Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Giani White Diamond Counter Paint Kit

I think the single most dramatic transformation in our kitchen overhaul (see previous post) was the countertop. I love the final look (especially considering what we started with):

The Giani paint kit outlines the multi-step process needed to achieve a granite or marble look. I highly, highly recommend that you watch this video before you start, should you ever attempt this project. Step 1 is a matte black primer. It covers the entire countertop surface. After applying the primer, I had to let it dry for 8 hours.

Step 2 involves layering on the minerals--my kit had three colors: a silvery pearl, a sandy tan, and white.

Giani provides a sponge for layering on the minerals. NOTE: if you want black veining, you should save some of the black primer (and use your own brush). There is a brief mention of this in the DVD, but I thought I should reiterate so you don't have to go digging through trash bags looking for that can of primer (like I did). After the minerals dried, I sanded the surface with very fine 600 grit sandpaper, then wiped down the surface with a damp cloth.

Step 3 is the clear coat. This is the most difficult part of the process. The DVD that comes with the kit includes instructions for applying the top coat evenly. After the first coat dried for 4 hours, I sanded, wiped, and applied a second top coat.

According to Giani, the kit is enough for 35 square feet, or about 16 running feet of standard 24" countertop. I was definitely pushing that upper limit. I ran out of white at the very end of the counter. And I could have used more top coat. All in all, though, I'm so happy with how this project turned out. $70 for new counters is a fantastic deal! I hope this project helps you feel less intimidated about making a dramatic change in your own space. Be creative and enjoy!

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