How to paint kitchen countertops! - The honeycomb house (2022) (2023)

I amat lastI'm making progress on the kitchen renovation at my niece's house! We still have a few projects ahead of us, but I wanted to share where we are now. A few months ago wepainted their devicesusing aliquid stainless steelDevice Kit. The results were so amazing that we decided to try their kitchen countertop paint kits as well. The company that makes it is calledGiani-Granit*. We opted for themWhite DiamondKit because we both agreed that we prefer the look of marble to granite. We had to change the instructions a bit to get this look as the kit is meant to replicate granite. As a reminder, here's a before of her kitchen that I snapped with my phone. This is before we painted the devices.

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What you need for counters:

Giani Granite Countertop Kit in White Diamond

Extra white limestone color(5 or 6 additional doses)

Grey colour

artist brush

Paint pans and stirrers

How to paint kitchen countertops:

The first step is to prepare the counters. The kit comes with a black primer and two small rollers. It's super easy to use. We had also removed the old cabinet fittings and put a spatula on them, which is why you can see the brown stains on the cabinet doors.

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Once that was dry we next used the white limestone paint. This kit comes with a small can of the white paint only. So if you go for the marble look, you need a little more of it. It took about 5 coats to cover the foundation. We wanted a super white finish for our background. That shot was after about two coats. (Note the Christmas decorations, like I said, we started this kitchen makeover last year.)

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Once we had our desired shade of white it was time to paint on the veining. We used our own gray paint for this step as there is no gray paint in the kit. The paint we used is called Dark Pewter, it's a Benjamin Moore paint, but my niece got it mixed at Home Depot in the Behr brand. We used a small artist brush to draw on the veins. We practice on a billboard first to get the hang of it.

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This part was fun and easy. We were careful not to get too carried away with the veining because we wanted a clean, simple look.

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The kit comes with a pearlescent paint and a sea sponge. So in the next step we sprayed some of the pearl paint on the counters to add depth and interest. When that dried, we also swam some of the white limestone paint.

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Once we were happy with the design, we let it dry and then applied the protective sealer that came with it. It was looking really good at that point, so we called it quits. In the meantime my niece had been reading some online tutorials for a DIY marble finish and decided to do another round of white paint and veining to give it a layered look. So we applied another layer of white paint just above the sealer. Then we traced some of our gray veining, but not all, so some would be darker than others. After that we slightly repeated our sponge technique. This time we also applied some more of the dark pewter gray color we used for veining. It gave it a layered, more realistic look.

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Well enough we could have left it alone and stopped there, but we decided to try a glaze over the sealer provided. My niece and I had read about another product (completely separatedfrom the countertop kit) called Super Glaze. It's really messy to work with from what we've read, but using it would result in a super high gloss glaze that we thought would make the counters look even more realistic.

What you need for the glazing (optional):

Superglasur-Kit** – 2

disposable gloves

Disposable clear plastic cups

Disposable mixing bowl (we used dollar store bowls)

plastic drop towels

Plastic spreader

How to apply the glaze:

This part is not for the faint of heart. Whatever the super icing puts on, it stays on, so we took extra time to prepare since we had to do it right here in the kitchen. We read the instructions several times before we begin. We covered everything in the kitchen with disposable towels and painter's tape before we started, we even covered the dishwashing area with plastic tents.

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You will need to measure Part A and Part B of the icing before mixing. This is where the clear plastic cups come into play. We drew lines on our mugs with a permanent marker to indicate 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup. We used dollar store mixing bowls to mix the 2 parts together. You should definitely wear plastic gloves when using this stuff, it gets very sticky and difficult to wash off your hands. I found that out the hard way.

Once mixed as directed, we poured directly onto the counters, starting with the backsplash. We worked in sections and carefully distributed the glaze all around. Some of it runs off the front of the counter, which is why it's so important to prepare carefully. Another thing we found out the hard way is that you have toKeep spreading the frosting until it sets!It could take two hours or more. Not noticing this, we spread it until we were sure everything was evenly coated and then stopped there. It took a box and a half of the frosting to make the entire kitchen. When it was fully cured we noticed that it had separated in some places like small dents or pits. Pooh!

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I was quite horrified and didn't know what to do to correct this. So we had to do round 2 to try to correct it. I started by lightly sanding down the problem areas. Then we remixed the leftovers from our second box of icing and patched those areas. So I've found that as long as you keep spreading the glaze until it's almost set, you won't have this problem. I wish I had known this upfront, it would have saved me a huge headache. If you have this problem and need to repeat it, make sure you use brand new spreaders so you get a smooth finish. Don't ask me how I know that. Despite the problems, the glaze made an enormous difference. It gives off a really high gloss shine, almost like glass. It's hard to see how shiny it is in my photos. And honestly, it's not a perfect finish everywhere because of our setbacks. If I had to do this project again, I'm not sure I would use the glaze again.

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We also repainted the cabinets because they looked boring next to the counters. We were going to use Benjamin Moore's Super White but when my niece went to get the color mixed the guy suggested using the untinted base color for a pure bright white and I have to say it looks great! We've also replaced the old cabinet hardware with new knobs and handles courtesy ofAmerock-Hardware* andWayfair. Are notButtonsandpullspretty?

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We just got around to repainting the walls last weekend. I took these photos the day we painted them, which is why the outlet covers are missing. In these photos the paint was still wet.

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The wall color is called Strass by Sherwin Williams (that's the same color I used inmy daughter's room) and I knew it would look good, but I was just shockedhowWell. It perfectly complements and highlights the cabinets, appliances and counters.

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It took us quite a while to finish these counters because of our problems with the frosting. The countertop kit itself was really easy to use and made a drastic improvement in the kitchen. I wouldmaximumrecommend it! Here's another before and after pic (actually before and underway because we're not done yet).

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If you prefer the look of granite slabs, you can see how I helped my neighborDIY granite counters in a similar way here!

On the other hand, if you're thinking about taking the plunge and investing in new counters for your kitchen, you should read this postEverything you need to know before buying kitchen countertops.

Next, paint the kitchen floors and install the backsplash. We'll also need to repaint the door you see (leading to a laundry room) to match the cabinet and trim color. I can't wait to get my hands on these floors! (UPDATE: seehow we painted the floor hereand like usinstalled the subway tile backsplash here!)

*Thanks to Giani Granite for sponsoring this post.

*Thanks to Amerock Hardware and Wayfair for the hardware.

** May contain affiliate links, you can read my full disclosurehere.

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