If you’re new around here, I should show you how my kitchen looked this time last year:
- IronCoreTM Primer-Base Coat
- Pearl Mica Mineral
- Black Onyx Mineral
- Bronze Mineral
- Automotive Polyurethane Topcoat
- 6” GIANITM roller arm and two roller pads
- 4” GIANITM granite paint sponge
- 2” Foam Brush
- Black practice poster board
- Paint by Number DVD for beginners
- Illustrated Instructions
Let’s begin with Giani Granite Paint!
The first thing I had to do was remove any silicone caulk, because it’s not paintable.
The next step was to tape off everything with ScotchBlue painter’s tape. I used a large baggie for my faucet and small baggies for my handles.
I started applying the primer with the roller.
The coverage was really great!
I did a light second coat. It only calls for one coat, but I’m a 2 coat primer girl.
I gathered all of the items from my kit. I cut the sponge into smaller pieces.
I practiced on the poster board, but I didn’t take any pictures of that.
If you ever do anything like this, you know that sometimes you forget you’re a blogger. I didn’t snap many pictures, and the ones I did take are poor quality.
In the DVD (which I watched twice) the lady tells you that you get more depth with more layering. It called for me to do the Pearl Mica Mineral first, then the Black Onyx Mineral, with the Bronze Mineral being last. I did that, but then I added a little more of the Black Onyx and then added a little of the Pearl Mica. I don’t think there is a wrong way to layer. It’s all a personal preference. I used VERY little of the Bronze Mineral.
You work in about 2 ft. sections, with all 3 colors before you move onto the next 2 ft. section. You do not do all one color, then the second, and third color.
I believe this is after one coat of the topcoat.
When I removed the tape I did have a little bleed, but I really believe it was operator error. When I added my board and batten backsplash there was quite a gap, which meant more than the usual amount of caulk.
Please ignore the toaster in the sink. I had not used my sink for a couple of days (had everything covered with tape and baggies) but I wanted some toast and couldn’t put the toaster on the countertop.
The finish is perfect. I am not a real “glossy” person. I’m generally more of a matte finish girl. I applied 2 coats of the topcoat, then scored the tape and removed it.
I will give my countertops a good deal of time to cure. Anytime I paint something, I let it cure really well, and this will be no exception.
I have to tell you that I have had this kit for quite a while. I kept putting it off because I thought I wouldn’t be able to accomplish it with good results.
It’s pretty difficult to take a picture of such a shiny surface!
I LOVE the way it shows off my painted cabinets!
Here you can see that I definitely need new appliances! My stove and fridge are so dated! This is a quickly staged photo because I need to wait a couple of days before I put my stuff back on the countertops.
In these photos I have not re-caulked yet.
I have caulked (late Sunday night) but haven’t taken any pics yet.
Do you love them as well?
UPDATE: It’s been over 2 years since I painted my counter tops and I STILL love them! They’ve held up great, with only a little wear near the sink where I stand to wash dishes on a daily basis. 😉 I finally got new appliances, and you can also see I’ve added a DIY kitchen Island and Barn Doors. I’ve also updated the color of the floor.
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Disclosure: Although Giani Granite supplied me with a kit to review, my opinions as always are my own. I received no compensation to write this post.
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