1.30.2013

Kitchen update on a budget with Giani Granite




     Welcome to my kitchen! 

Let me bring you up to speed. This home was built in 1993. White sheet laminate it was..and still is.The cabinets were a oak, but have been stained to a dark cherry. The only thing I did to the kitchen was paint the walls. Yep, I went with a burnt orange. 

Today I am so pleased to say..I have a brand new kitchen! {well...new to me} Come see!

I was very lucky that  Giani Granite allowed me try out one of their amazing countertop kits! I have had my eye on this product for over a year. I finally took the plunge and I am beyond happy with the results! 
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Take a look at her now! My gosh you guys I can't tell you how happy that "new do" makes me. My kitchen is bright and appears to be larger. And those counters are updated and popping!

Let's talk COUNTERS! I went with the White Diamond Kit from Giani Granite.

Everything you need is in the kit. The instructions are perfect and the dvd provides excellent pointers! 

The entire process was easy, it really was. Take a look:



1. Tape and Prime (I applied 2 coats of primer, drying in-between} 
2. Let primer dry overnight.
3. Next, use the black paper included to "practice" on. 
4. Start with paint can "A" and dab using the sponge, in no particular pattern.
5. Continue with paint can "B" doing the same thing.
6. Paint can "C" continue to dab over the other colors. 
7. This is what it looks like without veining.
8. To vein just use a small paint brush, water down some of the black primer, and run some veins through.
9. Last roll on the top coat. {2 coats allow drying in-between}

I let my counters dry for 3 full days. I wanted to make sure they were fully ready for my counter appliances, and at that point they were. 


I am in love.

Now for the PAINT...
I wanted bright and clean.
I wanted cabinets to pop and the new counters to shine. 
I went with Raffia Cream, it was perfect. Not only did I do my Kitchen, I also went all the way into my Breakfast Nook area. 



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It just makes me happy. What a fantastic Kitchen update on a budget. The power of paint amazes me, it changed my entire kitchen completely! Make sure you check out Giani Granite on Facebook! They have many different kits to choose from and also provide a cabinet paint that I have heard works wonders as well! In fact.. my girl Jess over at MOM 4 REAL just finished her cabinets and counters with Giani products as well... Go check it out!







Disclosure: I was given free product for review, but no compensation was given. All opinions are 100% mine.




Creating with the Stars



TDC Before and After

36 comments:

  1. I still can't get over that. Fantastic!!!

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  2. flabergasted...and that means a lot coming from this big mouth!!!
    GORGEOUS!
    Karin
    artisbeauty.net

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  3. Just amazing girl! Your kitchen looks super fabulous now! Cook me some dinner!

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  4. It looks fabulous! I love how bright and cheery it is! I'll come over for sure ;-)

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  5. This looks AMAZING, Jen! Like blow-my-mind-get-out-of-town amazing! I LOVE it!

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  6. WOW WOW oh WOW - it looks ahhh-MAZING! Great job, Jen!! Pinning this for sure! xo, Claire

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  7. LOVE!!! Really looks a-maze-balls!!!

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  8. Unbelievable!!! Like night and day. So excited for you to have a new light and bright kitchen and dining area! Did you do a happy dance in there yet?

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  9. I love it! Fantastic job. Big bang for the buck. I really miss the orange though (orange is my favorite color)! Very refreshing.

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  10. Wow! Amazing! You kitchen looks brand new! Love the color you picked for the walls too! So much brighter, just like you my smarty pants friend :-)

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  11. I can't believe that your counter is just paint! It looks so good. I want to do this so bad now. :) The walls look great. I seriously did a double take on the breakfast nook. The after picture looks like it should be from a catalog. Kick butt job babe!

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  12. It's so beautiful!! Isn't it amazing how paint can transform a space?? I can't believe your countertops aren't actually granite!! That kit is crazy!! Nice job!!

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  13. It's so beautiful!! Isn't it amazing how paint can transform a space?? I can't believe your countertops aren't actually granite!! That kit is crazy!! Nice job!!

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  14. Nice job! WOW you girls sure are lightening and brightening your worlds. I love the after Miss Jenn!

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  15. These countertops look beautiful! Very nice job.

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  16. Your kitchen looks beautiful. And what a great idea if granite isn't in the budget :)

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  17. Love it! The counters, the walls, even the way you switched up your benches at your table! It looks SO different! You done good, girl!

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  18. What a neat product! Your counters turned out so amazing and I love the wall color. :)

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  19. I don't know...I liked the marble race game with over a 1000 pieces as the breakfast nook centerpiece.

    Kidding! It looks awesome! Can you travel to AZ to do my house?

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  20. Wow! That looks great. I can't believe it is paint!

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  21. AMAZING! Seriously amazing transformation that little bit of paint made! It looks incredible! Good job, Jen!!

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  22. The counters are amazing! It looks like its really easy. And looks so good!

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  23. The counters look amazing, Jenn. I've seen this type of product but didn't realize how easy it was. And I love the new wall colour - what a transformation!! Great job. What's next?

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  24. Wow! I totally thought you had completely replaced the counters. From looking at the pictures, I never would have guessed you just painted them. The kitchen looks fabulous Jen! I love the little M you have over the window too :)

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  25. All of that work redoing your kitchen and you still have time for vanity jumping videos. I'm impressed! Superwoman. Maybe that cape is how you were able to scale the tall vanity?

    Bliss

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  26. Amazing what a little paint can do, huh? I love the 'after'! Nice job!

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  27. Love this! Your kitchen looks brand new! I've seen a similar product used in a bathroom and am thinking of redoing our old vanity tops - ugly fake marble ala 1980's. Great job! Hugs, Leena

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  28. Looks awesome! I've been eyeing Giani for our countertops. I'm glad to see another person had such great results with it!

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  29. I had great results with Giani Granite too! I uses the same color you did, over 'Baby Blue" formica. I have had it a year and a half and my only problem has been my husband. He set a hot pan on the counter so I have to repair that spot but otherwise it has held up well. My only other suggestion is to put more top coats on. I have a place in front of my sink that I stand against when I wash dishes that has rubbed off a little,so I need to fix that too. But would I use it again? Absolutely!!

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  30. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! I am speechless..your kitchen totally rocks!

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  31. Looks lovely. I too used the Gianni paint. We did ours about a year ago and some of the most heavily used areas have chipped. Here's a post I did on it
    http://btweenblueandyellow.blogspot.com/2013/02/faq.html

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  32. Perfect,it looks awesome. For my page I need a good web hosting,a friend of mine recommended me www.elcoplanet.com have you ever heard about them. i have checked there web site and it seems that they offer chip prices and good performances unlimited web hosting space and unlimited bandwidth.

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  33. And they are still holding up 6 months later?? This girl needs to know cuz our countertops are over 30 years old, harvest gold, and if this really really works we may have to do them so that we can sell the house!

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