Transform Your Kitchen: How to Paint Granite Countertops Like a Pro

Bob Thomas


Are you tired of looking at your outdated granite countertops but don't want to spend a fortune on a complete replacement?

Fear not! You can give your kitchen a fresh and modern look by painting your granite countertops.

As a qualified painter and decorator, I've helped countless homeowners transform their kitchens using this simple technique.

In this article, I'll guide you through the step-by-step process of painting granite countertops, ensuring a stunning and professional result.

Quick Summary

  1. Gather all the necessary materials and tools.
  2. Thoroughly clean and prepare the countertops.
  3. Apply a bonding primer.
  4. Paint the countertops using a granite paint kit or a suitable alternative.
  5. Apply a clear topcoat for protection.
  6. Allow the countertops to dry and cure.

Materials and Tools Needed


Clean cloth

Cleaning the countertops


Removing grease and grime

Painter's tape

Protecting adjacent surfaces

Fine-grit sandpaper

Lightly sanding the countertop

Bonding primer

Ensuring paint adhesion

Foam roller

Applying primer and paint


Applying primer and paint in tight spaces

Granite paint kit

Achieving a granite-like finish

Clear topcoat

Protecting the painted surface

Clean and Prepare the Countertops

Start by removing any items from your countertops and cleaning the surface thoroughly with a clean cloth and a degreaser.

This step is crucial, as any grease or dirt left on the surface can cause issues with paint adhesion.

Protect Adjacent Surfaces

Use painter's tape to protect the edges of your countertops, as well as any adjacent surfaces like cabinets, backsplash, and walls. This will help ensure a clean and professional finish.

Sand and Prime

Lightly sand the entire surface of your granite countertops using fine-grit sandpaper.

This will help the primer adhere better to the surface.

Once you've sanded the surface, wipe it down with a clean cloth to remove any dust.

Next, apply a bonding primer to your countertops using a foam roller.

Make sure to get into any tight spaces or corners using a paintbrush.

Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions, usually around 24 hours.

Apply Granite Paint

Once the primer is dry, it's time to apply the granite paint.

Most granite paint kits come with multiple shades and a sponge for creating a natural granite look.

Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for the specific paint kit you've chosen.

Typically, you'll start by applying a base coat using a foam roller, and then dab the sponge in the different shades provided in the kit.

Gently dab and blend the shades onto the countertop surface, creating a granite-like pattern.

Remember to use reference images of real granite countertops to help guide your technique.

Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Apply Clear Topcoat

Once your granite paint is completely dry, apply a clear topcoat to protect your newly painted countertops.

Use a foam roller to apply the topcoat evenly across the entire surface, making sure to cover all the painted areas. Allow the topcoat to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Remove Painter's Tape and Enjoy

Once the topcoat is dry, carefully remove the painter's tape from the edges and adjacent surfaces. Your newly painted granite countertops are now ready for use!

Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQs)

Q: Can I paint over my existing granite countertops, or do I need to remove them first?

  A: You can paint directly over your existing granite countertops without removing them.

Just make sure to follow the proper preparation steps, such as cleaning, sanding, and priming, to ensure a long-lasting and professional-looking result.

Q: How long does it take for the paint to dry and cure?

  A: The drying time for each layer of paint and primer may vary depending on the product you're using.

Generally, it takes about 24 hours for each coat to dry.

After applying the final coat, it's recommended to wait at least 72 hours for the paint to cure before using your countertops.

Q: Can I use any type of paint to achieve a granite-like finish?

  A: It's best to use specialized paint kits designed for creating a faux granite finish, as these products are specifically formulated to create the desired texture and appearance.

Regular paint may not provide the same level of durability or the desired granite-like effect.

Q: Is painting granite countertops a DIY project, or should I hire a professional?

  A: Painting granite countertops can be a DIY project if you're comfortable with painting and are willing to invest the time and effort into the process.

However, if you're unsure about your ability to achieve a professional-looking result, it may be best to hire a professional to complete the job.

A professional painter with experience in faux granite finishes can ensure a high-quality result and save you time and potential frustration.

Q: How long will my painted granite countertops last?

  A: The durability of your painted granite countertops depends on the quality of the products used and the care taken during the painting process.

If you've followed all the steps correctly and used high-quality products, your countertops can last for several years.

However, keep in mind that painted countertops may not be as durable as natural granite, so take care to protect them from scratches, stains, and heat.

Q: Can I put hot pots and pans directly on my painted countertops?

  A: While the paint and sealer used for your faux granite countertops may have some heat resistance, it's best to avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on the surface.

Use trivets or heat-resistant mats to protect your countertops from heat damage.

Q: Are painted granite countertops safe for food preparation?

  A: Once the paint and sealer have fully cured, your painted granite countertops should be safe for food preparation.

However, it's always a good idea to use cutting boards and avoid cutting directly on the countertop surface to prevent scratches and maintain the longevity of your painted finish.


In conclusion, painting granite countertops is a cost-effective way to update your kitchen or bathroom without breaking the bank.

By following these steps and using a high-quality granite paint kit, you can achieve a beautiful and durable finish that closely resembles real granite.

This DIY project not only improves the aesthetics of your space but can also increase the value of your home.

Just remember to be patient, take your time, and follow the instructions provided by the paint kit manufacturer to achieve the best results.

With a bit of creativity and effort, you can transform your countertops into a stunning focal point for your kitchen or bathroom. Enjoy your new, stylish, and budget-friendly granite-look countertops!

Suggested Products:

  1. Giani Granite Countertop Paint Kit: DIY-friendly kit that mimics granite countertops, includes primer, mineral paints, and a topcoat.
  2. Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit: An all-in-one solution for transforming old countertops into a durable, high-gloss finish.
  3. Daich SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit: A water-based, stone coating system that gives countertops a natural stone look.
  4. Nuvo Driftwood Cabinet & Countertop Paint Kit: A one-step paint process for updating cabinets and countertops with a driftwood finish.
  5. Beyond Paint Countertop Makeover Refinishing: A simple refinishing kit for giving countertops a fresh, modern look without sanding or priming.

About the author 

Bob Thomas

A fully certified interior decorator and house painter , Bob Thomas brings immense expertise and knowledge amassed from many years of hands-on experience with residential, commercial and specialty painting and decorating projects of all sizes and scopes.

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