have an entire weekend free. It’s best if kids can go to Grandma’s and plan to eat out or prepare meals in advance to be warmed in the microwave. I LOVE the end result and can’t wait now to finish up the rest of my kitchen so it will be all up to date!
For more information on Giani Granite, please visit the Giani Granite website and their facebook page. Lots of before/after shots on their facebook page!
HUGE thanks to Giani Granite for my kit to try and for providing this giveaway! The winner will get to choose between the 7 different Giani Granite colors available.
To enter the giveaway, fill out the rafflecopter below:
Looks great, I love it
Ginger Adams says
I didn’t even know about Giani Granite until Mommy Octopus talked about her plans to do her countertops. Now I would love to do that, too! : )
Laura Nordin says
I would love to have the Sicilian sand color! We have horrible white countertops that show every little stain! :-/
Nicole Joyner says
Love this product..
Lisa Reyes says
Wow, Those look GREAT. I would love to try this product! I have the original counter tops in my kitchen.
Melissa M says
Love it! I was just looking on Pinterest on how to paint laminate, this would be great!
Brandi leach says
I would pick either the sand or white paint color.
Melissa M says
Oh, and I would choose white diamond!
Karen Pirkle says
I would chose Emerald Green or Sapphire Blue..whichever one my husband was okay with… but he would probably chose the chocolate or the black….
Melissa M says
Oh, and I would choose white diamond.
I have been wanting to do this for years. Just need to bite the bullet and go for it. Looks great. Would be excellant to win the giveaway. Thanks for the post and pics. Always good to see other’s experience and success.
Forgot to say which one I would choose. I would probably go with the Chocolate Brown.
I like the sicilian sand!
I love the way they turned out! I can’t wait to do this to my lovely white countertops. 🙂
Wow…that looks GREAT! I would love to transform my counters. I’m having a hard time deciding between the Sicilian Sand and Chocolate Brown. Thank you for your honest review of the product. I will be looking into this project.
I love it! you did a fabulous job! I am constantly doing DIY projects and would love to try something like this! IU like the white diamond.
Vivian Cross says
The counter looks great.. It even looked good with the black and silver. Did you manage to get the stain off the floor?
Carol Cosetti says
Love your counters! Did mine, similar to yours in color, and love it! Have gotten so many nice comments on how nice it looks. Can’t wait to order another kit to do my bathroom counters! You are right, it is time consuming but very easy to do!
Adrianne Miller says
I love the sicilian sand!!
Kristen White says
fingers crossed that I win, I can’t afford real granite and would love to upgrade my kitchen!
I’m undecided between the sandstone and the chocolate, but leaning towards the chocolate since I can lighten it slightly. 🙂
melissa w says
Looks great! I would love to do this too!! I think the chocolate brown kit would be my choice.
Melissa beach says
I love this…. I would choose black or choc brown
I’m torn!! Sicilian Sand…OR White Diamond.
Lisa Scozzaro says
I love Bombay Black and can not wait to use this product on my kitchen counters!!
Brenda Kaes says
I like the sicilian sand or the chocolate brown.
Princess Karmah says
Linda Maxey says
Love your “new” counters. Have been wanting to try this for awhile. Just getting my nerve up! lol I think I would love the chocolate brown.
Demonicka Hart says
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My counters haven’t been replaced since I moved in to my house and they definitely need a make over. I would LOVE to try this out. It looks GREAT!
Sherry Olson says
I love it. It looks great. I really want to do this to our 70’s counters. I am thinking Blue would be my first choice
Karen D says
I would love to do over our original kitchen counters in Gianni Granite! Sicilian Sand would be my top choice though chocolate runs a pretty close second!
I love it! I would choose either the sand or the chocolate.
Elizabeth Lyle says
I think Sicilian Sand would look AWESOME in my kitchen. I also want to try the Giani Cabinet paint. I had a great time looking at the website. Thank you Mommy Octopus for letting us know about their products!
Kathy W says
Your counters look great! I would choose the Sicilian Sand.
Jenny B says
Oh! I had never heard of this before now! I would so LOVE a countertop redo!!!!
We have those horrible white countertops that stay dirty no matter how much you clean (and with 4 kids I do not have a lot of cleaning time!).
My husband and I looked at buying new but we have a special ordered size so that is out of the question for now… Maybe we will win!
I would so choose the Sicilian Sand!!!! 😉
I want the chocolate kit really badly! Our counters are the original laminate that was placed in the home when it was built and they are lavender! I mean, like, Easter color lavender! It’s bad.
Miranda v. says
Im loving the Sicilian Sand color!
This is so cool!!! I’ve never heard of this – will definitely be looking into this when I get around to updating my bathroom counters!
Whoops – forgot to say that I would probably do Sicilian Sand or White Diamond for my bathroom.
Dawn DeBroux says
Have been wanting to do this for a while now! I would love the chocolate brown I think…so many gorgeous colors to choose 🙂
Jenna Caruthers says
Your project looks fantastic! I used the Chocolate Brown and it fools people all the time. I would use White Diamond for my next project.
I think i would try the sicilian sand!
Diane Roach says
Love Sicilian Sand!
Love them all, but would probably go with either Chocolate Brown or Sicilian Sand!
Dorothy Minix says
I can’t wait to try Gianti!
Dorothy Minix says
I want to try Gianti soon!
Phu Vo says
I’d like to give my mom and kitchen and bath makeover with this system.