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The Magnetic Wall – Pt 1

Huzzah! A new project has landed and it’s gona be a good ‘un.

I’m re-designing a playroom. Always fun. AND getting to try out some Thistle Magnetic Plaster, by British Gypsum’s “Rooms Made For You” range. Double fun.

Magnetic Wall Nick Jones Secondary.jpg

Pic – Rooms Made For You

Heard of Magnetic Plaster before? No? Well let me fill you in.

“Thistle Magnetic Plaster is a gypsum finish plaster for use on a wide range of backgrounds. It provides a smooth, inert, high quality surface which attracts magnets to internal walls and ceilings, and a durable base for the application of decorative finishes.”

It’s got so many uses; for display, work, playing and learning. A Magnetic Wall instantly gives any space a whole new lease of life. Here’s the plan for the playroom.


The Playroom

It’s actually attached to my recently completed Sherwood Forest project. And you know how adventurous that was. Triple fun.

The playroom, which leads on from this newly re-designed living room wasn’t meant to be done for a little while. Understandably, the homeowners wanted a break from house-y stuff (and me). But when British Gypsum got in touch to see if I was interesting in working with them to create a Magnetic Wall in one of my projects… I jumped on the chance. It was perfect for this playroom redesign. How could the homeowners refuse? Well, they had no choice really. I can be very persuasive.


We’d already unofficially started on this room anyway, sourcing pieces of cost effective toy storage and furniture from eBay. A rather funky sofa has been transported from one of their previous homes into this space. Proving again, most people already have what they need, it’s just in the wrong room and/or space. Or the wrong house in this case.


Funky sofa

The floorboards were sanded and stained at the end of last year, with the rest of the downstairs. So we’re ready to rock. All that’s left to do is some remedial work on the walls and then the decorating.

Let’s go.


Plans for this space:

  • The room layout will be reconfigured leaving the left hand wall (see plan below) clear. This wall will be the one to get the Magnetic Plaster treatment, providing everyone with a child (and adult) friendly interactive wall.

playroom FP.jpg

  • The colour scheme will continue through from the living room, but we’ll be keeping it light this time. The ceiling colour, Gentle Shadows will be used as the room’s base, with the green and orange added into details. This is a great way of giving connected spaces a sense of cohesion (and also using up left over paint = saving money).

Valspar Colour Palette

  • The playroom overlooks the lovely sunny rear garden. To bring some of the outdoors in and in keeping in the theme of “Sherwood Forest”, there will be a rather cool organic, sprawling paint design going up on the walls and across the ceiling. Something along these lines. Perhaps not quite as literal. And no lion. Or cot obv.


Debbie Cerone

There are a few other cool bits and pieces currently in the planning stages, but i’m keeping them under wraps for now. The Magnetic Plaster has been delivered, a plasterer is booked, which means the fun is officially about to commence. Bring on the Magnetic Wall!

Part II coming soon….


This project is in collaboration with British Gypsum. But all words and opinions are my own. Always. I only ever work with companies I really like and think you will like too.



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