24 colors of boomerang laminate for kitchen counter tops – Formica boomerang and much much more

Boomerang-formica-laminateIn the wake of our big story on the new Formica 100th anniversary collections, I want to re-feature this archive story on where to find boomerang Formica — but even more so: Where to find 24 colors of boomerang laminate, in all, with the mass coming from two other companies. And — we remind you where best to go for samples.

Peeples, we cover laminate choices EXTENSIVELY on this blog — if you are looking for laminate see our Kitchens / Countertops category — we have many many stories on where to find the “best” retro options.  We try to stay on the topic of laminate selections like hawks. Go through our Kitchens / Countertops category if you want red laminate counter tops, carrara marble laminate, still-made 1960s laminate, linen-look, crackle ice, orange laminate, etc. etc. etc.

So, do you want boomerang laminate? See our story from over a year ago on where to find 14 different colors of boomerang laminate from three different companies.  But golly, how did we miss that there really are 24 colors! Formica ONLY has charcoal — NO MORE aqua, blue or coral; discontinued; kaput. But two other companies — Wilsonart and Vitro — make many more colors. They are more expensive than the Formica charcoal — which you can get at Home Depot, Lowes or from a big box store. The other 23 designs are all small runs, special order. But they are boomerangs. Do not try to find these laminates on the Wilsonart or Vitro websites — they are difficult to find.

Where to get samples and buy boomerang laminate

The best place to see all the designs and to get samples of all the boomerangs is from Heffrons.com. Heffrons (which is an advertiser here) tells me that they have researched all the pricing in the marketplace and are striving to me #1 in terms of the best pricing.

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  1. Wendy M. says

    Wow! Great options! I have a laminate-related question…is it possible to use laminate as a shower surround? I believe that is what we have in both our bathrooms (tub to ceiling). I originally assumed it was some bath-specific product, but I was in a friend’s home the other day and realized her kitchen countertops look exactly like our upstairs surround. We would love to eventually replace the downstairs (the shower head is set at 5 feet- too low even for me!!) Would LOVE to use one of the above options if it would work.

  2. Robin, NV says

    As much as I love the boomerang laminates, I’m just too chicken to use them in my kitchen. They definitely send a serious retro statement but I’m not really going for that kind of a look. The nice thing is, the repost prompted me to look through the RR laminate archive and I discovered the nice linen look laminates from Pionite. I’ll be ordering samples for sure.

    • says

      I was sort of in the same boat … I love these boomerangs (especially the Hotrod!) but didn’t really feel like they suited our kitchen (or maybe I was just too chicken). We opted for a linen type from Nevamar and are really, really happy with the decision … it’s a nice, subtle compliment to a very colorful space and has a retro-yet-timeless quality to it. Definitely get samples from as many places as you can, as there are subtle differences from one to the next.

      Now, when we find our vintage camper, well, that’s another story … then I’ll be looking at those boomerangs for sure!

      • Mary Elizabeth says

        Lauryn, our 1982 camper has the linen look laminate on the ktichen counters. Would love a nice pop of orange boomerang.

  3. Traci says

    We just ordered a sheet of the 1st one (the grey boomerang)
    to cover our kidney table!!! (It has always been a plain blondwood
    top and recently broke) My hubby fixed it and now is going to laminate it! I am SO excited! We got a sheet for less than $50 from Home Depot!!!!
    Thanks for sharing the info!!!!

  4. blair kooistra says

    Looked at a home last summer built 1956 and on its second owner–everything untouched! And there in the kitchen, ORIGINAL Boomerang formica! The pattern was worn off in one area, and out of curiosity checked through this site to see if that pattern was still available. It was, but unfortunately the pink and aqua boomerangs on white background was one of two color combos just discontinued! Bummah! Good to see so many still available, though, lucky us considering it is 2013 and we’re definately a fringe market!

  5. says

    Decisions, decisions — We’ll be doing both our kitchen & master bath in a pastel aqua/pastel yellow scheme — so which one gets the Vitros Turquoise Glacier & which the Yellow Glacier..? LOL. Mmmmm, and perhaps the Formica Charcoal for the Salmon/Gray hall bath… 😉

    • pam kueber says

      Yes — you can also see these at heffrons.com. Note, get a sample first. I have samples, and I found them to be highly pixelated. Also be sure to see my Kitchens/Countertops category for other retro alternatives.

  6. wndl in olytown says

    i have the retro dungaree in my bathroom! i found it via your original posting on this formica, and ordered it from home depot.

    wish i had a blog to show you the finished product. ooh.. i can post it to the fb page.

    thanks again for such a great site, pam. i relied it on it, heavily, for my bathroom renovations.

  7. Jody Eriksson says

    Hello- I know this is an older thread but has anyone purchased and installed boomerang laminates from Heffron’s?

    My contractor was hesitant to order and use this material because apparently there is no warranty on it. He said he’ll do the install but won’t guarantee the work because of the lack of warranty. I really want the laminate so I am going ahead with it, especially after talking with Gary at Heffron’s who was extremely helpful, by the way.

    Just wondering if anyone could share their experience…

  8. says


    I just purchased a house built in 1955, with the original kitchen ( copper colored cabinets and back splash, salmon colored boomerang counter tops, cook top and copper colored oven). Contrary to everyone’s opinion, I’m not loving the copper color. What color would you suggest I have them painted (to compliment the salmon counter tops), and would powder coating be the best way?


    • pam kueber says

      Mary, we encourage you to live with the colors for a while — a year, even — before making a decision. If you start following this site, you might find, over time, that you love the colors. Once you change them… you can’t go back, not to the original finish, that is…

  9. Kat says

    We bought an extra full sheet of Aqua Boomerang when we did our kitchen a few years ago. When I read these posts, I feel like I have gold bullion stashed in the basement!

  10. linoleummy says

    Just wondering if boomerangs are a random pattern and you won’t hide any seams, or is there special way you resolve seams?

  11. Lisa says

    Can you place these countertops on top of existing tile? I am loathe to create the mess needed to take the tile out and instead would love to find a solution where I can just use this and a backsplash on top of what is existing.

  12. Janan Garner says

    I have some original charcoal boomerang countertops and would like to sell them. 2 5-foot sections and a 4-foot section complete with chrome backsplash and chrome front edge. Wondering what value they would have.

    • pam kueber says

      We do not do valuations here, Janan. Head over to our buy/sell forum if you want to share you listing with readers (no buying/selling here on the main blog or it would be chaos.)

      Here’s our forum — http://retrorenovation.com/forums/

      Thanks for not sending these to the dumpster!

  13. Jamie says

    I was just in a house with original red boomerang counters complete with a red inset in the edging it was stunning1

  14. Leigh Ann says

    Retrokc has four sheets of 42.5×10 aqua Formica aqua boomerang. Wish I could use that color. Check out their Etsy site or their FB page. They are located in OKC but they ship. Great vintage shop! You never know what great things the owner will come up with next.

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