Friday, August 20, 2010

More De-Brassify-ing ~ Interior door Handles

It's been a flurry of home improvement activity around here and it all started with an impromptu date night and these hideous lovely knobs. 
(note how the brass is chipping off)
Things have been a little too brassy around here. We've done a lot of de-brassifying around the house, especially in the kitchen but had never gotten around the task of swapping out all of the interior door handles. We have a lot.
We had just gone out to dinner and had a little time before we had to pick up our daughter at work(not her day job) and what did we do?   Go to Lowe's of course!  There wasn't enough time for a movie and we were too stuffed for dessert. I forget why we went there but ended up checking out the handles. 
I really liked this style of a lever rather than a knob and they were the same price as the knobs.  The above doors use "dummy" knobs that don't turn, you just pull them open and closed. For that type you need to buy for each side of the door separately. We bought one set (4 handles since it's a double door from our living room into the family room) to see how we liked and how involved the process would be.
He got right to it!
These pieces were in the box
He installed them very quickly!
Do you love?
Well we loved them so much (and installation was rather easy we decided to go back to Lowe's (the next morning) and get them for the rest of the house.
For the handles that needed to operate but not lock, we used non-locking handles.
Like this coat closet, the linen closets and the pantry.
I wish I could tell you what he's doing but he was going so fast.
One thing we did switch out was this little plate, from the rounded corners to the square corners(the set came with both).
This was another 'dummy' knob, half way through the installation, in our den.

We had to replace all of the locking(non-key) knobs with locking handles.
like this (for the bedrooms, bathrooms and basement door).
To end up looking like this.

We had to take one more trip to another Lowe's to complete our set of handles and it took him a few hours to install them all on our first and second levels (the basement is new and already had brushed nickel knobs). We didn't replace the front door handles but that's next on our list (not sure if we'll need a locksmith for that job) and they are sticking out like sore thumbs!
As for the rest of the house, it's a small, subtle change, that probably we'll only notice, but we love it!
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Stay tuned for more, this was only the beginning.

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Eve said...

Really nice knobs, they make such a difference in the look and style of the room :D I like it a lot.

Mel said...

An easy update that looks fabulous.

I bet others will notice how polished the place looks, but won't quite be able to put their finger on why :)

Good stuff Heather.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That little bit... but what a difference it makes!
another friday's favorite :-)

Marissa said...

wow, those look GREAT!!

Rebecca Dot Com said...

Stopping by from NFF! :) Im a newest follower of your blog!! Come follow me back - I'm hosting a giveaway - hope you can participate! :)

Life in Rehab said...

Jewelry shopping for the house? Those make a huge impact.

Sara said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm following you back!! Have a great weekend!!

Anonymous said...

New follower from Sensational Saturday.
Hope you have a great weekend! I think we'll be making some trips to Lowes today. Gotta love home improvements. Even the little ones.

Life of this SAHM

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by and joining us on Surfin' Saturdays & posting the button! Following you back! Love mini-home improvement projects!
Beth @ Two Monkeys & a Washtub

Julie Harward said...

That looks so much better and these kind are so easy to open with too! :D

Heather (@dontcallmedotty) said...

Hi, this is Heather stopping by from the Surfin Saturday Blog Hop!

Nice blog! Just swinging by real quick, but don't worry, I'll be back soon! :-) Feel free to stop by my blog, I have a giveaway going on this weekend!


Love Of Quilts said...

That was as good a place to start as any the do make a big differant....enjoy reading your posts. Trish

I♥thesecrazykids said...

I'm a new follower from Surfin' Saturdays. :)
Please stop by and follow me back @ said...

Looks great! I've been considering taking ALL our gold knobs off and painting them some color...nickel, bronze. I've put it off tho' because it's going to be a taxing job, ugh. Good for you ;)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think it's the little changes like this that have the biggest won't be the only one to notice. I need to do our front door too, but that will come after the paint job. It's funny that we're all changing out our brass these days. Great job.

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