How to Paint Granite to look like Marble

It’s here. The post that everyone has been asking about: How did we get this before and after:

I cannot stress enough how easy, fun and dramatic this project was. I was skeptical at first but the countertops feel as great as they look. Before we dig in, lets chat about how we decided on this product.

I knew the early 2000’s granite was not our style, but I actually found receipt that this granite was added in May of 2020 in order to try to make our house more “sellable”. We purchased the house in September, so the granite is just over a year old (*trigger: guilt*). On one hand I felt really bad about the idea of ripping out perfectly good granite to replace with another stone countertop. On the other hand, I knew I was eventually going to replace it regardless, so I might as well be happier sooner 🙂

So we took a trip to a stone/countertop shop and started getting quotes for the Quartz we wanted. The quote came out to $3600 for the perimeter of the kitchen (not including the island). That quote included the stone, install and a granite sink. I actually didn’t think it was a terrible price, but I also really want new floors and a new island with a massive countertop, so I would rather spend that money elsewhere.

I will note that after painting the cabinets, I hated the granite less. The orange wood cabinets were not doing the granite any favors, and the green cabinets really softened the look of the granite. However, it was leaning too traditional for me, it needed a punch of modern.

So I did some research and came across this post from A Beautiful Mess. I have followed them for years and years and really trust when they give a product rave reviews. I figured, worse case scenario I have to replace the countertops, which we were planning on doing anyway, while holding off on new flooring and a new island. It wouldn’t be the end of the world. Best Case scenario, we buy ourselves a 12-18 months with a countertop we can live with while we save up some extra $$ for the new countertops, while still getting new floors and new island. Either way, our money was going to go towards improving this kitchen, not fixing a mess we made, so I was fine with it.

We ordered the kit they recommended, which came with everything! We literally did not need to purchase one other item. The kit came with drop cloths and stir sticks, all brushes and rollers. Everything! So the total price of the project was $180.

To start off, we taped off the edge where the countertops meet the backsplash, the faucet and the sink. Then I gave the countertops a good scrub with a Brillo pad and finally wiped down the countertops with rubbing alcohol to make sure they were extra clean! Next, you paint the first primer coat:

Here it is after one primer coat:

I needed 3 coats of the primer to complete the countertop. There was still plenty of primer left to eventually do 3 coats on the backsplash as well (will cover that change at a later time).

Once the primer was done, you use a small artist brush and the gray paint and create veins in the countertop. I found the best, most natural veins, came when I would spray water on the area first, then paint the vein, then use the dry brush to blend it out. We were going for a more white countertop with just a few veins, so I tried to keep it to just a few major vein areas. Here is what it looked like:

I used an image of marble on my computer to try to duplicate some of the movement I saw.

Once you feel good about the veining, you can start to mix the epoxy. I finished veining on a Wed night and did the epoxy first thing Thursday morning. You follow the directions, mix the two cans and pour it on the countertops. You can use the included roller to even it out, making sure you get all areas covered. It is self-leveling so do no overwork it.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to dry or would it feel sticky, but I can assure you, it does not. The countertops took 24-48 hours to really set. It looks shiny like glass and feels like a bar top. The best example I can give is you know when you go to a bar that has like pennies or bottle caps as the bar top and then an epoxy on top to make it nice and level, it feels exactly like that. Super durable and solid, no stickiness. It wipes up like a dream!

Here are some more close up pictures:

I did eventually decide to use the same primer to paint the backsplash as well. Next, I will post about some more details, like hardware choices, backsplash and lighting.

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