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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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  21. Grandmas House DIY
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:22 am

    *dancing* I am so STOKED that someone did this!!! My hubby knew that I wanted slate counter tops someday and we talked extensively about how A: we couldn’t afford it but B: isn’t there slate in pool tables? I have had my eye out for a free pool table on craig’s list (we live in the middle of nowhere: slim pickins) but even if I had seen a free pool table I was still all kinds of hesitant because I really didn’t know if it would work out and I know what kind of heavy we’re talking about for something that might not work out. I can’t wait to see them in your kitchen, they are going to be GORGEOUS!!!

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  22. Jane
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I LOVE THIS! (Sorry, I’ll calm down). I too wanted soapstone for my next house, but slate was my second choice and now with the “free” & durability factors added in, slate has moved up to the #1 position. It looks much thicker than I thought it would be, how thick is the slate (no wonder pool tables are so heavy. Your kitchen will be the most breathtaking room ever. Thanks for your inspiration, information, and guts. You are the BEST!!

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  23. Teresa Hamlin
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:30 am

    Just to say, I think you will love your slate worktop! I have had mine for 3+ years now, & it looks as good as ever. I just wipe it down with kitchen cleaner & a scourer sponge, and all the scrape marks disappear & it looks like new again! We were advised to treat it with linseed oil, which we did initially, but now don’t bother. After all, the slate on the roof of our converted barn is exposed to all the elements & is completely waterproof! Good luck!

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  24. Christina in FL
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    You. Are. My. Hero. OMG this is BRILLIANT!! Sure, a lot of work… but positively brilliant! 🙂

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  25. Irene Collins
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    Hi there, I have been checking on your blog I think for the last year or so, and you are honestly the best at it. You make me laugh (belly laugh and tears). I tell my husband about you (which he does not care and possibly tunes me out, but still). Sorry, did not mean to gush but had to let you know. Please keep posting.

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  26. Jana
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    Love your blog! Reading your posts always elicits smile. Thank you! I am looking forward to the photos of the installed countertops. Very informative, I am planning my kitchen in a new build now and have not decided on perimeter countertops, the slate could be in the running!

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  27. Dianne
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:36 am

    When oh when will we see the completed kitchen? So exciting!

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  28. Elaine Cascio
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:38 am

    Great idea! I have a slate antique sink but initially thought it was soapstone so I got soapstone counters. Really wish they were slate – it’s so lovely and smooth. Like you, I can’t be bothered with a few dings and oiling! (Tried to paste photo here but no luck…)

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  29. Cheryl Burton-Potthast
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:41 am

    Brilliant! We just salvaged a bunch of goodies from an 1871 Queen Anne farmhouse, including the original slate roof tiles.

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  30. Tina
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    Someone (Probably my sister) once told met that you either pay in time or money. Since you seem to have the handiest man on earth (Go Paul!), paying in time is a pretty good deal. Maybe not so much according to him, though? Either way, I love what you are doing!

    Except, as probably one of the few readers who has actually sung Tea for Two in choir, thanks for THAT earworm!

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  31. Garden, Home and Party
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:46 am

    This is so smart. I’ve known at least 3 people that wanted to pay someone to take their no longer used pool table away! It’s coming along and looking great. Can’t wait to see the reveal.
    xo,
    karen

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  32. Mellissa
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    As soon as I read that your husband knew that wathere was slate in pool tables, I got a bubble of pure joy in my chest. How did I not know this? I called out to my husband (who was 2 rooms away and hates me calling out to him ifrom another room) “Did you know there was slate in old pool tables?” He said he knew. Ummm, why didn’t he share this knowledge?!?

    I am so excited to see the finished kitchen. I’m living vicariously through you right now. I also love natural patina. And I almost always close my eyes when my husband is doing a project where I feel like there is a chance I may die.

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  33. Jennifer
    December 8, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

    I wanted slate for my new kitchen redo but it was too costly of course. Problem solved with two pieces of slate blackboard from an old school house nearby. CHEAP! Hubby says the cutting was stressful however I love the end result and my counters have seen plenty of use and they are especially grand for pastries and bread kneading. A wipe of pure mineral oil once a year keeps them lovely. No complaints at all! Looking forward to seeing your space completed.

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  34. Leslie Haws
    December 8, 2016 @ 12:19 pm

    LOVING your blog!!

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  35. Pat
    December 8, 2016 @ 12:23 pm

    Just the answer to my problem…..as I cannot accept the busy-ness of granite, nor its incredibly hard surface. Craig’s List here I come. Oh, and you, Victoria, always crack me up.

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  36. Jamie Smith
    December 8, 2016 @ 12:25 pm

    Oh my heck! This is so cool. I love that your brain thinks like that…Free Pool Table = Free Countertops. The awesomeness of your brain and Paul’s ability to get ‘er done = coolest diy ever.

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  37. Christine
    December 8, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    WAIT stop the presses – you mean to tell me that the ugly old pool table which i found at a thrift shop for peanuts in my garage has real slate in it? Which I can use for my kitchen counter tops? No way. I am going to investigate. TODAY. It’s maybe 8 ft by 11ft – huge by my standards. AND we have a tile saw. !!! Merry Christmas to my kitchen (I hope).

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  38. Diane Anderson-Edwards
    December 8, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    The first post asked my kitten question. Did all of the last fosters find homes? You said two of them went together, one was left…..The new foster is a cutie, too. You must have a thing for tuxedo kitties…..!

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  39. Trudy
    December 8, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

    Brilliant! Here’s another woman WITH YOU on discarding the advice of the “that’s not appropriate for a kitchen counter” people. I love my soapstone. We do not oil it, buff it or anything. We clean it with water with some white vinegar in a spray bottle. We’ve had it in continuous use since 2007 with our family of four (2 teenagers are rough on it) + frequent guests and NOTHING has happened to it that bothers us. Scrapes wipe out or just disappear (and there have only been a few) and there are a teeny couple of chips around the sink (it overhangs the sink a bit) where heavy pots have been dropped. That just ADDS to its charm. We paid a fortune for our soapstone. YOU ARE WAY SMARTER!!!

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  40. J. Cozart
    December 8, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

    I have a pool table that I’ve been trying to get rid of and now I feel like an idiot. I’m wondering who I can rope into making me an island countertop!

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