Do you hear that? The angels singing? I do. Let me tell you a little story...
Once upon a time, a cottage loving girl moved into a little house. All was perfect in the world, and the girl started to make the house a home. She painted walls, bought pretty white slipcovers, painted furniture, decorated her breakfast nook just so, and her heart should have been full. But alas, there was an dark ugly kitchen that tortured her soul.
In case you haven't figured it out, that girl is me, and this is the kitchen that has tortured me since the day we moved in. Some folks love dark cherry cabinets and dark laminate countertops, but this girl is not one of them. I love bright and white cottage style. I lived with this dark kitchen for nearly ten years. It never even thought about painting my kitchen cabinets, and definitely didn't think painting my countertops was possible, I mean, who does that? Well, a few months back, I was cruising around reading some of my favorite blogs, when I stumbled upon a Nuvo Cabinet Paint giveaway. I entered and forgot about it. Then I got an email saying I had won the paint giveaway. I was both excited and nervous. I consulted Matt, and we decided to try the white...boy am I happy we did....here is how our cabinets turned out. You can see the full White Kitchen Reveal by clicking here and where I opened up some of my kitchen cabinets here.
Now you think a girl would be happy with this, and believe me I was...for a day or two. But the countertop still bugged me. Don't let this pretty picture fool you...see the cutting board sitting in the middle corner of the counter? It was hiding a dirty secret...
Oh the shame! This is where my two pieces of my laminate countertops met up. I have been hiding this hideousness for years. I had tried to cover it with other paint, and even tried a sharpie marker, but nothing worked, and it extended from the edge of the counter all the way to the wall. Ugh.
Then I found Giani Granite...my knight in shiny armour! I contacted them and asked if I could try their product and show my readers that they don't have to live with ugly countertops. See, Giani Granite and Nuvo Cabinet Paint (which I used on my kitchen cabinets) are one in the same, so I knew their product was inexpensive, but high quality. They agreed, I picked out which color I would like to try, and the rest is history...no more ugly countertops! No more hiding imperfections with cutting boards! I now have the gorgeous granite like countertops I have dreamed of since moving here!
I'm sure you are wondering how hard it was. It was actually one of the easiest projects I have ever done! You simply sponge on layers after layer. If you make a mistake, you just sponge new layer sover your mistake. The kit covers a huge area, and I actually have enough to do another countertop if I want to. It took less than two days to do, and that is with drying time...not two days of actual painting. The surface is smooth and durable with a nice sheen to it as well. BTW, I chose Sicilian Sand.
Before using Giani Granite, I asked a fellow blogger how her countertops using the same product were holding up, and she said they were great after a full year!
I love that I can show you my countertops without hiding things!
I actually want to cook now. I spend every moment I can in my kitchen!
Wanna see the before, middle, and after all in a row?
So, what do you think? Do you have ugly countertops? Do you have to hide imperfections?
What color granite would you love to have in your kitchen? Giani Granite has a nice selection to choose from...in fact, my friend Jen from Four Marrs & One Venus painted her countertops too, with a completely different look. Click here to see Jen's kitchen!
Please ignore the different formats and sizing of the photos...this has been a long drawn out process. Next up for my kitchen, stainless steel appliances!
Have a lovely day!