DIY Faux Marble Painted Granite Tutorial, Part 1
I’ve had several people over since we transformed our outdated and mismatched kitchen countertops and not one person knew our countertops were DIY faux marble painted granite. Several people asked when we got new countertops!
While we love how they brighten up and modernize the kitchen design, one of the best parts about the project was how easy it was. Let’s dive in to part 1 of the tutorial!
If you’re ready for part 2, check it out HERE.
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Why We Painted Our Granite Countertops
When we purchased the house, it was very clear that a few cheaper upgrades were added to try to help sell it. One such upgrade, we think, was the kitchen backsplash and they did NOT match the countertops AT ALL!
I saw a few people on Instagram who had gorgeous countertops they had painted so I reached out to a few. They all used the Giani kit and they were all thrilled with the results. I was sold! SO, I purchased a kit and worked with the company to have a second kit gifted since I had more square footage than one kit could cover.
First Step: Watch the Tutorial Video
Giani has a very good tutorial video on their website and on their Amazon listing. I would start there by watching the tutorial.And then watch it again.
I did read the written instructions, and there are a couple things you may learn from that, the video has a hands on demonstration of each step. It’s well worth the time to start and then again before you move from prep, to paint, to epoxy. It helped me feel confident in what I was doing as I almost certainly permanently changed our granite.
Gather Your Materials
The Giani Faux Marble Painted Granite Countertop Kit includes most of what you will need.
However, Giani recommends that you have a few other things on hand (to the right) that will be helpful in completing this project. I used everything but the nail polish remover.
Prep Your Granite Countertops
Wash your countertops well. Hot water and a bit of Dawn dish soap with a microfiber towel and an SOS pad–that’s all I used. Rinse counters twice to make sure they’re clean/clear of soap.
Do NOT sand or rough up counters. DO fill in gauges/chips with wood filler & sand smooth with 600 grit.
Cover every surface you do not want to be painted. There’s plenty of plastic sheeting provided with the kit. I used painters tape to secure the plastic to protect every surface I didn’t want painted. Drips on cabinets are very likely, especially the epoxy, so it is really important to cover them.
So that is why and how we prepped DIY faux marble painted granite countertops. Part 2 of this series covers the painting process once you’ve followed the prep process in part 1.You can find all of the sources for this project HERE! In the meantime, It’s on to Part 2!