Many thanks to Giani Granite for providing Karen with their product for this review.
Go ahead, call me chicken. I was leery about trying this product, but since I had heard so many positive remarks, I decided to give it a try. I used the kit on the countertop in my main bath, since it was on the drab side. I am sure glad I did, as this product is amazing! Now, I only wish that I would have done my kitchen countertops instead. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Giani Granite kit. Stop by the Giani Granite web site so see what can be done for your kitchen and/or bath at GianiGranite.com.
I chose the Sicilian SandTM Granite Countertop Paint Kit.
Most everything that you need comes in the kit. While the kit includes all the essential items – the remaining items that you will need are average household items: rubber gloves, caulking, paint tray, FrogTape painter’s tape, sand paper and sanding block.
The Giani Granite kit comes with a very thorough instruction sheet on how to use the kit. The instruction sheet also lists some tips, which came in handy for a novice like me. It also comes with a CD demonstrating the proper method to apply the paint, what order the paint should be applied, as well as some tips for the application process itself.
After reading the instructions twice over, and watching the CD, I took the plunge using the practice sheet included in the kit.
Following the instructions thoroughly, I practiced the suggested dabbing method. I really liked the results.
My counter-top at the start of my project.
Next, after removing the mirror from the wall, I removed the old caulking around the back-splash and sink.
Then, I re-caulked everything, and cleaned the countertop with an SOS pad, twice. I made sure to rinse the countertop three times to ensure all residue from the SOS pad was completely gone.
Using the FrogTape, I applied it to all the areas where I felt I might need protection.
All areas completely taped off.
Next, I applied the primer (Step 1).
Then I began the process of dabbing on the minerals. First with the dark tan (Step 2A) followed by the lighter tan (Step 2B)
Finally, I applied the white minerals (Step 2C).
After letting the minerals dry overnight, I determined that my countertop needed something more. So, I reapplied both the first and second mineral colorings (Step 2A and 2B), until I reached the desired effect.
Next, according to the instructions, I applied the topcoat (Step 3). Waiting the suggested amount of drying time, I continued with sanding the counter-top using a #600 sand paper.
I cleaned any residue from the sand paper with a damp sponge. Next, I applied a second topcoat (Step 3). Again, waiting the suggested amount of drying time, I carefully removed the FrogTape from the walls and sink.
Isn’t the finished product beautiful? So much so that I have decided to replace the faucet and spruce things up by hanging another type of mirror and replacing the medicine cabinet (both are on backorder), as well, to accent my new countertop. This product has made a huge difference in the appearance of my bathroom. Thank you Giani Granite!
Giani Granite has a variety of different colorings from which to choose. All follow the same process. The Giani Granite kit will cover 35 square feet¸ and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The Giani Granite Company also carries paint for your cabinets, in addition to the kits for your countertops.
Be sure to visit Giani Granite on their website at GianiGranite.com. And “Like” them on Facebook. You can purchase one of these Giani Granite kits online at their website, or use their handy store locator to find a retailer near you.
This review was written by Karen, a valued member of the JennsBlahBlahBlog team.