Giani Countertop Paint Kit Reviews: Color & Painting Guide

The cost of a kitchen makeover can quickly add up, especially when you factor in replacing the countertops. But there's a way to completely transform your home’s kitchen space, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. The answer? Giani countertop paint.

The Giani mission is to “rescue and relove” - they believe that any outdated space can be rescued with a simple DIY paint transformation, turning it into a space you can fall back in love with. Giani specializes in DIY paint kits for the entire home, but the brand’s best-selling products are all geared towards countertop surfaces that most customers use in their kitchens.

It doesn’t matter if your counter space is made from granite, Formica, or laminate, Giani paint kits come with everything you need to improve the appearance of any kitchen, including:

  • A 12-ounce can of primer/base coat
  • 6 ounces of mineral colors paint in various colors to resemble granite
  • 16 ounces of topcoat for added protection
  • A Giani sponge for applying the mineral colors
  • A foam brush
  • A roller handle
  • 2 paint roller covers
  • A practice board

All Giani countertop paints are water-based, safe, low odor, and low in VOCs. The included primer hides existing discoloration, burns, stains, and minor scratches. The durable, high-gloss acrylic topcoat finishes and protects the application against the everyday goings-on of the average kitchen.

The most popular Giani kit includes granite counter paint, but there are also kits for marble and butcher block finishes. Every complete kit is meant to cover a maximum of 35 square feet of countertop surface area, which equates to a countertop space that is 16 feet long and 2 feet wide.

The amazing thing about Giani products is that they can be applied to just about any surface, like:

  • Formica countertops and vanities
  • Laminate countertops and vanities
  • Corian countertops
  • Butcher block countertops
  • Tile with grout lines
  • Cultured marble vanities
  • Primed or painted wood/drywall
  • Cabinet inlays
  • Tabletops
  • Mantels
  • Granite

Giani Countertop Paint Color Range

Since this is a specialized type of paint, you won’t find thousands of color options as you will with brands like Behr or Benjamin Moore. But that’s understandable since most homeowners wouldn’t dream of painting their countertops hot pink or lime green.

Even with the limited Giani countertop paint colors, there’s still a color/finish for a variety of different countertop designs. These are some of the favorites:

  • Chocolate Brown
  • Bombay Black
  • Slate
  • Sicilian Sand
  • White Diamond
  • White Carrara
  • Butcher Block

You can buy each of these colors in a complete DIY kit, as a “small project” kit, or as a standalone paint if you don’t need the entire kit.


5 Best Giani Countertop Paints Reviewed

1. Giani Granite Chocolate Brown

Giani Countertop Paint Kit, Chocolate Brown
  • Low VOC, low odor, water-based acrylic paint...
  • Fun, easy DIY project complete with...
  • One weekend application process that dries in...
  • Covers 35 square feet (16 linear feet of...
Best for Traditional Granite Countertops

Kit Includes:

12 oz. IronCore Primer-Base Coat, 

6 oz. Brown Feldspar Mineral,

6 oz. Inca Gold Mineral, 

6 oz. Chocolate Brown Mineral,

16 oz. Automotive Grade Acrylic Topcoat,

6” Giani Roller Arm and 2 Roller Pads,

4” Giani Paint Sponge, 2” Foam Brush,

Practice Board

Colors Available:

Chocolate Brown,

Bombay Black,

Sicilian Sand,

Granite Slate,

White Diamond

The most popular countertop paint for a stunning granite finish is Giani’s granite paint in Chocolate Brown. The water-based acrylic formula is completely safe for indoor use and gives off low odor and low VOC. Investing in this complete kit is the easiest (and cheapest) way to give your counters a much-needed makeover.

Since the drying time is about 16 hours, you’ll need an entire weekend (2 days) to complete this project. But as soon as it’s done, you’ll be grateful that you did it. The high-gloss finish is as close as you’ll get to real granite without actually having to pay for real granite.

It can be used on various surfaces but is best for Formica, laminate, ceramic tile, butcher block, cultured marble, and traditional granite. One kit provides enough paint to cover 35 square feet of counter space, which is the typical surface area of most kitchen countertops. You won’t have to make extra trips to your nearest hardware store since this kit comes with everything you need to finish the job.

Giani describes the 3 coats (primer, mineral, topcoat) included in this kit perfectly: 


“The specialized primer hides existing discoloration, burns, stains, and minor scratches, while the mineral colors create the characteristics of natural granite. Each kit comes with a durable, high-gloss acrylic topcoat that finishes and protects the application against the everyday use of your countertops.”

Since this is the most popular kit for granite countertops, it comes in several color options:  


2. Giani Granite IronCore Primer

Giani Granite IronCore Primer 12oz
  • The 12 oz. Giani IronCore Primer is the...
  • Designed specifically to adhere to laminate,...
  • Water-Based Acrylic Paint, Safe, Low on Odor,...
  • Note: We used standardized 16oz. (pint cans)...

It’s essential that you use a base coat prior to the colored mineral layers, but the specific Giani base coat (primer) that you use depends on the color that you’ll be finishing your countertop. Giani carries three different base coat options - white, black, and wood. The white base coat is meant specifically for the marble paints while black is meant for the granite finishes, and wood is for butcher block kits.

Since Giani’s granite kits are the go-to choice, it’s no surprise that the granite IronCore primer is the most popular base coat offered here. Every kit includes a 12-oz can of it, but if you’d like to buy it separately, you also have that option to purchase a standalone 12-oz can.

This primer is designed specifically to adhere to laminate, Formica, Corian, cultured marble, wood, and ceramic tile, and one can should be plenty to cover the typical countertop space of most kitchens. This is a water-based acrylic paint that is easily applied with a roller and will dry thoroughly in 8 hours.


3. Giani Granite Paint Glitter Top Coat

Giani Granite Paint Glitter Top Coat Step 3
  • The 16 oz. Giani Clear Acrylic Glitter...
  • You can apply this Glitter Topcoat instead of...
  • Our topcoat is a non-yellowing formula...
  • Water-Based Acrylic Paint, Safe, Low on Odor,...

Just as you need a base coat, you also need a topcoat. A topcoat gives a lovely glossy finish, but it also adds an extra layer of protection that will keep your countertop looking new for years down the road. For the granite paint kits, there are two different options: the High-Gloss and the Glitter topcoat.

The more popular choice of the two is the Glitter topcoat, mainly because it gives countertops an extra sparkle that most homeowners love. Just like the basecoat just reviewed, this product is included in all standard granite paint kits, but it can also be purchased separately in a 16-ounce standalone can.

A lot of DIYers choose to apply this Glitter Topcoat instead of or on top of the standard High-Gloss option for a more elegant look. Just be sure to stir the paint thoroughly before applying; the glitter particles can settle to the bottom of the can, so stirring is an essential step.


4. Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit

Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit
  • Transform your countertops and get the...
  • Giani Countertop Paint is a three-step...
  • Giani Countertop Paint is water-based, safe,...
  • Each kit comes with a durable, high-gloss...

The Butcher Block paint kit isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s the perfect countertop finish for a rustic look. The name “butcher block” comes from the old European style wood countertops commonly found in butcher shops. 


Giani says that “the alternating light and dark shades of its' warm, golden-brown tones make this a ruggedly chic feature to any kitchen.”

Even though it creates a unique look that’s nothing like the marble or granite finishes, the application process for this Giani kit is the same. It’s a 3-step paint job that starts with a base coat followed by the butcher block paint and finishes with a protective topcoat. It can be used on many surfaces but is best for Formica, laminate, Corian, ceramic tile, cultured marble, and traditional granite.

This kit is slightly more expensive than the granite paint kit, but only by a few dollars. If you’re looking for a unique new look to transform your current kitchen design from modern to French country, using this paint kit by Giani is the easiest way to do it.


5. Giani FG-MB White Primer

Giani FG-MB WHT PRMR Marble Countertop Paint...
  • The 32 oz. white based primer is the standard...
  • Designed specifically to adhere to laminate,...
  • A 32 oz. can will cover approximately 35...
  • Country of Origin: United States

We’ve already covered one of the popular primer choices from Giani, but that product was specifically meant to be paired with the granite paint kits. If you’re using Giani’s marble countertop paint, you’ll need to go with the white primer instead.

Almost everything about this base coat is the same as the IronCore primer reviewed earlier, aside from the color different. It adheres well to laminate, Formica, Corian, marble, and wood, but shouldn’t be used on granite surfaces. One 12-ounce can will cover approximately 35 square feet, and it’s recommended that you use two coats before following up with the mineral and topcoats.


Exploring the Giani Countertop Line of Paints

Every product in the line of countertop paints at Giani has the power to transform a space, but the trick is to choose the right product. There are many different color finishes to choose from, but there are just 3 kit types to choose from:

  • Giani Granite
  • Giani Marble
  • Giani Butcher Block

The Giani granite kit is the most popular, which is why it comes with the most color options. It’s also much more affordable than the marble kit, which is more than twice the cost. However, the Giani marble kit is still a great budget-friendly alternative to replacing your counters entirely.

The Giani butcher block kit is the newest addition to this brand’s line of paints, giving homeowners the chance to add some warmth to their contemporary, modern, or traditional spaces with the look of butcher block. Compared to marble and granite, this isn’t the most popular choice, but it’s an easy way to channel the European butcher shop style. 


Giani vs. Other Countertop Paint Brands

Since Giani manufactures a special type of paint, it’s not entirely fair to compare this company to other popular paint brands, like Behr, Benjamin Moore, or Sherwin Williams. There are, however, two competitors of Giani that are worth looking into.

Giani vs. Rustoleum Countertop Paint

Countertop Transformations by Rustoleum is a resurfacing kit that produces a textured stone-like finish on laminate surfaces. Giani kits are more versatile, and they hold up better over time, not to mention they’re cheaper. The Rustoleum brand is a great choice for chalk paint, but for countertops, stick to Giani.

Giani vs. Daich Spreadstone

The Countertop Finishing Kit by Daich includes a base coat, stone coat, clear coat, roller handle, rollers, paintbrush, and roller tray. It’s moderately priced (although still more expensive than Giani’s granite kit), and it gives off the look of natural stone. Giani has more options if you’re looking for a unique color or finish, but Daich is still a great choice.


How to Apply Giani Countertop Paint Effectively

If you Google “Giani countertop paint before and after," you’ll be astounded by the transformations. But this transformation will only be possible if you properly apply your paint and follow the Giani countertop paint instructions exactly as listed by the manufacturer.

Before opening your paint kit, it’s a good idea to watch the Giani countertop paint video that’s posted on the website. This will give you a good idea of the entire process, and if you still have questions before getting started, there’s a live chat option that will put you in touch with a Giani rep. Aside from that, here are the basic steps for applying Giani countertop paint:

1. Prep the Surface:

With a box cutter, remove any latex or caulking and clean up any leftover residue with rubbing alcohol. Patch up any deep nicks with a wood filler. Use a scouring pad to remove grease and dirt buildup, then use painter's tape on any backsplash.


2. Roll on the Primer (Base Coat):

After shaking the primer well, use the included roller to paint the surface of the countertop with this base coat. There is an included foam brush for smaller surface areas near the backsplash.


3. Sponge on the Minerals:

Before applying the minerals, use the included practice board to test out your skills. Once you’re comfortable, start your first coat of mineral application with the sponge. Start with No. 2a, followed by 2b and 2c. It’s best to work in small 2’x2’ areas.


4. Roll on the Topcoat:

Once the mineral layers have dried, finish with a thin layer of topcoat.



Where Can I Buy Giani Countertop Paints?

Since this brand is carried by most major hardware stores as well as small independently-owned retailers, it’s easy to find Giani products. The most popular shopping method is to order online, either through Amazon, Home Depot, or directly through Giani’s website.

These days, a lot of DIYers are turning to Amazon as their preferred Giani paint retailer. This is because the company sells its products directly through Amazon, so you can trust that the paint kit you receive comes directly from the source. Another reason is that Amazon Prime members get free one-day shipping, which means that you can start your countertop transformation ASAP.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns and manufactures Giani paints?

Giani Inc. is a family-owned and operated company that has been in the business of transforming homes since 2010. The headquarters are located in St. Louis, Missouri.


Are Giani countertop transformation paint kits safe to use?

Absolutely. All Giani Countertop Paints are safe for interior use, give off very little odor, and contain zero or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Can I apply a new Giani countertop paint over an existing countertop paint coating?

Yes. Here’s what a post from Today’s Homeowner says: 


“As long as the final poly clear coat hasn’t been applied, it’s no problem to refinish over the existing finish.”


You'll want to start by lightly sanding the countertop and then wiping it down with a damp rag before applying the base coat.  


Can I use Giani countertop paint on tile?

Yes, Giani is formulated to cover typical countertop materials, and ceramic tile is one of them.


How long does it take to apply Giani paints?

The painting time is only about 4 hours if you’re working with the standard 35 square feet of countertop space, but the drying time will take about 16 hours. This is why Giani labels their products as “1-weekend” kits.


How long is the cure time for Giani countertop paints?

The full cure time for Giani is 14 days. During this time, you can clean the countertop gently, but no cleaning aggressively until 2 weeks after the topcoat has been applied. It’s recommended that you use only using soap and warm water to clean your counters and do not clean with harsh chemicals or household cleaners.


Conclusion

The Giani product that you choose depends on the overall look you’re going for, but the good news is that this brand has a countertop paint for everything. Whether you prefer classic granite, elegant marble, or a unique butcher block finish, you’ll find it here.

But best of all, Giani gives you the chance to “Rescue and Relove” your countertop without breaking the bank.


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