Last week the boyfriend and I started our Giani Granite countertop DIY project. I was a bit nervous at first, because I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. So I made sure I watched the DVD tutorial twice and read the instructions carefully. I didn’t want to mess this up!
I choose the Chocolate Brown kit, but they also have Sicilian Sand, Bombay Black, Roma Red, Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue. The kit contained everything we needed for this project. All of the paints, rollers, foam brush, practice board, sponge, and an instructional DVD.
The boyfriend did all the prep work. First, he started by cleaning the countertops with an SOS pad and rinsed it twice. He then taped above the backsplash and around the sink with painter’s tape. He used a large Garbage bag for the sink and a small bag for the faucet.
All done. The Black looks really good.
The base coat has to dry for 8 hours. The next step was sponging which I was scared to do. They say you can’t mess this up, but with me anything is possible .
The Chocolate Brown kit, consists of 3 shades of brown.
Using the sponge (which I recommend you chop up into different sized pieces) , I made sure I practiced on the poster board, like the video & instruction said. Thank God I did!
My 1st attempt was not successful but the 2nd wasn’t bad.
I applied the three Mineral colors over the base coat. You have to do this in sections, and use all the minerals in the appropriate order. First the Brown Feldspar, then the Inca Gold and the Chocolate Brown is last. Using all three colors one after the other gives a layered look.
I kept the pattern as random as I could.
I wasn’t satisfied and decided to continue sponging for more depth. I also used a small paintbrush to dab in the creases. The creases was the most difficult part for me to do cause the sponge tended to smear.
After the Minerals has dried for four hours (you have the option to sand but we didn’t), then you roll on the clear Topcoat. And then you wait. Applying the Topcoat was tricky, so I let the boyfriend do it.
After 4 hours you apply the final Topcoat.
The Finished Product!! That awful burn mark is gone!! Just to be safe we’re gonna wait 14 days for it to cure, before we put anything back on the counters.
I absolutely love it!! This picture doesn’t do it justice. They came out better than I ever expected. And it was very easy to do and no paint fumes! I don’t know why I was so nervous. This is definitely a good option if you can’t stand your countertops or just want the look of Granite but can’t afford it. I love DIY projects!
The kit starts as low as $69.95. For readers in the USA who would like to purchase the kit. The Giani Kit can be purchased at the Giani Website, specific Walmarts, Paint & Hardware stores. For Canadians you can get in touch with YHDistributors or check here. International readears click here.
Thank you Giani for the Kit.
What do you think? Is this something you would use?
Tash ♥ xo