Back & Front Door Makeover

***I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. ***

exterior door handle

Looking at the before pictures of my deck makes me realize just how far I’ve come in the past three years. At times, I forget this house didn’t always look this way. When I bought the house, the deck looked uninviting and old. With some (very) hard work, I was able to transform it into a cozy and pet friendly patio.

I stained the deck and painted the railing. I also painted the door, along with the rest of the house.

BEFORE:

diy deck makeover

AFTER:

house paint

dog friendly patio

house

One thing that still needed attention was the hardware. It was old and dented… It had seen better days for sure. I was thrilled when Kwikset sent over this beautiful new hardware for me to try and review.

exterior door handle

I love it. The look is clean and sleek;  It fits and works great. Although this was my first time swapping out an exterior deadbolt knob for a handle set, installation was easy.  I won’t bore you with a tutorial (Kwikset provides a great one) … except for one part. Maybe this tip will come in handy someday.

When you fit your two pieces together on the door (front and back), there’s a half circle metal piece that inserts inside the door. You can see it here:

If your hardware has this section facing the opposite way, the fix is easy — you just tug on that half circle metal and then twist. It flips over to the other side.

I wish someone would have told me this little trick. I thought I had the wrong hardware. I figured it out eventually, but not without some minor frustration.

exterior door handle

New handle vs. old door knob.

exterior door handle

exterior door handle

Since I love the new hardware so much, I decided to swap out the old front door knob with this beautiful satin nickel finish handle set.  The adjustable throughbolt has a full range of motion that allows the handle to fit most preexisting doors. Both handle sets feature SmartKey Security. You can Re-key your lock in seconds. Also, the hardware is bump proof, kick in resistant, pick resistant, saw resistant and drill resistant. 

 

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4 thoughts on “Back & Front Door Makeover

  1. I really like the new hardware, really looks sharp! Your house looks so nice, you have been working your butt off! But, it was worth it huh? I bet you get that great feeling of accomplishment nd satisfaction that comes from a well done job….that YOU did yourself!

    1. Aww thank you, Sally. That’s so sweet of you. You are right, it has been a lot of work, but so well worth it. I try to do as much as I can. The best part is picking up new skills and realizing it’s not that scary after all.

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