Monday, November 29, 2010
Giani Countertop Paint Review and Giveaway CLOSED
Want granite countertops but don't want to pay the hefty price tag for them?
Giani Countertop Paint kits are the perfect solution.
There are so many reasons to use Giani Countertop paint. For me, we don't know if we are staying in this home long enough to justify the cost of granite countertops. Not only that, but the homes in our neighborhood are not built with granite, so we would probably be purchasing an upgrade that we would not make our money back on if we chose to sell.
I had plain white countertops. The countertops had some rust stains from where I must've sat things on them. The island had weird marks on it that I don't know where they came from?
I don't know if you can see them good in this pic but it was pinkish markings that was here when we bought the house.
I think white countertops are pretty but they show every imperfection. We also had problems with the paint off of grocery bags staining the countertops. So I would have to bleach the spots and then scrub really hard with a magic eraser. The only way to clean the white countertops was to spray them down with a cleaner with bleach. I cannot tell you how many pieces of clothing I ruined by leaning on my counters and I guess the bleach cleaner wouldn't be dry yet.
So when I had the chance to review (and giveaway!) the Giani Countertop kit I was so excited to have NO MORE RUINED CLOTHES
Here is a before
And yes the countertops are clean. If you see spots, they are stains that would not go away.
Here is the after
Here are some more
The kit I chose was Sicilian Sand which is actually exactly what I would choose if I was buying real granite. I wanted a color that had black, cream and white and I got it!
I'm sorry I don't have more pictures of the process but my camera ended up taking blurry pics.
What I did was start in the evening. Cleared off my countertops and cleaned them real good. I painted them with the black primer. Then went to bed knowing that by the time I woke up in the morning that the primer would be dry (takes 8 hours to dry). Then when I woke up I applied the sponging process. It's very easy to do as most of the time I had a baby on my hip when I was painting lol. That takes 4 hours to dry. Then I applied a clear coat, wait 4 hours to dry, then another coat and another 4 hours to dry...and then you are DONE!
My kitchen looks totally different now. Maybe this will help me keep it clean. No more bleach cleaner and white countertops that show every imperfection. I love the clear coat. It really does make the countertops look like granite because it's so glossy. I love it. My mother and my aunt know that I painted the countertops but I'm not telling anyone else so that when they come over for Christmas we can see how many people are fooled and ask if I got new countertops!
Anyone can do this because I lack attention to detail and I'm impatient. I AM NOT A CRAFTY PERSON, which is why this is not a crafting blog ;o) So if I can do it anyone can. My mother plans on painting her kitchen cabinets white and after seeing my kitchen now wants to paint her countertops too. I showed her the website and we were discussing which color would be best in her kitchen (we came to the conclusion the Bombay Black would be awesome to contrast with the white cabinets).
This is just a product I did not even know existed until I seen a blog review about it. I'm so glad that I did it. But wait there's more....
What can GIANI be used on?
Traditional granite countertops and vanities
Formica countertops and vanities
Laminate countertops and vanities
Corian countertops - see note below
Primed ceramic tile
Primed cultured marble vanities
Primed one piece sink and counter vanities
Primed or painted wood
Primed or painted drywall
Primed acrylic or fiberglass shower walls
Each kit can be used in different ways. You can add more of the light colors or the dark colors for a totally different color. You can also add your own paint colors to the kit for a truly personalized look.
So would you like a chance to win a Giani Countertop Paint Kit??
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Contest ends Dec. 19, 2010. I received 2 kits for review for free but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.