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  1. April
    December 8, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

    Brilliant!!! You may have just solved MY countertop dilemma, as I have been unable to find salvaged soapstone or even remnants fo my relatively small counter. My husband is not a Paul, but he is pretty handy. He unfortunately feels overwhelmed by the many projects I pick for him. Once I show him your cheerful video of Paul tackling the project with you, he may decide he can work in one more. Paul may not have been cheerful in the undertaking, but the music creatively covers any under-the-breath cursing or ear-splitting swearing. Keeping the video focused on the process, without showing Paul’s face was also a move in my favor!

    One question: what became of the pool table body once you stripped the slate?


  2. Kiki
    December 8, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

    alright people, I’m officially outing myself as a poor ignorant nobody. As a Swiss woman living anywhere but the US, I have no idea WHY a pool table would have a slate – where and why and maybe pool playing is NOT being done in a bathing suit? (OK, I’m kidding here but still in my life there are no pool tables, ever).
    Second: IF slates are to be had, YES YES YESSSSSSS….. I’m always for natural material and if they come for literally free – I’m even more for them. Haven’t had the time to watch the video yet but will do ASAP and I’m sure all will be clear afterwords.
    Now, third point which bothers me already for a long time. I had twice xxxx stone working surfaces and was very, very happy with them. Everything hot or cold went on them, I cut up my veggies, no problem, you srub the surface with whatever, fine. And then I often was in B&B – category ‘upper class’ with marble surfaces in bathrooms, I was twice in friends’ kitchens with marble counters and it was a pure nightmare (and I can’t explain why it’s so difficult as marble in real life is withstanding water and stuff perfectly well). In both cases and in the many B&B’s there were always notices saying: Please don’t leave anything on the surface (especially not anti-perspirants etc), don’t leave the surface wet, don’t do this and that. Heck, if I want a natural material, you want it EASY…. Can you share your accumulated wisdom please?! Many thanks


  3. Eliza B.
    December 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

    Great thinking ! I love it and your new foster kitten is a doll ! Good for you for figuring out how to get a great countertop cheaply and for fostering another kitty . Bless your kind ( and clever ) heart !


  4. Meg Wyeth
    December 8, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

    I fall into the ‘special snowflake’ category. I have always loved slate and carrera. I’m not very practical. When you stated the pool tables had slate tops I was thinking, Duh! I knew that. Why had this never occurred to me? this is why you brain is brilliant.
    PBW…Paul is Elivis’s medium. She is sending you love every day.


  5. Holly
    December 8, 2016 @ 2:38 pm

    Mind blown…. Can we just agree that your crazy ideas are pure out-of-the-box genius????!!! Searching Craigs List immediately.


  6. Sherry
    December 8, 2016 @ 3:17 pm

    I had no idea! Brilliant!


  7. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    December 8, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

    DAMMIT!! Our stupid house came with a hideous orange pool table that we sold for 50 bucks because we wanted it gone… if I had known that there were beautiful countertops in there… well, it would probably be taking up space in my garage right now. But STILL.

    Oh, the agony of seller’s remorse.

    Seriously, though… it was orange. And the bits that weren’t orange? Still ugly!


  8. Krissy Clark
    December 8, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

    You are my hero. That is all.


  9. Joy
    December 8, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

    Elvis just finds it easier to use Paul’s already created email than to try to create a brand new email from Cat Heaven. 🙂


  10. Duncan
    December 8, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

    Great idea! Would it be crass to ask what the price difference in a used pool table and the countertop slate would be? Curious


  11. Amy Davis
    December 8, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    You guys are so smart! This will look fabulous! Curious if you considered sealing your slate as that would protect from staining/etching but as a designer who understands the limitations of stone but loves it for its imperfections I’m totally cheering you on over here!

    PS: I have a pool table I would LOVE to give you. Just don’t tell my boyfriend 😉


  12. Donna
    December 8, 2016 @ 5:41 pm

    Love the idea – wait to see implemented!


  13. Linda
    December 8, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

    I love re-purposing the slate! It’s not like you my dear to banish something to the curb because of a character mark from Mother Nature. Natural character like any other stone, no need to banish it to the curb. That is not like you, please take another look, and look upon it with new eyes to find the perfect place for it.


  14. Lynn
    December 8, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

    The Elvis emails melt my heart. And the free slate countertops make it grow large with jealousy. I mean, happiness for you.


  15. kate
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:31 pm

    it took me about 2 seconds to start scouring craigslist for free pool tables in my area – i am not as fortunate as you, but i’ll keep scouring since we’re moving into our new fixer upper house tomorrow!! i’m ecstatic at the thought!! one question, you said a standard sized pool table has 3 pieces of slate in it… as in, stacked on top of each other, each the size of the pool table?? or 3 side-by-side pieces, making up the size of the pool table? Just trying to figure out how many tables i would need to be on the lookout for. Thanks! My husband is a little less skilled than yours but just as willing to do crazy diy projects to save money and make me happy 🙂


  16. Danielle from Storypiece
    December 9, 2016 @ 2:37 am

    Your genius is showing! I love this idea. 🙂


  17. judy
    December 9, 2016 @ 8:31 am

    Every post I read of yours makes me wonder just what your IQ is…your writing ability,the wit humor and expert explanations of how you find the things you do are so clear,organized and result in such happy outcomes. As a charter member of the ADD club before anybody even knew there was such a thing..I try to emulate your methodology but when I look at your immaculate wood floors and anticipate the wonder of your future Kitchen and the ultimate WIN…Paul. I have to sit down and take a nap. Have you had any offers for a DIY show from HGTV? I would pay to see it.


    • penny
      December 10, 2016 @ 11:59 am

      Yes!! HGTV for victoriaelizabethbarnes!! of course, then she wouldn’t have time to do things to her house anymore and Paul would get old and flabby, lets, rethink this!


  18. Lisa L
    December 9, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

    This is fabulous! I’d love to see a video how you get the slate out of a pool table!


  19. penny
    December 10, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    OH OH OH oh oh oh…I see countertops in my future!!!!!! YAY old pooltables!!!!!


  20. Brittany
    December 10, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

    i would think that only the person who actually builds pool tables would know that they contain slate. Your husband is amazing and you should get him on Jeopardy. So excited for y’all on your new countertops!!!!!


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