The remainder of the picture rail hardware that I ordered arrived the other day. I am a big fan of picture rail. The idea that you don't put any holes in your plaster walls makes a lot of sense to me. Since I just put several months into patching and repairing plaster on the bedroom walls, it was only logical that I install a picture rail to keep them safe. It also gives the room a nice sense of scale.I guess I sort of understand folks that have drywall and no picture rail. These are mostly non-historic homes and drywall seems somewhat of an irreverent material anyway. Is there a real reason to protect it? I am also sure that folks with drywall would prefer to get excited by products like the Hercules Hook anyway. I know that my affinity for imperfect plaster and exposed hangers is not shared by everyone but for folks with older homes, I just don't get it.
I have been in and out of hundreds of old and historic homes in the Chicago area - most with this feature. Unfortunately, people either don't know what the rail is for or they seem to prefer to bang a nail, damaging 100 year old plaster to hang stuff. Is there a sadistic tendency that people have towards plaster that I am not getting? Is there something "magical" about a concealed nail and hook? We know there's something behind the frame holding that picture up so why not show it off a bit?
In each of the places we have lived in Chicago, we have utilized the rail to hang our artwork and people have always commented, saying how interesting it was. I am not sure if they were actually admiring it or if they were thinking to themselves: "That's the weirdest shit I've ever seen, I can't believe they would hang their pictures that way". I would like to think it's the former but you never really know. Either way, I like it and will stick to my guns.
The hardware I got is pretty nice and unlike the "plain" hooks and wire I was getting at Home Depot. It came from an online store, House of Antiques. Along with a wide array of hooks, I got copper-colored fabric wire for all of the rooms except my daughter's. For hers, I got an ivory color.
I have pretty much re-hung all of the art in our house. In the midst of working on a year-long project like the bedroom, it's nice to have a few small victories to keep me going. The pictures, mostly artwork created by friends, all look great. Now I just need to finish work on all the walls behind them.