Thanks to the makers of the Giani Marble Countertop Kit for partnering with me on this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links. These links won’t cost you anything, but may earn me a small commission.
My kitchen’s counters are nearly 20 years old.
But now that my twins are entering private liberal arts colleges (with large tuitions) in the fall, my husband and I are loathe to shell out thousands of dollars for new counters! I’ve seen many homeowners complete amazing budget kitchen makeovers on their own, so I though I’d give it a try!
Enter the best way to get “new” counters on a budget – a Giani Carrara White Marble Epoxy Countertop Kit.
Giani makes a variety of DIY kits to update a home on a budget — there is also a Giani granite kit to get “granite” countertops on a budget.
These super easy to use kits produce fantastic results. (Even for people like me with a beginner’s level DIY skills.)
The Giani epoxy marble kits are available on Amazon for about $180, and contain everything you need to transform a dated counter. (Whether it’s laminate, dark granite, etc.)
Epoxy Marble Counters on a Budget
Giani has different countertop kits available. I chose the Giani Carrara White Marble Epoxy Countertop Kit because I love the classic and clean look of marble counters.
The kit contains everything one needs to transform kitchen or bathroom counters: paint brushes, sandpaper, white base coat paint, gray and light highlighting paints for the veining for your “marble” counters, plastic tarps, and an epoxy top coat to give your counters a durable, glossy finish.
(Check out my YouTube video on my master bathroom transformation to see how easy it is to use a Giani Carrara White Marble Epoxy Countertop Kit.)
My once yellowed cultured marble countertop now looks brand new and beautiful! (Check out my bathroom epoxy marble countertop tutorial for the full details.)
Bathroom Counter Transformation
Fixing a Laminate Counter
Before I got to transforming my laminate counter with the Giani Carrara White Marble Epoxy Countertop Kit, I first had to make some fixes to my kitchen counter.
My laminate counters have a laminate backsplash. I was going to remove the backsplash before painting the counters, but those backsplashes seem to be glued to the countertop for life! I couldn’t get them to budge.
But the fronts of the backsplash were a different story. The laminate was coming off the backsplash in one corner where I used to keep a coffee maker. Also, the laminate edge of the counter in front of the sink was coming off a little, too.
I tried ironing the laminate back on (by ironing it to reactivate the glue), but that fix didn’t last long. It turns out that there wasn’t much glue behind the pieces that were coming off. (Ironing edges of laminate counters back on only works if there is enough glue left to hold it up.)
I posted a question on Hometalk on how to reattach the laminate pieces, and someone suggested I use a hot gun. So I got out my trusty glue gun, and within seconds, my laminate counters were fixed. Yay! Thank goodness for my