Boomerang laminate samples of our new collection — “Retro Renovation® by Wilsonart” — now available


Howdy, hudee — Wilsonart has started rolling out samples of the new boomerang laminates we designed in collaboration with Wilsonart are now available as samples. As of this moment, two colors are available. All colorways: Samples now available!

retro-renovation-by-wilsonart-laminateNote, there are other boomerang colorways already in Wilsonart’s collection — “ours” are the one with that happy little “Retro Renovation®” in the name. The tone-on-tone pastels, above. Who’s ordering samples? We’re excited to know!

To order the samples:

Read all the stories about the new collection, “Retro Renovation® by Wilsonart,” here.

Disclosure: I want readers to know: I do not make money if you buy this laminate; “the deal” that I have with Wilsonart includes other elements of consideration. For example, on Feb. 1 they will launch an advertisement on the blog, for which Retro Renovation is compensated. So, I do not have any incremental financial reason to promote the laminates in this collection over other options — see all our research on countertop options to find the product that’s right for you! – Publisher Pam.

  1. Debbie in Portland says:

    I could hardly wait for it to be February 1st! I ordered Delightful Jade and Aqua Ripple before I even got out of my pajamas. 🙂

  2. Suzie says:

    Thanks so much. I wanted this pattern for my kitchen, but what was available was too “noisy”. Tone on tone is perfect! I’ve just ordered samples and am energized to continue working on my kitchen!

  3. Sarah says:

    What year did boomerang start appearing in homes? I love the pink but I’m not sure it’s appropriate for our modest late 40s ranch.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Around 1950, as I recall – that’s when we started seeing abstract patterns. Before around then, we had patterns that mimicked natural materials. That said, I don’t know when the “first” abstract patterns were introduced. Somewhere in my file I have a copy of Grace Jeffers’ thesis – I’ll put it on my list to check.

      I was just talking to a friend about her 1940s kitchen yesterday. She had the same concern as yours. She is going for something linen-look — one of the Spectrum colors, maybe. Another option: The crackle ices — they would have been around in the 40s. https://retrorenovation.com/2010/08/01/where-to-find-crackle-ice-laminate/ Or: Look for a laminate the looks like linoleum.

  4. maria says:

    Ordered the pink, jade, beige and gray. I don’t need new counters, but thought it might be fun to use pink on a table top in my retro pink appliance kitchen!

    Question — I noticed the option only included a matte surface. Do you know if gloss will be offered in the future? Gloss would be more retro.

  5. Mary Elizabeth says:

    I ordered three samples. Although my kitchen and baths are already done, we will be making our second wall of built-ins in the guest/sewing room later this year. The units in the wall in the master bedroom have laminate tops.

  6. Pat says:

    I ordered Aqua Ripple and Friendly Beige – and looked at their adhesives brochure. I’m going to re-do the counter in my dressing room/closet area. Neato!

  7. 50s girl says:

    Kudos to the Wilsonart folks taking our many many sample orders today on the website. While ordering, it had to reload 4 times, likely because they were swamped. Very appreciative of all the work they are doing, and free samples to boot! A very unexpected surprise. Thanks again Pam and Kate.

  8. Suzanne says:

    Just ordered samples of all of them! Wish these would have been available when I was choosing my colors for my sewing room! I recently used Wintergreen Daisy for a newly created bathroom (former laundry room) in the 1905 farmhouse we are restoring, Yes, 1905 is a little before retro / MCM but the former owners told us that there was no plumbing or electricity until 1948 so I think some retro finishes will be just fine in keeping with the character of the house. I ordered my countertop from a local lumberyard; I only needed 6 feet but I ordered a 12 foot piece so I would have extra if I wanted it for another project. I think it was around $200 total for the formed countertop; Lowe’s had quoted me almost $800 for the same thing and HD couldn’t figure out how to order from the VDL! I did have to wait about 8 weeks for the countertop but it was totally worth it! Those daisies make me smile every time I go in there! I still have two more bathrooms and a kitchen to do in that house – so glad to see these new boomerang color choices!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Sounds fantastic, Suzanne! Thanks also for the tip on shopping around! And yes: In many prewar houses, there was little indoor plumbing until after World War II. So the “original” bathrooms, as key examples, would likely have been midcentury in design. So in that sense: Historically authentic, in my view!

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