I first heard about Giani Granite when hunting for an inexpensive alternative to replacing my counter tops. For reference, this is what my counter tops looked like prior to Giani Granite:
I know. So the previous homeowners didn’t like to use a cutting board, apparently. Needless to say, after updating my backsplash (formerly the same finish on the counters, over pink tile), cabinets (white), and hardware (which were formerly brass lion’s heads with pulls in the mouths), the last thing remaining on my list of things to do in the kitchen was the counter. I reached out to Giani to see if they would be interested in having me review their product, which regularly retails for around $100 CAN, including shipping if you buy right from Giani’s site. I was thrilled when they got back to me saying they were definitely interested in partnering with The Wolf + The Wardrobe and that they’d send me over a kit the following day. HURRAY! Giani Granite to the rescue! I selected the White Diamond Kit, as I knew I didn’t want anything dark after painting my cabinets black and I’d been lusting over the White Diamond finishes since I started my search.
It only took 4 days for my kit to arrive from the US which was a super awesome surprise, as I had been told it could take 7-10 business days. The kit was so inclusive, it completely sets you up for success. It included:
- 12 Oz. IronCore Primer-Base Coat
- 1 – 6 Oz. Pearl Mica
- 1 – 3 Oz. Inca Gold Mineral
- 2 – 6 Oz. White Limestone
- 16 Oz. Automotive Grade Polyurethane Topcoat
- 6″ Giani roller arm and two roller pads
- 4″ Giani granite paint sponge
- 2″ Foam Brush
- Practice Board
- Demonstration DVD for beginners with illustrated Instructions (I had already watched a handful of Youtube tutorials at this point)
By the time the weekend rolled around, I was completely excited to start my counter top project.
I cleared the counters off, gave them a thorough cleaning, and started the process by applying the primer. I didn’t even use the practice board because I was so eager. I know – ballsy. I started by using the 2″ foam brush to outline the counter and sink, as instructed.
After I was finished outlining, I used the roller brush to apply a thin(ish) layer of the primer to fill in the rest of the space which resulted in:
After completing the primer, I waited 7 hours for it to dry before moving onto the next (fun) step, applying the colour! Based on the labeling of the cans, I first applied Pearl Mica:
Followed by Inca Gold Mineral, which is quite warm, so I didn’t apply as much of this colour:
It was at this point I decided to create some unique lines and veins to add some more depth and interest to the counter. I used some of the leftover primer, and, using a sponge, I made some strategically-placed lines on the counter.
Once I had the lines, I moved onto the White Limestone colour and sponged it on to blend out the black lines and give it the more grey/white granite finish I was looking for. This resulted in a really gorgeous finish on this little counter section.
In order to achieve a bit of a marble-ish finish on the larger counter, I filled a water bottle with warm water, and sprayed it at the black lines I had created. This helped to soften the black lines, as well as create some really interesting veins in the minerals. Once that was done, I used the White Limestone for the final colour coat on the main counter.
I then waited until the next night and applied two coats of the glossy top coat, which created a really beautiful finish. Now, for my favourite picture of them all. The final before and after photo!
What a HUGE difference! I am so in love with my new kitchen and my granite-esque counter tops! The process was really easy, allows for an unbelievable amount of customization, and is the perfect option if you want to update your counters without spending a huge amount of money. The instructions are so easy to follow, the cans are each labelled so you know exactly what order to use what in, and the kit is so comprehensive, providing the rollers, foam brush, sponge, practice board, DVD, and all of your paint. For $79.95 USD + shipping, that’s an unbelievable steal! Oh, and did we mention the White Diamond Kit completely filled up the old knife marks for a smooth, even finish without needing any wood filler or sanding beforehand? Yeah, I know.
Thank you, Giani Granite, for giving me a gorgeous kitchen and making it such an easy and fun DIY project! Be sure to follow Giani on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, as well as subscribe to their Youtube channel for endless inspiration!