As many of you know, as I’ve mentioned it one too many times over the past few weeks, we have been making some changes around our home. One of those changes was the new living room set up that I shared with you a few days ago, another group of changes we are making is in the kitchen. We are ripping up the flooring, changing the sink over to a white based sink and replacing the table.
As it was all coming together in my mind I could help but think – since the two rooms are open and connected- how much better it would look if my counter tops were a bit lighter. Immediately, Giani Granite came to mind.
If you haven’t heard of Giani Granite, it is a easy, affordable, do it yourself, paint on version of granite. Giani Granite is great for upgrading Formica, Laminate, Corian, Ceramic Tile, Butcher Block, Cultured Marble and traditional Granite countertops and vanities.
Now even though my counters are Corian, they were pure white Corian, and I hated them! It came down to given Giani a shot or new countertops all together – of course the hubby thought I should try Giani first. So a little over a year ago, I went to work with one of the Giani Granite Kits in Chocolate Brown and was really happy with the end result. It was like a mini kitchen makeover for under 100 dollars!
It’s held up for over a year only chipping in a small section where the bar stools are located - in the spot where my children repeatedly spin the stools banging them into the counter. At any rate, I wondered if I could go with a lighter version of Giani like the Sicilian Sand kit and match the counter top to my new décor. My husband was a contractor for many year so going on his advice and the advice of a few men at our local home depot, my husband prepared the countertop to be re-primed and I started with the lighter shade of Giani.
The process is rather simple. You begin with a coat of black primer, allow it to dry for 8 hours and then you can start the fun part- creating your “granite”. To create your look you will begin to sponge on the three pre-packaged minerals - in three foot wide sections to allow them to blend while wet. What I love is how much freedom you have to create, making the counter darker, lighter, etc Basically you can adjust it to your style and decor
|My first round - after it dried I went back and add more light brown and white|
I wanted to cover almost all of the black base, while my husband preferred to keep more black coming through. I settled with more black then white, with the knowledge that before I applied the topcoat, I could always go back and add more of a certain color.
The final step is of course sealing the countertop with the clear topcoat. Each kit covers about 35 square feet of counter space.
If your looking for a change in your bathroom, or kitchen but don't want to break the bank, why not check out Giani Granite. It's rather simple and your also provided video instruction. I love my new lighter color but for some reason was more nervous with the lighter color then the dark and am thinking I want to touch up a few areas that I went a little to sparse on - in my own opinion.
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