Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Posted by Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com | Edit Post
If you answered yes then you are going to want to read on and take a look at my photos!
My husband and I bought our home in early 2007 when housing prices in my state of Arizona were at their highest. As a result we were very limited on the amount of house we could afford even though we were both working at the time and making excellent money!
The prices that houses were commanding were ridiculous! We bought then because we feared that if we waited we would not be able to afford a home later the way the houses jumped and were still going. Never did we or anyone else in Arizona expect the bottom out of the housing market! I mean really I knew it couldn't keep going up forever but I had no clue that we would be at least 40,000.00 upside down in less then two years! Houses are supposed to be an investment.
Because the prices were so high we bought a home built in 1965 that needed a lot of updating and remodeling. It has been one project after another in my home since we moved in. Now with the market being as crappy as it is we couldn't justify spending a ton of money to do upgrades. Granted we will have to be here for a long time I'm sure before we can even sell this house and break even let alone make any money, but why sink more into it then we have to right?
I am content to have the "Look" of money in my home. What does this mean? Well if you are handy you can do most improvements on your own with out hiring someone or spending a ton of cash! We are always looking for products and projects that we can do without investing a ton of money that bring an updated look to our home.
We have painted every room including the outside of our home. When it came to the Kitchen it was the room that took us the longest to figure out what to do with. We painted the walls, changed light fixtures, installed a fan, bought a new refrigerator, pantry closet, closed in a wall, painted the cabinets and replaced the hardware.
The only thing left to do that would make me content was to replace our old stained sink, and do something with our old, ugly yet functional counter tops. Getting a new one was out of the question as there is a tile back splash around it and old cabinets that we redid that I did not want to break.
I had remembered seeing a segment on the CBS Early show that feature GIANI Granite Countertop Paint.
I was so intrigued how something that looked so simple could produce a great finished product. Now we all know those Faux finish kits from back in the day that look awful and cheesy but just from that little segment I could tell this product was different.
I contacted GIANI after looking at all their products and was thrilled to be able to review a kit!
Its ok to be skeptical, even after seeing the show and viewing before and after photos on the website I still wondered what the finished product would REALLY look like.
Well guys I am stunned! I was able to get the look of a high end Granite Countertop from a paint kit. This really couldn't be any easier to do, even if you worked by yourself. I think the hardest part was picking from the five available kits.
I chose the Sicilian Sand kit with extra Chocolate Brown Minerals to achieve a darker brown combination. You cannot screw this up, nor will you get the same results from one kit. You will get the Paints, Foam Brush, Roller Arm and Pad, Paint By Numbers instruction DVD, as well as illustrated step by step instructions, and a practice piece of cardboard
The only thing you need that is not included is Paper plates, a Paint Tray,
This is such a customizable project! You start out with a base coat of Primer on the countertops that have been caulked and sanded if needed, then move onto the color coordinated paints to create the look.
We used the colors as directed then added another layer of the Chocolate Brown minerals, then a touch of the light brown the kit comes with to achieve a nice dark, rich granite color. Check out all that we did.
Here you can see the progress photos, ie sink out, and base primer shot
I had to add this one because there is nothing cuter then the toddler Plumber hahah
Here are the super cool afters, including the same shots and close ups of the finish
Pretty incredible huh? But hey here's something else I need to mention. This isn't only for laminate countertops! You can use this on Tile as well so if you have an outdated tile countertop or back splash how awesome would it be to transform those as well! I really cannot say anything that I feel needs improvement in this product, incredible results and outstanding price of 39.95 for a kit that will cover 35SqFt.
This is a must for the budget conscience DIY home owner! There is no reason to spend a fortune to have this look.
I was sent a GIANI Granite Countertop paint kit for the purpose of writing this review, no other monetary compensation was received. My opinions are my own and are true. You opinions my vary. ** update 1/29/12. I have had so many emails about this review that I wanted to update you! This product has more than lived up to daily life. The finish still looks as good now as the day we did it. Just follow the care directions as in using only mild soap and water to clean your surface and do not be rough with it like cutting on (which should be obvious anyway) and your surface will stay looking great!!***
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