I’ve been decorating and DIYing for a little over a decade now and the one thing that still surprises me sometimes is how much impact a simple paint job and a hardware switch can have on a space. Two little things that take up a pretty short amount of time and effort can equal a pretty big wow factor, no?
Case in point: I had big plans for this pantry door in our kitchen.
At first, I was going to add molding to it. But then, Grunt Labor and I couldn’t really settle on a design for the molding because the door was so narrow. Plan B: I turned to my old standby of paint and painter’s tape. I was going to paint an elaborately patterned door that would no doubt be a showstopper. The whole thing would be topped off with a pretty new doorknob.
I took off the old doorknob and got to work. I painted two coats of black paint on the door and let it dry overnight.
The next morning, I sat at the breakfast table and stared at the pantry door.
It looked pretty darn good just being black with all the white molding around it. I contemplated leaving it black and just switching out the doorknob. But then, the over-achiever in me proclaimed that I had to give the door some more wow factor.
I mapped out the design. I measured and taped and measured and taped some more. I painted on the contrasting color that would create the pattern.
Then I pulled off the tape and hated the way it looked.
And that was when I realized that the over-achiever in me had been wrong. Sometimes, all you do really need is a simple coat of paint and a pretty new doorknob.
The black on the door tied in perfectly with the cabinets and the new Schlage® doorknob was the icing on the cake. Schlage recently launched a campaign, “Open Possibilities,” to bring door hardware to the forefront as an accessory that can complete or enhance the look of any room.
Shockingly, sometimes pretty things really do just take a small amount of investment, but give a big return. No elaborate designs needed. 😉
The doorknob is a Schlage® Accent Lever with Camelot Trim in Satin Brass.
The doorknob has a touch of Hollywood Regency glamour, which goes nicely with the rest of the kitchen and much of the house as well. The knobs pop perfectly against the black and I love the lower sheen the satin brass has. These babies are going to end up on the rest of our doors, to tie more of the whole house together. I’m thinking the hallway doors might get the black paint treatment, too.
To get more information on Schlage’s® new line of door knobs and finishes, visit their website here. Schlage products are also available online at Amazon and Build. You can find them at Home Depot and Lowe’s as well. Or you can join the conversation online: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
When’s the last time you upgraded your door knobs? Do you see any satin brass knobs channeling the Hollywood Regency style in your future?
Elaborate door designs not necessary. 😉
*This post is sponsored by Schlage®, however all opinions and over-thinking design ideas are 100% mine.