Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Faux Granite counters??

 Okay, so I have been hearing a lot about this new product you can magically paint and transform your ugly counters into beautiful granite.
The product I chose was called Gianti which I purchased at Walmart. I picked the color Sicilian Sand.
 Well since I loathed my ugly grey blue counters, I figured I would give it a try.

SO Ninety's!

The first step is to tape off everything!
I mean everything even if you think you are a great and careful painter.
Tape like you never have before that paint has a way of getting on things you could of swore you were nowhere near!


The  directions say to let primer dry 8 hours.... Well lets just say I grow impatient easily it was more like 4 hours.

 Then you begin layering in the paint with the sea sponges and three different colors.
 They are easily marked so you know which one to start with. Let me just say this is not for the faint of heart!
You have to be committed to finish. It is slow,tedious work. I didn't take any pics midway was I so frustrated!
After 3 hours of the afternoon gone I was NOT thrilled with the results.

To much of the black primer showed through for my liking and there were a few bald spots.
Hubby came home pretended to like it but I knew he hated it too.

 So I gave up for the night,drank a few glasses of wine and retired early.
The next morning I was determined to not let this dang thing beat me down! So off to wally world I went and purchased another kit.

 The same color but this time I purchased some more paint samples the little ones by Glidden in a cream, off white and a brown.
So when I got home I went to work so having six different colors went about it again.

 It came out so much better I love it! You have to add two topcoats and it turns it really shiny!
 Hubby even loves it now. Funny how he won't tell me he hates something until after I change it.

Here is a close up.
The draw back is it is a lot of work but it is a very economical alternative. That is if you master after the first two kits you buy and not have to get the third one! I will let you know how they hold up to wear and tear. I can't put anything on them for three days... Probably will be more like one and a half in my impatient world!  Traci