Laminates that 'Retrofy' DIY - Page 2

Restoring countertops to period perfection with exciting mid-century surface designs
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'SparkleLam' from Make It Mid Century. Top: White. Above: Color wheel shows off the many laminate colors available.

The end product is offered with a satin finish in industry grade .040-inch thick laminate with a sanded back, and can be applied either horizontally or vertically. Laminate sheets measure 4 feet x 12 feet, large enough to accommodate most home projects. Also, Share-a-Sheet orders can be made in quarter or half sheets.

Sample laminate sets are available, with full sets displaying all eighteen colors that are currently offered: White, Light Aqua, Dark Aqua, Pink, Black, Dark Orange, Dark Sky, Kelly Green, Lemon Yellow, Light Violet, Lime Green, Red, Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Dark Violet, Gray, Medium Violet, and Bright Pink. Inclusion options are gold, silver, and gold/silver.

With each SparkleLam color sample one purchases, the company will send a $10 gift certificate towards the purchase of a full laminate sheet. Custom laminate in one of their lines of colors can also be created but require a set-up charge for running an initial test sample, and longer lead time to produce. Standard lead times are three to five weeks.

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Two patterns from Panolam's Yesteryears Collection: 'Gray Kinetic' (top) and 'Odenton Pink Lady' (above).

For those working on DIY projects, Make it Mid Century has gone the extra mile to provide helpful installation and care instructions for SparkleLam on their website, along with a list of necessary tools and materials.

Since founding Make It Mid Century, Halla has expanded her company's product lines to include fabrics, window shutters, and ceramic tile. She offers consultations on custom projects, a free mid-century newsletter, catalog, and eBook; and maintains a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram.

So whether you're planning a home improvement, renovation, or restoration project with a retro focus, it looks like today's marketplace has finally got you covered—countertops and all.