70 vintage Wilsonart laminate samples — including 17 glitter sparkle laminates

vintage-wilsonart-aqua-glitterHold on to your horses Retro Renovation readers — thanks to a tip from reader Hannah, who is constantly alerting Pam to fabulous vintage items listed on Etsy (xoxox we love you Hannah — will you be our Valentine?) — we were able to get permission from Etsy seller MichelleAndHerDog to bring you 70 pictures of vintage Wilsonart laminate samples — now being offered as key rings. There are several gorgeous patterns — including 17 sparkle and satellite colors. Oh what I would give to be able to order that aqua glitter laminate today. So c’mon folks, the gallery is loaded up with 70 samples to see — let’s take a cheery walk down retro laminate sample lane, shall we?

vintage-wilsonart-aqua-gold-satelliteFrom what I can gather, the difference between glitter and satellite seems to be that satellite has some “veins” of glitter intermixed through the sparkles.



Below is a listing of the names from the swatches featured in our slide show, sorted by category:


  • Aqua glitter laminate
  • Beige glitter laminate
  • Charcoal glitter laminate
  • Cocoa glitter laminate
  • Coppertone glitter laminate
  • Flame glitter laminate
  • Frosty pink glitter laminate
  • Powder blue glitter laminate
  • Pumpkin glitter laminate
  • Red glitter laminate
  • Wintergreen glitter laminate


  • Beige gold satellite laminate
  • Aqua gold satellite laminate
  • Frosty pink gold satellite laminate
  • Powder blue satellite laminate
  • Primrose gold satellite laminate
  • White gold satellite laminate


  • Blue spinet laminate
  • Charcoal spinet laminate
  • Coral spinet laminate
  • Grey spinet laminate
  • Light yellow spinet laminate
  • Pink spinet laminate
  • Light green spinet laminate


  • American walnut laminate
  • Black walnut laminate
  • Bleached mahogany laminate
  • Blonde Ash laminate
  • Blonde Maple laminate
  • Brown pickled birch laminate
  • Flaked limed oak laminate
  • Light grey ash laminate
  • Maple laminate
  • Oriental walnut laminate
  • Light American walnut laminate
  • Platinum walnut laminate
  • Rattan laminate
  • Red striped mahogany laminate
  • White birch laminate
  • Tan limed oak laminate
  • Spice brown walnut laminate


  • Dark grey pearl laminate
  • Green pearl laminate
  • Light grey pearl laminate
  • Red pearl laminate
  • Yellow peal laminate


  • Green Irish linen laminate
  • Grey fine linen laminate
  • Grey Irish linen laminate
  • Red Irish linen laminate
  • Yellow Irish linen laminate
  • Tan fine linen laminate
  • Tan Irish linen laminate


  • Grey and coral marble laminate
  • Light pink marble laminate
  • Light tan marble laminate
  • White marble laminate


  • Solid beige laminate
  • Solid black laminate
  • Solid charcoal laminate
  • Solid cocoa laminate
  • Solid flame laminate
  • Solid powder blue laminate
  • Solid pumpkin laminate
  • Solid red laminate
  • Solid white laminate
  • Solid wintergreen laminate

Other patterns

  • White batik laminate
  • White festival laminate

vintage-wilsonart-beige-gold-sattelite vintage-wilsonart-charcoal-glitter vintage-wilsonart-cocoa-glitter vintage-wilsonart-coppertone-glitter vintage-wilsonart-flame-glitter vintage-wilsonart-frosty-pink-glitterAny way I could get some of this frosty pink sparkle laminate for my bathroom remodel? Pretty please?

vintage-wilsonart-frosty-pink-gold-satellite vintage-wilsonart-powder-blue-glitter vintage-wilsonart-powder-blue-satellite vintage-wilsonart-primrose-gold-satellite vintage-wilsonart-pumpkin-glitter vintage-wilsonart-red-glitter vintage-Wilsonart-White-gold-satellite vintage-wilsonart-wintergreen-glitterThe gallery below is all loaded up with these sparkle and satellite patterns as well as the popular Irish linen, a cool spinet pattern, pearl, marble, wood and solids. Let the fun begin.

A huge thanks goes out to Etsy seller MichelleAndHerDog for letting us feature the photos of her fabulous laminate samples.

Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:?


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  1. Scott says

    Where the pleasure center of my brain used to be there is just now a small pile of gold glitter.

    I swear if this stuff was still available today I’d laminate every single countertop, wall, and ceiling of my house with it.

  2. Chris says

    Michelle — you are SO SMART to think of sample key rings. SOOOOO smart! One of these days, I’m going to think of some way to make some money! This is too cool!

    I love glittery ANYTHING!

  3. says

    oh wow! i have white glitter laminate in my bathroom and the contractor we got a quote from is telling me we need to tear it out because today it would be considered bottom grade! I think I need to mention to him that is still looks great at least 50 years after being installed! i would love to have pink to replace it with though!

  4. Rick says

    My folks had white glitter (Formica) counters in their very basic spec ranch house from the early ’60s. I’m thinking the one bathroom had pink glitter. It was one of the earlier homes in the development and we kids would dig through the building trash nearby; A scrap of countertop or tile or in some rare cases, tile/counter top samples like Pam shows were ‘finds’ to be kept and collected.

  5. Paul says

    My house was built in 1966 and is decorated with White Gold glitter speckled laminate in the kitchen (countertops and range backsplash) and White Spungold glitter speckled laminate in the bathroom (I don’t really know if its Textolite, Wilson Art, Formica, or another brand). In addition, the basement shower is encased with White Gold glitter speckled melamine tile wall panels–albeit they are in poor condition due to moisture issues. I am the second owner of the house–and like the first owners–I am choosing to keep many of the original fixtures and appliances such as my white porcelain Kohler sink, lavatory, and bathtub with Kohler 3-blade chrome faucets, a Rheem-Richmond shelfback lavatory (faucet spout and handles are inside the basin–not on top) in my basement shower room, Mansfield toilet (with two small cracks in the base–so should be replaced), wood paneling (one small wall upstairs and throughout basement), gold bottle glass panels between my kitchen and dinette, interlocking squares divider between my front foyer and dinette, GE coppertone-colored drop-in range and ventilating hood, copper-colored kitchen cupboard hardware, plastic ribbed ivory outlet covers and light switch covers, and brass-colored door hardware in the remainder of the house, exposed maple bedroom floors, two Electrolux canister vacuum cleaners (models R and G), Weather Shield awning windows, mailbox, front door light fixture with gold glass, wooden screen doors, and masonite siding. If you live in or near Minnesota, check out Bauer Brothers Salvage in Minneapolis. They have tons of old fixtures and appliances in a large warehouse (not temperature-controlled, though). If you live in a different region I recommend searching for a salvage company in addition to Restores, antique stores, and thrift stores in your area for restoration projects.

  6. Carole says

    Wilsonart needs to consider re-issuing some of these colors! I’d buy the Aqua Glitter or Gold Satellite in a heartbeat!

    I used to make necklaces out of laminate samples, way back when. How fun as key rings.

  7. Kate says

    OMG I have had such a great time on this site. I am a new owner of a MCM and found out so much information already and every link surprises me. I have the aqua glitter in my pantry. It was also in the kitchen but has been covered with granite overlay. I love my aqua countertop. I feel so fortunate to have found my MCM time capsule and I will be on this site often to help with the restoration. Thank you so much!

  8. Helen says

    I have white gold satellite countertops in my kitchen and two bathrooms. The kitchen and bar are almost perfect condition, the bathrooms didn’t hold up as well. Near the sinks, some of the glitter has completely worn off and little further out has tarnished. Any suggestions for cleaning the tarnish and sealing to prevent more damage?

  9. says

    Hello Kate, Pam and all at Retro Renovation. I’ve been a fan of this site for years! It’s beautiful.

    Well, I’ve been a flea market addict for years, and a few years ago I picked up a set of samples from the Formica Company from 1962. There are about 100 on a chain inside their original mailing box. The box has great graphics.

    They are “paper reproductions of Formica Colors and Patterns” all the favorites like Nassau and Skylark.

    I can’t figure out how to submit pictures to your site, however I thought you all might be able to use them for archival purposes. Perhaps you already have a set.

    They are in terrific condition. I only paid five dollars and would be willing to donate to your cause. If not, they go back in the drawer.


  10. Elijah says

    Oooooooh, I’m loving the Pumpkin Glitter! I wonder how you could include that in a kitchen. How many people could say that they have an orange countertop…

  11. R..C.Cook says

    Would like a nickle for every piece of glitter pattern i have put down.Getting expensive now just bought a sheet 5×10 over $300

  12. Kathy says

    Wish I could share a pic of my incredible pantry in aqua gold satellite and my jack and Jill done in the white gold satellite, both in fabulous condition. Love the laminates.

  13. Beth Steele says

    I bought a 1955 brick ranch where there were a few changes, but not all that many. I still have the white gold satellite on my kitchen countertops and the backsplash. I also have a Roper stove that I love, and was able to repair the burners, but unfortunately, cannot get the oven repaired. It looks like an old cadillac…with chrome and fins!

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