So, I just bought a house and the kitchen needs upgrading. I really wanted granite countertops, but didn't want to spend that crazy amount of money. Being a crafty kind of girl, I opted for a faux-granite look for my ugly white stained laminate countertops. I LOVE how it turned out! If you would like to do the same for REALLY cheap, google and youtube 'faux-granite' countertops! It was a lot of fun and with a whole wack of counterspace, it only took around 12 hours labour! You can't see in the pics, but there are flecks of silver to mimic real granite! All you do is prime, apply base coat (I chose black) and then with colours of your choice, use a sea sponge to create that mottled granite look, making sure you add the veins and such and then seal it with layers and layers of polyurethane for the high gloss and durability.
This weekend, I'll be painting the backsplash and then next weeked, it will be painting the cupboards and getting those drawer knobs that look like little diamonds