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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.

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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New Door Lever Handles

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Door hardware is something you don’t give much thought to even though you touch it every day. It’s only after you replace it that you notice the huge difference quality hardware makes.

I recently replaced our old door knobs with new Kwikset door handles. It took me a while to figure out if I wanted knobs or lever handles. The number one argument for the use of handles is ergonomics. A door knob requires a tight grasp and the ability to twist in order to open the door. A handle only requires you to push down to open the door. A handle is much easier to use for an elderly person with arthritis, or anyone with their hands full ( that would be me).

Did you know that the city of Vancouver banned the use of knobs in new construction in favor of more user-friendly handles?

I chose the Halifax Square Lever in Venetian Bronze I love how simple and modern the style is without being too basic. The Venetian Bronze finish looks black with bits of brown.

door knob

Shortly after I bought our fixer, I spray painted all the knobs. The paint held up well for about two years, then it started to chip. Also, some of the knobs were dented and no longer locked. It was time to replace them.

kwikset door handle

The first thing I noticed is how heavy these Kwikset door handles are. They are solid and have some serious weight to them. I felt it when I dropped one on my foot. I ordered privacy and closet levers.

Installation was really straight forward. I did have to notch out a few latch holes where I needed them to be deeper. The handles feel sturdy and come with a simple lock mechanism. This is a lever with a minimal turn (45 degree downward turn) to open.

If you are planning on staying in your home for the long-term and want to age-in-place, seriously consider choosing lever style door handles. If a member of your family suffers from arthritis or other joint ailments, also consider levers for their ease of use.

door handle

What do you prefer: Knobs or levers?

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