The Cross House
In 1894, almost every room in the Cross House had picture rail.
Curiously, all this trim was later removed but ghost outlines thankfully remain.
Without the rail, the rooms look, to me, unbalanced. The tall walls just visually morph into the ceilings. The tall windows and their trim are visually unconnected to each other.
Recently, a box of new picture rail arrived so I could re-install picture rail in the parlor and library.
Almost all the trim in the house retains its original faux wood finish, and each room has a unique finish. So, the new picture rails needs to be painted to look like the 123-year-old faux finish.
The thought of how daunting this would be has been terrifying.
I took a piece of parlor base molding to Sherwin-Williams so they could hopefully computer match the finish but the base would not fit into the scanner. So, I scoured their paint chips and selected two, one a bit darker than the other, which looked pretty good. The idea was to paint on the lighter color, and then drag the darker color on top with a cloth. This would create an obviously hand-done finish, something evident on the original trim.
Today I finished one piece of picture rail. Wanna see the results?
In a million years I never thought I would get a match on my first try. I imagined more like a dozen attempts, and all frustrating.
I will not install any trim until after the walls are painted, which I plan to begin very soon!
The wall stencil for the parlor arrived a few weeks ago.
I had the same stencil custom-sized for the frieze, which arrived yesterday.
The ceiling stencils are on order!