Formica retro countertop discontinuations: More info on end-dates + alternatives

formica boomerang laminate in aqua blue and coralUPDATE (Oct 2011): Click over to –> this story to get an update on all three sources for boomerang laminate.

In wake of the news that Formica is discontinuing, or has discontinued, two shades of our beloved boomerang laminate, I started receiving reports from readers of other discontinuations. I checked with the super duper helpful PR folks (thanks, Laura!). Warning warning Will Robinson: To ensure you get while the gettin’ is good, read this full report:

  • 6918 Atomic Orange and 6919 Atomic Turf were discontinued as of August 2, 2010. After the deletion date of 8/2/10, these colors will be available while supplies last or until 12/31/10, whichever comes first.
  • Two of the Boomerangs – 6940 Skylark Boomerang and 6941 Coral Boomerang — were discontinued as of August 2, 2010.  After the deletion date of 8/2/10, these colors will be available while supplies last or until 12/31/10, whichever comes first.
  • 6943 VirrVarr White and 6944 VirrVarr Light Blue will be discontinued as of January 17, 2011.  After the deletion date of 1/17/11, these colors will be available while supplies last or until 6/30/11, whichever comes first.
  • 6959 Aqua Boomerang will be discontinued as of January 17, 2011.  After the deletion date of 1/17/11, these colors will be available while supplies last or until 6/30/11, whichever comes first.

Readers trying to get VirrVarr from Home Depot already are saying they already cannot get it there. Home Depot buyers: This stuff is still available elsewhere — how bad do you want it? You’re gonna have to chase it.

Also, I want to point out, there are several new laminates on the market that provide alternatives moving ahead. I like a number of the new retro style Formica laminates — Dogbone or Weft are good substitutes for VirrVarr. I also like the look of the hemp laminates from Arborite— the gold one would work for a 70s kitchen, for example. Bottom line: These laminates come in and out. If something you want is on its way out, get it now while the getting is good. Meanwhile: Check my Countertops Category for all my identified sources for vintage style laminate countertops.

  1. Lisa says:

    Boo! I just went to order samples for my long awaited new counters, and the selection at Formica is now pretty dismal. As someone else said, 50 shades of faux stone, but little else. Even the solids have been disappointing, I was hoping to see a muted green like Grasshopper, but even that’s gone. Maybe I missed it but I only saw the Dogbone in grey/black (Storm?).
    Oh well, hopefully the Arborite samples will have a winner among them.

  2. Sandra says:

    Hi, does anybody know where I could find “Irish Linen’ laminate for kitchen bench top? I have looked in Australia but have been told it is discontinued.

  3. The Atomic Mom says:

    Just wanted to say, I’ve really been enjoying this site as I’ve popped around it the last few days. What brought me here was a picture from my grandparents home of their pink bathtub and toilet and the Save the Pink Bathrooms site, then one click let to another and so on.

    I remember this boomerange countertop patterns so well from my childhood. It seemed like all the elegent lady friends of my mom and grandma had these kinds of things in their homes — and I really loved them at the time, and I love them even more now. I’m sad that they’ve been discontinued.

    I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself as well. Thru reading about you awesome kitchen, I know that at one point my house had steel cabinets. We just have some genric Home Depot cabinets now. My heart is weeping a bit. If only, the previous homeowner had just left the cabinets up….anyway…

    This has been a great way to spend my snow-covered morning! 🙂 I look forward to getting more ideas from you. We’re going witha Route 66 theme in our home right now, and your sites are a gem!

  4. kmodek says:

    Funny, but if you want fake stone of any shade in the rainbow, you have more than you’d ever want to choose from now. But if you want something different, it’s SO hard to find!
    Maybe in 30 years, fake stone counters will be ‘retro’!

  5. Paula says:

    I too love the boomerang and I am waiting to hear back from my guy that it is ordered. I also looked at the new “mode” from Formica which is really fun. The website states that it is inspired by digital pixilation. I think it’s inspired by Laugh-In from the 60’s. Fun stuff.

  6. Northside CJ says:

    That’s a shame. I redid my kitchen with in-stock black Home Depot counters to save time and money. It looks great, but I was hoping to eventually re-re-do the counters with aqua boomerang or the white Virr-var. Unless of course, by some miracle, I were to run across the ever elusive “gold-flecked” laminate.

  7. susan says:

    What a time to be poor! Could only afford the smallest piece of aqua boom they sell. I cut down my huge entertainment center into a small cabinet. I was in the process of painting it aqua to match the yet-to-be-purchased boomer lam. when I read about the crisis on your website.You betcha I went the same day to Lowes and ordered my tiny piece of reto! Thank you for yhe timely FYI!

  8. BonnieKae says:

    Last November I ordered “retro pop” from Wilsonart. It is a white laminate with robin egg blue boomerangs and light and dark pink boomerangs. I love it. It was a special order item at the time. However, I now miss my original yellow cracked ice…so I might have to order some before it is dc/d and hoard it.

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