I think it is nearly impossible to notice every detail when you purchase a new home. One of the first things I saw when the realtor opened the door of this home was the french doors to the office on the main floor, but I didn’t really pay any attention to the doorknobs; the cheap, basic silver doorknobs that are actually dummy doorknobs, as in they have no inner workings – no latching or locking mechanisms. The strikeplate is mounted on the underside of the upper door frame and the latches are rolling mechanisms that glide back and forth with a slight of hand. It took me two years and switching out the door knobs to realize this, and I’m bummed because now I feel like I have cheap doors (I’m sitting in my bathrobe typing this with my grumpy face on.) It took a little bit of work (thank goodness they were there to help me order the right door handle! Who knew it could be so hard?!) In a perfect world, The Mr would have drilled me a legit door handle template. I found out very recently that he hates (that was his word exactly) this type of thing. I had to settle for him boring terribly ugly holes just for the keyhole (whatever, the plate covers it and I colored the inside with black marker.) While it might not be a fancy 10 foot antique door, I still love how these Waldorf Passage door knobs in antique brass really add some warmth that reflects the light streaming in with a skin-just-warmed-from-the-sun kind of feeling.
The set came with a silver (chrome) finish so I spray painted it a semi-gloss black and attached a tassel (a few dollars at my local craft store) for that extra touch of glam (that I’m sure my nieces and nephew will destroy within minutes lol!) I also clearly need to wash my windows (I despise cleaning.)
Next on my list is to renovate the inside of the office. We will be putting in hardwood floors this summer, and in the meantime, I’ll be looking for the perfect rug, a couch and a new desk – as well as some art work for all that blank wall space!
If you’re looking to update your knobs (haha) there are a few things you will want to take note of (that I was not paying any attention to, but thank goodness Nostalgic Warehouse was!) First, read all the information listed – that backset stuff is actually super important to get right. You can find out useful information on any hardware site.
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