How To Preserve a Puzzle for Framing & Where to Find Knotty Pine Paneling Today

I’m taking a break from working on my table setting for tomorrow to pop in and share some info and tips as a follow up to earlier posts this week.

First of all, I just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who left a comment yesterday sharing the wonderful memories of working on puzzles with loved ones and friends. I had no idea how much power a puzzle has to bring families together. After hearing your stories, it really made me wish I had set up a card table in my living room and had a puzzle on it throughout the years my son was home and growing up. If I ever make the big move to live closer to my grandson, you can bet there will be a puzzle out and ready whenever he visits. Thanks again for all those wonderful stories…loved each and every one!

One of the questions that popped up several times in the comments yesterday was how to preserve a puzzle for framing once it has been put together. Several folks mentioned Jig Saw Puzzle Glue. If you Google that phrase, you’ll find several different brands of puzzle glue online. On You Tube, you’ll find a few tutorials showing how to apply it.

After watching some of the tutorials, I was a little worried about using puzzle glue because you have to pour the glue right onto the top surface of the puzzle. I was concerned it would alter the appearance of the puzzle. So, I Googled a bit more and found something called, Buffalo Games Puzzle Presto…touted as the glue alternative. It’s basically very strong adhesive-covered sheets that are applied to the back of a puzzle which holds it together without having to use glue. You’ll find tutorial pictures online showing how to apply it. It’s look pretty easy to use.

Buffalo Peel and Stick Puzzle Saver


The trickiest part appears to be flipping the puzzle over to apply the sticky sheets. The easiest way to do that from what I’ve read would be to slide the puzzle onto a stiff piece of poster board, place another piece of poster board on top, then just turn them over making sure to keep them firmly pressed together with the puzzle sandwiched in-between. It would need to be really stiff poster board, not the flimsy kind we all used in school for making posters.

If you think you’ll want to preserve your puzzle for framing, it might be a good idea to put the puzzle together on top of a piece of heavy poster board so at least that part would already be done. Then you could just lay another poster board on top after it’s complete to flip it over.

I ordered some of the Puzzle Presto via eBay. That’s where I found the best price for it. You can also find it available on Amazon. Once it comes and I give it a try, I’ll let you know how it works.

Charles Wysocki Puzzle Small Town Christmas


The 2nd followup I wanted to mention is Amazon no longer has the Nancy Drew puzzle I ordered a few days ago. Apparently, they didn’t even have it in stock when I ordered it because it never shipped and they can’t say why other than to tell me it “missed its shipping date and isn’t available.” So, I canceled the order and ordered it directly from the manufacturer of the puzzle, Cobble Stone Puzzle Company.

If you were one of the folks who mentioned wanting that puzzle, that’s the place to find it. When I called them today, they said the puzzle has been very popular and they only have 17 left. I have a feeling they will continue producing it though since it has been so popular.

Cobble Hill Nancy Drew Puzzle


Finally, my third followup pertains to the wonderful paneling we saw in the Atlanta home I featured earlier this week for Met Monday.

2nd Story Addition for 25 Year Old Home 17


A big thank you to Rick who left a comment on that post identifying the paneling as Pickwick Pine Paneling and sharing a link to an article that gives information about where the same type paneling can be found today.

Pickwick Pine Paneling

Source: Retro


I so wish I had known about those sources a few years ago when I was making over my son’s room to create a home office. The Pottery Barn photo below had been my inspiration picture but I couldn’t find the paneling anywhere and neither could my contractor.

Pottery Barn Bedford Office Furniture Layout and Design Ideas


You guys were right about the paneling in the home being knotty pine paneling. You can read all about the history of the paneling as well as where it can be purchased today in this article: Pickwick Pine Paneling. Thanks again, Rick for the link to the article!

Okay, back to work on tomorrow’s post. See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Susan, the puzzle backing looks to be a great solution.
    Our first home had a family room done in knotty pine paneling. I wasn’t a fan until we figured out a way to paint it without the knots bleeding through. Loved the look once it was painted. ‘-)

  2. Susan, on the paneling, I remember that my grandparents had that same sort of pine paneling, with a natural stain, in their brand new 1950s house. I always figured that it was supposed to be a den, TV room, or office. They had a bed in theirs. When my daughter was house hunting for a small house in Lex, ky we looked at a little fifties or sixties house that had the pine paneling like that too, and a natural stain. What goes around comes around style wise. Ha! Sheila E

    • That is so true! Just about the time we spend money to change something, it comes back in style and is suddenly “cool” again! 🙂

  3. Thanks for info!

  4. Susan, I always love reading your blog! Thanks for the info re:Nancy Drew puzzle….just ordered one for a gift!

    Thanks for all the enjoyable reading!

  5. Hi Susan, I love the puzzles!! I was a big Nancy Drew fan growing up. I had all those hardbacks but alas, they got mildewed one summer when we were living in a rental house with no central air. 🙁 I may have to order the Nancy Drew puzzle — what a challenge to put together!

    The first home we owned in Greensboro, NC, had that very same knotty pine paneling, and I recognized it when I saw your post on Monday. I e-mailed you with a link to an older post with a few pictures of that room and paneling.

    Thanks for the info. on preparing puzzles for framing. Have a great week!



  6. That is so interesting! I am from Memphis and there is a lake in Tennessee called Pickwick… Wonder if it was named after that very popular paneling? I grew up with a den with that paneling and also our kitchen cabinets. Very cozy. I like it painted too!

  7. crumpety cottage says:

    What a fun post, Susan. It really feels ‘out of the box’ and friendly, like a bunch of girlfriends talking. 😀 I am so happy to hear that paneling is still being produced! Thank you, Rick! That is awesome to know. Not that I have any place to put it at the moment, but if we ever get to build as we hope, I will definitely have a place or two for that cozy paneling.

    Now I am even more anxious to get through my projects list so I can get on to puzzling, as I’ve been wanting. The small online puzzles keep me content in the meantime. Looking forward to TT. 🙂

  8. Susan, the liquid puzzle saver is really easy to apply. The trick is to pour just a small amount into a small saucer or a solid jar lid and apply to a small section at a time. Use a sponge brush and apply in one direction. It dries with a matte finish similar to Modge Podge. You may try it on a small children’s puzzle before attempting to do so on your large Nancy Drew puzzle. Good luck Ashley

  9. I just remember I had a puzzle similar to Charles Wysocki but you had to find the cat when you were done or as you did it. Can”t remember the artist though

  10. Just another thought about puzzles. My dear Godmother was in a nursing home that had tables for jig saw puzzles. One day we finished a puzzle but we were missing one piece. We looked everywhere could find it. A few days later a volunteer brought in the finished puzzle he had glued. He told us that he cut a “new” piece out of the picture on the box. We couldn’t tell the piece that was replaced.

  11. Susan, you are as good as a prized hound on a scent when you are looking for something. So delighted that you found the paneling. The grooved edge on each panel is beautiful and reminds me of chair rail moulding.

  12. Hi Susan. Every year when I would go visit my Mother she would have a new puzzle set out on the dining room table for us and any other visitors to work on during my stay. Then I could bring the puzzle home with me. Always so much fun. Truly enjoy your blog, thanks.

  13. Susan,
    check out today’s Hooked on houses beach house. you will love the way the house was remodeled and the vintage look restored. I am thinking this may be the way to go on one wall in my laundry room.
    rick s

  14. Hi, Susan. I read the interesting article on Pickwick paneling. We recently moved from a home built in 1946 that was originally built with the Pickwick paneling as were many homes in our area. We live in the California on the Central Coast. This paneling as I mentioned was commonly used. The paneling shown in the PB inspiration photo is not Pickwick paneling if I surmised correctly. I plan on doing a search for the PB paneling as well. We want to panel the wall behind our bed and that paneling has a nautical feel. I prefer not to have the knots that are found in pine. lol. Now for a word about the Nancy Drew Puzzles. Memories. Thanks, bye.

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