The picture above is my first color layer. At this stage, a client will call you freaking out. When creating a "granite" look, don't obsess about the base layer. You are just laying in blocks of color to build upon. Trying to create veins at this step is a waste of time and product. I like to seal this layer with a gloss topcoat.
See what a difference the second layer makes? This is where I take my color and make veins and drifts to create my granite look. I would tell you how I do it but then I would have to kill you. Seriously, I teach this in 2 classes so the paying folks know the tricks. (Stick with this, there is a freebie recipe for the cabinet). When the veining is dry, I over glazed the whole thing with a rich caramel color. Oh yea, I blew in silver and black fine glitter too-we are really into glitter right now.