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August 1, 2013

Mike 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!

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22 Responses to Mike and Sara Think Outside The Box When Making A Container For Some Retro Aqua Boomerang Laminate!

  1. deb Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 6:51 am


    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks Deb!

      • Steven D Reply

        May 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm

        I know this is an old post but I wanted to ask. Do you have any pieces of the Aqua Boomerang laminate left? You see, my wife and I have a vintage trailer with Aqua Boomerang on the table. Unfortunately the table top has been damaged and I need to replace the laminate. I am looking for a piece 30″ X 40″. Please help us out if you can or direct us to some other source. Thank you.

        • Sara In AZ Reply

          May 30, 2016 at 8:40 pm

          Let me get back to you on that one Steven………………

          • Lauren

            March 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm

            Hi there,
            I have the same question as Steven. Do you happen to have any left? I know I’m even later in asking. I’m working on retro-fying my kitchen in my first home (that I hope to be in basically forever). I fell in love with them and planned my kitchen around it before knowing it was discontinued. I then found a solid color (Maui) from Formica that was the same color and figured I’d settle. 4 weeks into research I’ve learned that it’s only available in the UK and Asia the UK won’t ship to me and it would cost $1,100 to ship from Hong Kong, but the laminate is only $34. Please let me know! Thanks so much!
            in peace-

  2. Beth Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Wow! I’m so impressed by Mike’s imagination and skill. You two are a wonderful team.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Well thank you for the kind words Beth…..I have to admit, Mike is pretty amazeballs when it comes to thinking outside the box!

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

    You are going to find your dream house any minute now…I can feel it! 🙂

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Your mouth to God’s ear Ruth!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

    You two never cease to amaze me.

  5. Andrea Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Super creative, that’s awesome! I love the aqua, too, that’s what I have on top of my custom cutting table that Darren built for me. It’s so pretty, really smart to buy it now and put it away.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      How cool that Darren built you a cutting table and how AWESOME that you used aqua boomerang on it…..I thought I spied that in some of your pics!

      Yeah, we knew we wanted to use it somewhere eventually so we figured we had better get it while the gettins’ good!

  6. Honora Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    How exciting! I had no idea they even made it any longer. It really is gorgeous.
    Kudos to Mike!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      We did not want to miss out on getting it Honora, so we had to bite the bullet and buy some before we really needed it….good thing Mike finally figured out how to store it!

  7. Sherree Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    He is a genius 🙂 Great job you two!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      He really IS a genius Sherree!!! Love that guy, I swear!

  8. Jenny Kuller Reply

    August 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

    AMAZING!!! what a fantastic, creative and utterly practical idea to store it!

    Sometimes, dudes really are just awesome. 🙂

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Jenny!

      And I know…..sometimes we just have to give mad props to the guys!!! 🙂

  9. Michelle Reply

    August 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I have a counter top in orange if anyone would like it when we tear it out. 🙂

    We’re in western NY.

    Also, if left alone, laminate will slowly flatten out in warm weather. Forcing it flat if it’s cold can crack it.

  10. Jenny Reply

    September 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    LOVE this laminate! I just got a vintage camper I really need new turquoise laminate for and I can’t find any like this. Good luck with your retro home!

  11. John Reply

    September 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I’m restoring my 1950s-era kitchen. If anyone is out there willing to sell a sheet or two of the aqua formica boomerang laminate, please contact me. Thank you.

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