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 white spot is glare
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
Butcherblock countertops
Primed ceramic tile
Primed cultured marble vanities
Primed one piece sink and counter vanities
Primed or painted wood
Primed or painted drywall
Cabinet inlays
Table tops
Mantels
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??

Mandatory Entry

Be a blog follower and leave your email address. Go to Giani Granite website and tell me what kit you would choose if you won.

Extra Entries

1. Like Giani on Facebook

2. Follow Giani on Twitter

3. Follow me on Twitter

4. Like me on Facebook  (3 entries)

5. Blog about this giveaway (3 entries)

6. Add me to your blog roll  (3 entries)

7. Add my button to your blog  (3 entries)

8. Tell me if you will be using this on your countertops and why? What color are they now?

9. Enter my other giveaways (1 extra entry per giveaway you enter)

10. Tweet this giveaway or share on facebook (2 extra entries for each)

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.

101 comments:

  1. I desperately hope you pick me - b/c this is something I've been wanting to do FOREVER. We have these horrible 1980's pinkish beige checked countertops. I would probably pick the Chocolate Brown, but I do like the Sicilan Sand.

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  2. I'd pick the sicilian sand. I live in a house done in a beach motiff.

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  7. I'd be using this product on my counter because it is that yellow from the 70's with lots of stains.

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  8. I would LOVE to win this!! I would choose the Bombay black. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  12. Yes, I would use this on my countertop! My countertops are so old ( and ugly),,they're painted over a couple of times, with normal paint, and is chipping off and everything,,ugg,,,lol. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  17. I'm a follower (Jennifer Mo), and I love the light Sicilian Sand. I have a tiny master bathroom with a countertop of fake pink marlbe laminate -- yikes!

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  20. My countertops definitely need an update. In one bathroom, they are fake pink marble. In the other, they are that 50s gold-flecked white formica. Eeek.

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  21. I love Sicillian Sand its just elegant

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  22. I follow you on GFC! Esavingsblog, I would choose GIANI Bombay Black Counter Top Kit

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  28. I will be using on my ugly off white laminate countertops!!Because I do not like them.

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  29. follow you on GFC

    I would choose the Bombay Black kit.

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  30. I would use this on my OLD, UGLY beige laminate countertops, which are in desperate need of a makeover!

    Thanks!

    Mac

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  33. I would also pick the Sicilian sand for the counters in our vacation house. mnmspecial(at)mnmspecial.com

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  34. I'd pick chocolate brown! I have white countertops in my bathroom, this would be fun!! :)

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  35. I'd use this on my bathroom counters, they could use some color! They are white.
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  42. I'd have to go with the sicillian sand.
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  49. I have horrid laminate wood looking coutners right now. We cannot afford to redo them and they have bugged me for the almost 13 years we have owned the house.
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  51. I would pick chocolate brown. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  52. My countertops are white laminate. Ugly. I'm also hoping this would help with the seam where the two pieces meet in the corner. It wasn't even seamed together so they were level. One sountertop sits up higher than the other. Yuck! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  54. bombay black. we are about to move into a new house and the counters are fugly. this would be perfect to spruce up the kitchen with..

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  56. I'm a blog follower and I would love their chocolate brown. I've been looking for a less expensive way to do backsplash and this just may be the solution!

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  60. I would be using this on my countertops and possibly the back wall behind my countertops. They are white now, and have rust stains, much like what you talked about.

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  61. I'd choose chocolate brown or bombay black, I can't choose (yet!)

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  67. I'd be using this on my kitchen countertops. Our house was new when we bought it, but its cheap builders-grade white laminate and I've always hated it!

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  71. I am following as Bonnie A. on GFC.
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  72. Sand! So pretty! http://www.gianigranite.com/DetailSand.html
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  73. I would choose the chocolate brown
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  78. I would use them on my own counter tops. I have a cream and light specked brown the cleary is sprayed on it aweful. I know first hand what you have gone through.

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  82. We are remodeling our kitchen because we have nasty laminate counters that definitely need improvement! This would be an awesome improvement!

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  85. I follow and would pick the bombay black kit!

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  86. I'm a follower and if I won i would probably pick the Sicilian Sand kit.

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  87. I would definitely use this on my countertops! they are over 20 years old, and an ugly off white/biege color right now.

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  93. I would use this on my countertops for sure! We have done a lot of remodeling ourselves and the whole kitchen has been touched BUT the 1980 countertop! erinnsluka@gmail.com

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