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Old 03-06-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Painted granite counter tops??

We are moving into a new house soon and are eventually planning a complete kitchen reno in about 5 years. Until then, we are going to paint the cabinets, walls, and just spruce it up a bit (its quite dated). I was researching and found a product called giani granite. It is a series of paints that you apply to any counter top that will have an end result of looking like granite for about $70 a kit (need prob 2). Now I'm realistic and know that it won't look like a $5000 countertop, but I do wonder if it would improve the look till we redo. Has anyone used it? Good, bad, ugly?
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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If it is what I think you are talking about, than my SIL used on her walls and it turned out amazing.

Not sure about doing it on countertops.
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We are moving into a new house soon and are eventually planning a complete kitchen reno in about 5 years. Until then, we are going to paint the cabinets, walls, and just spruce it up a bit (its quite dated). I was researching and found a product called giani granite. It is a series of paints that you apply to any counter top that will have an end result of looking like granite for about $70 a kit (need prob 2). Now I'm realistic and know that it won't look like a $5000 countertop, but I do wonder if it would improve the look till we redo. Has anyone used it? Good, bad, ugly?
My DIL did it but used acrylic paints from the craft store and the sealed it. Came out pretty nice. Check pinterest as that's where she found it.
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My best friend here owns a Ben. Moore paint store and she did this to her countertops and it looks terrific! She said it was very easy to do and that she sells quite a lot of it. I think it's about $70 or so, but not sure.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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I did this to my countertops and they turned out great! I used the giani kit but after messing up the sealant (apparently laying down epoxy is harder than it looks ) I had to run to the craft store and buy acrylic paint. The bottom color is black and I sponge painted on silver and sealed it with a polyurethane. It is not heat or scratch resistant just FYI. But it looks great! And it will do until I save up money for real granite countertops. Best of luck if you attempt this!
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Wow! I am going to try this on my counters!
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the positive replies! I feel a lot better about trying it out now. How is epoxy different from acrylic paint? Does it look different or give it a different texture to do it either way?
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Here is a link to my photo album as we did the counter tops. We used the giani specially made for the counters. I had never sponge painted a day in my life and I love how they turned out. I did blue and wanted almost no black showing. We also added in acrylic paint as were running low on a color towards the end. I was stretching it doing it with one kit.

It has been almost two years (this summer) and they are still perfect. For a while I was extremely cautious about what I would set directly on them but with time that has faded. I make sure that there is not water left on them and nothing hot ever. Not one scratch which I am amazed about! A neighbors father paints cars and just kept telling me how bad the counters would scratch.

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Here is a link to my photo album as we did the counter tops. We used the giani specially made for the counters. I had never sponge painted a day in my life and I love how they turned out. I did blue and wanted almost no black showing. We also added in acrylic paint as were running low on a color towards the end. I was stretching it doing it with one kit.

It has been almost two years (this summer) and they are still perfect. For a while I was extremely cautious about what I would set directly on them but with time that has faded. I make sure that there is not water left on them and nothing hot ever. Not one scratch which I am amazed about! A neighbors father paints cars and just kept telling me how bad the counters would scratch.

Best $100 I ever spent!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=2199093f12
It comes in BLUE????? OMGoodness! I want your countertops. Scratch that, I am going to shamelessly use your countertops as my model when I paint mine.

Thank you so much for posting this!
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It comes in BLUE????? OMGoodness! I want your countertops. Scratch that, I am going to shamelessly use your countertops as my model when I paint mine.

Thank you so much for posting this!
You are welcome. I know when I was looking into it it was very hard to find any info so I was happy to see this thread. I've always wanted blue countertops but was afraid to take the plunge with real granite in case I grew tired of it. I don't think I ever will though. I just love it!
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Here is a link to my photo album as we did the counter tops. We used the giani specially made for the counters. I had never sponge painted a day in my life and I love how they turned out. I did blue and wanted almost no black showing. We also added in acrylic paint as were running low on a color towards the end. I was stretching it doing it with one kit.

It has been almost two years (this summer) and they are still perfect. For a while I was extremely cautious about what I would set directly on them but with time that has faded. I make sure that there is not water left on them and nothing hot ever. Not one scratch which I am amazed about! A neighbors father paints cars and just kept telling me how bad the counters would scratch.

Best $100 I ever spent!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=2199093f12
Wow! Those look great! They actually look like the pics on the website (that you always take with a grain of salt)!
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Does anyone know how this holds up to water? I'd love to do this to the counter in dds bathroom but they often splash water and don't always remember to wipe it up right away.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:36 AM   #13
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Does anyone know how this holds up to water? I'd love to do this to the counter in dds bathroom but they often splash water and don't always remember to wipe it up right away.
My kids leave water and wet washcloths on them....they discolor (like a milky color) for about 10 mins after I pick it up or wipe it up.. then they have always turn back and can never tell where it was It's been 10 months since I did them and they are holding up to two teenagers!

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We are moving into a new house soon and are eventually planning a complete kitchen reno in about 5 years. Until then, we are going to paint the cabinets, walls, and just spruce it up a bit (its quite dated). I was researching and found a product called giani granite. It is a series of paints that you apply to any counter top that will have an end result of looking like granite for about $70 a kit (need prob 2). Now I'm realistic and know that it won't look like a $5000 countertop, but I do wonder if it would improve the look till we redo. Has anyone used it? Good, bad, ugly?
I did 2 bathrooms and our laundry room. I used craft paint and polyacrylic sealant. Total cost for all 3 was about $25 I did each different colors and got better as I went The longest process is letting the sealant dry between coats. Make sure you seal it well!! I put 6 coats on mine.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:52 AM   #14
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We're also doing a "get us through" spruce up to our kitchen. We have awful hunter green counters. We have lived with them for 4 years, and have saved up money to replace them with new laminate counters to get us through. This is kinda but I just wanted to let you know that we're replacing all of our counters with new laminate counters for $518 (including tax and delivery). We spent another $79 on a new sink. We figure it'll be a big enough change and it'll get us through until the house is paid off. Then we plan to save a few mortgage payments and gut the kitchen and REALLY do a remodel - new cabinets, solid surface counters, new arrangement for the appliances (heck, probably new fancy appliances!), etc...

But I just wanted to let you know, the new counters cost a WHOLE lot LESS than we expected. We're installing ourselves, but still...
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:31 PM   #15
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I LOVE this granite painting idea. But we will need to change the shape of the existing countertop a bit (we need to expand it out a few inches on two sides). So because of that, the painting idea wont work. Is there another alternative out there? Granite is way over budget for us but we love the look of course.
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