COUNTERTOP UPDATE – A NEW CONTENDER

L shaped kitchen with drainboard sink and Formica countertop

L shaped kitchen with drainboard sink and Formica countertop

I never thought that choosing a countertop for our kitchen would be such a difficult decision. I thought that Formica or Arborite would have a laminate that would be just right for our mid century inspired kitchen. Back in the day laminate was the thing to put on every countertop in the house and there were so many fun and colourful prints available then. I mean, look at these options from Arborite in 1965.

Some colourful Arborite countertop choices, 1965

Some colourful Arborite countertop choices, 1965

My search for a suitable countertop started a year ago when I found a Formica sample at a local big box store. It had a retro boomerang pattern in a beautiful bright aqua. I was sold but when I asked about it I found out it had been discontinued and the store hadn’t taken the old samples away. The alternative grey option was still available but I thought it had too much contrast and was too busy. So I continued my search.

Discontinued Formica boomerang in aqua, and dark grey which is still available.

Discontinued Formica boomerang in aqua, and dark grey which is still available.

Eventually, I came across ‘Betty'; a colourful retro looking laminate from Formica in a soft aqua and orange, both colours that I love and would gladly use for accents in my kitchen. My only hesitation was that the background was not white, but a wishy washy greyish white. I don’t think that would look good against my very white glossy cabinets that will go up in our kitchen.

Wilsonart's Betty laminate

Wilsonart’s Betty laminate

Once again, I started searching for another option. As a backup, I settled on Formica’s dark neutral Smoke Quarstone:

Formica's  Smoke Quarstone

Formica’s Smoke Quarstone

A bit boring, yes, but I thought it would contrast nicely with the white cabinets and my vintage aqua accents would definitely pop against it.

Then in the new year, Wilsonart announced a new line. They teamed up with retrorenovation.com (the go-to vintage renovation blog) to create seven colourful boomerang patterns with a definite mid century flair. The pattern is similar to the grey pattern from Formica but is a little more subdued. The two that catch my eye for our kitchen are Aqua Ripple,

Wilsonart's Aqua Ripple laminate

Wilsonart’s Aqua Ripple laminate

Or maybe Nostalgic Grey?

Wilsonart's Nostalgic Grey laminate

Wilsonart’s Nostalgic Grey laminate

I still have to see them in person but I know the boomerang print will match perfectly with my vintage boomerang hardware. So now I’m just crossing my fingers that it will be available in Canada – I think this might just be the one!

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