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Giani Kitchen Countertop Makeover

I finished with the bathroom Makeover…and now it’s kitchen time!!!! This is what I decided to go with….Sicilian Sand Kit…by Giani. I will be doing more counters trying the Rustoleum brand….it will be interesting to compare both of them.


This is the present state of my kitchen:


I had brown/golden cabinets. I sanded them all down, painted, then added the trim on the cabinet doors and drawers…I love how they turned out.

This will be a continued tutorial…posting steps as I go…(so I don’t forget anything).

To start, I used a SOS scouring pad to remove all the grease.  I rinsed well….then sanded.

Now if you have laminate countertops…fill in any seams with woodfiller. There is no need to sand the laminate countertops.

I used this neat little Ryobi sander. Okay, so it’s not the biggest sander but…it sanded all my cabinets in the kitchen down and has worked so well with my other projects. It is inexpensive, which is remarkable considering it’s size. So I started sanding the tiles. These are ceramic tiles with a high sheen. You won’t be able to remove the sheen. What you are hoping to accomplish is just scratching the surface up a bit for the primer to grab on to.Be sure to rinse off all the dust. Wash down again, and let dry. Be sure if you have a counter top like mine, with grout, that you let the grout dry completely. Be sure to patch deep nicks with wood patch. Sand the patch smooth. Giani will cover thin scratches. Remove any loose latex or silicone caulk, replace with paintable caulk.

These are the drying times:

  1. Roll on one thin coat of Primer, then wait……….8 hours
  2. Lightly sponge on all Minerals, then wait………..4 hours
  3. Roll on first Clear Topcoat, then wait………………4 hours
  4. Roll on your final Topcoat, then wait….

1 hour and carefully remove the frog/painters tape. Score the tape’s edge while pulling it up. Wait 12 hours and apply clear acrylic caulk around sink’s rim to seal out water. Wait 24 hours before using your countertops and dishwasher…wait 3 days before setting small appliances back on your countertops.

Giani Granite cures in 14 days.

I have a feeling this is going to be a long tutorial….I just don’t want to leave any important steps out.

So while I  am waiting for the countertops to dry, I will start taping off the cabinets below with plastic. I will also apply 2 rows of tape around backsplash where it meets the counters.


Okay….so here it goes. Now I tore out my backsplash so I didn’t run tape along the back wall.

This is the primer…a little can goes a long way. You only coat once. Giani’s kit comes with everything included except a brush. I need to use one behind the sink where the space is too limited for a roller.( Be sure to wash your brush right away when finished with primer). I covered my new faucet with a plastic bag just to be sure I don’t accidentally get paint on it.


It even comes with two rollers…one for primer…the other for top coat


You roll your roller in one stroke down the side. Now it was a lot harder doing tile in 4″tiles because of   the valleys in the tile and grout. Be sure to get it all covered. I went one way, then went back the opposite way to be sure I got into all the grout.It dries to a tacky finish quickly, so…be careful going back to a area…as it could lift the primer. So go slow…take your time in each area.Do you see the areas to the right and left of roller….I did touch them up…but be sure you do the same.



So now I wait 8 hours….then the fun begins!!! Sponging the minerals on. The minerals are not paint. It is a thinner consistency.

So I started the painting….It’s sponge painting…You can’t make a mistake. If you do, you can just add the black back over it.

So I started pouncing…DSCN3316.JPG

Oh it looks awful! But don’t give up and don’t despair. It will look better with each color you add.


when 4 hours are up…I added the first coat of the topcoat.I first took the foam brush, that was included, and applied the top coat to the edges of the backsplash, behind the sink, and on the edges of the stove and walls.


The roller and foam cover are included in the kit. Roll on evenly…in one direction. Start from the back of the counter (by backsplash) and roll one even coat, all the way down and over and then down the bull nose edge of tile. Important to do this in a even roll.


Be sure you roll a even coat going down the tile edge:



I am thinking of putting some glitter on. If you do this….lightly sprinkle with your fingers. When the first coat is dry…4 hrs…lightly sand over the glitter if it’s sticking out above the topcoat. Be sure to wipe any dust away before adding second topcoat.

I just finished applying the 2nd coat….I am so happy with my kitchen…

Let me know what you think….and..if you have any questions at all…I would be happy to answer them…big or small!!!

I did purchase this kit and the one for the bathroom makeover through Amazon. Couldn’t find in stores. Here is the link:When you right click below…it will take you to Giani Countertop Paint   This kit comes with counter cleaner!




30 thoughts on “Giani Kitchen Countertop Makeover

  1. We used the very same kit to bring our kitchen up to date. Amazing product and finish. Totally thrilled with the results – so much so that we redid our wood cabinets (custom made but plywood, if you can imagine such a thing). Results were excellent. After almost a year, we have only one teeny spot that needs a touch up. Great work!


  2. Wow – I’ve always been dubious about the durability of those paint on make-overs. We re-did our kitchen a few years ago but put in stone benchtops and new everything else too.
    Thank you so much for the follow of my blog. My humble little crafting efforts don’t take anywhere near as long as redoing kitchen bench tops 🙂

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