I have an exciting makeover to share with you today and it took less than 3 hours start (filming, photography, learning curve) to finish! Let me introduce you to the countertop vinyl that will take your kitchen from builder’s grade laminate to posh luxury: Instant Granite®. (sponsored post)
Our kitchen is 13 years old, which really isn’t that old, but as times and tastes have changed, so has the style – which makes our 2005 ‘warm and dark’ look, dated. Hubby is not on-board with me painting out my cabinets (yet), but a countertop change can be a budget kitchen upgrade if you use Instant Granite®. My friend had quartz kitchen countertops and they look fantastic but since money is tight, I thought I’d use some instant granite to make our kitchen look better.
*I was provided Instant Granite® to makeover my kitchen counters in exchange for writing this article and posting a tutorial. All opinions are sincere and my own – this stuff really is amazing.
Let me show you my kitchen before the Instant Granite® updates:
This photo is pretty forgiving – what you can’t see because you aren’t here, is the damage to the wood edges of the counters. Scuffs, scratches, faded areas where we’ve washed the finish off. The countertops themselves have some paint, mod podge and crazy glue drips on them that I can’t get off.
Another thing you can’t see is how dark my kitchen is. I used natural lighting for my photographs, but I did have to up the exposure because IRL things here are much, much darker.
I searched online and found that the majority of adhesive vinyl counter film companies only sell rolls that are 12″, 17.5″ or 24″ wide. Workable I guess, but tedious if you have to patchwork your budget kitchen upgrade together.
Then I found Instant Granite®!
I was able to buy rolls of instant granite that were 12′ long by 36″ wide! In layman’s terms, that means a cleaner finish, fewer seams and less work – sign me up!
Here’s a time-lapse demo for you to get an idea of the instant transformation:
All Instant Granite® patterns are created from actual pieces of granite or marble. Working closely with a team of graphic designers, we capture high-resolution scans of granite and marble tile to create a true-to-life repeating pattern for our products. Ours are not computer generated renditions of stone; ours are pictures of the real thing.
I do have a full tutorial on YouTube to help walk you through the installation at the bottom of this post, but for now, I’ll share a few photos and tips:
First, and probably the most important step, is to clean your counters. Grease, butter, even chemical residue from glass cleaner can interfere with the adhesion of your Instant Granite. I don’t use chemicals on my counters (I prefer ENJO), but a hardy washing with Krud Kutter and a thorough rinse will get you started on the right foot.
Pre-cut your instant granite to length plus a 2″ overhang for any edges. This allows for the adhesive vinyl to wrap completely under your counter edges to keep water out and your lines clean.
The 36″ width is more than enough to cover most counters without any seams.
If you do have to seam your faux-granite, overlap the adhesive vinyl by about 1/8″. This will be barely noticeable because the granite pattern is incredibly forgiving, but will ensure that your seams don’t split apart over time and that no water will sneak underneath.
If you do have an over-sized counter, like our 93″ by 43″ kitchen island, run your seam as far from the sink as possible. In the photo below the 36″ section of Instant Granite is running the length of the counter and completely surrounds the sink without any seams. The additional section runs the length of the counter, but away from the sink area. (see video)