The Mystery of the Missing Picture Rails
By a wonderful coincidence, the image also highlighted an issue I was writing a post about.
See the walls?
See the papered frieze at the top of the walls?
See the picture rail just below the frieze? This was a strip of molding common to houses for many decades, and was used to hang pictures from (with special hooks).
I will be replacing all the missing picture rail, as the rooms look just a bit naked without all their original bits.
The headache will be staining the rail to match the extant trim in the various rooms.
Today, crown molding is common, but what I like about picture rail is that it is such a distinctly period look.
And my period house cries out for its lost rail.