So, my puzzle board arrived and I love it, except for one thing. Remember this picture? I loved the green background and how it looked against the warm, brown color of the wood.
I set the board up on the coffee table here in the upstairs family room for these pictures.
Notice anything different? Yup, despite the picture on the site showing it in green, it arrived in black. I was pretty disappointed when I opened it up and found myself staring into a black hole.
I haven’t assembled a puzzle on it yet, I just placed this 500 piece puzzle on it so you could see how a puzzle looks on it with the board in its most upright position. When you only have a few pieces of a puzzle on it, it’s not easy to work on. Black has a way of absorbing all of the available light so it’s hard on the eyes staring into a large black surface from a distance of 1 to 2 feet, the distance one would be sitting in front of it while working on a puzzle.
Here’s how it looks with a 1,000 piece puzzle. Ironically, after I had ordered it, I clicked back over to the site and started reading further down into the reviews. I noticed a little ways down someone complained it had arrived in black (not green) and it was difficult to see darker puzzle pieces on it.
This prompted me to call the company I ordered it from the next morning to inquire about the color before it shipped. The person I spoke with said she had no way of knowing what color it would be. Regarding the complaint in the review, she said it may have arrived with a protective black covering on it and the customer just hadn’t removed it.
Well, there’s no protective covering, it really is black. I’ll probably end up keeping it because no one else has this board available for purchase, and even if they did, I’m guessing it would be black, too.
There are so many things I do like about this puzzle board, like the adjustable tilt feature. Here’s how it looks in each of the three positions from highest to lowest. Update: There’s actually 4 possible positions, 5 if you count flat.
I’ve found the very best way to remove puzzles from this board once they are completed is to use thin poster board like the kind found in Walmart or Target. Posterboard is so thin, you can slide it right up under the puzzle and it seems to be just the right size for most 1,000 piece puzzles. It’s also flexible enough to fit through the doorway with the puzzle on the poster board when you wish to carry the finished puzzle to another room.
Here’s how the inside/back looks.
I’m seriously thinking of shopping for green felt tomorrow and giving it a little makeover. I can’t remove the black felt because of the way it’s designed into the board but I was thinking perhaps I could recover it in green.
However, on closer inspection, I’m concerned that adding another layer of felt will prevent the top from fitting onto the board when I want to put it away with a half-finished puzzle underneath.
There’s not a lot of room for another layer of felt so I guess I’d better not try that.
I wonder why the manufacturer changed the background to black, I really loved how it looked in green. I bet they’ll change back to green at some point. Surely, they will get complaints about the black. This puzzle board is available for purchase here: Puzzle Board
Whatcha think? If I shop for green felt and can find some that’s really thin and similar to the what they used (which feels pretty hard/stiff) think I should cover it? I’m thinking the best way to attach the green felt would be with a spray adhesive…something that wouldn’t bleed through the felt.
Let me know what you think about that idea. It’s risky because if it doesn’t work, the glue will probably damage the black felt underneath. ~~~sigh~~~