Monday, February 13, 2012

Which one would you pick?


I have been searching the web again, and found some great samples of Formica ….first I found this wonderful article on  a blog called “Our Arts and Crafts Home”, her grandfather had passed ( he was almost 101 years of age) and they were cleaning out his home, and her father found these in the basement.  Her grandfather like to collect odds and ends and this was probably one of them apparently.



Can you imagine how exciting this would have been????  She took them apart made these photos….

Formica Capri




Oh so fifties…….

Formica Nassau



Lovely Boomerang….Formica skylark01


Formica Skylark02


Linen type

Formica Linen


Formica Green



Formica Red

Formica Yellow




The brand is so well known today that people generally refer to all laminated countertops and furniture as “Formica” whether or not they were actually the manufacturer. The brochure pictured  above shows the Sunrise collection designed by Raymond Loewy Associates for Formica in 1953.

My Countertop would have been Lipstick Red Linen with a Chrome strip…no doubt!   Tell me if you have one here you would use…..

Formica Linen

Next….on to the Dinettes!


carol fun said...

Those reds are wonderful and you should definitely chose with your heart. For me - I love those yellows particularly the boomerang one. Different colors talk to different people -- isnt' it grand?

Unknown said...

I actually remember those formica chips ... my choice ... ta-da-dum!!! PINK!!! No surprise, right?

How are you doing my friend. Everything settling down for you? I hope so.

Happy Valentine's

Anonymous said...

How fun!
The last counter tops I actually got to choose were in my manufactured home and I thought I chose green marble. when the house showed up on our land after a year and a half of waiting, it was black marble! Ugh! I wouldn't want either now. My tastes change so often...

Here on the farm I have an old green- probably from the 50s. I do know that dark is better than light stain wise so I'd probably still go with a darker color.

Jenny said...

What a cool find! I love all these! The red would be perfect for you!

Happy Valentines Day, sweet lady!

Scrap for Joy said...

You would have loved my parents' kitchen...bright yellow Formica counter tops with the chrome strip. I moved one of the cabinets here to Pittsburgh when I moved from Philadelphia and I use it in the basement. Very retro!!
Happy Valentine's Day Sandy!

My Vintage Mending said...

Red Capri please chrome strip and metal cabinets. Chrome handles if its in the budget. love this...smiles..Renee

Ronda Liebert said...

I think they still make some of the retro formicas - check out the home improvement centers.

Ronda Liebert said...

Here ya go, just one site offering:

They have the boomerang, the linen and more.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Ooh, Sandy! I just love these samples! Thanks for sharing these fun photos! They remind me of my mothers kitchen done in pink formica with light green metal vinyl cabinets from the 50's, so pretty!

LBP said...

Definitely the Sky Blue Nassau! What a fun find! And might I say I would love to have Formica in my kitchen instead of my granite!

★Carol★ said...

My Grandma had a green marbley Formica counter with the chrome strips, and I've always loved it, so if I was ever lucky enough, that's what I would choose! It's funny how some people think it's so ugly, and would only have granite countertops. They can have it. Give me Formica!

Nanette Merrill said...

Everything old is new again. I'd love some of that formica in my house. Granite may become so yesterday.

Short and Sweet said...

Without a doubt I would choose White Skylark as that is very similar to the one in my childhood home. What fabulous memories!

Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker said...

How fun they all are! I would pick the black boomerang.

Mary Ann said...

Oh my gosh, we had two of these in our bathrooms growing up - the red one in your first grouping and a boomerang in pink, with of course pink tiled walls. What memories...

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my...I totally remember that boomerang pattern in some of my young friends' homes. What a fun trip down memory lane! : )
Happy V-Day, Sandy.
Mary Lou

Melanie said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and think it's great! I would most definately pick the Sunshine Yellow Nassau! I like my surroundings to be cheerful!


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