As it turns out, one of my summer pipe-dream DIY ideas  may become a reality.
Rob and I were talking countertops Saturday morning when we decided to swing by PACA and see what they had.
We discussed budget before we left and decided not to spend more than a certain amount. I was prepared to just look around and figure out how to stretch that budget. We also measured first, and drew a diagram of our counter's layout.
We went with old blackboards in mind, but I never expected them to be right there, stacked and waiting for us, as we entered PACA's salvage yard.
And at $2 a square foot (we bought about 25 square feet – small kitchen, remember), it was firmly inside our budget. Probably cheaper than trying to DIY concrete countertops, which we'd discussed  but could never really get our minds around.
I never imagined slate would be easy to find and so affordable.
Rob hauled the slate home, and we have a date tonight (a slate date?), scraping and scrubbing it down, as it still has some cork and elementary-school alphabet papers attached. We plan to borrow a tile saw from a friend, and have already figured out what adhesive and sealer we need for it.
I am going to have slate countertops. I feel giddy just thinking about it.
So, on a roll, Rob and I decided to just hit the local home improvement stores – and the Restore  – to see if we couldn't find an undermount sink.
And, uh, holy cow, retail sinks are expensive. We could only find the size we needed at one store, and I'm not even kidding that it was five times what we paid for the slate. Guess we're sticking with our reliable old drop-in sink for now.
I can't wait to get started on this project, but I know that it probably won't be as easy as I'm expecting. I'm going to suggest we do a dry run, testing our cuts, measurements and seams, with plywood before we start with the slate.
Wish us luck!
Photo from this Flickr page . My countertops may end up looking like this!