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Ian Draper and his wife, Jan, were in the market for a new kitchen and visited in-toto Kitchens in West Bridgford, where they discovered they could get more out of their kitchen space thanks to Thistle Magnetic Plaster from British Gypsum.

When discussing their options with the team at in-toto, Ian and Jan talked about various different wall surface options and it was at this point the team suggested Thistle Magnetic Plaster.  With grandchildren visiting regularly, the couple were keen to explore any child friendly options and Thistle Magnetic Plaster certainly seemed to fit the bill.

Ian explains: “The kitchen is the hub of the home in many ways and the place where we spend time with our granddaughter.  So, we wanted to ensure that whatever we opted for, in terms of a kitchen, was suitable for the entire family and magnetic plaster certainly seemed like it would bring the kitchen to life.”

The Draper family kitchen was installed in autumn 2014 and they chose to have Thistle Magnetic Plaster installed on three of the kitchen walls.  However, Ian and Jan found the installation no different to that of a regular plaster.

Ian adds: “As we were installing a new kitchen we expected a level of disruption, but we have to say that the plaster side of things was really straightforward.  It was implemented in exactly the same way as a regular plaster. The only difference we noted between this and regular plaster is that magnetic plaster has a slightly darker appearance once applied.”

With three magnetic walls, the Draper kitchen now serves as an interactive space, which the whole family can add to.  Acting as a hub for letters, notices, shopping lists and even photo frames, the walls provide an additional level of storage in the kitchen.  In addition with Thistle Magnetic Plaster the entire family can easily update the ‘notice board’ or remove anything they no longer want to display with ease.

Ian comments: “We can attach practically anything we want to the kitchen walls now, which is great when you have kids in the house as they could even put up their school work if they want.  At the beginning we experimented quite a bit with the best way to attach the things we wanted, but we have since found magnetic tape, which we can stick to frames, etc and then hang from the wall.”

The family has been really impressed with Thistle Magnetic Plaster and its capabilities since it was installed.  In fact the product has even impressed their friends and is a real discussion point when anyone visits the home.

Ian says: “The magnetic plaster has definitely exceeded our expectations and is an excellent addition to our new kitchen.  It’s something the whole family can enjoy and certainly gets our friends talking.”

Thistle Magnetic Plaster can be applied to new or existing walls, with a minimum 3mm thickness. Once dry, it can be painted with standard wall paint or combined with specialist paint finishes, including blackboard and whiteboard. You can even wallpaper over the top of it and magnets will still stick!

All Rooms Made For You products and components are available from your local builders merchants. Your builder or architect will be able to help with guidance and installation.

For further information on the ‘Rooms Made For You’ line-up, to locate your nearest stockist or for inspiration, please visit

‘Rooms Made For You’ by British Gypsum is a new generation of products and services designed to make you think about your interior space as more than simply a functional space.

The aim is to improve the lifestyle of home owners and change the way that walls within the home are perceived in the future.

The current products are just a start of the journey and developments that are already underway to bring new products to market that will enhance your living environment.

  • Thistle Magnetic Plaster is a plaster designed to attract magnets – turning your wall into an interactive area.
  • Gyproc Habito enables you to fix things directly into the wall without the need for specialist fixings.
  • Silent Floor separates floors within the home with increased sound insulation – meaning you can enjoy the peace upstairs whilst noisy activities are happening downstairs.

For more information about British Gypsum please visit their website.

Proud to exhibit at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. With over 100 years’ experience in plaster, plasterboard and ceiling solutions, British Gypsum already have a multitude of high-performance products and systems. However, they're pushing the boundaries in their current thinking and have an ambitious innovation programme, driven by their customers, to deliver meaningful customer benefits. British Gypsum's mission is to develop innovative products and services that help customers build better spaces to live, work and play.