Friday, March 14, 2014

Interior Door Knobs.

After we picked out our exterior lockset for the front door, we finally got the kick to move on to the interior door knobs. We had been living with super shiny brass knobs since we moved in and neither of us were crazy about them. And we happened to get to enjoy FIVE of them in one very small area...

It made me a little sad that they weren't the originals. I'm guessing they were switched out to help sell the house. The bedroom closets still had the originals and while they were mostly covered in paint, they were a fantastic antique brass underneath. I would have totally taken the time to remove all the paint if we had all of them...

This one didn't even turn anymore. It was just basically there for pulling the door open.

To keep things consistent, we just went ahead and went with what matched the front door lockset and the handle we purchased for the back door.

  1. Schlage F40 LAT 619 Latitude Privacy Lever
  2. Schlage F10 LAT 619 Latitude Passage Lever
  3. Schlage F10 PLY 619 Plymouth Passage Knob
The privacy and passage levers have a slightly different look to accommodate for the lock hole (I'm sure that's the technical term...). We went with a simple knob for the bedroom closets because it saved some money and just because I wanted a knob there instead.

We have some tweaks left to do. One door has always not been properly aligned, so it doesn't stay closed. We need to go back and move the strike plate. And at least one door needs a paint touch up. Having levers instead of knobs has taken some adjusting. Some days are more noticeable than others... "Why can't I open the door?!?!" happens on occasion. Overall, they look fantastic and it was so worth the money, which is why it took us so long to do it in the first place. It's such a subtle change but I think it makes a world of a difference.

We have yet to do anything about the hinges... they aren't all the same (annoying!). I've browsed Amazon a few times for them, but they seem pricey individually or are packaged to help save money but with way more than what we need. But we might just leave them for now...

We have an awesome idea to eliminate one of the hall closets once the basement is done and organized to expand our bedroom closet. A tiny 1950's closet for the two of us isn't really working out super awesome. We have two hall closets right now. One that houses linens, towels, and other bathroom overflow. The other is home to a few cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and our long items (dresses, Bill's suit) that don't fit into our tiny closet. I think the cleaning supplies can work into that mix of bathroom stuff/linens and the plan is for the dresses, etc. to go in a wardrobe/cabinet in the laundry room. I'm not sure about the vacuum, but I'm sure it can find a better home in the basement. Heck, with a larger closet for us, we might be able to work in a small space to hang up those longer/taller items.

At that point, I would also like to replace the doors and trim. I'm not sure what happened in this house once upon a time, but the doors are in such rough shape, that I think they are beyond repair. Our bedroom door looks like it was once kicked in and is missing chunks of wood. The bathroom door has been replaced with a plain hollow core door. And there is SO much paint on everything that some things stick, many are peeling, and it's just a mess. Many of these things are probably noticeable by me because I live here, but they're noticeable enough to want to fix them. Anyways, removing that closet would eliminate a door and probably require reconfiguring our bedroom closet door way. I think I've found a new replacement of the same design that will also hopefully be going into the basement.

That probably won't be for quite a while, but I want to get an idea of costs so that I can start saving my pennies. I'm guessing maybe next winter... For now I am happy to enjoy no more shiny brass knobs!

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