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Old 12-23-2014, 02:32 PM   #57
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I'm a big fan of stainless steel countertops, a little more costly, but goes w/ everything !


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Old 12-23-2014, 05:31 PM   #58
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Thanks for the lead on the Formica Dogbone. I am not to the counter top stage yet, but that looks like a good possibility.

I am glad to hear that progress is being made on the Caravel. I agree that I think you will be glad you are doing this and I don't doubt that you will find Idaho a great area to camp in and explore.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:08 PM   #59
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Have you looked at Home - Lab Designs Laminate ? I have some of their samples , love the corrugated tin , their woods are amazing....
This is somewhat closer to what I was looking for. I know mid60's has some mod styles (i grew up in the 60's!) But, I don't want the mod look for my trailer. More rustic warm tones. I found a texture I like with Pionite linen, would like a warm red or green. But they are no longer available.
This site has at least some more abstract but still woven look a bit.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:14 PM   #60
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Jerbear315 - "Any countertops for mid-60s?"...

You might consider something unusual in a metallic laminate like this one:

DecoMetal® - Metallic Grass
Interesting, but too "mod" I am going to retro and rustic.

Looking more for linen look but in red or green.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:15 PM   #61
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That actually is one consideration!
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:19 PM   #62
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It is really difficult to find a true vintage style laminate today. I wish they still made laminate like the old cracked ice. We had that in our Caravel too. Formica came out with a line of retro designs for their 100th anniversary and we picked several of these samples when we were doing countertops in our Caravel. I didn't like any of them, but there was one that I would keep me going back to in the months we were trying to make decisions. That design was called Dogbone. It has a midcentury appeal, with hints toward retro, without being obvious. We picked this Formica Dogbone pattern for our Caravel kitchen countertop. Interestingly, a few weeks ago we got the opportunity to tour one of those new vintage style Shasta trailers they are building. What laminate do you think they chose for the countertops? It was Formica Dogbone. We really like it in our Caravel and it goes well with most wall colors and other elements in the trailer. Here is the Formica page with the laminate...

Formica Dogbone

It sounds like your trailer is in good hands. I am sure you will love it when you get it back and start using it. It is really exciting to take it out camping and have people stop by asking questions and admiring your trailer.
I do think the dog bone like the abstracts are 60's in the "Mod" sort of way. But I am wanting more rustic or simple like stainless steel or linen look. All the linen samples are beige and black or grey. Yick.
What I really love is old fashioned floor tile style, or in Marmeluem (spelling) with a chrome band edging. However, that truly is more 40s and 50's. Not sure I should get hung up on decades.
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This is kind of interesting, reminds ya of the pearlized cracked ice, but different. I remember tops like this!

Lusterock kitchen counter tops - readers share stories about this interesting 1960s material - Retro Renovation
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For the "chrome band edging" look you might be wanting aluminum. It looks more appropriate in our aluminum trailers. I like that look too and it allows you to not have to worry about the edge of the countertop as it covers the edge. Here is a great source for aluminum edging...

Eagle Mouldings Products & Services | Aluminum French Cleat & Z-Clips | Aluminum Slatwall Extrusions

I ordered from them and used on my countertop. You can see photos here, but will have to scroll down the page until you see the counter.

https://plus.google.com/photos/11214...83774212555057

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I am going to talk to Sean (restorer) about Stainless steel. If I could use something from another house/trailer it would look more vintage.
But I also found Formica one that could look similar to old Textolite.

Here's the interior materials I am thinking of so far. The wood will be alder or hickory because I live knots. I like a honey colored stain. Click image for larger version

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The laminate is Formica "Paloma Bisque"
It looks more like natural stone/pebble, more rustic than
Dogbone. That looked 60's mod squad! ;-)


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I like the colors and fabric choices! Are you thinking about the Clay color chip for the wall color? If so it might be a little dark for that use. It might make the space look more enclosed. I like light colors for walls that will make the space look more open. I like the counter laminate choice.
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Actually there is a Caravel 65-66 that timeless Travel(?) had restored. They had light birch stained wood and a chilli pepper red paint on the walls. I knew I loved it.
I can't stand beige and white. I want warm, cozy, rustic. We are actually doing open shelves instead of upper storage cabinets and low lighting but LEDs also.
If I can find the pic I'll post it.


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This is a deeper red, and lighter stain. But I like contrast.
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No, I do not like the huge wetbath sucking up space in the middle. Like a bed in back BUT, not the wetbath there.


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