A Countertop Hits the Ground

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Introduction: A Countertop Hits the Ground

About: Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter, the one of us who soonest finds the strength to rise must help the other. - Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

While walking the dog recently, we noticed a neighbor had placed curbside some stone countertop bits and pieces of different composition and size, obviously from a demolition and rehab job. I got my two- wheeler and brought all of it home, thinking to use it as landscaping objet d'art, intermingling it with lava rock bordering around the house. We are going for a Xeriscaping look and it fit in just perfect with that objective, and this is how it helped.

Step 1:

After considering the slab qualities and the areas to be distributed, we decided to cut them into 12” [30.5cm] x 12” size and used an angle grinder fitted with a dry- cut diamond blade. It was fairly easy work, and a deep scoring cut allowed a simple snap off action to complete the separation, clean enough for the intended use. Allowing the edges to remain raw will, over time, take on a more natural “live edge” appearance.

Step 2:

Having one larger odd sized piece worked well for the North wall bedroom area, we placed it in the center, stood back, and decided to flank it with smaller inexact cutoffs to complete the look. This validated the design idea for continuing on with the rest of the project

Step 3:

If the family Dachshund likes it in her backyard, why it must be o.k.

Step 4:

I'll be on the lookout for more of this on my rounds now, it makes a nice filler feature at no cost or upkeep, exactly what I like and want.

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    18 Discussions

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    grannyjones
    grannyjones

    4 years ago

    We have done the same thing--love the effect. Safety note: the shiny side is very slippery when wet, so flip the stepping stones over.

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    BeachsideHank
    BeachsideHank

    Reply 4 years ago

    That's a very good safety tip when used that way (stepping stones), thanks.

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    AlexAndAmigos
    AlexAndAmigos

    4 years ago

    I think the name could be changed

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    tmspro
    tmspro

    Reply 4 years ago

    Great instructable, and I like the title. Catchy, different and subtly descriptive.

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    BeachsideHank
    BeachsideHank

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you for your endorsement. ☺

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    bluerose
    bluerose

    Reply 4 years ago

    I agree with AlexAndAmegos, the name imply's that a damaged counter-top was used in some fashion or repaired. A name telling that leftover counter top parts where reused instead of wasted is more suited to this instructable. The instructable , by the way is great, but a better name would bring more views. inho.

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    AlexAndAmigos
    AlexAndAmigos

    Reply 4 years ago

    By the way, You spelt amigos wrong. thanks for your support

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    BeachsideHank
    BeachsideHank

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback, and for looking.

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    BeachsideHank
    BeachsideHank

    Reply 4 years ago

    This I find interesting, what would you change it to and why?

    Thank you too for your endorsement.

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    AlexAndAmigos
    AlexAndAmigos

    Reply 4 years ago

    I just thought that it did not really explain the instructable. what about stone countertop art? we can discuss this with private messages if you want

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    BeachsideHank
    BeachsideHank

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks for your thoughts, I like to make my titles intriguing and offbeat but meaningful once read.

    I feel great titles are PINC (pronounced “pink”). They do at least one of the following: make a promise, create intrigue, identify a need, or simply state the content.

    This very subject would probably make a great Instructable too!☺

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    cweaver5
    cweaver5

    Reply 4 years ago

    I'd read that! Nicely stated and I agree.

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    AlexAndAmigos
    AlexAndAmigos

    Reply 4 years ago

    yeah, ok, make names that people have no idea about and look at the instructable to find out. I did not mean that to be rude by the way

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    BeachsideHank
    BeachsideHank

    Reply 4 years ago

    No offense taken, yours was a legitimate question. I learned a long time ago that just because someone's not on the same path you are, it doesn't mean they are lost. ☺

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    asporkable
    asporkable

    4 years ago

    The title was original and made me click on the instructable when I might not have otherwise. Good job! Looks great!

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    AlexAndAmigos
    AlexAndAmigos

    4 years ago

    but still, good instructable