Hallway Picture Rail

Over 2014-2015 I’ve spent countless hours with Dorota renovating each room. Fixing cracks in the walls, trying to get and the dents and dings from 80 years of life removed. Part of this meant finding ways to hang art without re-damaging the newly repaired and painted lathe & plaster walls. But, the hallway posed some issues as it didn’t have any original picture rail. So, mission hallway started with tracking down picture rail… not so easy. I ended up finding it at West Coast Mouldings in BC. I made the road trip out there and picked it up. Next, came back home, pre-measured (twice) and cut the wood accordingly. The next day, I painted the mouldings and prepped the hallway by fixing, mudding and painting the walls and ceiling. Now, as I knew picture rail was the goal, I made sure to paint the walls to the marked line where the rail would go. Then I tape off the line where I would eventually install the rail to ensure a clean straight line that would get covered. Then painted the ceiling paint down the walls to the tapped line. Subtle paint color difference can be seen, and adds a nice design touch. Finally, install mouldings! Of course, a little caulking and touch paint for the nails and voila! Looks great. Took one of my newer painting, added some D-Hooks to the back and hung with Zipper clamps, braided steel line and copper picture hooks… a lot of work in small space… but worth every second! Next… the built in. Stay tuned…

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