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  1. Rebecca
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    Love this, but WHERE ARE KITTENS? Did you get new ones? Go back for the other? I must know!

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  2. Ally
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:02 am

    A) I love this idea! B) I’m not as brave as you and your husband.

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    • Mark Downing
      December 8, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

      I am a designer and I too enthusiastically support the decisions you have made regarding the slate. Excellent narrative of the pros and cons. I like patina, I like things that look like they have been honestly used for a hundred years. I often use slate, carrera, and soapstone. Thanks

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  3. brocanteuserose
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:04 am

    I LOVE your brain. That is all.

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  4. Kate Sparks
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    Tool rental store for router bits????

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  5. Kim
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    I love all of this. You are a genius, in my world. Wish I would have thought of this.

    We ended up with free hand me down granite from my in laws remodel and the process to cut was very similar. Including me closing my eyes and sure there was going to be an explosion at any time.

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  6. brocanteuserose
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:06 am

    Clarifying I have nothing more to say not that I only love your brain. In hind sight my comment could have been misconstrued and be insulting which was not my intention. Also apparently as always I DO have more to say. 🙂

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  7. Darling Lily
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    I have no words to describe how much you totally rawk.

    And how Paul’s god-like powers leave me weak in the knees.

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  8. Becky
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    Oh my, I think you are a genius! Please share the the installation and finished countertops. I can’t wait to see more.

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  9. Kim
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    What an incredible idea! You go, girl!!!

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  10. Janet Cole
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    I, too, love patina…absolutely brilliant idea. Brilliant.

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  11. Nicki MacKenzie
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:11 am

    bullnose…ha…oh Paul…..

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  12. Ellen kelly
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:12 am

    Absolutely Genius!!!

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  13. Jeannie
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    Genius, I tell you. G.E.N.I.U.S.! I’d never have thought of slate – as in pool table – but it really is a brilliant idea. And how wonderful and special that Elvis leaves you notes and sends emails, regardless of whose address he uses.

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  14. Jennifer Marlowe
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    Hells Bells. I am ashamed. I KNEW pool tables contained slate and never thought of this. That is frickin’ genius.

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  15. Teresa
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    This is brilliant. Is there nothing you and Paul cannot do? Agree completely about the ogre edge. Sorry Paul.

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    • Teresa
      December 8, 2016 @ 11:17 am

      I meant ogee edge. I had to type it three times before the autocorrect accepted that I really do know what word I want. This is why I’m not too worried about computers taking over the world. They’re not nearly as smart as they think they are.

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      • Kimbydee
        December 8, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

        Lol.

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  16. Janet
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    You guys are amazing! How wonderful that you take on these projects that most would not dare to. Bravo! Love all you do.

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  17. JeanFB
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    I love it!! You guys are the best – it’s like you can do anything you put your minds to. I agree completely with your countertop philosophy, btw. I love patina, and what finally convinced me that everything was going to be all right was when I read an article that said something to the effect of, In France, they’ve had honed marble countertops for hundreds of years, and they are still there, and they are still beautiful, and no French person even gives a thought to whether they are scratched, chipped, stained… because they take reasonable care of the surface, and they are not UNreasonable about seeing a little bit of wear or patina. So there you have it!
    Thank you for your blog, and your wonderful writing style, and for being you. I needed this today. 🙂

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  18. Kay
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:19 am

    Utterly fabulous. Would never have guessed, and even if I had, could not have done it because my very dear husband is not Paul. The amount of money you have managed to save commands my deep respect.

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    • Kay
      December 8, 2016 @ 11:23 am

      One question–how thick is the slate?

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      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        December 8, 2016 @ 11:28 am

        1″… but I haven’t gotten to the part yet where I learn how stone yards chunky-up the edges… once I do, Paul will be thrilled to hear all about it.

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        • fixitchick
          December 22, 2016 @ 4:57 pm

          They do a 45 degree angle and use epoxy to add an overhang. Kind of like adding trim framing to plywood to face home made bookshelves/cabinets, etc. Paul will need lots of clamps to hold in place while drying. But I am sure Paul already has lots of clamps. And if not, they’ll make the perfect stocking stuffer.

          But I want to know what happened to the marble you got from that guys bathroom?

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  19. Kacy
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:20 am

    What do you do with the leftovers from the pool tables?
    I’m sure it’s something FABULOUS.

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  20. Martine
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:20 am

    Brilliant!

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