How To Paint Granite Countertops [15 Step Guide]

Are you looking to change the look of your kitchen on a tight budget? Did you know you can paint granite countertops to create a new look at a low cost? We've put together a simple, easy to follow guide to show you exactly how to go about painting your granite countertops.

To paint granite countertops, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a granite countertop painting kit.
  2. Scrub the countertop and remove old caulk.
  3. Protect cabinets and appliances with painter's tape.
  4. Apply the primer.
  5. Cut the sponge. 
  6. Apply the first mineral paint.
  7. Apply the second mineral paint.
  8. Apply the third mineral paint.
  9. Use an artist's paintbrush to create veins.
  10. Sand the countertop.
  11. Use a new roller brush to apply the topcoat.
  12. Allow the topcoat to dry, and sand it with 600 grit sandpaper.
  13. Apply a second layer of topcoat.
  14. Allow the countertop to dry, then remove the painter's tape.
  15. Apply fresh caulk and allow the countertop to dry completely.

If you follow these steps, you will have a beautiful new look on your countertop before you know it. There are still some crucial elements you will need to know before you begin. So, please keep reading as we delve into how to do each step and what tools you'll need along the way.

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Before You Get Started, Gather Your Tools

If you are a regular do-it-yourselfer, you will likely have some of these tools and materials already on hand at your home. Gather your tools for this project. Not to worry, if there is something you need, we've shared a few of our favorite products along with each step of the painting process.

To paint your granite countertops, you will need:

  • Painter's tape
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scouring pads
  • Granite countertop painting kit
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Thin tipped artist's paintbrush
  • Clear caulk
  • 600 grit sandpaper
  • Paint trays

Now, let's get started!

How To Paint Your Countertop

1. Choose A Granite Countertop Paint Kit

Giani brand paint kits are highly rated, and they come in a variety of colors. White Diamond, Bombay Black, and Slate are just a few available color options. Many people stand by this product, and the results are incredible. These kits include almost everything you will need to complete this project.

Click here to see Giani's White Diamond paint kit on Amazon.

2. Scrub Your Counters and Remove Old Caulk

Use a Brillo pad and a good cleaner to scrub your countertops well. You want to remove any grease or dirt before you begin painting to get a perfect finish. Dry your countertops once you finish washing them and then give them a little extra time to air dry. Use a utility knife or a caulk remover to scrape off any old caulk.

Click here to see Brillo pads on Amazon.

Outus' caulking tool kit can help to smooth or remove calk throughout your project.

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3. Apply Painters Tape

Use painter's tape to protect your backsplash and cabinets. You will also want to use it on the sink and the faucet to protect these from splatter. You might also consider taping some newspapers on the cabinets to provide extra protection.

Click here to see Duck painter's tape on Amazon.

4. Applying The Primer

You will want to start at the back of the counter and work your way to the front. Use the 2-inch foam brush included in the kit to paint the tight areas. Your Giani paint kit will also come with a roller. Use long strokes and try to apply the primer by rolling in the same direction throughout the process. The primer will need a minimum of 8-hours to dry before you apply the next color.

5. Cut Your Sponge

Get the sponge out of your paint kit, and rinse it in cool water. Wring the sponge out as best you can because water will dilute the paint. Grab your scissors and cut your sponge; you will need one piece sized at least 2- to 3-inches and a few 1/2-inch wide pieces. Use the large piece primarily, and the small pieces to make it easier to get into tight corners.

Click here to see KitchenAid scissors on Amazon.

6. Apply The First Coat Of Mineral Paint

Get your clean, medium-sized sponges along with the practice sheet included in your kit, and a paint tray. Practice your technique on the sheet included in the kit. Make sure to use gentle dabbing motions, randomly placed. Once you're happy with the results on your practice sheet, you can begin the same process on your countertop.

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7. Apply The Second Coat Of Mineral Paint

Grab your sponge, the second shade of paint, and a fresh paint tray. Use the same process to dab on the next shade of mineral paint. Remember to avoid repetitive patterns and dab the surface randomly to get the look of real granite.

8. Apply The Third Coat Of Mineral Paint 

You will use the sponge to apply the third shade in the same manner as the previous shades. Apply it randomly, and don't be afraid to overlap other colors. You should also expect some degree of blending; this creates a realistic look.

9. Use An Artist's Paintbrush To Create Veins.

Use your paintbrush to create the illusion of veins using the lighter colors and gently lining the surface. It would be a good idea to have a photo of real granite on hand to compare your work with and help to choose the placement for your veins. Allow the countertop to dry for at least 4-hours before proceeding.

Click here to see Crafts-4-All paintbrushes on Amazon.

10. Sand Your Countertops

Use your 600 grit sandpaper for sanding the painted areas gently; this will remove any uneven surfaces caused by the dabbing motion. Sanding the surface also gives the clear topcoat a rough surface to improve adherence. Wipe the countertops well to remove any remaining dust. A sanding block will make this process much quicker and easier.

Click here to see Aouker's hand sander on Amazon.

11. Use A Clean Roller To Apply The Clear Topcoat

Grab your foam brush and the clear topcoat, shake the can well, and pour it into a clean paint tray. Use your foam brush to apply a light layer of topcoat in the hard to reach areas first. Use the new roller cover to get the large surface areas. Work quickly because the topcoat dries fast.

12. Allow The First Layer Of Topcoat To Dry, Then Sand It Down

Give the first layer of topcoat at least 4-hours to dry. Get your 600 grit sandpaper and sand the entire surface again; this will ensure the second layer of the topcoat has a glossy finish. Wipe the entire surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust before moving to the next step.

Click here to see 3M Wet-Or-Dry sandpaper on Amazon.

13. Apply A Second Layer Of Topcoat

Apply the second layer in the same fashion as the first. Use your roller to apply a thin layer, make sure to even your initial strokes out with a final long stroke to remove any lap lines. Cover the entire countertop surface.

14. Allow The Final Topcoat To Dry, Then Remove Your Painter's Tape

Once your second layer of topcoat is dry to the touch, get your utility knife and begin scoring the painter's tape, so it doesn't pull the paint off when you remove it. If any paint pulls up while removing the tape, give it a quick touch-up following the same steps as before. Always work carefully when using your knife.

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15. Apply Caulk And Let Dry

Apply fresh caulk around your sink and backsplash. Create a long, continuous bead of caulk around the seam. Make sure you use a kitchen or bathroom caulk that dries clear. The paint will require a full 14 days to cure before using the countertop normally again.

Click here to see GE Silicone caulk on Amazon.

If you'd like a visual guide, please watch this detailed video from Giani to show you everything you need to know.

What Kind of Paint Can You Use On Granite?

Using a paint kit specifically designed for granite is your best option, and it's much easier than flying by the seat of your pants. If you can't find what you're looking for in the kits available, you can make your masterpiece using your choice of colors in any oil-based paint.

Can You Cover Granite Countertops With Wallpaper?

No, you cannot cover your granite countertops with wallpaper, but you can find contact paper designed to cover your countertops. There are many different finishes available from marble to granite and even wood. Contact paper is a low cost and effective way to change the look of your countertops, but make sure the material you purchase is safe for granite.

Click here to see AROIC marble-look, self-adhesive contact paper on Amazon.

Is Painting Countertops a Good Idea?

Yes, If you need to update your countertops within a budget, painting them is an excellent option. As long as you use quality paints and seal it well, your new paint job can last a lifetime. Over the years, you may find it necessary to sand and reapply the topcoat to reduce the appearance from any wear and tear.

Can You Use Chalk Paint on Granite?

Yes, you can use chalk paint on granite countertops, and it will provide adequate coverage. We cannot say how well this type of paint holds up on granite. Choose high-quality chalk paint, use a good oil-based primer, and use two layers of clear topcoat.

Can You Stain Granite Countertops a Different Color?

Yes, you can purchase stain colors for stone, including granite. Staining granite is tricky because you never know exactly how it will turn out, and may not get the desired appearance. You are also limited on colors, although it is easy to stain granite darker, but nearly impossible to lighten it.

Click here to view Tenax Tepox Q stone stain on Amazon.

Can You Have A Pattern When Painting Granite Countertops?

Since natural stone has a very sporadic look, you will want to avoid patterns if trying to achieve a realistic stone look. There are no kits that contain patterns to work from, but most of them will provide you with detailed instructions and almost everything you need to get started.

Should Kitchen Island Granite Match Countertops?

Matching a kitchen island to existing countertops is ultimately a personal choice. Many people prefer to have all their countertops matching, but if you love a quirky look and you think you can pull it off, then have fun with it. The most important thing is that you love the way it looks.

What Is The Most Popular Granite Color Countertop?

White with a visible grain is the most popular and most common color for granite countertops. It is elegant, beautiful and it goes with any color. If white isn't your thing, that is fine; there are many other gorgeous choices out there.

Should Bathroom Countertops Match Kitchen Countertops?

Matching countertops throughout the house is another personal decision. Many people want all the countertops in their home to match and at least coordinate, but it is not a requirement. Be creative, let your personality shine through and create your dream home, whether it's uniform, elegant, or quirky and colorful.

In Conclusion

There are a few different ways to change the color of your countertops, and with this handy guide, you can get it done cost-effectively and with a beautiful result. Whether you chose to paint your countertops or use contact paper, this can be a simple do-it-yourself project. You may even gain fond memories by letting your loved ones join in the fun.

Since you are researching countertops, you may also enjoy reading:

Are Kitchen Countertops Glued Down? (And How To Remove Them)

 14 Types of Kitchen Countertops (By Material)


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