After transforming my countertops using a $69 (currently on sale for $54!!! 3-4-13) Giani Granite Countertop kit (http://www.gianigranite.com) purchased at Walmart (no not the $200-$300 kits that are TOTALLY different found at some home improvement stores), some friends encouraged me to make a DIY video showing the technique I used — which is VERY simple, but a tad bit different than what is presented in the kit instructions. If you decide to go for it, you will still need to watch the Giani video for instructions on prep, primer and top coats. =) All I can say is, If you don’t like your old, don’t be afraid to try it!
UPDATE — in answer to some questions. The kits used were the Chocolate Brown on the kitchen –DEFINITELY my favorite but would not have gone with my bathrooms so I used the Sicilian Sand in those rooms. The sane technique was used for all of the counter tops, the color combination is what made the difference.
The kitchen sink was painted withhttp://www.klasskote.com/bathtub-re-finishing?gclid=CJLB-PPFzbUCFYZcMgodf38A8Q. It still looks great a year later.
The counter tops have NOT chipped. I did have a problem areas where hot water sat on it. (coffee pot leaked and didn’t realize it — my fault, cannot blame the product for that). The top coat is water based and it bubbled in that area. Leting it dry, it settled back down pretty well… and it is under the coffee pot, so OH WELL! none seed it. I HATED my old countertops, so even if it is not perfect, it was WELL worth the time and money and I am very happy.
Sink paint $39
Countertop kit $69×2
Estimated Savings (had I gotten new countertops and sink=$4,800