A Temporary Kitchen Counter Upgrade: Instant Granite

Kitchen Counter Makeover from The Styled Soul

Hey there friends!  I am so excited to tell you about a new product I tried. It’s a game changer if you want to update your counters but just can’t swing it financially. And no, this is not a sponsored post this is just a result of the fact that I’m cheap.

Pictured above is a before-and-after of a section of our kitchen. What you see on the right is called Instant Granite and it’s basically a peel and stick film that’s made to cover your existing counters and give them the look of granite. Or in this case, marble.

Okay, I know that just sounds crazy. I was skeptical too. Until I tried it. It literally sat in the box for six months after I bought it. But I finally got tired of looking at the dark counters with the dark cabinets and decided it was time. I love my kitchen, and my dark gel-stained cabinets, but not with these counters. It was all just too dark. It needed some contrast.

 

Kitchen Makeover by The Styled Soul

I’m not even sure how I found this stuff to begin with. I think I saw it on Pinterest?  The main reason that I waited so long was my fear of screwing up. Ugh. Why do we let fear hold us back? I mean really, in most situations the worst thing that could happen is almost never the worst thing in the world. Especially when it comes to DIY. I mean, this isn’t life or death. Sometimes I just have to get over myself.

Anyway, enough of my rant. It finally hit me that I could try it on the tiny little section of counter space next to the refrigerator and it wouldn’t really matter if I screwed it up. It’s such a small area that I could easily redo it.

Since I haven’t used it long enough at this point to know if I would recommend it as a long term solution I do think it’s perfect for the following situations.

  • Renting
  • Home Staging
  • Temporary Solutions
  • DIY Projects

In our case we’re using it as a temporary fix. We have so many things on our list for the new house that take priority over the counters. So this seemed like a great way to get the look we want for the kitchen while we tackle the other projects on the list.

After watching a few tutorials on You Tube I decided to just get over my fear already and go for it. I’m not the best at following or reading directions anyway. You know sometimes you just have to close your eyes, jump in and hope for the best. Hashtag-amiright?

Kitchen Counter Makeover with Instant Granite from The Styled Soul

I started by cleaning the counter with Lysol wipes and then I wiped it down with a couple of coffee filters to be sure it was dry and lint free.

Then I measured the width of this section and added about six inches to allow enough film to cover the sides. The Instant Granite film comes in a 36″ roll, which is a standard size for most counters, so you only have to cut the length you need.

After I cut it, I started by peeling off only half of the backing front to back, not side to side. Then I laid it down on the counter, centering it as much as I could, keeping it off the back splash at this point.  I figured it would be best to get the front of the counter laid first, then go back and cover the back splash.

Once you get the film on the surface you have to work out any air bubbles. So you’ll need a squeegee. And patience. Lots of patience. The film is really easy to work with it just takes some time to get used to.

If you get air bubbles as you go, I found it was best to just peel it back to the point where there were bubbles to release the air then lay it back down as tight and smoothly as possible with the squeegee little by little and going very slowly. You can peel it back as much as necessary  since it takes several hours to fully adhere to the surface.

Once you have it in place and air bubble-free you can trim the excess with scissors and an exacto knife.

The hardest part was getting the corners right. I’ll go over that in my next post.

 

 

Kitchen Makeover using Instant Granite from The Styled Soul

Kitchen Counter Makeover with Instant Granite from The Styled Soul

Kitchen Counter Makeover with Instant Granite from The Styled Soul

Kitchen Counter Makeover from The Styled Soul

It makes my morning coffee and avocado toast so much better ;) So far I’ve only finished this section. Before I covered the rest of the counters I wanted to live with it for a while and see how it holds up. And I have to say it’s pretty amazing. I have spilled just about everything in the world on it and it’s super easy to clean. Even grease is easy to wipe away.

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous weekend friends!!!

stephanie

Linking up at: The DIY Collective

By stephaniemkent@yahoo.com

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4 comments

  • Stacy

    August 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Can you sit hot pans on it ?

    1. stephaniemkent@yahoo.com

      August 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Stacy! Well, I haven’t tried that yet. But honestly, I would be afraid to. Although I never placed hot pans on my counter before. Only on the stove. But it cleans up really well, and we cook a lot.

  • Denise

    October 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    How has the fake marble paper it held up over time? Does it get torn or scraped if you moved something heavy across the counter (a coffee maker, a kitchen aid mixer, etc …???)

    1. stephaniemkent@yahoo.com

      October 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Hi Denise! Overall it still looks great. The island, where we do a lot of prepping for cooking, does show some slight surface scratches in certain lighting. But the rest of the kitchen still looks great. It’s very hard to tear it, typical kitchen items won’t do it. But my husband managed to tear a small spot because he was working on his bike on the island. And I found that the slow cooker has to be placed on a cookie sheet. The feet are warm enough to melt the vinyl. I installed it a little over a year ago. Hope that helps!

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