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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.


diy deck makeover


house paint

dog friendly patio


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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Front Door Upgrade for $7

Eight months ago, I experimented with my door knobs. I took a can of spray paint and painted all 12 door knobs in the house except for the front door. At that time I had no idea if and how long the paint would stick to the hardware. But since my budget was tiny I had to get creative or live with the rusty and neglected brass knobs.

I took this picture yesterday. It’s my closet door knob and I touch it every day. The spray paint has held up really well.


Yesterday, I finally tackled the front door knob and hinges. 

I stripped the hardware off in just seconds. A regular old Phillips screwdriver will do it.

So after some decent amount of online research I learned that the most recommended method for painting hardware was:

  • Sand as much as you can with high grit (200+) sandpaper to rough it up
  • Apply two or three thin and even coats of high quality spray primer and paint

I used Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One in Oil-Rubbed Bronze( retails for about $6.50). I am obsessed with this spray paint and have done other upgrades with it ( exterior light fixture, mailbox).So I trusted my spray paint to lead the way and just applied three thin and even coats to all of my hardware I placed on a cardboard box so I could pierce the parts and have them stand up. If you apply thin and even coats they won’t be messy and thick, and they’ll cure very strongly, which will greatly reduce any issues with things like flaking or peeling down the line.

About an hour later (I probably waited 20 minutes between each of my coats, just to be sure it was nice and cured before piling more on) I was left with these guys:

I probably waited six full hours after my last coat of spray paint before reinstalling the hardware. Just to give them a lot of time to fully cure and ensure that I wouldn’t scratch something while putting them back on the door. I have to say I was a little nervous about reinstalling ( after all I wanted to be able to lock my front door) , but it went really smoothly and everything works just as well as it used to and nothing was scratched.

About the hinges; I didn’t remove them. The door was too heavy for me to hold and install the hinges at the same time. I used lots of masking tape and pieces of cardboard to prevent  spray paint from getting on the door. Not the most ideal solution, but you work with what you got.Frontdoor19

This project didn’t cost me anything since I used leftover spray paint and sand paper. I did some research and learned that a new bronze front door knob, a dead bolt and three hinges cost  $70+. Not a bad upgrade for zero $$$.

I still want to paint the front door but haven’t decided on the color yet. I really like this: red brick, black shutters, blue door.

Source: Pinterest

 I’d love to know, what are your thoughts on this door color?

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