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Giani Granite Paint Kit Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is jennifer b. Congrats!

I hate my kitchen. I will admit that I have a ginormous sized kitchen. However, the layout sucks. My cupboards suck (you have to turn the plates sideways to get them in because they are so small). I also have no counter space. What you can’t see in this picture is the stains, the cracks, or how old this counter is. Seriously, it’s bad. That is why I agreed to try out the Giani Granite Paint Kit.

The first advice I have for you when you get your kit is to make sure you have the right color. I didn’t and was half into the project before I realized it. (The odd thing is that the color we got looks better in our kitchen than if I would have gotten the color I picked. I’m thinking fate intervened on this one.) Secondly, read the directions. Third, watch the video. The more times the better.

For me, this was a nerve wracking project. I was terrified that we were going to screw this up. And we did. 🙂 However, I’m going to tell you how to do this project, what we messed up, and how Giani rescued our project.

First, you need to clean your counters, put up your painters tape (I recommend at least 2 levels of tape. We did one and ended up having to fix our walls now, because my husband wasn’t as careful as I was), and then put the primer down. This has to dry 8 hours, so I did it on a Friday night. I’ll be honest, the primer coat does look good. We did talk about just leaving it as that, but then opted to finish the project.

The next part is to add the paint to make the counters look like granite. Now, if you start getting a look like you see to the left, you are NOT doing it correctly. What Bill and I figured out is: 1. we used way too much paint and 2. if you are using the bombay black kit, do not mix the paint colors on the same plate. The black overtook the white and left us with a black scaly counter. I was not happy and freaking out. Bill, on the other hand, like it. LOL.

At this point, I searched their website to what we were going to do. I had no idea how to fix this. This is where Giani impressed me. Not only do they have a customer service number to call during business hours, they have an after hours call center. The person who helped me out was the Vice President of Sales. Not only did he tell me how to fix our problem, he also called back several hours later to find out how things were going. For me, this went over and beyond the call of duty. There are very few companies out there that provide this kind of customer service and Giani is one who does (and I applaud them for it).

To get what we wanted, we took sandpaper and sanded the entire counter. This got rid of high spots. Next, we added the white paint again. Instead of mixing the colors, we let the white dry. (Now, our other option was to prime and start over. However, the Giani representative and I had discussed that by leaving what I had there aready, we may gain some more depth and color). After the white dried, we added the black paint. However, we used it sparingly. Now, if you are doing any other color but the black, follow the directions that came with your kit. However, with the Bombay Black, the black was such a strong color that it overtook everything. By following these steps, we ended up with a product we liked a whole lot better:

After you let that dry, you add the topcoat. The pictures below are our finished product:

Bill walks past our counters every day and comments how much he likes them. This is a guy who doesn’t comment on anything. I would definitely recommend trying out the Giani Granite Paint Kit if you hate your counters.

Since we love our final product, I have arranged for one of you to get your own Giani Granite Paint Kit! Here’s what you need to do:

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Head over to the Giani site and tell me what color you’d do on your counter or sink.

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This contest will end March 12th at 11:59 pm CST! Good Luck!

227 thoughts on “Giani Granite Paint Kit Giveaway!”

  1. I would either go with the Sicialian Sand or the chocolate- I am repainting the kitchen next year so it sepends on what color I choose 🙂

  2. Lisa, I love love love the Chocolate Brown. I never knew you could do this to your counter tops. A great way to refresh your Kitchen on a very low Budget.

  3. I think the chocolate brown would look good with the color of my floors. I want to do this to my counter tops so badddd! I have a 1970’s kitchen complete with harvest gold appliances.

  4. I would like to try the sicialian sand color. My hardwood floors are a light color and I think this would go good with it.

  5. As a granite installer we used this product a couple of times to experiment and possibly offer as a service for those who cannot afford real granite counter tops.

    If applied correctly the end surface is actually very nice compared to formica. Unfortunately it was a little too much labor for the return so we ended up scrapping the idea. I will say it is great for the DIY homeowner.

  6. We just bought a new house that we will be moving into in a couple months and the kitchen and bathroom counters are horrendous! The Sicilian Sand would be perfect for fixing both of them!!!

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Lisa Martin

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