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  1. Kiki
    June 11, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    YEP – SOOOO much more fun than doing my work…. 🙂 You’re a STAR – doing this on your own – AND filming the whole experience. Pls DO tell us how you managed to film all the different takes, angles and even managed to underlay it with a sassy tune
    You’re so totally my (marble) rock star!

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  2. Sunnie Mitchell
    June 11, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    WOW! Seriously awesome in the truest sense of the word – VEB, you rock!

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  3. eva
    June 11, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    Victoria…I have done the same thing, not with marble slabs though. I am impressed…just wondering, how did you feel the next day? And did Paul ever suspect?

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  4. Lydia
    June 11, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Oh, you’re supposed to secure things in your car? I’m regularly in danger every weekend then! Great job on moving the marble! I’m proud of you!! I understand what you mean when you say you’d rather trash something than endure an interrogation. My mirror troll found a GFT mirror at an estate sale last year. It was exactly what I had been looking for AND it was half price. Needless to say I wasn’t leaving it behind. The estate sale helper managed to cram it in my little hatchback and I drove happily home. Rather than listen to the “Why did you buy this? Where are you going to put it??” lecture I unloaded it myself.

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  5. Kate
    June 11, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    Hey we don’t need no stink’in men! Love the graceful arabesque during removal. I’m impressed you had a awesome blue dolly of your very own. Obviously moving large items is a habit. Im sure you will be able to resource the proper way to sand down the edge or find a stone guy to do it. so much cheaper than buying counter tops! Except for the murphys that will require a custom cabinet to go under it as its a totally not standard size of marble! 🙂

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  6. Jolene
    June 11, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    I only like the fun part of projects too. The part that requires no thinking, no strategy, no worrying. Just get it there, and I’ll do the rest. The rest is easy. And I would have done the same thing, traveled around all week with it in the van, and then when help was within hours of getting home, know you would never hear the end of it, so nearly kill yourself getting it done. And my specialty, the whole while I’m doing pretty much anything – which is always as far from the way my husband would do it as possible, which is always the right and logical way, but so not the fun way – I’m thinking, it’s gonna break, it’s going to fall, it’s going to split, it’s going to tip…you get my drift…and sure enough, there she goes! And then I have to act all blasé and whatever about it, because I know I should have waited. For the brain to arrive. Pffft, who needs a brain? Apparently I do. And you need your Paul. Dangit!

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  7. P.j.
    June 11, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    Not only am I the big dreamer in our partnership, I’m also the AR type who insists on securing things before the tires move. This in spite of the fact that my better half (depending on one’s perspective) actually did spend several years as a Boy Scout! When we helped our (engineer) son move several hundred miles away from home, neither of the menfolk observed my instruction to load & stabilize the wares securely. After 2 or 3 stops in the first hour to readjust the contents, I finally convinced them to tie everything MY way. (Exactly HOW did they manage to earn BSA merit badges for knot tying?) Result: no further issues for the rest of the journey. The only negative was the matress cover being permanently tatooed with a stripe, due to friction from the blue tarp covering the mattress on top of the van. Sure, we looked like the Beverly Hillbillies, but we saved several hundred dollars by moving 4 rooms of furniture in a mini van & small pickup. I compare each trip while moving our 2 kids in & out of college to solving a giant model of Rubik’s Cube: remove that, insert this, top with that . . .

    At least MOST of the time my DH indulges my optimistic efforts to salvage furniture or architectural materials without too much eye-rolling or mockery. But I do have to tolerate an occasional facitious remark, such as, “Well, THAT’s nice!” Sometimes though I wonder if he’s planning to use any of the larger items (armoires, etc.) as my casket, just waiting patiently until I have an “accident” while loading or unloading it from the truck or hoisting it upstairs. Oopsie! 😉

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  8. Melissa @ Nouns and Violets
    June 11, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    Another awesome post! Loved the song you added to the video. So you. 🙂

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  9. Grace
    June 11, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

    That makes me feel a little better (or maybe worse? Not sure.) about the approximately 300 pound bookshelf that I *tried* to get all the way up my stairs on Monday. I had to wait for my husband to get home. Once he was there, it was up the stairs and in place in about 5 minutes. My friend pointed out that if I’d just waited for my husband to come home before I even brought it in the house, I could have had it inside, up the stairs and settled in about 10 minutes (instead of all day like it took in reality). I couldn’t leave it in the DRIVEWAY all day! But I definitely understand some of your interesting finds now. The listing for my shelf said it was 6 feet long. Um no. More like 8 feet.

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  10. Melinda
    June 11, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    Thank you for the huge laugh fest this was for me! You are so lucky to live in an area where these treasures can be found…keep up the good work! Someone has to save these things!

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  11. Ellen
    June 11, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

    I have never laughed so hard a at blog, absolutely hysterical. You should do stand up!!!! Ellen

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  12. meg
    June 11, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    I’m so glad im not the only idiot who does stuff like that. Usually midway through I question my sanity and then when I’m done I pat myself on the back, and congratulate my own genius…and then soak on a hot bath and take
    medication…cause that’s gonna hurt later.
    I can relate to the fact that your only motivation for actually unloading it was because Paul was coming home and who needs another ‘I thought I told you…’ lecture. Good girl, well done and good score.
    A kindred spirit.

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  13. Patricia Mason
    June 11, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

    Girl ! You go ! I can’t believe how strong you are – Impressive !!

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  14. Gaylin
    June 11, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

    I adore you!

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  15. Gaylin
    June 11, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    Oh um not a creeper!
    You make me laugh! Best part is we are Craigslist addicts and it’s ok!
    Everywhere you insert husbands questions ,it’s like oh ya ya I experence that too!
    So ya I adore you!

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  16. Jill Flory
    June 11, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    Oh my but you make me laugh every single time! That video was great! So glad you did that so we could share in your success at unloading the marble by yourself!

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  17. Toni
    June 11, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

    OK – so you probably already know this – but a fabricator can refinish that for you, surface, edges, and the back. they can even reduce the thickness to match the thinner ones. They can cut it into tiles for a backsplash. It’s worth it once you decide what to do with it.

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    • P.j.
      June 12, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

      I heard somewhere that the biggest % of genuine stone’s cost is labor, not the stone itself. The front edge of the counter may be the only profile that would need to be trimmed & polished. I’m not sure it would matter if the bottom surface is left rough or if the slabs are slightly different in thickness, IF the marble can be installed on a bed of plaster or something to accomodate the difference, then the tops are leveled. Of course this could be just another example of how I always think a project will be ‘easy’. That’s how I earned my nickname as The Eternal Optimist! 😉

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  18. Lindsey Vogel
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    you are quite possibly one of the funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of stumbling upon. Your posts are pure magic and this one did not disappoint. I see big things with this marble! Can’t wait until your next post.

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  19. Lori Erskine
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

    Victoria …. Was this post in June? Your trees have no leaves and your grass is brown ….. I live in Texas and I’m ready for summer to be over !!! It’s not even summer yet , just wondering .
    Love your blog you make me laugh out loud

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  20. SmallerPlaces
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    Marble cries out to an atavistic urge to… have marble.

    For years, I had slabs of marble from the home restoration recycling place propped on top of radiators as precarious impromptu shelving. Nothing was really safe to put there except coffee-mugs-in-use and napping cats, but it was MARBLE. Marble from an old house!

    It’s probably a good thing I didn’t decide to collect something larger, like doors. Or bits of church interiors, which also sometimes showed up at the home restoration recycling place. If Philadelphia has a home restoration recycling place, can you perhaps convince Paul that it’s equivalent to the cabinet store, only with bits of church interiors at bargain prices?

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