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Monday, February 6, 2012

Giani Granite Countertops Review and Giveaway!

Picture courtesy of Giani Granite.

As some of you may know, my husband and I have been working on a partial remodel to our little kitchen.  It all started in December when Santa brought me a new refrigerator and oven.
 (I guess I was a good girl this year ;)
Well Santa was sure surprised and irritated to find out that our new refrigerator was about a quarter inch to big.  What  difference you say does a  quarter of an inch make, well in our kitchen it meant we had to remove an entire wall, top and bottom, of cabinets and slide them over to make room for the slightly bigger fridge.  We decided while we were taking down the shabby cabinets to go ahead and paint them while we were at it. So our cabinets went from a dull old scratched oak to a nice rich apple red.

Old Cabinets (I know gross)

Same old cabinets painted Apple Red.



To make the old dishwasher and oven hood match the new black appliances, we used some trusty black appliance paint.


We also decided to add hardware to the newly repainted cabinets.  My husband made a small template out of  cardboard to make sure all the hardware was attached evenly.

That was the hardest part of our kitchen remodeling.  Next came the easy part, but the part I am most excited with, our new Giani Granite Countertops!  They really did make the biggest impact to our new kitchen look.  First lets see what my counter tops looked like before Giani came sweetly into my life.


  As you can see from the pictures, the counters were old, scratched, nicked, dented, and stained.  I think the previous owners had used them as a cutting board on several occasions.  We had to fill the deep cracks and chips with wood putty, then gently sand them down.  If you don't have any chips or deep cracks, you will not need to do any sanding prior to applying primer.  You will only need to clean counters first with S.O.S as instructed to in the Giani kit.

Clean and ready for priming.

Sanded down deep cracks that were filled with wood putty.

After step 1 primer from Giani they already look ten times better.

Step 2 sponge on Giani mineral in 3 different colors. Then sand down any peaks created by sponging.

Optional you can add veining to your granite counters with a small fine brush.  There are video instructions on how to do this included in the kit.

Step 3 roll on Giani  Clear Topcoat.




We will be getting a new pantry door soon too (I know that folding one is pretty shabby)
The laminate wood floors was another DIY project we tackled last year.


What a big improvement on a small budget. 
Now after using the easy Giani Granite Countertop kit, in the Bombay Black, that Giani sent me to review,  we have stunning countertops that look just like real granite.  My husband was beat from painting our cabinets, so he went ahead and let me take lead on the countertops.  I must admit, I am horrible at painting, and thought there would be no way I could paint anything resembling beautiful granite.  I honestly thought my husband would march in the kitchen, and take over after seeing my work but that wasn't the case.  The kit was so easy to follow, even I could do it.  The kit includes all the rollers, trays, sponges, primer, minerals, and sealant you need.  Using 3 different colors of  mineral paint, and applying with a sponge, you end up with a beautiful real granite look.  The colors in the kit are perfect, and following the technique and instructions included in the kit and instructional video, you really can't go wrong.  Now that you know it's easy, and that it really looks like granite, would you like to have a chance to win a Giani Granite Countertop kit for yourself?  Of course you do, so start thinking about what color granite kit you would choose.


Use the Rafflecopter form to enter the Giani Granite Countertop Kit Giveaway:
(open to the contiguous 48 states)
(choice of Bombay Black, Chocolate Brown, Emerald Green, Roma Red, Sapphire Blue, and Sicilian Sand)

For more information on Giani Granite Countertops visit our sponsor at:

www.gianigranite.com






a Rafflecopter giveaway






123 comments:

  1. very interesting, is there any shops in England?

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  2. I would choose the Sicilian Sand Granite. They are all beautiful but, this color would rock in my kitchen!

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  3. The chocolate brown kit would look awesome in my kitchen!! This stuff is amazing :o)

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  4. I LOVE your red cabinets...and the granite paint looks fabulous! You guys did fantastic!!!
    Nicole
    Craftysoccermom.blogspot.com

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  5. Great transformation! Really nice work, I bet your new kitchen makes you so happy.

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  6. I'm torn between sicillian sand and emerald green.....

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  7. I like the black.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  8. I LOOOOOVE this company. I've been drooling over them for months.

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  9. I'm torn...black/gray...or sicilian.....ugh! <3

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  10. Wow!!! I love the chocolate brown kit!

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  11. I love the idea of this. I like the Bombay Black Granite Countertop Paint Kit. Thanks for having the giveaway!

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  12. Sicillian Sand or Chocolate Brown...both would look fabulous in my home. :-) Thank you.
    jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

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  13. Sicilian Sand would fit in perfect in my Kitchen.
    debdenny at centurytel dot net

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  14. I would go with the Sicilian sand

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  15. I'd love the Sapphire blue kit to paint our kitchen countertops.

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  16. sicilian sand
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  17. I would choose the Bombay Black
    kathyluman@gmail dot com

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  18. OMGosh, I have been prayer to win the Chocolate Brown. Thanks for this giveaway

    moniquehasana@hotmail.com

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  19. Awesome! I would love the Sicilian Sand! Thanks Mindy!

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  20. What a transformation! Your kitchen looks fabulous! I would love to win the Sicilian sand. Thanks for the chance.

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  21. I would choose the sicilian sand

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  22. I Love the Black and also the Sicillian Sand!!!!! They are both just Stunning!! :-)

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  23. I like the Sicilian Sand because it would match the colors in my kitchen well.
    805chick7 at gmail dot com

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  24. Black

    04coupons@gmail.com

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  25. I like the chocolate brown but would have to leave decision to my daughter since she is kind enough to let me live here. They have wanted granite countertops. Awesome giveaway!
    sandy1955 at comcast dot net

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  26. i think i would go with emerald green

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  27. What a beautiful kitchen...You'll definitely enjoy creating wonderful foods in there!

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  28. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    I LIKE THE BLACK YOU PICKED

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  29. I would choose the chocolate brown.

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  30. The chocolate brown is gorgeous!!

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  31. bombay black
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

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  32. Your kitchen looks very pretty! For the door, are you going to replace it with a red door? I think that would be pretty.

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    1. My husband has a door in mind, not sure if we can find it in red, I am thinking it only comes in white, but if we hate it we have more apple red on hand. Thanks for the advice. Anything will look better I think then the door we have now, it's pretty dull and old. We are debating about painting the walls a different color too.

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  33. probably the chocolate brown, but if I won, it would be up to my mom!

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  34. I like the Sicilian Sand, it would look good in my kitchen
    Danielle Oyen
    ddhavens@yahoo.com

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  35. I love chocolate brown.

    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  36. Wow, beautiful job. Have wanted to do this for couple of yrs. Luv the Bombay Black, Sicillan Sand would lighten up room.....hard to decide which would look best. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  37. Chocolate brown is the color for me! Love your new kitchen - so cheerful!

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  38. Wow, wow, wow! Looks fabulous, Mindie!! Unbelieveable!

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  39. This is seriously SO awesome!!! I can't believe you did this yourselves!

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    1. Thank you, I can't believe I was able to do it either LOL

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  40. Looks great! I would love the Sicilian Sand

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  41. Thank you, I am so glad it's done.

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  42. I'd like the Emerald Green.
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  43. I also love the bombay black.

    mamavresale@yahoo.com

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  44. scilian sand is grang
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  45. i like the chocolate brown. this is so neat!

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  46. Bombay black - your kitchen project is SO cute! My poor hubby is gonna hate that I saw this post! LOL Thanks for sharin!
    Michelle

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  47. I'd like to try the Bombay Black!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  48. Great job! I'm thinking Chocolate Brown for my kitchen :)

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  49. love the emerald green

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  50. My favorite is the Bombay Black!
    hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

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  51. Your cabinets and counter top look great! I love the red cabinets!

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  52. I like the Sicillian Sand! These look beautiful!

    kstrycker787@gmail.com

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  53. I think the chocolate brown would love awesome with my antique white cupboards...:)

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  54. I love your kitchen. Emerald green would be my color choice for the countertop. The cabinets are particularly gorgeous in that red! angelpjeladouglas@hotmail.com

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  55. sicillian sand would be perfect in my kitchen

    trichie@windstream.dot

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  56. wow, this kitchen is beautiful!! I love it!!!

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  57. I would like the chocolate brown.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  58. I think sicilian sand would look best in our kitchen.
    beckytag618 at gmail dot com

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  59. I think I'd go with Sicilian sand. Such a brilliant idea!

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  60. I would choose Sicilian Sand. We are doing my moms kitchen this summer and this would look amazing in her house!

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  61. I'd pick Sicillian Sand.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  62. I like the bombay black paint kit.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  63. I LOVE THE BOMBAY BLACK! LOOKS GREAT!!!
    ANNE

    ANNECOLLINSPIANO AT YAHOO DOT COM

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  64. Sicilian Sand looks great; not sure about the cabinet decision though which might change the giani choice

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  65. Christina - xristya@rock.com - Black!

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  66. We so need this. Our counters are from 1978. I like Sicilian Sand.

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  67. I love the chocolate brown kit! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
    Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

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  68. i like emerald green

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  69. I love granite counters. I would love Bombay Black but can't afford it.

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  70. Your cabinets turned out great. I love the countertops with the red! I'd love the Bombay Black...some day!

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  71. Bombay Black would be my pick. With redoing a kitchen right now this would help complete it.

    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  72. Chocolate Brown would look gorgeous in my kitchen! This is such a neat concept & saves so much money!

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  73. I'd like to Bombay Black to go with my soon to be painted white cabinets.

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  74. I would love the Sicilian Sand. Am getting ready to do my kitchen in a creamy almond color and that would be perfect. I could do that!!!
    Thanks

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  75. Scilian Sand

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  76. I think I like the Sicilian Sand kit the best.
    jenswps at yahoo . com

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  77. I've been eyeing this paint! I think I'd go with Sicilian Sand

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  78. I'd love to win the Bombay Black!

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  79. I would choose the Chocolate Brown. Thanks!!

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  80. I really need the Chocolate Brown.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  81. The Sicilian Sand would look so cute with my white cabinets!
    corinne@haddenfirm.com

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  82. I would get the Bombay Black color. It looks great. Thanks.
    garnetgirl1@msn.com

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  83. I love the sicilian sand. Your countertops look amazing!

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  84. I would choose the Chocolate Brown. Yours look amazing!

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  85. I would choose the Sicilian Sand.
    Tara Woods

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  86. Love your KITCHEN!! I would choose the Sicilian Sand! I have been thinking about doing this to my kitchen, but have not had the courage to do it yet! Thank you for this Awesome Giveaway!!

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  87. chocolate brown or sicillian sand.

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  88. It looks so real! I'd pick Bombay Black.

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  89. I would pick bombay black!
    krystalynn18@gmail.com

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  91. Can't wait to try it. I like the Sappire Blue or Emerald

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  92. I would love to win this to cover the faux-butcher block laminate countertops in the house my fiance and I just bought!

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  93. I would love the Sicilian Sand!

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  94. I would love to do this in our Kitchen - we just bought a house and the laminate isn't in the best shape, but we don't want to spend the money on all new counters!

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  95. I would love the Bombay Black !
    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  96. I'd like Sicilian sand. I have white now that's pitted, and shows all the dirt.

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  97. Bombay Black Please normanjdahl(at)gmail.com

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  98. i like the bombay black granite the most
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  99. Chocolate brown for me!! crillsatcomcastdotnet

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  100. Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

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  101. sapphire blue all the way!!

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  102. Looks awesome-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  103. Beautiful kitchen! We loved having you at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters

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  104. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
    Hope to can join us again tomorrow

    Natasha

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  105. Mindie! Sorry it's taken me this long to come and thank you for linking up at Drab to Fab forever ago! Hope you'll be back in about 3.5 days with more of your awesomeness. Have a great week!

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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  106. The main reason is that they offer a natural look to your room. Since granite countertops ar created of natural materials, you're restricted in your color selections to those found in nature. totally different finishes are out there in granite tabletop. These are often polished or matte, tumbled or flamed look.

    Granite St Louis Mo

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