In the hunt for a source of period Laminex/formica patterns for restoration work, I may just have come across a source here in Oz. I will be following up and inspecting whats available soon. Just wondered if anyone else might be interested in getting some or matching theirs. Note this is secong hand stuff, not new sheets, so work would be involved to use it. But i expect it would MUCH cheaper than importing new stock from the US.
No worries guys. I'll be taking some leave in December and will have time to go and check it all out then. Was to be sooner, but now I have to travel interstate for work. if I can go earlier I'll post info here
This guy has apparently laminex and kitchen tables, so if the laminex isn't the answer, the tables may well be. I need a table as my home made hasn't got one. I'll take some pics too for everyone and have found a great and cheap door to door courier service so no need to travel (particularly if you end up having to take a table top for example.
Post by minicamper on Nov 22, 2007 15:58:45 GMT 10
Ok everyone, I went and met up with this contact I found.
There's good news and bad news. The bad news is the immediate stuff I can get my hands on is all old tables. I did get a referral to an old retailer in Melbourne who has some old pattern sheets buried amongst hundreds of other patterns and it would take hours to search through, but I will take a look when on leave in December. (I was told to allow 4-5 hours) I will also be getting my hands on a whole bunch of table tops only and will advise what patterns they are on Monday. For now, below are the patterns that I can get if you need to replace a bench top or van table.
Oh my GAWD! I can hardly BEAR it! The INNER CONFLICT! The QUANDRY! How can I live with all this talk of....gasp.... stripping down those beautiful, original, retro formica kitchen tables, worth hundreds of dollars (in Melbourne or Sydney) to all us devoted "anything pre 50's is better than anything post" house restorers! (I've closed my dining room door ...don't want to upset the old girl now... "blue ice", by the way) OK, OK, I have a vinvan too (Bond(y)....James Bond(y)) but ....gasp (again) destroy something so beautiful (beats an Ikea flat-crap anytime) to restore something else...beautiful? I just dunno. I'll have to sleep on it. Build a bridge, maybe. Sob. Isn't there another way?
Post by minicamper on Dec 19, 2007 17:03:50 GMT 10
The good news is that I have got my hands on some table tops only. The rest of the tables (legs and frames had to be junked) and these tops were on their way to the tip. I may be able to get more.
I have got:
3 pink ice (one folding table top) 1 green marble 1 60's marble (as pictured with white background, black and yellowish streaks) 1 grey ice 1 white with lots of little dashes.
I am yet to decide my interior colour scheme, but seeing as i plan to use my 1960 Humber (grey) as the tow car, I might go grey ice benches and pink table... or , geez i don't know, haven't even fixed the outside yet..
These are in varying condition, some have nice aluminium edges too. If anyone is interested, let me know.