Making Plastic Laminate Countertops

Friday Fiction: When Sparks Fly
Your Eight Year Old

Making Plastic Laminate Countertops coverMaking Plastic-Laminate Countertops
Kimball
1996

Submitter: This whole book makes me think, “The ‘90s called. They want their kitchen decor back.” Home improvement books are certainly popular at our library, and Taunton Press is a great publisher, but this book became hopelessly outdated the minute House Hunters became popular on TV and people started demanding granite. To be fair, our library does also have a newer book on countertop installations that includes everything from cement to butcher block to laminate. And unlike this one, that title is in full-color. This book only has a few color pages. Even the page talking about the wide variety of colors available in plastic laminate is printed in black and white!

Holly: The guy on the cover has excellent glasses and mustache, too. He’s probably retired by now.

Making Plastic Laminate Countertops back cover

Curved wood corners

Backsplashes

colors and storage

8 comments

  1. That 90s kitchen looks way better than the one that came with our house…I’d be grateful for it! But the black and white image of all the color options is hysterical 🙂

  2. There may be newer, better books, but do not fool yourself that because home shows sponsored by luxury-goods sellers promote luxury goods, that older, economical choices are passé. Just like vinyl flooring, there’s plenty of laminate counter samples on display at the big-box building supply stores, and it’s still a choice for renovators on a budget who aren’t getting donated materials or discounts. As the book illustrates, it’s a lot easier for DIYers to tackle than a slab of granite or other solid surfaces. Or if you want, you can now get laminate counter tops built with integrated stainless steel or composite sinks. And while the mid-century modern craze has slackened a bit since “Mad Men” ended, some of the classic patterns like boomerangs and crackle ice in different colors were reintroduced for those enthusiasts restoring homes desecrated by ’80s additions and renovations.

    1. i love some of the old funky-50s styled laminates (starburst, crackle, boomerangs). and old school marmoleum floors.

      1. Marmoleum is still available and is actually a pretty green flooring. We used it when we redid the kitchen at our church — my spouse the architect and me, the person with color sense who got to choose the shade.

    1. Why? They are natural wood and are not painted now. I think they look fine, but possibly I am just envious. I have a barely functional kitchen from about 1940.

      And that does not mean “mid-century modern.” It means no countertops (we brought in two butcherblock carts), and only one cabinet (supplemented by the previous owner’s tin freestanding thing with, yes, a laminate top), which is painted pistachio-ice cream green, as are the fake tile walls. Except in the places where my ex-spouse ripped the tiles off, ripping off some of the plaster along with them. Too big a job to fix, so it was just abandoned. And now I can’t afford it.

      So basically I would kill for this kitchen. Maybe I should google “ugly kitchen contest.”

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