Painting a faux granite countertop yourself requires a little artistic flair and attention to detail. Before you even take on the job, find some samples of real granite and take a good look at the composition of the flecks and the highs and lows of color in it. Be sure to practise on a surface of the same material as the one you intend to paint, and wait for it to dry so that you can see exactly how it will appear when finished.
Done correctly, a faux granite countertop can be undetectable from the real thing. Imagine the money you will save on actual granite, and indeed on replacing your countertops in the first place; and also consider the satisfaction you will achieve. Once you are done, you will be looking for other surfaces to apply the technique to!
When you are ready to paint your own faux granite countertop, assemble everything you will need.
- 1. Give the countertop a light sanding and meticulous cleaning. Painting a grimy or dusty surface will give poor results.
2. Protect the surrounding areas from paint, with newspaper and tape.
3. Paint the surface good quality white melamine paint. Allow to dry fully before adding a second coat.
4. Using a different natural sea sponge for each color, dab on the paints alternately. Depending on the color combination you are trying to replicate, you will use blue, pink, brown, black and/or gray. It would be convenient to have a sample of real granite on hand so that you can use it as a guide. The sea sponges will provide a speckled result, similar to that of the granite. The surface should be entirely painted, with one or two colors more dominant than others, according to the sample.
5. The paint should dry for two or three days before your new faux granite countertop is used.
There are plenty of places on the Internet that offer classes in faux finishes, via CD or book, or you could consider attending a DIY education class in your area. While creating a faux granite countertop is not difficult, you stand to gain a lot of extra information as well as inspiration for your next project.