Beaux R'eves

Monday, January 20, 2014

Home Maintenance~Sealing and Polishing Granite

I hope you all are having a great week so far!
I wanted to share some home maintenance tips 
that I worked on over the weekend.  
After taking all of the 
Christmas pretties down I really wanted to 
deep clean the kitchen.  
One of the things on my list (for a while now)
was to seal and polish my granite counter tops.
I have used the Rock Doctor Granite Polish 
many times before but I had never used the Granite Sealer.
Since I really liked and trusted the product 
I decided to give it a go and try it out.
I found both products at Lowe's.
I cleared everything off of the counters and while I was at it 
I took apart the stove for cleaning.
Here is a close up of my granite on the island.  
You can see the small whitish marks. 
Those are small pits in the granite.  
The product, along with the polish 
is supposed to fill in these small pits.
I sprayed the Granite Sealer onto the counters and waited 
the 2-5 minutes before wiping it off.  
 The directions said to drop water onto the counters 
 and if it beaded up well then go onto the polish.  
 If it doesn't bead up well then apply another coat.  
 I was on the fence after the first coat 
 so I decided better safe than sorry 
 and I applied another coat.
Now onto to the polish...
You are supposed to spray it on and buff it in 
small circles with a clean 
cotton cloth until it forms a hazy sheen.
Think "Wax On, Wax Off"
Hazy it is!  
Now, wait at least 30 minutes before 
buffing it out completely.
While I was waiting for the polish to dry 
I started another project:
This little table was rescued at an Estate Sale for $15.00.  
I needed a small table for the side of the sofa 
and I thought that I could paint it if I couldn't 
revive the wood.
I am embarrassed to say that it sat like this 
for a few months! 
Isn't it cute though?  
I love the slanted book shelf on the bottom.
OK, let's take a good look at the top of this table.  
Water stains, scratches and just general wear and tear.  
Resor-A-Finish is a product that my mom told me about.  
I have used it on just about EVERYTHING!
I thought I would give this product a try first instead of sanding and refinishing. 
I can only seem to find this at Home Depot.
It is so easy to use, you just wipe it on with a soft cloth 
and wipe off any residue.
Let's see if it worked...
OK, WOW!!!
It took all of the scratches and water marks away!  
The finish is even and back 
to it's beautiful self.  
Do they sell this for faces?  
OK, I love how it looks but it seemed to lack luster.  
I wiped a little lemon oil on it and it just soaked it up!  
I had to apply it at least three times.  
But think about it...
Your furniture is thirsty in the winter!  
I know that I have been reaching for the hand cream 
 a LOT this winter.  
 I have a whole house humidifier and 
 I still feel the dryness.  
 Wood in the winter needs a little more TLC.  
 Just wipe your furniture down with the lemon oil once a 
week and watch it suck it up like it's a Margarita!
 OK, let's see the Before and After...
Now THAT makes me happy!

Back to my granite...
How shiny is that?  
It's like glass!  
I redecorated, cause that is like 
the reward for my hard work...
I kept some things and added some things from storage.
 My favorite Vintage Tole platter.
A sweet cow print.
And in the upper cabinets,
I added a little bling with an old silver platter.
And another cow painting to carry on the theme.
My built in hutch is one of my most pinned pins!  
I kept it simple on the sink side.  
I don't like to have a lot of clutter or appliances out.
My favorite white rooster, a fresh tea towel
And a little greenery.  
This is the only plant in the house that I haven't killed...yet.

Thanks for stopping by,
Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves

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Cynthia said...

Your cabinets are just gorgeous. I am going to pass this along to my friend who has granite that she just got recently. Thanks.

Cynthia

Lauren said...

Your kitchen is so gorgeous!!

This N That said...

Wow..your granite looks great..I have to write those things down and get them...When I saw the table, I loved it and said to myself "Oh Cindy, please don't paint it"..So very glad you tried to restore it and that it responded to your TLC..It's gorgeous..I'd be proud to have it in my home..

Stacey said...

I absolutely love your kitchen. When we changed out the counter tops at our last house and put in granite they told us to maintain it like you did regularly. At this house, the granite was already here and they called it "presealed". Not sure if I should be sealing or not. What do you think?

Alycia Nichols said...

I am SO going to be on the lookout for ALL of these products!!! I need to work on our kitchen and bar granite! And that wood stuff...what a wonder! Do you remember where you found all this?

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Where did you purchase the granite sealer and polish? I looked for some at on of the big box stores but they didn't have it. I would like to try it.

Monica said...

Brilliant post....I will look out for the granite sealer and so needed the advice on the wood table. I have one too ashamed to say for three years it has been covered with a nice mini table runner due to the water stains and scratches. I cannot wait to try out the Restore and Finish product!!!! One question where did you get the brass rooster towel holder? that is so cute and I love your hutch!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, Hi! It's been a while. I love your kitchen. What a great looking table, you made it look fabulous. Coming from my new blog.

Anonymous said...

Just jumped over from BNOTP for the first time...so glad I did! I am so in need of a good granite cleaning! that will be this week's DIY project......just love your kitchen......beautiful! will be back......Happy Monday....

Lois @ Pineridge Hills

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Thanks for sharing this about the RxOCK DOCTOR products. I need to reseal and polish my granite, too, and now I know what to use! Your counters look amazing!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love your kitchen, it is fabulous and your counters look amazing. I seal and polish mine about every 6 to 8 months, it does really protect them and makes them look better than new. Love the restore a finish too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I'm heading to Lowe's to find that stuff!! Can't wait to do my counter tops!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Thanks for the info on these products. I need to seal and polish my granite too. Love the transformation of the table!!! It looks great! Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

You have such beautiful countertops! That’s the beauty of granite. It’s so easy to take care of. All you need is a warm water and a soft cloth.

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Anonymous said...

I love your kitchen---soo....pretty!! I really am enjoying your blog!

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Unknown said...

I love granite counter tops, and I think yours are simply gorgeous! I believe that the right amount of polish for stone surfaces would be when you can actually see your reflection on the surface, almost like a mirror, after the product dries. You did just that, and it certainly looks amazing. Also, you've got an awesome collection of elegant accents and things there, which I also like. How I wish I could get my hands on something like those pieces to adorn my humble abode. Well, anyway, thank you for sharing! Cheers!

Nora Becker @ Romanic Cleaning

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I think these are brilliant ideas! The details of maintenance can really add up when you keep your granite counter tops polished and shined like that. I really am going to add these ideas to my home maintenance arsenal! You are the best, thanks!
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