As you already know, we are trying to reinstate as many of the missing original period features in our home as possible. One of these features is the picture rail in the master bedroom.
This is how we did it:
Determine the height you want the picture rail to be positioned at and then, with the help of a spirit level, draw a horizontal guide line around the room. We were lucky and could see exactly where the original picture rail had been attached (about 50cm from under the ceiling), as the plaster was a different colour and uneven.
Now measure the length of the wall where you want to install the picture rail and cut to the required size using a sharp fine-tooth saw. Make sure to cut on the waste side of the moulding.
With the help of a mitre box, cut the ends of the picture rail at 45° angles. Don’t assume that your walls are at right angles to one another! Ours corners are sometimes quite a lot more than 90°. Always double-check before cutting and gluing and try to cut as accurately as possible. It will save you time later, when you don’t need to fill holes and gaps.
The wooden picture rails are really light, so we just attached them with adhesive. Just glue the back of your piece of picture rail and hold it in place for a few minutes. Before you leave it to dry, check that the moulding is level.
And that’s it. Now, just work your way around the room, measuring, cutting and gluing each piece of picture rail.
Because of the cutting in, it took us forever to paint the picture rail in the living room. That’s why we decided to try a different method in the bedroom. We painted the bedroom walls first and then attached the primed picture rail. I was so much easier to get perfectly straight lines this way.
And this is the finished room.
We still need to fill the gaps and give the rail a last coat of paint, but so far it really makes a huge difference and accentuates the colour of the walls.