Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DIY Granite Countertops: GIANI Granite Countertop Paint Review and Giveaway

We bought our house eleven years ago and I have always hated our kitchen countertops. I didn't mind the color, it was everything else about them that I disliked.  If I were to open a can it would leave a ring all over the counter.  No matter how hard I scrubbed or how often I cleaned, my kitchen countertops always looked dirty.  Even though I knew for a fact they were clean.

A couple months ago I saw a few bloggers posting reviews and giveaways for Giani Granite Countertop Paint and it immediately peaked my curiosity and my interest!  Could this be my ticket to beautiful kitchen countertops?

When our chocolate Giani Granite Countertop Paint arrived I will admit that I was concerned.  It is a 5 step process and that scared me a little bit.  However, I was convinced that no matter how things turned out - my kitchen countertops were going to be better than they were and have been for years.

I was thrilled when my hubby sent me a text message telling me that he had started on the kitchen counters.  When I texted him back making sure that he had gotten a before photo of the kitchen, his reply was no.  He forgot!

Yikes!  I really wanted to show the major transformation that took place in our kitchen as a result of the GIANI Granite Countertop Paint.  Sadly, even though I have tons of photos of the kids in our kitchen, none of them show the entire kitchen.  As a result, I'm only able to show you a glimpse of what our kitchen countertops used to look like.

Here are a few before photos:




When I arrived home, hubby had already watched the DVD and had laid the primer coat on the counters.  Oddly enough, I loved the black more than our original countertops!  I instantly knew that this was going to make a world of difference.

Primer/Base Coat Applied

 Then we sat down together and watched the instructional DVD that came with our kit, again.  It clearly laid out the steps, one by one, putting my mind at ease.  We could do this!  I was eager to get started and excited to see how my new kitchen countertops were going to turn out.

The 5 Step Process:

Step 1:  Roll on Primer/Base Coat
Step 2: Sponge on 1st Mineral
Step 3: Sponge on 2nd Mineral
Step 4: Sponge on 3rd Mineral
Step 5: Roll on Clear/Top Coat

Steps 1 - 4 are now complete:




I had been stressing for no reason, the entire process was simple and easy.  Applying the product to the backsplash was a little awkward and took a little practice.  The most difficult thing about the process of transforming our kitchen was not being able to use the kitchen all weekend.  Other than that, it was a breeze.

 Our kitchen project is now complete:






My husband and I completed this project together from start to finish.  It was fun and we are thrilled with the results.  The kids love it too!  Here are the comments/compliments we've received so far:

My husband says, "This is killer!"
Our 7 year old daughters says, "WHOA, that is awesome!"
Our 10 year old son says, "That made a big difference. Cool!"
Our friend Debbie says, "OMG!  Beautiful, it rocks!"
My mom says, "WOW, that is awesome!"

Here is the contrast between our old countertops and our new Giani Granite countertops:


I absolutely LOVE my new countertops!  The kitchen looks amazing! It is crazy how one simple change to a room can completely transform the entire look and feel.  It was well worth the time and effort.  I only wish we would have discovered this amazing product years ago!

There are six great colors of Giani Granite Countertop Paint.  Each kit covers 35 sq. feet and comes with everything you need:

-12 Oz. of IronCore Primer-Base Coat
- 6 Oz. of Brown Feldspar Mineral

- 6 Oz. of Inca Gold Mineral

- 6 Oz. of Chocolate Brown Mineral

- 16 Oz. of Automotive Polyurethane Topcoat
- 6" GIANI roller arm and two roller pads
- 4" GIANI granite paint sponge
- 2" Foam Brush
- Black Practice Poster Board
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'Paint-by-Number' DVD for beginners
- Illustrated Instructions



 The great thing about this paint is that it can be used on numerous surfaces.  Those surfaces include: formica, laminate, butcherblock, drywall, cabinets, tabletops, mantels, vanities and much more.  They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!





WIN IT:

 ONE lucky Being Frugal and Making it Work reader is going to receive a GIANI Granite Countertop Paint of their color choice ($70 value)

Mandatory Entry:

Visit GIANI and tell me which color of granite countertop paint you would choose.



This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday June 21st

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, with the winner will be notified by e-mail. Please make sure I have a way to contact you. You can leave your email, or link to your blog site. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, if there is no response another winner will be chosen.



**I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.  Results may vary.  I was not compensated in any other way for this review.  The generous sponsor of this giveaway will mail the prize directly to the winner.  

A special thanks to GIANI Granite for this great review and giveaway opportunity!

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Jennifer said...

I have horrible blue laminate counters and am so frustrated.We just don't have the funds for new counters. I have three kids and we have agreed we would love to do something for my hubby for Father's day what a great surprise the 4 of us redoing the kitchen countertops for the guy who does so much for us.We like the Chocolate Brown!

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I really like the Bombay Black! I think it would look great in my drab kitchen!

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This would be AMAZING to win! We bought our first home 2.5 yrs ago and it's super dated, 1986 to be exact, and I have so many plans for our home but no money to do any of them. This prize would help us complete at least 1 of the projects! With all that, the Bombay Black would look SO awesome in our kitchen!!!

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Joseph said...

Your kitchen's design matches the flooring perfectly. It is totally amazing as it is. Way to go!


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