**I received no compensation for this post other than the paint used to do the countertops in my motorhome renovation. All opinions are my own honest conclusions based on my own experience with the Giani Granite countertop paint kit.
For those of you who have been following my motorhome renovation, (you can read Part One here…..and Part Two here….), you will know that I had repainted the cabinets in the camper a white color using the Nuvo Cabinet Paint by Giani – which I reviewed in a post yesterday. (If you would like to read that post, just click here for the Nuvo Cabinet Paint review).
Because I had decided to paint the cabinets a white color, I knew I was also going to have to do something with the countertops, since they were an off-white color. I figured it wouldn’t look very good leaving that color, so my husband had suggest maybe just putting a new countertop on. When I found the Giani Granite countertop paint I decided that I was going to give it a try instead – since I could get the cabinet paint and countertop paint together. (It was actually when I was looking for the countertop paint that I found Giani – and realized they made both cabinet and countertop paint!!)
I did a bit of research and saw some other people who had used the paint and had great results, so I figured I should be able to make it look at least better than what it was!
I decided to use the Bombay Black, partly because I didn’t know if I would ever be brave enough to use it in my house kitchen so wanted to live on the edge a bit in the camper, and partly because I just wanted something to stand out really well with the white cabinets.
- a 12 oz. primer base coat. (Mine was black!)
- 3 smaller cans of mineral paint to dab on with the sponge. (I am not sure about all the other kits – this was what was in mine for colors…..Pearl Mica, Black Onyx and Bronze).
- a 16 oz. topcoat – which is automotive grade making it more durable.
- small roller arm and 2 roller pads
- paint sponge
- foam brush
- practice board – mine was a black cardboard to let me practice like I was painting on top of the black primer
- DVD showing how to apply the paint
- Instruction sheet
I painted the cabinets first – which they had suggested was the best way to do it. After a couple of days of making sure they were dry, I was ready to do the countertops. I taped everything off – and that seemed to take forever. I even taped large pieces of newspaper on some of the areas of cabinet that I was afraid of dripping on.
**One thing I will recommend here……they suggest using proper Frog painters tape. I didn’t have any left, so I used just regular painters tape that I had, which ended up pulling some paint of places and which also bled through in a lot of places. I was able to fix it all up with a small brush, but it took awhile to fix and I wouldn’t want to have to do it in a real kitchen!!! So – follow their suggestion and use the good tape!!
After taping everything off, I was ready to paint, and I was nervous, let me tell you! It is very scary to put black, black paint onto your countertops that are white – and once you start, there is no turning back!!
But, now that I have used this paint once I would never be afraid again – it was just so easy to use!!
The primer dried overnight, then I went back out to start the sponging. I used the practice sheet a bit, then just started sponging onto the countertops. I couldn’t believe how good it looked every time I would add a new color.
I ended up putting some paint onto 3 plastic plates, then cut some of the sponge up to use for each color. I went and added all of the bronze, then some black and then the white. Each time I added another color, I was just finding the look I wanted. Then, I added each color throughout until I found the exact look I wanted.
It was SO easy! If I ended up with too much black, I just added more bronze. Or, if there was a space needing more, I just added it. It really was the easiest painting I have ever done, and I couldn’t believe how good it was looking already!
It actually took me likely a half an hour to do it all, and I was so happy with how it turned out.
The next day I added the topcoat. I ended up doing 3 coats, just because I had the paint to do it.
**I should mention here that the side of the countertops were a wood veneer, with a gold band that went along the middle of it. I primed over it, then sponged the paint on and added topcoat to it and you would never even know there was ever anything like that there. It completely covered all of it!!
And – the best thing is that everyone who comes into the camper comments on how nice they look. They look even better than I had hoped.
So, as I had said in my post about the cabinet paint – I plan on doing my kitchen in the house soon, and I will absolutely be using this countertop paint for my counters. The ones I have now I HATE, so I can’t wait to do them!!!!!
Now that I have the confidence from doing the camper, I will not even hesitate when starting the kitchen.
My final thoughts on the Giani Granite Countertop Paint…..
I love it, it covered really well, was so simple to use, and it looks AMAZING!!!
I would recommend it to anyone wanting to do their countertops, and I know of at least 2 friends of mine who have already said they will be using it too.
If you are wanting to redo your kitchen – I would not hesitate to say try using the Giani Granite and Nuvo Cabinet paint.