The Giani paint kit outlines the multi-step process needed to achieve a granite or marble look. I highly, highly recommend that you watch this video before you start, should you ever attempt this project. Step 1 is a matte black primer. It covers the entire countertop surface. After applying the primer, I had to let it dry for 8 hours.
Step 2 involves layering on the minerals--my kit had three colors: a silvery pearl, a sandy tan, and white.
Step 3 is the clear coat. This is the most difficult part of the process. The DVD that comes with the kit includes instructions for applying the top coat evenly. After the first coat dried for 4 hours, I sanded, wiped, and applied a second top coat.
According to Giani, the kit is enough for 35 square feet, or about 16 running feet of standard 24" countertop. I was definitely pushing that upper limit. I ran out of white at the very end of the counter. And I could have used more top coat. All in all, though, I'm so happy with how this project turned out. $70 for new counters is a fantastic deal! I hope this project helps you feel less intimidated about making a dramatic change in your own space. Be creative and enjoy!