I love diamonds, feather down, and leather. I own some of each, but I also own their faux counterparts. Let me introduce you to my new favorite pretender: faux granite.
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting “Fabulous One-Day Room Transformations” at the Philadelphia Home Show. I love transforming a room in just one day, but there is one room in the house that is notoriously hard to makeover quickly and on a budget…
Yes, it’s lovely to have new cabinets, new appliances, and new counter tops. But if, like me, your life doesn’t allow for contractors or a big budget right now, then you need to know there are great faux alternatives.
EZ Instant Makeover makes two products that can absolutely transform your kitchen in just one day. Their granite film is an amazing counter top finish that anyone can apply right over old counters and get a granite look instantly. I wanted to see this for myself, so I applied it to a client’s kitchen. I was amazed. She was amazed. Her friends are amazed. We all love it!
And you can love it even more for a10% discount when you check out using the code HW10.
You absolutely can not tell that it is faux granite from across the room. You have a very hard time telling that it is not the real thing even when you are standing on top of it. And if you are careful when installing it, even your trims and splices will look very much like the cuts in real stone. Does the corner cut below jump out at you, or blend in?
This film, kind of like contact paper, goes right over your existing surface and can be bent and trimmed to follow your current counter top. It cuts easily, so it can be installed around existing plumbing. And it looks great. When I prepared my demo slab for the home show, I noticed how the granite shone in my own kitchen, reflecting the windows, which I had never seen before on my dull laminate counter.
There are a lot of great things about this granite film, but the best part may be the price. We covered this entire kitchen for less than $200.
And if you have an appliance or two that works fine but doesn’t quite fit into your decor, you can cover that, too, with their stainless steel film. We did that to this dishwasher, and saved the clients between $300-600. The stainless steel makeover costs only $30 for the dishwasher, but the same film can be applied to other appliances, as well. Here’s the after from that kitchen you saw up above.
There are several granite colors and 2 stainless finishes to choose from. Click if you are ready to buy an EZ Instant Makeover of your own.
There are a few things you should know if you intend to install either the granite film or stainless film in your own home.
- This is absolutely a DIY project, but it helps if you don’t do it alone. Enlist a helper if possible.
- If you have an extra long stretch of counter, you can order your rolls in lengths exceeding 12′. Just contact the company.
- You can install the film without moving your sink, and it still looks great. Just lay the film over the sink, cut an x directly over the sink, apply the film around the sink, and then trim carefully around the sink, and finish with a bead of clear silicone.
- When applying the film, use your water spray liberally. Ensure the surface is slick (but not dripping). Having the water under the film allows you to more easily reposition the film and squeegee out the air bubbles that are unavoidable during installation.
- You will have air bubbles, but a sufficiently wet surface will make it easier to remove them.
- Seams that are cut by overlapping films with the backing attached, and then using one straight cut through all layers of granite film, such as a diagonal cut that may be needed on L-shaped counters (see above), will barely be visible. You can also overlap granite film if needed, however, you are more likely to see a tiny white seam at the point of overlap, so be sure that you face that seam away from the main vantage point.
- You can “fold” the film over the edge and up backsplashes. For these applications, it is very helpful to have a hairdryer to warm the film and make it more pliable and sticky.
- EZ Instant Makeover sells an installation kit with a knife and a scraper. It is well worth it to order this with your film.
This product has been featured on QVC, HGTV, DIY Network, The Today Show, the Rachel Ray Show, and now here!
Some of you might remember that I’ve halted all updates to our own kitchen because I’m hoping for a total remodel next year. But, well, I’ll be making this little change to our kitchen very soon. If you install this in your own home, I’d love to hear and see how it goes.
Ready to get started or get samples? Start here. Remember to enter code HW10 for 10% off your purchase.
(Want to know how to do it? Installation videos from yours truly. I love this so much, I put it in my own kitchen!)
Want to know how this product holds up Over time? This is our Faux Granite, Three Years Later.
Disclosure: I had the pleasure of receiving product to install for a client and have been compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own, and I only share products that impress me.
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How long do these products last?
These films are very impressive. With reasonable care, they’ll have a good life. I have samples, and will be happy to mail them to you if you email me your info. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
Would you please mail me samples of faux granite paper?
hi i dont no to much about computers but looking to buy this fake faux granit film but dont know were to buy it buy it
Please visit http://www.EZInstantmakeover.com to order this great product. I know you will love it.
Darla, this looks amazing! What a fantastic way to transform a space. You’ve been featured in the Spice Up Your Kitchen Awards, thanks so much for linking up:
Faux stainless steel just doesn’t look right on white appliances. If you’re going for the stainless look, you need to spray paint any plastic parts black first.
I have been looking at faux granite film for a while now trying to decide about purchasing or not. I keep seeing mixed reviews on the actual color of the Venetian Gold….is it more of a gold color or more of a pink color??? Don’t really care for the pink look but have seen several comment on that very thing. Wonder if it matters which company I buy from????
Thanks for your time.
Shannon, I think it’s a great product. You can request actual samples to view in your home by clicking on the links above. Just like real granite and any other color choice, the lighting in. Your own home will make a difference on how your see the item’s color.
I’d love to try this but I live in a rental. Was wondering if I can remove it when I move out?
While there is a whole new batch of removable wallpapers on the market, this isn’t one of them. But because the cost is so reasonable, many rental properties will recover a counter every time they have a new tenant as part of the refresh. You might talk with your landlord. Good luck!
Hi! My faux countertops have been on since June. They have done really well. Everything I’ve read about them says they’re supp to be easily removed from the surface. I can’t verify that as haven’t taken mine off. I’ve seen where other ppl wrote that theirs came off just fine. I would assume that it works well. I’ve been looking on Pinterest and getting ideas on painting my cabinets an oil rubbed bronze color to go with the counters. That’s a project for me soon!!! Best of luck with your counters.
Can you use this with an undermount sink? If so how?
Honestly, I haven’t tried this. You might want to contact the company for support. But, honestly, your undermount sinks are usually found coupled with solid stone. You’ll rarely (never?) find a laminate counter with an undermount sink.
CAN THIS BE APPLIED TO CONCRETE?
Well, it probably could, but it probably wouldn’t stick very well. If you are unsure, please get ahold of the manufacturer and order a sample packet.
How did you do the seam?! It’s perfect
Thanks, Brittany, the seam is easy to do if you watch my video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-344_rvd0Z8 I’ve done it this way for several installations, and it’s great every time! Hope it goes well for you, too.
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