Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sink Basin Makeover with Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Sink Basin Makeover with Giani Granite Countertop Paint
Our house was built in 1926 and this bathroom sink has seen a lot of activity over the years. Even so, the tile work has stood the test of time with very few chips and cracks. The sink presented a problem because of its unique size and octagonal shape--we couldn't find another to replace it. Our plumber who works on many homes like ours actually encouraged us to keep it.

Eventually we'll remodel the entire bathroom, but for now we needed a temporary solution that could withstand daily use. I had recently completed a painted tile floor with a Giani Granite Paint Countertop Kit in Bombay Black and had enough left to do another small project. So here it is, step-by-step.

Giani Granite Bombay Black Paint Kit for Countertops
Here's the the kit I used. The cans are clearly marked for the three paint application steps.

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Prep Sink
To prep the sink I sanded rough areas and removed as much paint as possible with a two-inch metal paint scraper tool. The sink interior was painted white many decades ago, and the porcelain finish had definitely seen better days. As you can see I wasn't going for perfection. The goal was to smooth out the chipped layers of paint as much as possible. Layered Giani paint covers up light cracks and the shimmery colors create a trompe l'oeil effect, distracting attention from any flaws.

I also applied tile grout to any grout lines that were cracked or damaged. The two black areas are test patches that were applied during the floor project. I was actually amazed the paint took so well. It looked great several weeks later, even though the test areas were never sealed.

After sanding, the sink debris was vacuumed up. If there's one thing you learn in a 1920s house, it's that nothing goes down a drain that isn't supposed to! Then I wiped all remaining dust from the sink with a damp washcloth and allowed it to dry thoroughly.

Red Devil Premixed Tile Grout
Cleans Up with Water

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Apply Primer
The black primer is meant to be rolled on, but because the area wasn't flat I opted to use the foam brush that came with the Giani kit. All of the paints and the polyurethane are water-based, so brushes, rollers, and sponges rinse out nicely with water.

At this point only the faucet was protected with painter's tape. I wanted to paint a clean line on the grout immediately under the red tile. I wasn't worried about being too neat because it's easy to remove dry paint from tile with a plastic scraper.

According to the Giani instructions, you're supposed to allow the thin primer coat to dry for 8 hours. Because we were anxious to get our sink working again, I only waited about two hours.

Foam Brush Set
Set of 25 Wood Handle 1-inch Foam Brushes

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Apply Painter's Tape
Once the primer was dry I applied one row of blue painter's tape over the red tile to protect it from the mineral paint. This is one step where precision counts, so I made sure the tape was placed just above the grout line, covering all of the tile.

Even though the water was turned off at the source, I secured a baggie over the faucet with a clip to catch any drips. Okay, so the grunt work is finally over. Now it's time to layer on the color!

Multi-Purpose Everything Clips
Set of 24 Clips Measuring About 2-inches in Length

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Layer on the Minerals
Three colors of mineral paint comprise Step 2 of the Giani countertop process. The cans are numbered in order. In the kit used for this project, pearl mica was applied first, followed by black onyx, and then bronze. The Giani kit includes a generously sized sponge that you can cut up into smaller pieces. I used one paper plate for each color, pouring out small amounts of paint as needed.

The minerals are lightly sponged on the primed surface, one color at a time. A little goes a long way. You can't really mess up because any area can be sponged over again. In fact, color on top of color creates interesting depth. I tend to go overboard with sponge painting, so a bit of restraint was definitely called for. The sides of the sink ran a bit, so I lightly sponged those areas with a dry section of the sponge before the paint dried.

Darice Assorted Sponge Package for All Painting Media
Includes 3 Natural Sea Sponges and a Rounded Artificial Sponge

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Apply Clear Topcoat
After the minerals dried for four hours I applied the first topcoat, once again using the foam brush. Four hours later I applied the second coat. The older Giani kits are a bit different, so you may notice that my can of topcoat is marked "Step 5." In the newer kits, the topcoat is the third and final step.

An hour after applying the second topcoat, I carefully removed the blue painter's tape. We waited until the following day to attach the faucet handles and turn the water back on.

In all fairness to the folks at Giani, I must point out that the company does not recommend this product for sinks or floors. However, because the kit was so affordable I decided to take a gamble. I'm so glad I did! Our bathroom floor and sink look so beautiful now. Even if we only get a few years of wear, it will be worth ten times what I paid for this kit.

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Giani Granite Countertop Paint Colors
Giani paint kits are available in Bombay Black, Chocolate Brown, Emerald Green, Roma Red, Sapphire Blue, Sicilian Sand, and White Diamond.

Each kit includes 12 ounces of countertop primer, three 6-ounce cans of mineral colors, 16 ounces of topcoat, one roller arm and two roller covers, one sponge applicator, one 2-inch foam brush, demonstration DVD, and practice surface.

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Giani Granite Countertop Paint Project
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