» Want to paint my kitchen countertops to look like stone (travertine or limestone) any suggestions? Teri U Blogger Queen Creek, AZ 08.02.12 » Teri U Queen Creek, AZ Thanks for all of the info. I have had all of the supplies for awhile now, I guess I am just scared to go for it. [?] A1-Painting&Cleaning South Bend, IN I am a painter and I have done many.. Mine as well. Prime the counter after you clean it..2 coats of the main color.. the technique will be practiced on card board until you see what you like. I use mixing glaze in my 2nd color and I roll it on and then I take large plastic and lay it over the painted area. lightly smooth the plastic down. It will have wrinkles in it and you want that. then lightly pull the plastic off and see the magic. Picasso is what I call it. Then 4-5 coats of poly coat to shine like new. Still wool in between each coat.after it dries.. I love doing them.. no 2 are alike. I don't use the spray cans or the paint that has texture in it,because if I don't like it I will have a problem.. Yet if I just use paint I can always paint it over.All paint and primer and poly coat are latex.. Hope this gives you some help. Have Fun.. I always do... [?] Laurie L Sebring, FL Thanks..appreciate it. I hated my counter tops before I found Gianni. [?] Laura W Glenford, OH I painted mine a solid color using ProClassic paint by SW. It is a latex paint formulated to dry hard as an enamel (made for doors and trim.) I started with a bonding primer first, then the paint. I rolled it on so I didn't have brush stroles. This was a temporary fix at the time, but they have held up great! They definitely could use refreshing now as they are starting to show some wear and tear where the dishes sit next to the sink all the time. BUT this was 10 years ago. I can't complain for buying that much time with only the cost of paint! [?] Sarah B Savage, MN I've used Giani Granite to create the look of Granite. I used the Chocolate Brown color kit and got both of these looks w/the same kit!! [?] Ana M Alpharetta, GA Let us know if you do it, and post pictures, seems like since I did mine everyone is talking about new products out there that might work! Laurie L. Yours looks great! [?] Yamini LEED AP at Urbanmo... Duluth, GA Ok, I learnt something today from all you Pros out there! [?] Marilyn H Dawson, MN I have painted my kitchen countertops twice! It has held up very well considering the amount of cooking I do. The countertop I painted over was old 1965 stuff. The first time I painted I wanted to mimic my kitchen flooring and used two colors of white paint --rolled one color and then sponged the darker more grayish white. I used a satin polyurethane to seal it and did two or three coats. Then I wanted a totally different look and painted right over the top of that a purple color and used a gloss poly. I worked very hard getting a nice glossy bubble/stroke free coverage on that would not suggest the gloss poly as the sealing top coat. I am contemplating doing it again--I may look into the fake granite kits but when I did it regular satin latex paint was all I used. For me paint is much cheaper than new countertops and when I do get to have new I want new sink installed too that is why I chose the painting. May as well save as much money now and have more dollars to work with when I can finally have the remodel I truly want! Good luck! [?] Debbie L Sacramento, CA I did this over plain old formica many years ago and the counters are fine. First sand them, then paint a grey tinted Zinzers 123 then stipple, rag and make it look rock like- look at pictures of faux stones. I then made Rock-tite, colored it and globbed it onto the edges of the counters to look like the rough cut granite. Once those were dry then the Grand Pour. Two part epoxy mixed and poured over it all. This stuff is/was called Bar top. Got it from Tap Plastic. It's the same stuff you make bug infused paperweights, or over pictures. It is self leveling and you use a torch over the to pop bubbles, or your breath if you can get close and not drag your hair or arms into it *grins*. For the price of $80 I have great (with a few learning flaws) counter top. Can't sit hot pots on it and it will scratch, but even after 9 years its still looking really nice! I am a professional painter, so I kinda make it sound easy to do..LOL..but I couldn't afford the over $5000 for real granite. Oh and this was way before Kits were available. About 9 years ago. [?] Laurie L Sebring, FL This is the after [?] Lisa E Accoville, WV I used the Rustoleum kit from Lowe's ($250) and it looks great. But, beware..it is very messy. I put the plastic on the cabinets and floor(hardwood) , but it is still very messy. It looks so much better though. [?] Laurie L Sebring, FL Gianni is definitely the best, I love how mine turned out. Did two years ago, and haven't had any problems with it. Lots of compliments. [?] Liz R Lincolnshire, IL I wouldn't try it...and I'm in the business and have tried a bunch of "do it yourself" type of projects. But to paint a counter top to look like granite or limestone, I would be worried about the wear and tear and eventually the re-sale value. With all of the great looking Formica granite look a likes...I would opt for that if you couldn't afford real stone. [?] Robin L Escondido, CA The Gianni kit is the best!!! It looks incredible....Everyone thinks I had new countertops installed.... [?] Ann T North Manchester, IN Wow. You are brave. I did the same thing to a countertop in my laundry room a few years (and house) back. It turned out BEAUTIFUL....but started to peel off. In fact I could grab a small piece and it would ALL peel off. So I did it ALL OVER again...this time using Kiltz as my first coat. I made it look like marble, and then gave it 4 coats of polyurethane. I came out fine the next time. It will still scratch some, and will NOT hold up good in a kitchen to the kinds of wear and tear you have there. I'm with several of the above!!! DO NOT DO IT!!!! You will be sorry. Sorry for the bad news...but the honesty will save you later! [?] [?] Advertisement lets paint it Kitchen PAINT AND PLASTER White kitchen love! Paint it!