Painting with Marble
Snow and I have never had a close relationship. Last week didn’t help. I remember the year my husband paid for snow skiing lessons. I never got past the snow bunnies’ group...you know, the 5-year-olds. I had the clothes, the gear, the will...just not the talent. But that’s not true about everything. If you have the right product, and you know how to do it…everything is easy. Like painting on a finish that looks like Carrara Marble and has a finish as tough as nails, in three days.
Last week I mentioned the new Giani Granite called Carrara Marble. Let me tell you a little story. About twelve years ago Dad and I were at a National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, scouring the aisles for new products. We had gotten separated because Dad tended to stay stuck in tools, (how many hammers does a hardware store need?) and I always gravitated to paint and sundries. “It’s always a great day to paint!” is our byline on the radio show, and I take it personally. On one aisle I walked past a group of bathroom vanities with granite tops, and I wondered why it would be in the paint section. On closer inspection, I realized that the granite tops were painted laminate. I was amazed. My mind went in a thousand directions as I remembered all the customers that wanted granite but couldn’t rationalize spending the money. Many had damaged laminate. Burn marks, chips and the occasional cut marks from knives could all be covered up with Giani Granite. I called Dad and told him to stop whatever he was doing and come to aisle 18 in paint. We met the nicest man, Tim from Giani, and he proceeded to tell us how easy it would be to turn any unwanted laminate into granite. Giani Granite originally came in three colors--sand, brown and black. I can’t tell you how many seminars we had at the hardware store on using Giani Granite. We set up standard laminate tops in the store that you would see in any bathroom or kitchen and let everyone try their hand at replicating a granite finish. Not one customer was disappointed in their attempt. Once they tried it, they were convinced it was easy and would transform their space for the cost of a weekend and under a $100.
Fast forward to 2020, and Giani Granite has a new product. Giani Carrara White Marble Epoxy countertop kit gives you the beautiful look of Carrara marble for a fraction of the cost but with the durability of an epoxy. I’ll be honest, I love Carrara marble more than the granite that I had installed. But it was not the price of the marble (ok that might have been a small reason) but I knew I didn’t have the discipline to keep it clean. That’s a problem with marble, it stains. Red wine, jelly, ketchup...any of those leave a mark, that is difficult to remove. But if your marble is a painted finish with an epoxy topcoat, those stains will be easy to clean up. And this is the difference with the new formula of Giani. That epoxy clear coat is tough. It’s non- yellowing, water-resistant and as tough as engineered quartz and has the shine of true marble. You can use this new formula over laminate, Corian, butcher block and cultured marble. That last one interests me the most. If you have older cultured marble countertop that has failed, now you can cover it up instead of replacing it. What do I mean by fail? If you have lines by the drain that collect dirt, chips, damage from caustic cleaners or yellowing...all that is old, cultured marble that has failed. And there is no way to fix that, until now.
Giani still has the original granite kits as well as stainless-steel kits for range, dishwasher and refrigerator. If fingerprints bother you on stainless steel, a painted surface will be your friend. The kit includes everything you will need. It comes with brushes, product, and their website will have you drooling over the transformations their customers have produced on their own. This is truly a DIY project. If you can’t find it in the stores close to you, call me at 210-341-1573 and I will help you out.