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New walls, old picture rail

romanweel's picture

What do you do when you're trying to re-install antique picture rail on new drywall and the interior corners come up 1/4" - 1/2" short?  Mill all new picture rail?  Mill new rail and use it just to fill the corners?  It's a simple profile, I just don't really want to replace it all for want of 1/4" - 1/2".

rip a shim (post #215914, reply #1 of 4)

Rip a piece of flat sock to the length and width of the rail so that it stands out from the wall enough to make the corners meet.

Put your pieces up as close (post #215914, reply #2 of 4)

Put your pieces up as close to the corner as they will come. Take a similar type of wood and cut a piece the width of the gap and the same height. Cut double miters on one end so it comes to a point then push it in the gap until it hits the corner.. If you're satisfied with the fit glue it in place and carve out the ajoining profiles with chisels and sandpaper.  It's fussy work but once stained to match won't be noticed by anyone but you.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Thanks, I'll give that a (post #215914, reply #3 of 4)

Thanks, I'll give that a shot.

Love this solution - would (post #215914, reply #4 of 4)

Love this solution - would have never thought of it - Dudley