February 16, 2013
I’ve written before about how my partner and I have been slowly restoring our ranch house in Doraville’s historic mid century Northwoods neighborhood. Last year, we replaced a periwinkle blue door from Home Depot that the previous owners had installed. The one thing we didn’t do was change out the door’s hardware. At the time, it seemed like it would take more time and money than we had.
The old door hardware wasn’t really anything people noticed from far away.
We saw it every time we walked through the front door, though, and finally decided to do something to change it. Since we moved in, we’ve never had locks that matched on all our doors, so getting everything on one key was another goal.
I really didn’t like any of the locks/knobs available at the big hardware stores. I also didn’t want to pay hundreds of extra dollars from websites that specialize in “mid century” design. I was surprised when I was looking on Amazon and found a version of the Schlage “Orbit” door knob from its “Century Collection – it included a rectangular “Escutcheon” – exactly what we wanted at a reasonable price.
For the back and side door, we got matching orbit door knobs without the escutcheon plus a complimentary deadbolt. When they arrived, I took everything down to Home Depot, and they were able to rekey all 6 items (3 door knobs and 3 deadbolts) for less than $25!
We’re very happy with the end-result. I feel like we have something that would not have been completely out of place when our home was built in the early 50s, but that still has a clean, modern look that looks great to contemporary eyes.