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DIY Kitchen Makeover – Part II: The Countertops, Paint Faux Marble
Does anyone else hate their countertops? Half of mine were a creamy tan. While the other half (on a separate island) were a muted amber. A makeover was necessary.
Now that my cabinet facelift was complete, it was time for the countertops. After much research for an inexpensive DIY project, I found Giani Countertop Paint. Wait, paint for countertops? I was hesitant, to say the least.
However, after watching videos on the Giani website (which I highly recommend you watch) and other DIYers on YouTube I gained the courage to purchase the paint. There are a few different paint color options, but I decided on the White Diamond Kit , and I am so glad I did! It’s a beautiful bright white paint that compliments my newly painted cabinets.
How to DIY your countertops, too!
You can purchase the kit straight from the Giani website, Lowes, Home Depot, or my go to favorite: Amazon!
This isn’t a quick one-day project. You must wait a certain amount of hours before applying the next coat of paint. It could take just a weekend or a few additional days, depending on your availability. Each layer of paint needs to be completely dry to the touch before adding another.
The Giani Countertop Paint is designed to give your counters the look of granite. However, I found some awesome tutorials (again from the Giani website and YouTube) on how to make the countertops resemble marble. I am more of a marble fan than granite, so I chose to bypass the granite directions and instead duplicate the online marble tutorials.
The Giani White Diamond Paint Kit includes:
- 1 can Primer
- 1 can High Gloss Topcoat
- 1 can Pearl Mica
- 2 cans White Limestone
- 1 can Inca Gold
- 1 roller, 2 foam rollers
- 1 foam brush
- 1 sponge (can easily be ripped into smaller portions)
Faux marble countertops
To achieve the marble look I suggest not using the Inca Gold and purchasing an additional can of the White Limestone. This will give your counters a more pure white look. If that is what you are going for, like myself.
Each kit can cover 35 square feet of standard 24” wide counter tops. My kitchen counters are just slightly under that amount of square footage (let’s say 30 square feet), so if your kitchen resembles mine then this kit (including the additional White Limestone) will cover your counters and give you the desired marble look.
Don’t be scared to give your countertops a much-deserved makeover.