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Before we were introduced to our amazing sponsors at Giani we had to come to terms with the fact that our 70’s kitchen was to remain in the 70’s for a few more years. There was no getting around it. We already poured, or shall I say dumped tens of thousands of dollars on the most tideous structural work when we purchased this house. The thought of any bonus projects to actually aid in making this house look prettier had to be put on the back burner.
It was a tough pill to swallow though, especially when the house we just moved out of had a completely renovated (on a budget) kitchen.
You can read all about that kitchen makeover HERE.
We were fully aware of the situation we were getting ourselves into with our new (current) home. Purchasing a massive fixer upper was the entire name of the game. We fell in love with so many rooms in the house – minus the kitchen.
Isn’t she pretty? HA. Who doesn’t love a dark grain wood with ibuprofen orange countertops? Immediately upon moving in, we removed the upper cabinets above the counters and immediately upon doing so it opened up the space so much.
Our forever goal for this space is a completely gutted and remodeled kitchen. We want hardwood floors throughout the entire first floor of our home, so until we have the $$ to make that happen, the kitchen had to be worked with.
When we found Giani Granite Countertops we literally jumped for joy. What started as a simple product placement for our blog, to test out their granite countertop paint kits has evolved into a great relationship with an amazing company who helps us add elements to our home we never could without them!
SO – what did we do?
At first we simply utilized their White Diamond countertop kit, and we painted the cabinets. We LOVED it.
Saying goodbye to the orange and brown never felt so good. A year later I was aching for change. I had been drooling over multiple black and white kitchens on pinterest and wanted to make it a reality in our home. Thankfully, with Giani’s Nuvo Cabinet paint kits – we could do everything at once. We recently re-touched up our cabinets and the countertops and here we are, yet again, just giddy over how shiny and new our kitchen looks.
This time around we wanted the countertops to have less of the granite look and more simplicity. So we only utilized a bit of the sponging process and ended up using many layers (3 cans) of white limestone to give them the pop and brightness we were after.
I love the black base cabinets, in Black Deco — and our uppers are done in White Titanium. The cabinet paint is thick and luscious, and goes on so smoothly and dries beautifully.
Duke approves 🙂
One thing I would highly recommended is every 1-2 years ( dependant on how rough you are with your Giani countertops) is to complete a refresh such as this. We are a bit Clorox wipe obsessed over here and after nearly two years, we washed away a lot of the sealant and the countertops lost their shine. If only I took the time to re-seal them half way through they would have kept their sparkle.
I painted our kitchen, because as if you already don’t know – I’m obsessed with painting. We chose a gorgeous gray I’ll introduce to you all later this week. I recommend having your kitchen color on hand incase you get a bit of the countertop paint on your walls. That way you can easily cut in and give yourself a gorgeous finish.
So if you feel like you are in a complete kitchen rut – do not fret. No need for a loan, or tens of thousands of dollars to create a kitchen of your dreams. Giani’s got your back!