Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tile Floor Makeover with Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Giani Granite Countertop Paint
Giani Countertop Paint

We were anxious to paint this bathroom floor, and initially considered flecked garage floor paint. I had used it successfully in my previous home, but in the garage. The Giani kit includes an automotive grade polyurethane topcoat that was getting great customer reviews for DIY countertop projects.

It sounded like a durable surface, even though Giani does not recommend this particular product for floors. Since we're planning to eventually tile our kitchen and bathroom floors with slate, we'll be happy if this finish lasts just a year or two.

I selected a Giani Granite Countertop Paint kit in Bombay Black, which has touches of pearl mica, black onyx, and bronze. Giani also makes a Roma Red kit that would have coordinated well with our red-tiled bathroom sink, but we opted to match the room's black cabinetry and bronze fixtures.

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, and practice surface.

The kit also includes a DVD which goes into a lot of detail. We watched it several times before deciding to take the plunge. All of the tools are included, and the cans are numbered. By the time I popped the lid on the can of primer, my confidence level was high!

Giani Granite Bombay Black Paint Kit for Countertops
Easy Three-Step Paint Process is Applied Over Your Old Laminate, Cultured Marble, and Ceramic Tile Countertops

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Prep Floor
Believe it or not, this is the floor after cleaning. By that I mean bleaching, scrubbing with a brush, and sanitizing several times with a Shark steam mop. We had previously covered the floor with one-foot square stick-on tiles, but those were removed to prep the surface for paint.

Even though they look mighty dingy, the one-inch hexagon tiles have held up very well since 1926. The original owners of this house left a box of extra tiles in the garage, but we've only had to replace one tile since we've been here. Even though we live in earthquake territory, there was only one hairline crack which I repaired with wood filler and sanded smooth.

I used tile grout to seal the toilet and tub, as well as the edges of the floor which are trimmed in larger tiles. My husband had planned a week-long visit with his family on the east coast, so I chose to do this project while he was gone.

Shark Steam Pocket Mop
Cleans Floors with Chemical Free 99.9% Sanitization

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Apply Primer
The Giani kit includes a paint roller and two covers, but I decided to use the foam brush since the floor surface had many nooks and crannies to fill. The primer, paints, and polyurethane are all water-based, so everything cleans up easily with warm, soapy water. According to the instructions, the black primer coat is supposed to dry for 8 hours. I applied it late at night and was ready for the next step by morning.

Jen Poly Foam Brush Set
Set of 3 Wood Handle 1-inch, 2-inch, and 3-inch Foam Brushes

Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Layer on the Minerals
The mineral paints are designed to be applied in two-foot sections, so all three colors must be ready to go. The Giani kit includes a large sea sponge that can be cut up into at least three pieces, one for each mineral color. I used one paper plate for each color, pouring out small amounts at a time.

For the Bombay Black kit pearl mica is applied first, followed by black onyx, and then bronze. A light touch is all that's needed. I didn't bother with the practice sheet that comes with the kit, but it's not a bad idea to get the technique down. And don't worry if the color comes out darker than desired. You can always add a few more touches before the topcoat step.

Seal with a Topcoat
After the floor dried for four hours I applied the first topcoat with a foam brush. Four hours later I applied the second coat. Because this surface will get plenty of wear and tear, a third topcoat was in order. The instructions specify three coats maximum. Once the floor was completely dry I carefully removed the blue painter's tape and scrubbed off any stray paint.

If you look closely at the photograph below, you can see the outline of the hexagon tiles. It's a vast improvement over the outdated, original tile floor. In fact, everyone was so pleased with the way the floor turned out, I decided to paint the bathroom sink as well.

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.

Giani Granite Sicilian Sand Paint Kit for Countertops
Automotive-Grade Durability with Safe Water-Based Materials

Giani Granite Countertop Paint Project
1926 Tile Floor Before and After
Giani Granite Countertop Paint

Giani Countertop Paint
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