12 places to find retro laminate for counter tops

glitter laminate for sale todayUPDATED 2019 — If you are looking for retro-style laminate for a kitchen or bathroom counter top, you have some blinding research ahead of you. Unless there is a home-run-out-of-the-park solution — like the boomerangs, crackle ice or dogbone still available — it’s going to be a hunt-peck-and-forage to find something that’s “close enough” to original laminates from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Here to help is a list of all the places I know — eight nine 13 places — to look for laminate for your retro kitchen, along with some tips for your hunt–>

Where to find retro style laminate for kitchen and bathroom countertops:

  • Wilsonart — Don’t forget to also check out their Virtual Design Library for a growing number of custom, digital-printed optionsincluding several recent revivals from Wilsonart’s 1960s and 1970s archive, cracked ice patterns, and a large variety of boomerang laminate designs.
  • Make It Midcentury is the only place in the nation where you can get glitter laminate. It’s now available in a variety of colors, seen in the photo on the right.
  • Formica — Boomerang in charcoal (the only color still available from Formica) is in Homeowners. But, Dogbones, Wefts and Warps are in To The Trade. 
  • Abet Laminati — 195 solid colors… 136 woodgrains… 149 patterns… 33 metals… Easy-to-use website. If you need a solid color and can’t find it here — or at Arpa, below — it probably doesn’t exist.
  • Arpa — Eye-boggling to search, but their colors look good, so may well be worth the trouble to pursue this brand for that reason.
  • Pionite — Check out their linen-look laminates in Abstracts; colors are greyed out – more suitable for 60s and 70s than 50s, but overall, I quite like them.
  • Arborite — They have some patterns I like, including a blueberry that looks like linoleum and some almost-linens. Easy-to-use website.
  • Nevamar — Check out their abstracts and update 2019: Their reintroduction of some great retro patterns including Nevamar Venus recreated from one of our readers’ sample chip finds — full story here!
  • Decotone — Added to our list in 2015.
  • Laminart — Added to our list in 2015.
  • Lab Designs — Added to our list in 2013, they have some retro-modern styles worth considering.
  • Also try Bella Laminati.


  • No substitute for seeing an actual sample — Of course, there is no substitute for seeing actual samples in the flesh. If you can order the samples in an 8″x10″ size, all the better. Smack it down in your kitchen or bathroom — and look at it in all lights during different times of the day. This is a prime opportunity to torture your spouse in the decision-making process.
  • Do not become enraged by prices for the specialty laminates — Laminate must be stored flat, in a climate- and humidity-controlled environment. Specialty providers often also must invest more to hold inventory, and they do not benefit from the economies of scale possible in mass market production.
  • Searching is going to take time and will blind you — Some of these websites are better organized than others. Be patient and be sure that, once you find a product page, you look at all the links to ensure you have not missed any sections.
  • Look in the Commercial section of the websites, too — Look in both the “Residential / Homeowner” sections and the “Contract / To the Trade / Professional” sections. So many of the popular consumer patterns today look like granite. More abstract designs may be over in the Commercial section. Generally, as a consumer you can get product from either section. You *may* have to go to a real countertop fabricator to get Commercial selections — BUT, with the internet now, you likely can also find an online source at a good price. (Just check everyone out.)
  • Good-Better-Best — Manufacturers may have good-better-best grades for a variety of requirements.  Check out the options, do your own research, and make your decision accordingly. On stuff that requires professional installation, all the more so, because that means replacing the product has two costs.
  • Consider the practicality of the finish you select — Keep in mind that shiny finishes are more likely to show scratches. I have glossy in the two bathrooms, and they are doing just fine. But I don’t think I’d choose glossy for a kitchen. 
  • Watch the specifications — if it says “for vertical surfaces only” it means not for countertops, duh.
  • Share your experiences — Readers, do you have any more tips of your own, or questions?

Reproduction 1950s, 60s and 70s laminates available today:

Want boomerang laminate?

I have LOTS more research on laminate options here:

  1. Alex says:

    FYI there is a FaceBook group for sharing pieces of SparkleLam made by http://www.makeitmidcentury.com if a full sheet is out of your price range. The group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557312487746485

    For instance, I’m hoping to get a quarter sheet (2’x6′) of dark aqua SparkleLam with both inclusions. If someone wanted to other 3/4s of it, we could split the price. This group lets you connect with other folks looking to buy SparkleLam for their renovations.

  2. Patrick Welch says:

    I am looking to do a light green (hint of white and grey/white (hint of green and grey checkerboard linoleum 12″ tile floor.
    Any ideas who has the 2 matching colors? I tried armstrong VCT but i couldn’t find and real “pairs”. Thx

  3. matt lynch says:

    Hi Laminate lovers:

    I am working on a big art project using Formica laminate to make mosaics:
    I am in cincinnati and am working with Formica Corp directly and they are supplying us material. the problem is we need a small piece of turquoise anything for an important part of our design. They haven’t made turquoise since 2012. Does anyone have a square foot of any vintage turquoise?

  4. Mary Dailey says:

    I am considering restoring my mom’s bathroom. I will not be able to preserve it as a mid-century bathroom. It has very cool gold starburst on white background laminate panels – I would sell to interested party – is there a site where I can place this kind of listing

  5. John says:

    Having tried very hard, I will ask…can anyone find “almond” that was so ubiquitous in the late 1960-1970s?

      1. John says:

        I was there, but that selection was not the green color in my kitchen. I’ve got the classic almond green appliances and counter top and the green vinyl mosaic floor. (It was a time capsule and so far I’ve been able to keep it in good repair.) If I could find a piece about 2ft x 3ft it would be enough to repair an area that was patched with white when a hole was made during a repair.

  6. Bea says:

    Formica now has the Envision where you design your own artwork. I have not seen it in person. I am guessing they can’t do something shiny like the glitter look we all seem to be searching for. I am considering an atomic star pattern to go with my Kohler Triton faucets as an alternative to the glitter laminate.

  7. Dave & Debbie says:

    Thank you, Thank You, Thank You!
    We have been looking for original laminate for or 1963 trailer restoration project.
    We found it at Wilsonart page.
    Thank you very much for your links.

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