If your home was built in the 1990s, and you have gold fixtures everywhere, you are not alone. Back in the 90s, gold fixtures were popular especially door knobs and hinges. Personally, I never liked the color of gold and started slowly changing out the gold cabinet knobs in my kitchen and bathrooms last year.
This year, I decided to take the plunge and purchase new door knobs, door hinges, and door stoppers. For most people, these little details don’t matter. But for a person who is constantly at home and pays attention to detail, it matters at lot!
I guess you can spray paint your door knobs and hinges, but I didn’t want to go that route since door knobs are used often and didn’t want the paint to rub off and show the gold.
Before you decide to change out your door knobs and hinges, and stoppers for your home, count how many doors you have to change out. A regular door knob is around $20 and more for a door knob that has a lock and key. I had some money saved up and decided to change out the fixtures on 29 doors.
The only gold door knobs that I left were on the front door and my office. Those doors were stained a dark color so the gold color provides a good contrast. I also left the door knob that leads to the garage gold since the lock is a keypad entry and didn’t want to spend any more money on a new keypad entry.
TIPS ON BUYING DOOR KNOBS
- Make sure to purchase all the door knobs at once. You don’t want to wait a year because the door knob styles may slightly change from year to year. Purchase your door knobs and hinges within the week. You may wipe out the stock from one store (like I did). Ask the associate for the closest store that has enough inventory for your needs. Don’t worry my old knobs won’t go to waste. I’m sending my old door knobs, hinges, and door stoppers to my parents.
- If you are buying door knobs with a lock and key, make sure all the keys match. Lowe’s and The Home Depot offer free rekeying as long as you purchase the door knobs from their store. You can also match the door knobs with the same code on the package to make sure the locks use the same keys.
REASON TO CHANGE OUT THE DOOR KNOBS AND HINGES
- It quickly updates your space from a home built in the 1990s to a home built in 2010s
- Enjoy the look of your home while you are living in it
- The oil bronze color provides a good contrast to the white doors
- These minor improvements help sell the home when you decide to sell
I’ve lived in several homes, and typically tend to fix up the home before putting the home on the market. This time around, I want to enjoy my home with the details that I can afford to put in the home. Yes, there is always something to purchase for your home. You have to prioritize what items are important for you to purchase. I have a running list of things I’d like to do and add to my home. Every year, I try to make some improvements to the home. By the time you move out, your home will look completely different from when you moved in. It’s what makes your home, your home—a welcoming and beautiful home. 🙂
TOOLS NEEDED TO CHANGE OUT DOOR KNOBS AND HINGES
- A screw driver (it’s better if you use a drill)
- Wrench (to help remove the hinges)
It roughly took me 30 minutes to remove the three hinges off the door and install a door knob manually. I started over the weekend and finished yesterday (Thursday). Once I installed the last door knob and tightened the last screw, I heard “Alleluia” in my head. I’m so glad my door project is done. 🙂