The new hardware for our doors arrived over the weekend and so this little makeover chapter has come to a close. A beautiful, fresh close. Here’s a reminder of how our doors were looking before we dove into spraying them with a coat of white paint:
And now, new knobs, too!
We went with a simple black (okay, oil rubbed bronze–but from a distance black) knob with a squared off backplate. There’s a push lock on the side of the knob for privacy, too!
I love how these feel a little special without being fussy or ornate. There was a question last week on whether we considered any other knob besides a black one. Yes! We actually looked at an antique gold one, similar to the knob we put on our last home’s pantry, but we soon realized we really wanted a nice sized backplate for our doors and these won.
Once we knew what we wanted, I went searching for the best price. Door hardware can add up pretty quickly so it was important to do a little leg work to find something that fit the style we wanted (squared edges, not rounded) for the lowest price. My favorite tip to achieve this is simply using google image search. I 1. found an image of what I wanted. 2. saved it to my desktop. 3. uploaded it to google image search and it brought up all the places it was sold with a price. It also showed me similar images that I could browse to see if there was something I liked even better.
I found that Door Hardware 4 Less (not the easiest website to navigate, but they make up for it in prices!) had the best price at 26.80 for a privacy set and $25.80 for a passage (we needed one of those for one of the double doors leading to our room). Bada bing. Bada boom. Installation was really straight forward. We did have to notch out a few latch holes where we needed them to be deeper. Chris used a chisel with a sock taped to the top (so it wouldn’t wake Faye Faye) and it went fast.
One more before and after coming at you.
Although we plan to do all of our doors the same way, we only did these 4 upstairs doors for now. We find doing a little chunk at a time to be so much more manageable. There is so, so much to do in this house, our brains would explode if we didn’t take it a little at a time. So, we’ll tackle the downstairs when we start working more down there. I’d like to see that sometime next year, but wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t happen until 2016. We have a lot on deck for next year but it’s always fun to do these smaller, big impact projects too.