Monday, January 5, 2015

Painted Countertop (Giani Granite) Review - 2.5 Years Later

One of the first things I did when we moved in our house was paint our kitchen counters. I really wanted granite counter tops, but with all the expenses that come with moving in a new house, we decided to wait a few years before we made another large purchase. In the meantime, I used a Giani Granite Paint Kit For Counter tops in Bombay Black (affiliate link) to glam things up, cover a few chips, and add contrast to the cabinets (which were soon to be painted white).

This is the only "before" picture I can find with the original counter tops. 

The painted counter tops looked great...

but, let me be honest, we're pretty hard on our counter tops. Also, I am seriously the only one in our house who actually wipes down counter tops. Anything liquid or sticky that got spilled on it would have to wait until I noticed it and then wiped it down.

Some problems I encountered:
 * If there was anything wet or sticky on the counter top (and there often was) and anything paper or cardboard was put on top, it adhered to the counter like glue. I would sometimes peel off paint when ripping and scrubbing the paper off.  
* Messes need to be cleaned up immediately or they are challenging to get off.
* The paint wore off around the corners and around the sink. I did attempt to patch it in a few places, but it wasn't a perfect solution.
* Even though the top protective layer hardened nicely, after a year or so, I could never get it to feel clean. No matter how much I washed and wiped, it still sort of felt sticky.

My final recommendation:
I think it makes a good short term solution to upgrade your counter tops, but after a few years it will probably need to be replaced with something nicer, unless you are very meticulous and don't live with a lot of messy non-wiping counter people :)


  1. That is really beautiful, Emily. The first photo really does look just like granite. Your mom had told me when you first did them, that you finished them in a bright blue----it doesn't look blue at all to me.

  2. Would adding a coat of polyurethane help?

    1. The top coat in the kit is a lot like polyurethane (it might actually be).

  3. I decided to get new countertops, and the countertops seattle sales reps came out and gave me a price. They stuck to their price, and did what they said they would do. I'm very happy with the entire transaction with the sales team and the finished product. It's nice looking.

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