Giani Countertop Paint Review Sicilian Sand Granite
For years we have always dreamed about putting brand new granite countertops into our kitchen and bathrooms. The price has always been a big deterrent. Giani has come out with an affordable paint that you apply to your countertop which makes it look like real granite! We used the Sicilian Sand paint and applied it in our master en suite. Here is our review of the product, the process and the end result.
First off, an initial warning. These are our findings with this product. We have not been paid to provide this review. We are real people just like you, we are not professional painters or artists.
The box came from Giani and it includes almost everything you need to get the job done. The black primer, the 3 different mineral paints, the clear coat, a roller with two covers, a small foam brush, a practice sheet and the dvd with instructions. You may need and probably should buy the following before you begin:
– Paint tray(s)
– Steel wool
– Painters masking tape
– sand paper (600 grit)
You should also put some newspaper on the floor under the counters to protect from paint droplets.
We began by cleaning the counter top and using the steel wool on it to make sure there were no embedded stains. Make sure that the counter is clean and dry before you begin painting. We used the painters tape to protect the sink and the surrounding walls. As you can see, I also threw a plastic bag over the faucet to protect it from paint. See the image below:
Now we are ready to prime the counter. Giani has really made this process quite user friendly. The DVD is informative, but reading the printed instructions will also suffice. The paint cans are all labeled with the order they get applied in. The process is fool proof. We poured some black primer into the paint trays and used the roller to coat the entire counter. Use the foam brush for the smaller edges and the back splash. Try to keep the amount of paint used on the backsplash and edges to a minimum. IT WILL RUN! We finished priming and let it dry over night.
Now comes the hard part. I say hard, because for us it was. If you are a professional painter or have excellent artistic skills then this may be a breeze for you, but we tried to follow instructions and get the mineral coats on as nicely as possible. The good thing about this is it is all up to you. Your preference on design is up to you, and if you are skilled enough, you can do fancy things like veining and adding other colors not included in the set. We stuck to the instructions and made it quite basic. Tear the sponge into pieces, and try to use as little paint as possible. Dab lightly with the spikey side of the sponge for each colour of the minerals in the order dictated by the cans. The instructions suggest working on a small area and putting all 3 coats on one after the other. It really makes no difference, if you do it well, it will look great. Beware of smudging. This makes the counter look bad. This is the downfall of the product. If you do a bad job with the minerals, it won’t look as good as it could. Done professionally, it can look amazing. The saving grace is that you are using paint. If it looks bad, re prime and start again or simply go over it. Two people worked on this project so one side was clearly done better than the other. At first I was skeptical, but once it was completed, I realized that it looked good. This is what it looked like after we finished applying the minerals:
The hardest part was the back splash and the edges. As the instructions say, use as little paint as possible and dab lightly with the sponge!
We let the counter dry for a couple of days, and then sanded it down so it was completely smooth. Make sure you use 600 grit sand paper. We didn’t, and paint residue came off the countertop. I needed to re clean the surface with paper towels and a bit of water to get the residue entirely off the counter before we began applying the clear coat.
To clear coat the counter, we used a new paint tray, and a new roller cover. We applied the clear coat the same way we primed the counter. It does pool up so make sure you get an even coat all over the surface. The roller is great at distributing the clear coat all over. My newspaper on the floor came in handy here as the clear coat did drip a bit off the edge of the counter. We let it dry for 4 hours, then reapplied the coat again. We completed a grand total of 3 clear coats. This is what makes the countertop shine! It smells strongly so make sure to ventilate with an open window or put a fan on.
Once the clear coat dried, we took the tape off. Voila! Our new “granite” bathroom counter tops.
The counters look good. If you come look up close and touch the counters, it is evident that it was painted and that its not real granite, but for most visitors, they love the look. I will say that the outcome was pretty positive, but I had my doubts during the process.
The bottom line is simple. This kit works. It makes laminate counters look like granite. It can be limited by your own skill at painting, but it is not overly difficult. The sponge work with the minerals is the toughest part. Take you time, be light with the paint and delicate with the dabbing and you too can have Giani “granite” counter tops at home too. I recommend this product to anyone who wants the look of granite without the exorbitant price tag.
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