How to Install Faux Granite Film on Countertops

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Yes, you can easily DIY an old countertop to look like granite.

Granite countertops aren't cheap. If you want the look without the price, you may want to try vinyl adhesive film that mimics the look.

Here's a before-and-after project that shows how to apply the film:

Before: Old Salvaged Countertop

Blond cabinets with faucet | Faux Granite Countertops
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This countertop in a mudroom was salvaged from an earlier demolition project.

The film, EZ Faux, comes in a roll along with a plastic squeegee tool and a utility knife.

Hair dryer, scissors, and other tools for applying EZ Faux
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It uses a wet mthod of applying, so you can reposition the film when you don’t get it right the first — or second — try:

  • Wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth.
  • Measure and cut the film.
  • Spritz the adhesive side with water.
  • Working from the middle to the edges, run the smoothing tool along the film to remove any puckers. 
  • For the edges, heat up the film with a hair dryer to soften it and mold it to grasp the lip.

After: It Looks Like the Real Thing

Faux granite counter with picture frame and yellow flowers
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Compared to the old countertop, the new faux top looks 100% better.

Only when the sun hits the surface at a certain angle, you can see a few bubbles and puckers and realize it’s not real granite. But you've got to look at the right time.

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