DIY Faux Granite Countertops and Painted Cabinets $150 TOTAL!!

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  • Published on:  Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • This was a really fun, simple, inexpensive project that gave my kitchen a whole new look! The cost for redoing both the countertops and cabinets cost us only $150!

    The two videos I followed step by step are below;



    **If going for a white countertop look, use polyacrylic, not Polyurethane. I used the Polyurethane and it has yellowed especially under stationary items (toaster, dishdry rack, etc.). All part of the learning experience :)
    I've heard that Polyacrylic will not yellow like Polyurethane does.

    Primer used on counter tops: KILZ interior Oil based primer
  • Source: https://youtu.be/WA0qRhXwvco


  • Tiger Steele

    Tiger Steele

     9 hours ago


  • Trica Oneal

    Trica Oneal

     9 hours ago

    Great Job!! Looks very nice 😊

  • Just Renee

    Just Renee


    I first want to say I think you did a really good job and I hope you’re still enjoying your project. I would just like to add for anyone who is looking to do a similar DIY, Home Depot sells a countertop kit and well as a cabinet kit with all the necessary materials included.

  • through Ally's eyes

    through Ally's eyes

     2 days ago +1

    This is ugly, honestly I can almost guarantee counters finish product 99cent sqft

  • Rys McHale

    Rys McHale

     2 days ago

    Very nice

  • Maribel Lopez

    Maribel Lopez

     6 days ago +1

    Came across your video for some inspiration and WOW! You did a. Great job! Can you update on the counter top and cabinets using the paint you used?

  • MrOneStrong


     7 days ago

    Great Job looks fantastic

  • Shane Lizard

    Shane Lizard

     7 days ago

    Looks good, wonder if you could knock down the surface wet sand and buff it depending on your preference of course

  • Pebbles P

    Pebbles P

     7 days ago

    It is always gratifying to do your self..looks great..

  • Jay Sika

    Jay Sika

     14 days ago

    All your missing is a nice backsplash

  • Tova282


     21 days ago

    How have the counters held up? Scratches? Heat?

  • Beth I

    Beth I

     21 days ago +1

    Good job on your video. Very helpful.

  • sandra brooks-Brown

    sandra brooks-Brown

     21 days ago +1

    Yes love it new sub

  • Calicos Groove

    Calicos Groove

     21 days ago +2

    Great job and I appreciate the upload. This looks crisp, clean & professionally done.

  • Chris Statham

    Chris Statham

     1 months ago +4

    Hey, just a tip for the poly -> Using a roller is a sure way to get bubbles which is probably why you get the feeling you don't necessarily desire. It also may not be as protective because of the bubbles. I'm part of a woodworkers guild, that gives great tips for these types of projects. If you mix your poly 50/50 with mineral spirits, stir and not shake, you can use it as a wipe on poly. Apply thin coats of oil based "gloss" 50/50 with a lint free cloth (this will prevent bubbles and the gloss is used for the first few coats ALWAYS to prevent cloudiness. It's also a lot easier to apply than full strength poly). After each coat, lightly sand with a 220 grit paper to eliminate any surface imperfections. After two coats, apply the sheen of your choice in the same manner, 50/50 wipe on, whether it be semi gloss, matte, ect....(using the sheen of your choice in the final coats will provide the proper sheen regardless of initial coats). After that third coat, sand with a 320 or 400 grit paper, and then use a 25/75 mix of the sheen of your choice and naptha. A very thin layer of this mix will fill in any and all imperfections leaving you with a perfect surface. It works every time.

    This is a great project for those on a budget.

  • Boston_Mama84


     1 months ago +1

    Coming from a family who has owned a tile (tile, marble & granite) business for generations, the finished result came out beautiful. You can't top the price! but from knowledge I do know that requires a lot of upkeep. It is just a temporary cosmetic fix. It doesnt hold up over time unfortunately. Still I think this is a great idea if someone is on a budget or doesn't mind giving it a refresher every couple years. What a transformation though!... & applaud yourself for a job well done. It's not easy, especially the tedious and time consuming marbling by hand. 👏👏👏👍

  • Darlene Jankowiak

    Darlene Jankowiak

     1 months ago +1

    Beautiful job looks amazing. What is the name of the 2 grays you used?

  • Carolyn Taylor

    Carolyn Taylor

     1 months ago


  • Enlightened Exceptionalism

    Enlightened Exceptionalism

     1 months ago +4

    The polyurethane - make sure it is a 'crystal clear' - or it will yellow

  • Enlightened Exceptionalism

    Enlightened Exceptionalism

     1 months ago

    I think I've seen a 'thing' of 'sparkles' that you can add - at Lowes/HD....