Easy upgrades for any home
There are a number of easy fixes to improve the curb appeal of any home. Applying a bright, colorful paint change to doors, trim and shutters will improve and refresh the house. After the door is dry, carefully check the lock, hinges and add a colorful door knocker if absent. There are unlimited choices at Websites and leading hardware stores everywhere. This is the time to coordinate all hardware by style and finish. It is also the time to add coach lights if necessary. These choices are described later on in this article. Finally, pay careful attention to shrubbery and landscaping. A tasteful pruning will refresh the rest of the front yard.
Door Hardware styles and finishes.
There are so many finishes and styles to choose from but you need to match them with your house and door style. The more you pay for a finish, the longer it will last. Some of the leading styles include Cottage (hammered wrought iron), Victorian (embellished brass), and Modern (brushed chrome). Your choices make a statement with the door and the hardware. Hardware includes the lock, hinges and usually a custom door knocker. Reflect the house style with the accessories. Improving curb appeal extends to all levels, so don’t forget the house numbers and the doorbell. A small investment towards these items will bring a bigger impact. If your house is nondescript, this is your opportunity to get a theme and make a positive statement. Make you door and hardware purchases count.
Replacement locks and hardware
You may go to informed sites and the big box store sites and check them out. They have thousands of different kinds of locks, hinges, door knockers and door/builders hardware, styles and colors. There are great web sites that are very easy to use to find commercial and residential lock hardware and accessories. A tip for locating the new holes is to smear the head of the bolts with toothpaste, close the door and operate the bolts. You should have two circles of paste to position the holes.
Choosing new door hardware
For a large selection of door knockers to fit any decor, You can find a wide choice of traditional and modern door knockers online and in fine hardware stores. Choose a style you like, including Round, lever style, or a personalized design. Many different Colors are available. They include brass, chrome, stainless steel and other miscellaneous finishes. Be aware that Chrome plated hardware may actually be steel and will eventually rust if not properly maintained. As for cost, your exterior doors are NOT a place to skimp. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Interior doors are not as important when choosing quality, but they will last longer if selected with quality in mind. Always remove any coating & grime before polishing.
Consider coach lights on a house update.
Antique brass/bronze are usually ideal choices. Does your door hardware coordinate (latch/knob/lever)? Ii makes sense to make them all the same. Copper, with all elements (lights and door hardware) would also be great. If Silver/nickel finishes seem unrelated to your color scheme then do not choose them. The choice is about which look you prefer and what matches other hardware in your home (your hinges and latches, other door hardware, etc.) A good quality nickel finish is just as good as a good quality brass finish. Likewise, cheap brass hardware is not any better than cheap nickel hardware. The best thing about brass is that it never goes out of fashion or style and no matter where you use it, it will look good and match with any kind of paint and décor. Brass hardware is also available in variety of colors and finishes to match every taste and style.
Matching old hardware to new
If it is the “real thing” in an older home, then it is well worth refinishing the old hardware. The antique stuff may have been lacquered, but not always, since it was the “butler’s job” to polish it. Refurbish antique brass fittings for older homes by lightly power buffing. It is great for handles and doors as it is heavy bodied and does not come off so easily. Lacquered or not, it is a good idea to wash it down with a liquid paint remover to strip any coating or grime before polishing. Some people may want it polished bright, and without coating, but it will show fingerprints after even a short period of use. Use a clear finish on it to keep the item from tarnishing. Since the modern coatings used to protect metal cannot be applied at home, leave it “bare” & touch it up from time to time to keep it looking good. If you want it coated, try an automotive shop for a commercial sprayed-on clear lacquer finish.