Update: DIY Was it worth it? Faux Granite

I always get asked how my countertops are holding up.. Well 2 years later I still LOVE them!!

I’ve had 2-3 scares with stains and a magic eraser plus some elbow grease has taken the stains out every time. 

We even splurged on updating our old backsplash with white Carrera marble subway tile and the countertops complement the marble gorgeously!! 

Enough talking. Here are the photos you were asking for…

 

Faux Granite update – still love the countertops!
  
Faux Granite update – still love the countertops!
  
 
A closeup of the countertops next to the marble backsplash
 

 

Closeup of the countertops and backsplash!
 
 
They are still very reflective!

 
Another closeup.. I love how they look with the natural light
  
If you’re curious how the original countertops looked, or how to get this same look check out the original post with a full how to here.

Xo

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28 thoughts on “Update: DIY Was it worth it? Faux Granite”

  1. This is absolutely amazing. I want to do this! Thank you for updating. We have six in our family and are hard on our counter tops so I always wonder how they hold up with a DIY job. You have totally inspired me!

      1. My question was about yellowing as well. I am using the envirotex to do a kitchen island , and my kitchen gets a good deal of sun. The manufacturer suggested not using the envirotex over a white surface. Does your kitchen get sun? And have you noticed yellow spots?

      2. Hi Carolyn! My countertops don’t get very direct sun… My bay window is in the adjoining breakfast nook. I have not noticed yellow spots at all, including on the portion by the peek through window to the backyard.

  2. I loved reading about your experience apply this these products. I can’t wait to try it myself. I have been waiting for the right products and procedure and you have it! “I’m so excited to start the project, it will be my winning project for the new year. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. I have a question for you… Did you remove the stovetop & sink for this? I was wondering how the top-coat butts up against them. Is it thick enough that it shows? Or is it just a thin layer? Would it be better to remove the sink so the countertop edge has a more water-tight seal?

    1. It’s a thin layer and you can’t tell with mine, I just taped vertically all around the sink being very careful while doing so. If you can easily remove the sink that would be best but we had no issues not removing ours.

    1. Hi Trena, yes they have! You can tell that it was tile just as you see in the photos but for the cost it doesn’t bother me – way better than what we started with 🙂

  4. Wow, I have to say I’m So impressed with this…most blogs about this have had problems with the finish within the year, it seems. If it lasts 4-5 years, it would be cost effective.

    Considering this for a house we just bought in AZ, the counters are some kind of laminate, but they have a rounded edge, and are about 1 1/2″ thick…you are an artist and a craftsman!

    1. That is a very sweet compliment, thank you!! I did a lot of research before attempting. I always use cutting boards and hot pads so perhaps that has helped them last so long?

      1. Can you tell me how you used the metallic leafs and glitter? Can you post a pic of it? Thanks!!! The countertops are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. Hi Lori- you’d like an up close photo of the glitter and flakes now? Unfirtunately I didn’t take a photo during that step (I was rushing) but I simply applied flakes with tweezers prior to dealing with envirotex. The super fine glitter can just be lightly sprinkled prior to the envirotex step as well. Hope that helps!

  5. I am in the process of collecting all the equipment I need to do this project but I am wondering what colour and brand of warm grey primer you used for the base coat?

    1. Hi Heather,

      Unfortunately I don’t have an exact color I just asked Home Depot to tint my primer! Since you’re going to do a lot of layers over it just pick a color you’d like to see as an accent 🙂

      1. Hi Brittany, I finished the bathroom countertop and it looks fabulous. I am so pleased with the results. I ended up flooding with Envirotex twice only because we have a small dip in the countertop profile before it rolls over the front. The sealer tended to settle in the dip and not flow over the front. The service people at Envirotex in California are extremely helpful and she said that I would need to reseal the whole countertop and not just touch up the missed sections because it doesn’t feather in well. I learned a lot from this first project and would certainly re-finsih another surface and know to really push the solution over the edges. I created a horizontal lip of packing tape reinforced by masking tape underneath the front edge to catch the drips so I didn’t waste the product and could use my brush to lift it back onto the front edge. Thanks for your detailed steps of how you did your kitchen. It inspired me to refinish our bathroom countertop!

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