gallamore west: Phase 1 of Gallamore West Budget Kitchen Makeover: Counters!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Phase 1 of Gallamore West Budget Kitchen Makeover: Counters!

I'm beyond excited to share with you our first phase of our Budget Kitchen Makeover- Counters!  We've been living here for over 3 years and the old almond colored Formica counters were driving me crazy since Day 1.  We finally took the plunge and did something about them last weekend.  We're on a budget with a capital B so replacing the countertops was out of the question.  When I found Giani Granite Counter Kits, I fell in love with the idea of painting my old Formica countertops to look like granite for a tiny fraction of the price of real granite.  I was thrilled to be provided with a Giani Granite Counter Makeover Kit by Giani Granite so that I could share this amazing product with you.

Here's a look at our kitchen before painting our countertops with Giani Granite.  Our home was built in the late 1970's and the kitchen was completely updated in the early 1990's.  Can you tell?  One by one the appliances have been updated to stainless steel and we just recently updated the kitchen faucet, but the countertops, cabinets, lighting, backsplash, and flooring were all on our To-Do List up until last weekend.  We have now happily crossed countertops off of our To-Do List and I'm thrilled with the results.  

The entire process using Giani Granite Countertop Kit took less than a weekend and the results are amazing!  I love how much lighter and brighter our kitchen looks already. 

Here are some close-ups of our countertops before we painted them.  There were a few places where the Formica curved up from the counters to the backsplash where there were cracks like this.  I don't like to have a lot of stuff on my countertops, but I always covered these areas with candles or other decorative items.

There was also a very noticeable chunk of the counter missing on the biggest, main counter.  It was a very noticeable eyesore right when you walked in the front door.

And some of the edges were quite worn like this.

The entire process took less than a weekend.  Like many of you I'm sure, we're busy with our kids, their sports activities, and everything else that happens on the weekends so getting this project knocked out in less than a weekend was awesome in itself.  I taped off the kitchen then primed it on Saturday afternoon.  Primer is Step 1 in the 3 step Giani Granite process.

At first I was a little freaked out when I was painting our countertops black since my end goal for our kitchen is to make it lighter and brighter, but my husband and I quickly decided that even just the black primer was an improvement for our kitchen!  

But of course I did not stop after the primer.  After letting the primer dry thoroughly, the fun part began.  Giani Granite Countertop Kits are awesome because you create a faux granite finish using paints.  I chose the White Diamond Kit.

{Photo from Giani Granite website}

Sponging on the colors is Step 2 in Giani Granite Countertop Kit.

At this point in the process my husband REALLY liked the look of the dark countertops and wanted me to keep a lot of the primer showing through the sponged paint.  I worked in about 3 foot by 3 foot sections sponging on all three colors.  I tried it his way and it looked like this.  

He was in love and it reminded him of the dark granite we had in our previous home.  I was not convinced, but decided to let it dry overnight and look at it with a fresh pairs of eyes in the morning.  I woke up Sunday morning with my vision clear in my head and knew I wanted to go much lighter.  And that's the beauty of Giani Granite Countertop Kits- you're the artist and you get to make it as light or dark as you would like!  

I got to work bringing my light and bright kitchen vision to reality.  As soon as I starting adding a lot more white into my sponging, I was SO happy.  It was coming along perfectly! 

The final step in Giani Granite Countertop Kits is Step 3, the Top Seal Coat.  I loved this coat because it was the perfect finishing touch.  It seals the counters and leaves them glossy and smooth. I finished my 2nd Top Seal Coat on Sunday night.  So from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening is all the time it took to update our kitchen counters with Giani Granite!  And the majority of that time was just waiting for paint to dry between coats.

Giani Granite worked like magic to get rid of those eyesores I showed you earlier. I am so impressed that I no longer have to try to hide those eyesores anymore.

I'm so happy that we started our Budget Kitchen Makeover with Giani Granite because it was such an amazingly satisfying project- it is a very affordable kit, it was easy to use, and it made a huge difference in our kitchen.  I'm now 100% inspired to move on to the other, more challenging tasks in our kitchen.  My only regret with this project is that I didn't do it sooner!

I've been sharing a few sneak peeks of my #GallamoreWestKitchen Makeover on Instagram and I love how excited others are to makeover their kitchens with Giani Granite Countertop Kits too!  If you're tired of looking at your old, tired Formica countertops, be sure to check out Giani Granite to easily transform your kitchen on a budget. 

I'll be sharing our next phase in our kitchen transformation with you soon.  Have a great week, friends! xoxo 


Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Love em girl!!! They turn out so great! What a fun easy way to update your counters! So glad you took the plunge... nothing to lose right?!Amazing transformation! xo

Anonymous said...

We have the most awful plastic laminate counters and new ones are NOT in the budget. I'm pinning this right away -- looks like a great budget-friendly alternative!!

when life gives you lemons said...

Looks real! I am thinking of trying and want to know did one kit do the entire counter tops in your kitchen?

Laurie Gallamore said...

When Life Gives You Lemons- Thanks! And yes, one kit was more than enough to do the entire counter tops in our kitchen. I highly recommend Giani Granite! xoxo


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