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Penninsula and Painted Granite on Counter Tops

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My large kitchen island was always in my way. I had to walk around it to get the frig.; back around it to get to the sink or stove. I hated it! BUT, it was large and had lots of storage space. It also had an electrical outlet.
I turned the electricity off; disconnected the electrical (and pushed it down under the floor via the hole it came up through); turned the cabinet next to the stove to face the breakfast area; and moved the island beside that cabinet to form a penninsula! I special-ordered a counter top to overhang and form a breakfast bar.
I had an electrician install pendant lights over the penninsula and a dimmer switch on the wall.
The problem was the penninsula counter top didn't match the other counter tops
The counter top came with an added piece underneath that I had to cut out in order for it to fit over the island and cabinet. I wasn't told it would be built that way.... Another lesson learned: I purchased SS appliances AFTER I did all of this work only to discover my new range oven handle protrudes about 1-2" farther than the old one, so I had to move the cabinet and island the the left in order to open the top drawer. Now, there's a gap between the wall and the top of the penninsula.
BTW - I installed that wainscotting myself also.
Old counter tops.
I used a Gianni Granite kit purchased at Amazon. It takes a couple days total time. The kit comes with a black practice sheet, rollers, sponges, etc.
The first step is to tape off everything and paint the black base coat.
I had more counter space than the kit would accomplish, but I made it work, except for the top coat. I did have to buy an extra can of that.
I did my bathrooms also. The kit comes with 2 colors and white that is dabbed on with a sponge (see their video). You can get very creative and make swirl/marble-like patterns. The dark is the black showing through.
Before top coat.
After the top coat.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Gianni Granite Kit   (Amazon)
  • Frog painters tape   (Home Depot)

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  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Dec 12, 2016

    You do fantastic work! Totally different look! Love Giani. Superb job.

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Dec 12, 2016

    Huge upgrade!!

  • Wowhavs
    Wowhavs Westcliffe, CO
    on Dec 12, 2016

    Thank you!

  • Lisa
    Lisa Myrtle Beach, SC
    on Dec 13, 2016

    Just beautiful! I bet you can't stop looking at them!

    • Wowhavs
      Wowhavs Westcliffe, CO
      on Dec 13, 2016

      True! Now all my friends want me to help them do theirs! Can't wait!

  • Carol darden
    Carol darden Richmond, VA
    on Dec 13, 2016

    Wow. You did a beautiful job. I am totally impressed with what you did. Good job!

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