Faux Granite Counter Tops

Hello Friends.
I am excited to show you a fabulous transformation of my counter tops.

It was easy to do and inexpensive and looks like a Million Bucks when you are done!

This is my counter top before we did the new treatment.  They look black from a distance but really they are black with lots of brown in them.

As you can see in these next two up close shots of my counter tops they have a lot of brown and copper running through them.

Just not my colors.
 I have to be honest these counter tops are awful to keep clean. 
Even with using the right cleaning products they always were streaking and they never felt clean to me.

This is the counter top paint kit I bought on Amazon. 
I watched the video on line and it did not seem to be too hard of a process. 
This kit is about $80 and comes with everything you need.

I chose the White Diamond because I wanted to lighten up my counter tops.

They do make other colors and styles.

By the way I am not getting any compensation from this company or Amazon for this post.
Just showing you what I purchased to use.
Step 1
 Clean the counters really well. 
They suggest a brillo pad.
 I just used a sponge and good cleaner.

You then want to tape off the kitchen tiles and all the drawers below the counter top with painters tape.

Step 1
 Roll on the Primer. 
Seemed weird to me that the primer is black when I want white diamond lighter counters! 
In the end you will see how this all works out.

We have a crappy sink that was really scratched and needs replacing.
To save a little money we decided to paint the sink black with the primer. 
I will be getting a new faucet.
With the counters going light,  I thought the black sink would work for now.
Eventually we would like to replace the sink with a nice farmhouse sink.

This is the end of Step 1. 
The primer rolled on easily and now it has to dry for 8 hours.
We did this at night as you can see with the pics so it could dry all night and the next day to really cure.

Next Step 2

Next step is to sponge on the first coat of Greystone over the black primer.

They tell you to do light random sponge prints over the primer.  No particular order. 
The more random the better. 
Looks like a mess here but keep the faith!

This is Gray Stone sponged onto the black primer and this coat is finished.  

The next color is Quartzite or 2b.  You dab that on with the sponge over the Gray Stone.

This is how it will look after you have sponged on Quartzite over the Graystone. 
Still looking scary keep the faith this will turn out beautiful in the end. 
Keep positive that this work of art that looks like a 4 year old did it will look beautiful in the end.

The last part of Step 2 is to apply the White Limestone paint with the sponge.

This is one coat of Limestone sponged on top of the Graystone and Quartzize. 

It is starting to look like a granite counter top right?!!!

Now you can stop here or do one more coat of the Limestone to make it brighter. 

We chose to brighten it with one more sponge coat of the Limestone.

The last and final coat of the Limestone in Step 2 is done.

This is the up close of the last coat.  It is hard to really see how bright it is since we are doing this at night with the lights on.
You will see in the final reveal pics.

After we let this final coat dry for about 2 to 3 hours we then were ready for the final Step 3.

Step 3 

Adding the final topcoat to seal and protect the surface.
 It was rolled on with the roller provided in the kit. 
We waited about 2 hours and then put on a second coat of the topcoat.

We let it dry well over night.
Since it is night time and raining I had all the lights on in the kitchen.
It is prettier in person than the pictures show.

The black sink did not work.  We could not get the paint to adhere.  We removed all the black primer and for now will work with the white sink.
I will be getting a new faucet too when I find one I will like.

I got my sweet little witch out for some decor on my counter for Halloween.  I do not do too much for Halloween more Fall.
My friend Cil gifted me this sweet witch last year and I absolutely love her.

If you would like to watch this video about the process of using this product I have posted it below.

 This took us a couple of nights only because of the drying times.  
Otherwise the process of putting on the primer and colors and sealer were fairy easy and fast to accomplish.

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.


  1. wow, such an amazing difference. it's a good thing you watched the video first, I would have been freaking out otherwise. your countertops look really pretty and really lighten up the kitchen even more than your wonderful improvements. I had black granite at the last house, and while I loved the look, it would streak so badly I had to use different products to keep it looking decent. great job, guys!

  2. Great job Kris things are really coming together. The kitchen is nice and bright.


  3. Gorgeous! I really like the results. Did you get to have take out while working the magic. LOL

  4. So amazing! I think you are just fearless. Such a beautiful outcome. And of course I just love the white.

  5. Seriously. Is there anything you two can't do?? I am siting here with my mouth open, flabbergasted and amazed. And yet, I'm not at all surprised. It looks gorgeous and makes a huge difference in your kitchen. Lovely, lovely. xo

  6. Wow! I say it all the time, but you guys are amazing. I just can't believe all the transformations you guys do - and you do it so well!

  7. That is an amazing DIY. I am going to watch the video too. You did a great job. I wish I could see it in person but it really looks great in the pictures.

  8. Wonderful change from the black Kris. Brighter and much more your style.

  9. WOW. I would have never, ever thought of painting over granite, but IT WORKED!!!!!! What a huge difference!

  10. Kris, that looks amazing and I'm not one bit surprised. You two can do anything!

  11. Nice job! Sorry about the sink but probably best to get a new one sooner. Have a happy weekend! xoxoxo

  12. Well isn’t that interesting. I didn’t know there was a product to transform granite into another color. That was interesting each step and how it changed it’s looks!

  13. What a great transformation!! I actually like the white sink too

    You go girl

  14. Wow, big difference! I've seen these kits and was curious how they worked. Is the original counter granite? I'm asking because I didn't realize it adheres to natural stone. Sounds like you may be getting that farmhouse sink you've been wanting sooner than planned. Have a great weekend! xo

  15. What a big difference! It looks amazing.....
    Have a great weekend!

  16. I put this in another color on my counter tops I believe in 2016 and they still look great. Amazing the process but it does look like a million bucks achieved with little money!

  17. Absolutely amazing transformation Kris. Wow! Looks like lots of work but oh my girl, so much cheaper than buying granite counters . I replaced my counters a few years ago with granite and i was shocked at the cost ! I love yours !!!! But i do love my granite counters. Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  18. Excellent work! I did giani countertop and a fireplace surround that turned out great. Then I did another using a 2 part epoxy kit from stonecoat. Turned much better. No, I don't work for them. Just a retired guy doing projects. The 2 part is a bit trickier but results are much nicer.

  19. Hello Kris, wow I would have never thought to do that with the counter tops. They look amazing and it's great how the two of you do such great work together! Have a nice day and weekend. Julie xo

  20. Wonderful transformation Kris. I love the light look in your bright and cheery kitchen. A great look for very little money. Love how you think. Happy weekend sweet friend. xoxo

  21. It looks so pretty, Kris. You and Terry did a wonderful job. I bet that first effort was scary to try but it was well worth it. The kitchen looks like you now..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

    1. Thanks, Kris, for the visit. Glad to come back and take a second look at your pretty kitchen..xxoJudy

  22. Beautiful job you two! The light look of the counters is so perfect for your white cottage kitchen! I've seen this done before in various videos, but was never sure that it would really look good. Good to know that you give it a thumbs up! We have old laminate counters that are chipped on the edges in a couple of places. I've thought of doing this, but don't know if it would work over laminate. Guess I'll have to go check.. and see what can be done about the chips. For now it would look way better than our gold/yellow laminate! It's so ugly. You guys make everything look so easy! Hugs.. Marilyn

  23. Love the new look, it's gorgeous! Thanks for such a great tutorial. Have a nice weekend. xo Kathy

  24. Kris, they look fabulous! Love the color too. I am quite familiar with this product and highly endorse it as well. Back in 2009 I used Giani Bombay Black on my kitchen counters and a pretty brownish-copper color on one of may bathrooms. It has really worn well although the kitchen shows more wear than the bath. Well worth the money for a great, sturdy surface. A few years later, I used the Giani cabinet paint on my cabinets...another great product! Well done!

  25. Well Kris - I think that you are very brave to try this. What a wonderful transformation. You must be so pleased. Sorry to hear that it wasn't successful on the sink. Do you have Frenchic Paint over there? It is amazing and it would appear that you can use it on anything. Hugs, Gilly x

  26. Kris, You and Terry are so beyond brave to try this. It does look really nice. I do not think I could have the grit to to this. I would have to do it with Ted gone on his fishing trip. LOL. It truly lightens up your kitchen. Picking the right faucet is as bad as picking the right bra...makes me crazy. I have a new one and I do not like it. My daughter has a big tall one that I absolutely hate. LOL Shh. Can't wait to see the one you pick. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  27. That looks fantastic, Kris. The perfect color for your kitchen. I don't think the white sink looks bad at all. I bet that was a mess getting the black off though. I love how it refreshed the kitchen and gives it a totally different look. Hope you have a great week. xo xo xoDiana

  28. wow..it looks great. Beautiful..love the little witch, too. :) Thanks for sharing..Its beautiful..as always. :0) ..Great inspiration but I know my hubby would never agree to tackle..Yall are real adventurers..wonderful..

  29. Wow! I mean what a difference that made! The company should pay you two for this because it would help sell their products. Those two pictures of your finished kitchen show what a beautiful kitchen you have already, even before a new faucet and sink. There's something so chic about black and white in a kitchen.

  30. Thank you Kris for showing us how you did this. It looks great and as always, fantastic inspiration!

  31. I painted my counters with Giani YEARS ago and it still looks awesome! If you leave water on it and it bubbles up, don't panic, it goes away and goes right back to normal. I just love Giani - and it was so easy to use plus you get to make your counters however you want!! Yours look gorgeous!

  32. Your counter turned out so great, Kris! I've always been interested in this technique! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful transformation. I can't believe you did that with just paint. You have inspired me! Blessings~Nea itsawonderfullifestyle.blogspot.com

  34. thanks for coming to link up at the party,Kris. thrilled to have you!!!

  35. WOW! That is AMAZING! Who knew you could even do that???

  36. Kris,
    What an amazing transformation!!! Love how it came out!!