August 1, 2013Mike and Sara Think Outside The Box When Making A Container For Some Retro Aqua Boomerang Laminate!
By Sara In AZ
When Mike and I heard awhile back that Formica was discontinuing many colors in the ‘Boomerang’ pattern we were dismayed. In fact, I just looked it up and ‘Charcoal’ is the only color left that you can order in the boomerang line.
I loved the Boomerang pattern and thought the aqua color was particularly beautiful. Obviously we have not found our dream retro house yet, but I thought it might be a good idea to order some while it was still readily available in case we ever did want to use this color laminate when we finally found our dream house.
We went down to the local Home Depot and ordered a few sheets in a couple of varying sizes….not really sure of what sizes to order since we don’t really know what we’ll want to use it on in the future.
The laminate arrived a few weeks after we ordered it and came in large boxes like this….sorry for the crappy blurry picture.
When you opened the box here is what you saw…..a tightly coiled sheet of laminate.
And it is BIG too…..but ahhhhhhh, so pretty!
We honestly were not sure what exactly to do with the laminate since the sheets were SO huge, but I know that Formica does NOT recommend storing the laminate coiled in this way for long periods of time. I couldn’t really understand why they were so adamantly against it, but you’ll see why in a minute.
Mike thought hard on this one for a good long while. We really were not sure how to properly store the sheets of laminate being that they were so huge…..we couldn’t just throw them down in the spare bedroom or something like that.
If we made a container of ALL wood 2X4s it would be VERY heavy. So Mike came up with an idea to use thinner strips of wood and surround the wood frame with a lighter weight metal conduit to give the container rigidity.
He braced the corners so it would not flex and screwed everything together.
We ran a thin foam material around the entire inside perimeter so the laminate could have a little buffer from the wood.
We also used scrap cardboard as a buffer before we laid any of the laminate down in the container.
We also bought some cheap bed sheets from Goodwill and laid those over the cardboard as a final layer of protection, you can see that in the picture below. And then we were finally ready to place some of the laminate in the container, so we excitedly brought it out and cut the clear plastic wrap (that we thought) held it tightly coiled up and were left with this………………………………….a STILL tightly coiled piece of laminate. eeks!
I cannot even imagine how bad it would get if you left the laminate stored coiled like this for years and years…..you’d probably never be able to get it uncoiled….and if you did you’d probably crack it in the process.
I seriously could not believe how HARD it was to just get a few pieces of laminate to lay flat. I thought we’d cut the clear plastic wrap and maybe it would start relaxing after a bit…..but no, we had to REALLY work at getting it uncoiled and then we had to lay ALL of this stuff on top of the edges so it would not flip up right away again! CRAZY!!!!
Here is Mike struggling with keeping that end under control…you can see it curling up at each corner.
Finally we have all the laminate sheets laid in the container but you can see ALL the stuff we have placed at either end to keep the edges from flipping up…….laundry detergent….a box of drill bits…….plastic tubs…….you name it! ha!
I was terrified to move anything but I knew that we could not just leave this lying in the middle of our garage for days on end. It was a very careful process to get those ends strapped down, but in the end we prevailed!
On either end Mike put in extra bracing with Styrofoam padding underneath.
Then to hold everything tight and snug we put some packing peanut bags underneath the straps of wood in the middle portion of the holder.
And ta-da….there you have it…..our homemade laminate holder all set up in our garage!
Hopefully by the time we need to use the laminate it will be nice and flat…and take it from me, don’t leave your laminate all coiled up if you have any in storage!