This is a guest post review and giveaway from my friend Amy, from over at The Fibro Frog!! I think this is actually pretty awesome and I can see me doing this in my kitchen on my boring white counter tops.
The Fibro Frog is excited to bring you this review and giveaway compliments of Giani Granite! I was not paid to provide you with this review and giveaway, but I did receive a free granite paint kit in my own color choice to use and base my review off of. I chose the Chocolate Brown kit. Let me tell you, when I received my kit I was sooo super excited to try it, but then I was also sooo scared that I'd mess it up LOL. I kept procrastinating using it, for fear I'd have a really messed up bathroom sink! Finally, I forced myself to set a date for the review and giveaway to go live, so that I'd have to use the paint and stop procrastinating LOL. See, I'm not a "crafty" person, nor am I a "handy" person around the house. All of my anxiety though, was for nothing! This kit was so easy and fun to use! My daughter, Courtney, helped me to sponge on the minerals and even she said "Wow, this is actually fun to do"!
Looking at the kit, I thought that there wasn't any way in the world that I'd be able to make my plain ole white bathroom vanity top look like the granite looking countertops in the photos. I'm actually really impressed though! Here's a photo of what My bathroom sink looked like before the Giana Granite Paint.
My daughter and I walked into the bathroom and looked at my clean, nice whit vanity top, then looked at each other and kind of giggled. We had the can that said Step 1 Primer and shook it up. When we opened it, we both peered into the can, then looked at each other. Courtney said "It's black?" Yep, it was black. As we were applying it, we kept giggling and saying how we better not mess it up or we were going to be in big trouble! Here's a photo of it after we'd applied the primer:
We had to let that dry for 8 hours. After the 8 hours it was time to apply the 3 cans of minerals with the sponge. We had the option of doing all one color and letting it dry, then doing another color and letting it dry, then finally applying the last color or we could just do small areas and apply one color right over top of the other color. We chose to do the latter. Courtney hit on one side of the sink, and I grabbed the other. Here's what it looked like before we applied the final top coat:
We had to allow this to dry for at least 4 hours before applying the top coat. Two coats of the topcoat is pretty standard to use, and you can't do over 3 layers. We chose to do 2 coats. I absolutely can't believe it, but it looks GREAT, it looks like GRANITE, and I did it myself! If you love the look of granite countertops but you don't love the price, then the Giani Granite Paint is most definately the way to go! Here's a photo of the finished product. -And I want to apologize to you all that I can't get a full shot of the sink as in the very first photo. I sold my backup camera and had to let the kit lens go with it. Therefore, all I have a big zoom lens to use and my bathroom is pretty tiny. I couldn't get a full shot.
On the far corner, I believe you can easily see how shiny the top coat made it. It truly does look like granite! Like I'd previously stated, I chose the Chocolate Brown kit to base my review off of. What is so great about any of these kits though, is that you can totally customize how much of each color you want to show through. You can even go back and add some more of the black primer to have it show through more. So someone else may purchase the same Chocolate Brown kit that I have, but there's may look lighter or darker then mine. It's totally up to you how heavy you apply the colors! I highly recommend the GIANIgranite Kits!
Now, if you'd like to enter to win a FREE kit of your own, enter on the RaffleCopter form below! This contest is open to U.S. residents and the prize will be shipped directly to the winner from Giani Granite, once I provide them with the winner's name, address, phone number, and the color of the kit they'd like to receive!
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