Faux Granite Countertop in Master Bathroom
Remember the faux marble countertop that I attempt to create in the guest bathroom (Our House’s Guinea Pig), that didn’t turn out so marble-ish? Well, I definitely switch it up and re-did the guest bathroom countertop. I did a faux granite countertop this time in preparation for the Big League… The Master Bathroom Countertop! While doing these projects in the guest bathroom, nothing is permanent because these projects are mainly trial and error (for the most part, Errors!) and/or I may want to try something different the next time. Yup, truly my home’s guinea pig. Eventually, I will find the right look for my guest bathroom and put our permanently touch on it. But for now, here is what the guest bathroom looks like with the faux granite countertop, painted striped floors (previously stenciled), new decor, etc.
Now, here comes the Big League….
Before taking the big step, I’ve read many faux granite/marble countertops’ tutorials, which provided a great deal of information. One of my favorite ‘faux granite countertops’ tutorials are from A Dream Design on a Dime – Faux Granite better than the real thing. I absolutely love the way her countertops turned out, just beautiful! With the amount of knowledge that I gained through research and the practice on my guest bathroom countertop, I was ready to go big or go home! This project wasn’t as scary as I thought (until sealing time), it took some time to complete and it was a little messy but was definitely worth the risk! We love the end results!!!
Materials used for this project:
- Cleaning Spray & Microfiber Cloth
- Sandpaper (220 Grit)
- Painter’s Tape
- Plastic Tarp
- Craft Paint (I used craft, chalk, and Giani paint)
- Paint Brush
- Paint Tray and/or Paper Plates
- Natural Sponges
- Mica Flakes and Glitter Mix (optional)
- Envirotex Lite (High Gloss Sealer)
- Disposable Container (2) (for Envirotex Lite)
- Disposable Stir Sticks (2) (for Envirotex Lite)
- Disposable Spreader (for Envirotex Lite)
- Blow Torch
1. Clean, Sand, and Prep the Countertop
I cleaned the countertop thoroughly with my DIY homemade all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth. I made sure to put some serious elbow grease into it to get all the oils off; then let it dry. (If your countertop(s) are damaged, fill in the holes and cracks with wood filler, sand it down, then clean it.)
I sanded the countertop using 220-grit sandpaper to rough it up a bit and wiped the excess dust off with a microfiber cloth.
I prepped the bathroom by taping the walls, edges of the sinks, and cabinets. When taping the cabinets, I went ahead and covered it with the plastic tarp, taping all around. I wish I had cover the inside of the sink because some epoxy end up getting on it (that stuff is hard to come off). Please make sure to completely cover the entire sink(s) to make sure paint and/or epoxy doesn’t get on it, it will cause you more work later.
2. Priming the Countertop
I primed the countertop using left over primer from Giani Countertop Paint Kit (White Diamond) that I previously used for my guest bathroom project. Let’s just say, it wasn’t enough. I ran out of paint! So with the little that was left over, I mixed some left-over white all-purpose primer to continue the dark primer color. It worked out! I used a small Purdy paintbrush to apply the primer. It had brush stroked marks but I knew the next steps would cover it up. I only did one coat because of the amount of dark primer I had leftover but most tutorials recommend doing two coats. I let it dry for about two hours.
3. Paint… Paint… Paint… (I mean Dab… Dab… Dab.. the Granite Look)
Dab Dab Dab (I’m not talking about the dance move either lol). I dabbed and blotted the different paint colors with the natural sponges. (*Make sure to dip the sponges lightly into the paint, if you get too much paint on the sponges, it will stop making the pattern). I bought these sponges from Michael’s for about $3 dollars (50%off coupon). I mainly used the sea sponges (different shape and sizes) for all colors except for gold; I used the small soft sponge to give it a different texture. For the paint, I used a mixture of Giani mineral paint (Pearl Mica-Silver, Limestone White, and Inca Gold), Annie Sloan chalk paint (Old White and Paris Grey), and Black craft paint.
I started with the silver metallic color, followed by white (Limestone White and Old White Mix), then added some gold.
Added some more white, then some Paris grey chalk paint.
Dabbed and blotted some black craft paint with a bigger sponge in random spots, followed by some gold to tone it down, then some Paris grey and finished it off with the white.
Basically there is no formula to this, just throw it on there, and good luck.. Just Kidding! All you really need is the dabbing technique, but as far as the colors, you’ll know when it’s ready.
4. Look, Look Again, and Adjust!
You will probably freak out a little during the progress. It will get worse before it gets better! I had a few “freak out” moments, totally normal! Just look at it and if it’s not quite what you want, adjust it. Add some colors here and there until you get the look that you want. White was my go to color for retouching different areas. Once I felt comfortable with the painted countertop, it was on to the next step, Glitter!!!
5. Metallic Flakes and Glitter
Most tutorials recommend using fine glitter and/or metallic leaf. I purchased what’s called mica flakes and glitter mix. The mix didn’t include ‘fine glitter’ but it worked. After finishing up the paint portion, I added the flakes and glitter. After looking at it, I started to think about what Everything’s Better With Sparkles blog post said about being careful with your glitter choice because “it may make your countertops look more like a 2nd grade art project!” Ahhhhhhhhh, I started removing as much glitter as possible until Chris came in and said” Babe, stop over thinking it, it looks great.” He always knows how to calm me down and bring me back to normal. Therefore, after seeing the equal amounts of glitter mix on the floor as well as on the countertop, I felt okay about it and was ready to seal the countertop.
6. Sealing Time= Scary Time!!! (Mixing & Pouring the Envirotex Lite)
Here comes the scariest part of the entire project. Besides making sure to follow the steps correctly, this will make your hard work permanent. You have to love it because there is no turning back! For the sealer, I purchased the Envirotex Lite (8oz.) at Hobby Lobby (Used 40% off coupon). Hubby had to help me with this part, he is better at directions that I am! With the Envirotex Lite, you have to follow directions very carefully!
Our gloves were on tight (don’t get that sticky stuff on your hands)! Even though I still ended up getting a little bit on my hands, but I just washed it off with soap and water (Never use Solvents or Alcohol, according to the instructions).
First, we made sure the bottles were warm. We let them sit in warm water for a few minutes before pouring. We poured one part Resin first, then pour equal parts of the Hardener in one container, use a stir stick and stirred for TWO minutes. Then, poured the mixture into another container and stirred for ONE minute using a new stir stick. Afterwards, we started pouring the epoxy (I was so nervous! I got some on the sink). Make sure you cover everything, because the resin is hard to remove!
After we poured the Envirotex Lite, we immediately starting spreading it out with the disposable spreader, smoothed it out and let it pour off the edges. The epoxy will level itself out as it sits.
When the countertop was fully cover, we looked for air bubbles. I started by blowing at the bubbles, then I remembered we had a mini blow torch; we used that instead to pop the air bubbles. (Don’t get too close).
After about an hour of it setting, we removed the tape around the sink and walls. (Don’t want it to get stuck there).
7. Patience & Curing Time
Once the air bubbles were out, we let it sit and cure for 3 days. Don’t touch it, just look at it! It should look like glass!!!
After 3 days, it was safe for me to place our things back on the countertop. Voila!
Faux Granite Countertop