2019 Holidays, Home, Tips and Tricks

DIY Bar Table with Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit

When we bought our home 2 years ago I had so many ideas to do with the place. We bought new build and so we sold and donated a lot of furniture and items so we can move into the new home with new stuff. A few rooms were done right away and some spaces I am just now finishing because I could not make my mind up of what I wanted to do. This weekend I finished all I need to be as ‘entertaining ready‘ as I want to be.

By being ready to fully entertain I mean that I have the products and space needed. I looked long and hard and saved Amazon credit and bought the perfect bar cart. It’s in my dining room corner and holds everything nicely.

Then I had family over and realized while it holds all my bar cart items it leaves no table space to make your drink so everyone would take what they need and walk over to the counter and it suddenly was not serving its purpose. I loved my cart and spent quite a bit for it, but then I was sent the Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit and the wheels in my head started turning on how to gain more surface area in that corner of my dinning room.

I looked in yard sales and buy nothing pages for some table space that would match the bar cart I bought and I just had no luck. Then one day I ran into Goodwill to browse Halloween items and I saw a TV Tray leaning on the wall and it was marked $2. This could work! Now I can fold it up and store it which means matching is not an issue because I will only have it out when needed. But, it was ugly! So I went to work with my Giani paint kit.

I don’t usually tackle DIY but I really wanted this to work out so I gave it a try. I already had the paint kit which is enough to cover a lot more than this tray so I’d be out $2 if I fail. I sanded it down and applied the Primer which are the first steps.

Once the primer dried I did it again. Two coats of primer and it was time to tape my block lines. The best part about the kit is that it comes with everything you need. The only thing I used of my own supplies was my drop cloth and a larger paint pan.

Using the paint to create the grain and contrast was so easy. I found their YouTube video instructions and it was so easy to follow along! This might just work out.

Once the paint dried, I applied the sealer and that completed the project. The worst part was waiting for each step’s drying time because I was so anxious to complete it and see it done.

When you look at the finished results compared to that expensive cart I bought I get the same table surface area. This means I can dress my bar cart up and when guests come over, I can set up my Butcher Block stand and set it up so there is a surface to fix the cocktail.

Even if butcher block is not your style, Giani paint kits come in so many finishes from granite, shiplap (which is on my wish list), chalk paint, backsplash and more.

Get your home and spaces ready for the Holidays with these easy-to-use, all inclusive kits. You can do many surfaces or one large surface with just one kit (covers up to 35 sq. feet). Visit Giani Granite to get started. Also available on Amazon.

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WOW, this table looks so nice! I have the same TV tray tables I think I’m going to renovate mine with the Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit. I’ve never heard nor seen this kit before, thanks for sharing this post and DIY with us!

Darlene Owen

I love butcher blocks, I use them all the time when I’m cooking.

Terri S.

That table top came out looking amazing! I love it.

Mary West

That turned out beautifully!

Vickie L Couturier

that is so cool

Dana Rodriguez

That table turned out so nice. I haven’t seen these kits before.


Beautiful job! I never knew you could use a paint kit for such a great outcome!

Francine Anchondo

Very Nice table

Lisa Garland

Oh wow, nice job! I am not a DIY but my daughter and I are gonna try to make stuff soon. Love your idea!

Heather K

This is a great idea for desks as well. Thank you for the inspiration.

Shawna Elkins

I would love a table like that in my kitchen.

Shakeia Rieux

That turned out beautiful! If I can get mine to turn out like this I might not want to use it because of how it turned out, and I wouldn’t want it to get messed up.

Jeanna Massman

Interested idea. . I would love to try it.


That’s a really fantastic idea & even I can do it. lol

Jessi Housel

What a transformation! wow factor for sure! Well done! love it!


This is wonderful! I have a rolling countertop that we use that needs this paint so bad. It is a gorgeous piece I dont want to run it when people set things on it.

Lisa Glauner

This is a great DIY thanks for the tips