Monday, February 11, 2013

Give new Life to Your Counters

 

Hubby and I had been looking into countertop paint for about a year because we were not happy with our current countertops.   They were the same counters every house in my neighborhood has.  They weren't unique or even attractive in any way.  They were just plain and seemed to blend into the house.  My counters did not stand out form the rest of the kitchen and made my whole kitchen seem with out personality.  It was sad.


I love to be in my kitchen.  Cooking is something I love to do.  I feel that my love comes through in my food, it also relaxes me.  I have always felt that a kitchen should be an extension of yourself and your personality.  And the boring, stock countertops that most houses have do not portray my personality and I think it would be hard to find someone that would say they prefer the boring countertop to one which draws the eye and seems to warm the entire room.

When I got the opportunity to review Giani Countertop Paint I jumped all over it.  I was beyond thrilled, especially since it was something my Hubby and I had been planning on doing anyway.  Giani GRanite Countertop Paint is a paint that immitates natural cut granite.  It will give your counters teh effect of high-end granite.

The first step in giving your counters new life is choosing your color.  Giani Granite has 7 different colors to choose from and I think that was the most difficult part of the entire process.  In the end we chose the Chocolate Brown kit.


I have to be honest and was nervous about applying the paint.  But then gain I am like that anytime I do any improvements around the house because (whispers) I am a bit of a perfectionist.  But you can't tell anyone that!  Let it be our little secret.  Once my Hubby calmed me and told me it would be okay I was ready to go.




The first step was to clean the counters thoroughly, then tape of the counters edges.  Next was to paint the counters black with the IronCore Primer-base coat.  I was surprised at the coverage I got from it.  It was unlike any paint I had ever used before.  I was expecting a strong odor and there was NONE.  We didn't even open the windows!  And it covered completely with one coat.  That coat had to dry but once it did it was one to the next step, the minerals. 


The great thing about this kit is although they give you an order to add the minerals, you don't HAVE to do them in that order if you prefer not too and want to go for a different look.  Before adding the minerals to the counter we practiced on the practice board that was included in the kit.  We weren't thrilled with the first try so we flipped the board and tried again.  Better, but not quite.  We decided to use black construction paper and try some other orders of the colors and finally decided to go with the order recommended by Giani.  After all they know best right?


After applying the minerals we had to , you guessed it, let them dry.  After the minerals were dry we needed to lightly sand them with a very fine grained sandpaper.  This is to get the "peaks" and rough patches from applying the minerals.  Then a quick wipe down with a damp towel to get rid of the small particles from sanding.  Then it was time for the first coat of the topcoat.   After letting that dry, we needed to sand again.  Then another quick wipe down with the damp towel.  Lastly, the final layer, the last coat of topcoat!



 

It was done!  I love teh shine that the topcoat adde to the counters!  At the last minute I decided that I wanted to give the walls a quick coat or two of paint.  I felt that it would bring the kitchen alive more and really bring the counter to life!  Boy was I right!  I am so excited.  I feel like I had a brand new kitchen.

It has been a few weeks since we did our counters and one of our biggest questions has been answered.  Durability.  Being in my kitchen as much as I am my counters get a lot of use.  They are holding up great and I am super impressed with the durability.  I wasn't sure what to expect with it being paint but the topcoat made the counters super hard and you can't even tell it is paint.  It passed my durability test with flying colors.

Giani Granite Paint for Countertops revived my ugly, plain, bland counters.  Thanks to Giani Granite Countertop Paint I feel that my kitchen is now expressive and is not boring.  It is beautiful.  I love the results.   I am so happy I did this and would recommend this product to anyone and everyone!  This product is simply amazing!

Enter below to win a Giani Paint for Countertops kit!






Jenn, Mom Of Two Munchkins was provided with a free sample of this product to review, and was under no obligation to review it.  Nor was Jenn, Mom Of Two Munchkins under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.  Jenn, Mom Of Two Munchkins is not responsible for shipping of prize.  Giani has the sole responsibility for shipping of prize.  Prize value is approximately $69.95.


27 comments:

  1. The chocolate brown is my favorite but if I won I would have to see what his favorite is and then decide!

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  2. My Kitchen---it desprately needs an upgrade

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  3. I would choose the chocolate brown--like in the picture

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  4. I would use this the emerald green in my kitchen. Currently the counters are blue and I am tired of them. I am going to order this but I want to wait til spring so the windows can be opened. Thanks for the chance

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    1. You could go ahead and order. It would be a great winter activity. There was NO odor in any of the paints! I was super surprised about that. We didn't open our windows at all.

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  5. I would get this for my mother's kitchen to cover the torurquoise countertops that have been there since the 60's.

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  6. i have barely any kitchen or bathroom countertops i think i could do both with this huge giveaway

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  7. hard to pick just one color id hafta go with something light to blend with my walls and cabinets

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    1. You could go darker if you wished. I noticed on the site that the darker looked great with lighter cabinets and walls. It is all based on your preference :)

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  8. Im curious to know how you think there was no odor? I just finished using this kit and the top coats odor was so strong that even with our windows open we got headaches. The primer and minerals have no odor but my top coat was extremely strong. Also Id like to know what you clean it with?

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    1. I don't think my kit had an odor, even the top coat. I am not sure why yours had such a strong odor. We did not have this problem. The topcoat did have more of an odor than the minerals and primer but I do not think the topcoat had much of an odor, especially compared to painting my daughter room which make the entire house stink and you can still smell walking into her room and we painted it over a month ago.

      I clean mine with a simple sponge and water. If I need something more I use a antibacterial dish soap since it is gentle. I plan to buy their cleaner as well. It is not recommended to use regular household cleaners on it.

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  9. I would love to try my kitchen. I have faux butcher block and so tired of it..need something new and this sounds fantastic.

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  10. I would use a med brown..I would have to look personally at the samples as sometimes pictures don't do them justice. but yep, med to darker brown with black and gold flakes maybe.

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  11. I would love to use it in the kitchen!

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  12. I'm not sure which color I would choose! I'd have to talk with my family first but I like the sicilian sand & white diamond best

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  14. I WOULD USE IT IN MY KITCHEN....BUT NOT SURE ON THE COLOR, LOVE THE CHOCOLATE BROWN, AND ALSO THE BOMBAY BLACK

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  15. chocolate brown is my favorite

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