What is a picture rail molding?
Picture rail moldings are what was used in older homes to hang pictures on. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? When people come to my home, they don’t recognize what they are. It looks like fancy crown molding. I’m guessing that crown molding actually started off as a picture rail.
My mirror is hanging from a picture rail.
How do picture rails moldings work?
Basically, you slide on a picture hook and then you use whatever hanging medium you would like. My mirror is hung with picture hanging wire. The wire has a weight rating so I knew it would be strong enough to hold the weight of the mirror.
I’ve hung lighter decor items using ribbon on picture hooks or as some people call them, picture hangers.
You can also use a fine chain. Like I have with this decor piece.
Here is a close up look.
How do you attach the picture hook | picture hanger?
A few weeks ago, one of my friends brought her brother over to see my 100-year-old house.
He is an engineer and was trying to figure out the details of how these work. Because he did that, I know how to show you where the hooks go!
So here is what the trim with the picture rail looks like.
And a close-up. The picture rail molding has space to slide the picture rail hangers into/onto them.
See the gap? That’s what the picture hooks get slid into. The picture hooks in the picture below came with the house. Actually, the old owners dropped off a bag of assorted metal parts, including some of these.
Where do you find picture hooks | picture hangers?
I was scouring every antique and vintage shop I could find to try to get more of these. Unfortunately, these just disappear and probably get thrown out. I had more things to hang than hooks. And I tried putting nails into my plaster walls, and even screws. But, that didn’t work so well. There are a few holes in the plaster that I still need to patch : ).
The picture rails and picture hooks preserved the walls of homes.
Can I tell you, where I ended up finding the picture hooks? Take a look at this picture hook source. I was truly surprised I could buy them.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my picture tutorial of what picture railing and picture hooks look like and how they are used.
These are some of the details of the character in my 100-year-old home. It was a real fixer-upper when I bought it. There has been quite a bit of work done but I’m learning, there are always projects!
Other posts about my 1920’s house.
If you’d like to see more about my home, take a look at some of these posts.
If you want to see a room that hasn’t been renovated, take a look at my living room.