Painted Countertops How-To: From Laminate to Granite – Two Paws Farmhouse (2023)

Do you guys remember when we did our awesome kitchen renovation for under $600?! We painted our cabinets and our countertops, as well as added some new hardware and a fresh coat of paint. Well, we decided to recreate our painted countertops by partnering with the awesome brand we used before,Giani.

Disclosure: All products were provided by Giani, but as always opinions are my own.

I loved the chocolate brown kit we used the first time when we created our painted countertops but I was ready for a change. The brown didn’t fit our style anymore and I really wanted to brighten up the kitchen. This time, I chose the Sicilian Sand Kit from Giani for our painted countertops. This is the color I imagine when I think of granite countertops and since granite is not very high on my priority list, we decided to try our hand at painted countertops once again. You guys are going to LOVE the results!

This is a lengthy post. If you read it all the way through and check out Giani’s awesome tutorials, your countertops will look amazing!

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Countertops Before

June 2015

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Painted Countertops: After

We chose the Sicilian Sand Kit by Giani. It makes the brick stand out so much more and our whole kitchen feel so much brighter!

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If your countertops need a facelift, this is such an easy product to use! It took the hubby and I two days to finish this from start to finish!

Painted Countertops: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Materials

Giani Sicilian Sand Painted Countertop Kit

Paint Tray

Painter’s Tape

Cleaning Products

Silicone Caulk

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Prep

The first step is to clean your countertops really well. The instructions say to use a scouring/SOS pad to clean your countertops really well, then wipe down twice using just water. However, since my countertops had already been painted, I did use 600 grit sandpaper to lightly rough up the entire surface. Then just use a washcloth and water to remove any residue or cleaning product. This should take you about 10 minutes. Easy peasy!

Then you will want to use your painters tape to tape around any areas such as the backsplash and cabinets that you don’t accidentally want to get paint on. I’m a rebel, and didn’t use painter’s tape. That just means I have extra work, and will need to go back and touch up. Don’t be like me.

Step One: Prime

This is where you’ll break out yourGiani Sicilian Sand Painted Countertop Kit. It comes complete with the primer, paint colors, topcoat, roller arm and roller covers, paint sponge, foam brush, and a practice board.

The first step is rolling on the primer. Shake your primer and then pour it into your paint tray. Now, using your foam brush, paint about a 1/2″ strip of primer along the bottom and very top of your backsplash working in 2 foot sections to ensure the primer doesn’t dry as you’re working on it.

Next, working in this 2 foot section, use the roller to apply a coat of primer starting at the very top of the backsplash and back rolling towards yourself. Continue this until you’ve finished this 2 foot sections. Now, start step one over until all of your countertops are covered with the primer. Don’t forget to rinse off your foam brush and save it for step 3!

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You must wait 8 hours for this to dry before starting on step two!

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Step Two: Paint

Now comes the fun part, painting! The kit I purchased came with three colors; brown feldspar, inca gold, and a white limestone. The cans are labeled 2a, 2b, and 2c. You will want to open each of these and put a small amount of each on a paper plate. Do not mix them up as there is a certain order you will need to apply them in.

Take your sponge that came in your kit, and cut it into 4 equal pieces. Place a piece of sponge with each paint color, leaving you with one leftover piece of sponge.

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If you are nervous about how these are going to look, do not be afraid to practice on the practice sheet that Giani includes with the kit! This will allow you to get some practice. Since we had already done painted countertops, I skipped the practicing step and went straight to applying to our countertops.

Using the textured side of the sponge, dip it into your number 2a mineral paint and dab off the excess on the side of your paper plate. You will be working in small 2 foot sections again because the paint blends better when wet and it dries fast. Start by dabbing your no. 2a paint lightly on your countertop. You are pressing too hard if you get a large paint blog. You should be able to see the texture of the sponge in the paint. Cover the entire section by dabbing with no. 2a, leaving some black show through. I did not want too much black showing through in the end, so I dabbed my no. 2a a little heavier.

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When you are done with paint color 2a, your 2′ countertop section should look like so.

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Moving on to mineral paint no. 2b, using a new sponge, dab the paint with the same technique as you just used with paint no. 2a. Make sure you are applying this while paint no. 2a is still wet as the paint blends better.

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For your final color, you will be using mineral paint no. 2c which is the white limestone. I did not want too much white on my counters so I lightly applied this in small sections, flowing diagonally across parts of my countertops. I then blended it in by taking paint no. 2b and dabbing it lightly over the white no. 2c. This is why it is a great idea to use your practice board that comes with the kit, so you can figure out what look works for you and your countertops.

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You must wait 4 hours for this to dry before moving onto step 3!

Step Three: Seal

Once your painted countertops have dried 4 hours, you can start on the topcoat. You’ll be following the same steps as you did in step one when priming.

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Using your foam brush, apply the primer along the top and crease of the backsplash working in 2 foot sections as you did before. Then taking your roller, start at the top of the backsplash and backroll your topcoat towards you working in one sweeping motion with no stops. Once you’ve applied topcoat to your 2 foot section, go back over that section with your roller starting at the crease in your countertops, backrolling towards you. This helps to eliminate any lines you may have and helps to create a smooth, glossy finish just like granite.

Move onto the next 2 foot section and start this process all over again until all of your countertops have a layer of topcoat on them.

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Let your topcoat dry 4 hours before applying a second topcoat. It is recommended to do at least two coats of topcoat, with a maximum of three coats.

You must wait 24 hours after the final topcoat to use your painted countertops!

You should wait 3 days before you set light appliances back on your painted countertops!

The full cure time is 14 days!

Painted Countertops: Review & Tips

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Okay you guys, can you believe that these are just painted countertops?! Yes, we have done these once before with the chocolate brown kit but brown ended up not being my color. However, I am able to give an honest review as we’ve had painted countertops for well over a year now and I can give a testimonial for just how GREAT they are! When people walk in, they seriously ask if we just installed granite countertops and are floored when we tell them they are just painted!

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Topcoat Tips

We painted our countertops well over a year ago with Giani’s Chocolate Brown Kit. I have to say they have held up AMAZINGLY. The only problem we ran into when painting our countertops is that we had a lot of counter space, but only ordered one kit. The primer and paint did cover our entire countertops but we were skimping it on the topcoat. Giani offers every product separate so if you think that you have a ton of counter space, just order an extra can of topcoat! This resulted in just a few chips over the years from hot pans and water sitting on the counters, so I do recommend doing the full three coats of topcoat just to save your booty!

When rolling your topcoat, make sure the roller isn’t pushed too far onto the roller arm. This makes it hard for the roller to roll so if you’re having this issue, pull it out a bit. Also make sure to lightly roll the topcoat, and try not to push down too hard.

The Gianit countertop is water based so what that means is you need to avoid standing water. This doesn’t mean that water can’t get on your countertops. Just don’t let it sit for days on end. Wipe wet puddles up when you see them on your painted countertops and this will help to ensure the longevity of the topcoat.

Painting Over Existing Painted Countertops

We repainted over an existing Giani kit so we had a bit different prep work. Instead of only cleaning our countertops, we had to lightly sand with a 600 grit sandpaper to rough up the existing topcoat. This took like 5 minutes and I just wiped up any dust left with a damp rag and then cleaned the countertops.

Cleaning Tips

Giani recommends using only mild dish soap and water or their cleaner to clean your painted countertops. I always used clorox wipes (oops) but if you want to ensure the longevity of your painted countertops, follow Giani’s instructions!

Avoid aggressive cleaning of your painted countertops for 14 days.

A HUGE thanks to Giani for providing this awesome product to us! We are still shocked every time we walk into our kitchen because of the huge transformation from just painting our countertops. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

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