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PICTURE RAIL-107 DIY for About $1.52/ft

antique picture rail hooks and moldingTraditional & Victorian Styles

There’s no better way to rearrange your pictures with every passing fancy than with a functional picture rail molding.

The sheer variety of picture hanging cords and beautiful antique replica hardware hooks available today is nearly overwhelming, and collecting them is almost reason enough to install your own picture rail.


[This is part of Our Molding Makeover series.]

That’s how Jennifer got hooked on moldings in the first place.  I installed a two-piece design in her entry hall with no plans to do anything other than paint the rest of the house any other color but white.

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Materials Needed to Make this Picture Rail Molding

[See more details about each molding at our Molding & Millwork Inventory page.]


A traditional picture rail molding profile.

More about PR-001 here >>

picture rail molding poplar


PM-001 (Optional)

This second piece you can call the collar or even the architrave for this design.

More about PM-001 here >>

picture rail molding detail

$0.62/8′ stick

I’ve an entire installation sequence to post on this page at a later date.  But I thought you’d at least like to have some information about his beautiful molding treatment in the mean time.

Cheers, Ken

6 Responses to PICTURE RAIL-107 DIY for About $1.52/ft

  1. raquel July 11, 2012 at 5:25 AM #

    where can i buy the picture rail hooks?

  2. Ken July 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM #

    Raquel, we buy all of ours from House of Antique Hardware. Great prices and our orders come in fast.

  3. Raquel July 13, 2012 at 5:42 AM #

    Thanks..are there coupons/codes?

  4. Ken July 13, 2012 at 7:36 AM #

    If you mean do we have a coupon code to supply, no we don’t. We just like their products and so buy them.

  5. Stephane February 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

    Question for you Ken…

    I can’t seem to find an “apparently very peculiar” type of molding… it is basically a picture rail with dentil…
    We saw it a few years back while visiting a very old home in NJ, it was installed right under the ceiling (with just enough clearance for the hooks) in place of a crown molding. It was decorated with a small dentil pattern and was especially nice because the rooms were not very tall. It was giving a great elaborate yet not overwhelming look to the place.

    – Have you seen anything like that anywhere in a store?
    – Could be just done by attaching a simple dentil pattern to more plain picture rail?

  6. Ken February 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM #

    Stephane, the picture rail you saw with the dentil is probably a wood picture rail (like PR-001), with compo appliques applied to the flat surface.

    This would be an easy and very fun project for you to do!

    As luck would have it, I recently found Bomar Designs, a company that makes beautiful compo appliques just like Decorators Supply, yet with a smaller minimum order requirement. Bomar has a really nice tutorial page on how to install their compo appliques here.

    Take a look through their catalog to see if there’s an ornament you’d like to apply to your picture rail.

    Good luck. Let us know what design you decided on Stephane.

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