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    How to keep your door hardware looking like new

    May 12, 2017 5:22 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    How to keep your door hardware looking like new

    Keep your door hardware looking as good as the day you installed it. Here’s what you need to know to properly care for each unique finish.



    That sheen. That sparkle. That right out of the box and onto your door shine! But what happens when the finish you fell in love with is looking a little worn and no longer has the luster it did when you first intalled your new handleset? The trick is to prevent your hardware from looking old and tarnished.


    How do you keep your door knobs and locks looking like new? It's easier than you think, but you need to take note of which finish you have as the cleaning methods are unique to each one.

    How to care for your door hardware finish

    For clear-coated finishes


    Initial care for finishes requires only periodic cleaning with mild non-abrasive soap and light buffing with a soft cloth. We also recommend coating most finishes, including chrome finishes, with a non-abrasive car wax to preserve the color and protect it from elements. Particular care should be taken to avoid paint smears, thinners and strong cleaning agents as they will quickly destroy the protective coatings and subject the finish to rapid oxidation and discoloration.

    Bright Brass finish

    Bright Brass

    Polished Nickel finish

    Polished Nickel

    Antique Brass finish

    Antique Brass

    Satin Nickel finish

    Satin Nickel

    Satin Brass finish

    Satin Brass

    Antique Pewter finish

    Antique Pewter

    Aged bronze finish

    Aged Bronze

    Matte Black finish

    Matte Black

    For oil-rubbed bronze finish


    Oil Rubbed bronze finish is a living finish that changes over time to give it a constantly evolving presentation. Since it does not have a clear coat, the flat brown coating eventually wears down to a copper penny color.


    To care for this finish, wipe with a little vegetable oil on a soft cloth but be careful not to use too much. To much oil may leave residue on your hands with use. Household detergents and mild abrasive powder may be used to restore the high metal color without seriously affecting the original compound of the metal. Finish by rubbing with furniture paste wax.

    Oil-rubbed bronze finish

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    For chrome finishes


    Simply wipe your chrome hardware with a damp cloth. If needed, a high grade chrome polish may be used according to directions to clean and restore the original shine and satin finish.

    Bright Chrome finish

    Bright Chrome

    Satin Chrome finish

    Satin Chrome

    With minimal cleaning, you too can keep your door knobs and door locks looking like new! To ensure you choose the highest quality finish, look for a grade A in finish as identified by the BHMA Certified Secure Home label on packaging.

    5 spring cleaning steps for a perfect patio

    April 27, 2017 1:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Patio spring cleaning

    Here are 5 steps that will have your patio ready for spring entertaining in no time.



    Everyone knows spring is the time to deep clean and organize, but many people overlook their outdoor spaces in favor of organizing closets and dusting the tops of the cabinets. Spring marks the time of year when you can start entertaining outdoors and having barbecues, so we think that making sure that your patio is inviting and ready for guests should be at the top of your spring cleaning list.
    Patio spring cleaning

    1. Furniture

    Your patio furniture has been in storage for the winter, and if you’re lucky, there are just a few cobwebs to dust off. More likely, it could use a good deep cleaning. Soon there will be guests sitting on those chairs. They appreciate your attention to detail and remember patio get-togethers as particularly polished when they’re treated to sparkling clean patio furniture. Check out these tips on how to clean your patio furniture and get it ready for entertaining.

    2. Patio

    Chances are, the winter wasn’t too kind to your patio. You can create a much more welcoming space by power washing your patio and cleaning off all of the dirt and grime that has built up over the past year. There are plenty of stores that allow you to rent power washers.

    3. House

    While you have the power washer, don’t neglect your house. A clean patio is great, but pairing it with an entire exterior that’s been freshly scrubbed will make your house truly stand out. Use the power washer on the exterior of the home as a quick and easy way to brighten your outdoor space.

    4. Windows

    Your windows are another easy way to make your space feel cleaner and more put together. The outside of your windows probably don’t get cleaned regularly, especially during the winter. Spend a little bit of time wiping them down to help get the outside and inside of your house ready for warm weather and guests.

    5. Door hardware

    One of the easiest and quickest ways to add some flair to your outdoor area is to make sure all exterior doors are fitted with fresh, up-to-date hardware. Maybe your current hardware is outdated and doesn’t fit the space, or you want to add an extra layer of security to the back entrance. It’s easy to choose the perfect product for your door. Once you’ve decided on the hardware, you can install it on your existing door, even if it doesn’t have the correct pre-existing holes, like Shavonda Gardner did on her doors.

    Do you have a great patio space that’s ready for spring? We want to see it! Share your pictures on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas

    April 18, 2017 8:35 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Bring back the art of porching and create the perfect outdoor oasis.



    The art of porching is quickly coming back in style with many homeowners creating a space that is both an extension of their style and perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Make the most of your front porch with these budget-friendly decor ideas you can enjoy all spring and summer.

    1. Add a comfy seat

    The perfect front porch starts with a comfy place to sit. Although patio furniture can be pricey, there's plenty of DIY inspiration across the web to help you get the perfect look for the right budget. We're especially loving this DIY outdoor daybed for starters.

    DIY outdoor patio furniture

    2. Unique planters

    Head to your local re-sale store or even your garage or attic to find a unique piece that can act as a new planter. We love this idea from DIY Network that uses an old tricycle to display succulents in this outdoor space.

    Unique planter ideas

    3. DIY planters

    If the vintage look isn't quite your style, try building your own unique planter instead. We're loving this hexagon planter idea from The Home Depot.

    DIY wood planter

    4. Bright front door

    There's no better way to say goodbye to winter than with a fresh coat of bright paint on your front door. This project can be completed in a single afternoon. It's an easy way to give yourself a cheerful welcome every day. Check out our door painting tips to make this project as easy as possible.

    Bright front door paint colors

    5. Fresh entry door hardware

    Nothing makes a front door pop better than a fresh handleset in the perfect finish. Take some time to clean your hardware or swap an outdated set for a new style that better complements your front door. Check out our Instagram feed for plenty of inspiration.

    Front door deadbolt and handleset

    6. $25 spring wreath

    A spring wreath that's affordable and easy to make? Sign us up! We love the look of this spring wreath from Life by Anastasia as much as we love the price tag on this project. Be sure to check out our Accessorize Your Door board on Pinterest for plenty of DIY wreath inspiration.

    DIY front door wreath

    7. Add some front porch drapes

    This unique and cozy idea comes from our friends at HGTV. Give your front porch a touch of style while creating a relaxing atmosphere you'll want to enjoy all season long. Get the details on these indoor/outdoor drapes.

    Front porch decor ideas

    8. Hang plants somewhere new

    Have a little fun with your plant placement by creating an arrangement that hangs from the ceiling of your porch rather than the perimeter. This hanging basket arrangement from Country Living adds the perfect amount of personality to this front porch retreat.

    Front porch hanging plants

    9. Re-arrange

    You may already have everything you need for the perfect front porch atmosphere. Try re-arranging your furniture, accessories and decor to give the front of your home a fresh new feel. We love this list of 15 ways to arrange your front porch from How to Decorate.

    Patio furniture
    We want to see your front porch style! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Instagram feed!

    How to change the handing of your Schlage door lever

    April 3, 2017 5:06 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Changing the handing of your new Schlage door hardware can be completed in just a few easy steps.



    When installing one of Schlage's levers with a curved design, you may find that you need to switch the handing. This happens when the lever points towards the door edge instead of away from it during installation. The good news is, Schlage makes this process quick and easy with just a few steps below.
    1Locate the pin tool that came with your lock.
    Door lock handing

    2Insert the tool into the small hole on the lever base and gently depress the retainer pin while pulling the lever away.
    Change direction of door lock

    3Remove and exchange both levers.
    Remove door lever

    4As you re-install, make sure the retainer pin lines up with the small hole on the lever base. You will hear the lever snap into place.
    Change door lever handing

    5Gently pull on the lever to ensure it's secure.
    Change door lever handing

    That's it! Changing the handing is easy as that. 

    How to properly install door knobs and levers

    March 30, 2017 6:37 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    How to install a door lever

    Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install a door knob or lever in just a few minutes.



    Updating your interior door knobs and levers to a new style and finish that coordinates with your lighting, plumbing and decor is an easy way to give your home a finishing touch. Before we get started, be sure your door is properly drilled and aligned with this door prep checklist. You can complete your knob and lever installation in just a few minutes with minimal tools - tape measure and a #2 Phillips Head screwdriver. Keep in mind that an electric drill is not recommended for installation as it can easily strip the screws and damage your hardware.

    Hardware checklist

    Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to get started installing your door knobs or levers. The first step you want to take is to ensure you have all parts and pieces. Here's a checklist to help you be sure:
    Parts of a door lock

     Outside housing: This is the "exterior" portion of your hardware with the spindle extending from the back.

     Inside housing: This is the "interior" portion of your knob or lever. For privacy knobs and levers, you'll want to be sure the push-button lock is on the inside.

     Latch: The spring operated bolt with a beveled face to permit a latching action when the door closes.

     Round drive-in faceplate: This is an optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the latch if your door calls for it.

     Strike plate: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame.

     Short screws: These will be used to secure the bolt and faceplate with the door.

     Tapered long screws: These will be used to secure the inside housing to the outside housing.

     Pin tool: This will only be used for curved levers that may need to change handing.


    Installation instructions

    1You'll begin by installing the latch first.*
    door knob latchbolt

    *If you need to replace the rectangular faceplate with the round drive-in faceplate, follow steps a-c below before going further. You'll also need to add a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood to your tool set.

    a. Remove faceplate with a flat head screwdriver


    b. Twist and remove remaining support plate


    c. Install round drive-in faceplate with just a snap


    2If you're using the standard rectangular faceplate, slide the latch into place with the bevel facing the doorjamb and secure with the two short screws.
    How to install a door knob

    For the drive-in faceplate, slide into place with the bevel facing the doorjamb and gently tap in to place, flush with the door edge using a block of wood to protect the latch.


    Installing round faceplate latch

    3Next, you'll install the strike plate on the doorjamb using the two short wood screws.
    Door strike plate

    4Begin installing the lever or knob by placing the outside housing first. If you're installing a lever, you'll want to make sure the lever is pointing away from the door edge.
    Lever and door knob installation

    5Align the spindle with the slot in the latch and slide into place.
    Door lock installation

    6Now install the inside housing. If you're installing a lever, orient the lever just as you did with the outside housing, pointing away from the edge of the door. 

    7With the screw holes in a vertical position, align the square in the back of the door knob or lever with the square spindle. Slide the inside housing into place.
    Door knob installation

    8Secure with the two remaining screws.
    How to install a door lock

    To see all these steps in action as well as how to change the handing and test your lock, watch our privacy/passage lock installation video. Once you've installed your new hardware, we'd love to see the before and after. Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    Refresh a single room in your home with a few details

    March 14, 2017 5:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Refresh a single room in your home with a few details | Schlage

    By focusing on a few key details that tie a space together, you can give your home a refresh in no time.



    Giving your home a fresh new look for spring doesn't always require a full remodel. By focusing on a few key details that tie a space together, you can give your home a refresh in no time. Here are five details that are easy to complete and will take your style up a notch.

    1. Paint the ceiling

    There's no rule that says ceilings must be white. Accentuate fun architectural details or add a unique pop of color. We love how Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair chose navy to pull her office space together. Get all the details on how she completed her office refresh in one weekend.

    Painted office ceiling | Schlage

    2. Install new door hardware

    With an easy guest bedroom makeover, Better Living proves that the details can bring a space to life. We love how this Satin Brass lever pops adding the perfect finishing touch to this luxurious guest room

    Satin Brass door lever | Schlage

    3. Add accessories and organization on your walls

    Kill two birds with one stone by adding storage and organization that doubles as decor. Kari of U Create perfectly repurposed wooden hexagons by painting them in different shades of blue for an ombre look that perfectly accents her bathroom makeover. Find out how she gave her small bathroom an affordable update.

    Bathroom organization | Schlage

    4. Brighten things up with new lighting

    Nothing drags the style of a space down more than inadequate or unflattering lighting. Consider swapping harsh or dull lighting out for a classic fixture that works well with other hardware in the space. That's what Karrie of Happy Money Saver did to bring a neglected bathroom to life.

    Bathroom lighting ideas | Schlage

    5. Give your hallway some style

    The hallway may be the last place you would think to decorate or remodel but just like all the little projects above, it's a simple detail that can give your home more personality and style. Diane of In My Own Style perfectly embraces her dark hallway by choosing to take a risk and go bold in a small space.

    Navy hallway ideas | Schlage
    Which room in your home would be the easiest to refresh? Comment below to let us know!

    How to install door hinges

    March 7, 2017 4:05 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    Follow this step-by-step tutorial for the easiest way to install new door hinges.



    When it comes to style and design, the details make all the difference. Replacing your door hinges will not only add beauty to your home, but also improve door function. It's an update that's as much about aesthetics as it is utility. And the good news is that installing new door hinges is a lot easier than you might think.


    If you haven't seen our tips on choosing the right door hinges, check that out now. Once you're ready to install, simply follow these steps below.

    Required tools

    Before you get started, you will need a Phillips screwdriver and tape measure. You may use a cordless screwdriver but this tool is optional.
    Door hinge installation tools

    Installation Instructions

    The easiest way to install new door hinges is to leave the door in place throughout the process. There's no need to remove the door if you replace hinges one at a time.


    1 First, you'll need to remove the screws on both leaves of the existing hinge.


    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    2 Simply remove and replace the old hinge with the new hinge.


    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    3 Screw the new hinge in place.


    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    4 Repeat the process for each remaining hinge, one at a time.


    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    That's it! Replacing door hinges is an easy project you can complete in no time at all. For a complete step-by-step look, check out our video tutorial for replacing and upgrading new hinges.

    How to choose replacement hinges

    March 6, 2017 4:16 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    How to choose replacement hinges | Schlage

    Installing door hinges is an easy project for any skill level to take on as long as you choose the correct hinges first. Here’s what you need to know.



    Don't let the fear of installing new hinges keep you from updating your door's hardware. Choosing and replacing door hinges is an easy project you can complete in no time. Before we get into the step-by-step details of installation, here are a few things you should consider when choosing new hinges.
    Replacement door hinges | Schlage


    Hinges are available in a variety of finishes to match any decor. Consider your existing door locks, levers and knobs and other hardware found in the home. At Schlage, we offer a variety of popular finishes to match any decor. Browse hinges and other door hardware accessories here.


    Once you've chosen your finish, you'll need to measure your existing hinges to determine the correct size. In most homes, interior doors will use 3.5" hinges while exterior doors will use 4" hinges to support the additional weight of the door.
    Door hinge sizes | Schlage

    Corner style

    Hinges come in one of three corner styles - 1/4" radius, 5/8" radius, and square. To make the installation go as easily as possible, choose the same corner style as the existing hinges on your door. The easiest way to choose a replacement hinge is by taking an existing hinge with you to the store or simply transfer the pattern of the hinge onto a piece of paper using a pencil. Be sure to transfer the corners and screw holes for a complete look.
    Door hinge corners | Schlage
    Once you're ready to install your new door hinges, check out our step-by-step installation guide here.

    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon

    February 20, 2017 4:28 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    Here are 3 quick and easy steps to give your bathroom in impactful upgrade in a single afternoon.



    You don't have to completely remodel your entire bathroom to make a big impact. Karrie of Happy Money Saver recently helped a friend give a small, downstairs bath a complete makeover in a single afternoon by focusing on three simple steps. See the complete before and after for a simple farmhouse bathroom look over at Happy Money Saver.
    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    1. Hardware and fixtures

    It's amazing how a few simple details can tie an entire room together. Take a look at your existing bathroom hardware. Is it a mismatch of styles and finishes that fail to coordinate? Is your lighting inadequate for the size of the space? Updating your door hardware, plumbing and lighting to complementing styles can make a major impact and is easy to install in an afternoon.

    2. Paint

    Don't stop at hardware for a complete fresh look. Consider giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint to liven things up. Even a fresh coat of white on existing trim can make a space feel brand new. Opt for something crisp that coordinates well with your chosen hardware.

    3. Decorate

    Now for the really fun part. Choose a pop of color or theme of accents to add personality to your bathroom. Opt for new open shelving to let the accessories shine and finish the room off with an accent rug that pulls everything together.

    We're teaming up with Lowe's to help you accomplish the little things this season by offering 20% off Schlage door hardware. Visit to see participating styles and finishes and be sure to share your before and after photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day

    February 9, 2017 3:33 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    Give your home a little more cheer this winter with these Valentine’s Day front door décor ideas.



    With Valentine's Day right around the corner, give your home an easy cheerful boost with a simply DIY project. Here are five of our favorite ways to easily make your home more festive for the upcoming holiday.

    1. Upgrade a winter wreath

    If it feels like you just caught your breath after the busy holiday season, try adding a touch of Valentine's Day to your existing winter decor. We love how Amy Lou Hawthorne styled her winter wreath by just adding a little pop of pink and red. It's a simple way to feel a little festive without too much effort. Get even more Valentine's Day inspiration from her perfectly styled Instagram feed.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    2. DIY for multiple seasons

    We can always count on Ann of On Sutton Place to have the perfect tutorial for festive front door decor. This DIY heart wreath is swoonworthy and perfect for both Valentine's Day and the spring season making it worth the effort.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    3. Don't spend a dime

    In similar fashion to Amy's easy DIY above, take a classic boxwood wreath and add a printable banner. Here's a free printable from Jamie Lyn of I Heart Naptime.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    4. Make a statement

    Every year, we see this popular wreath sold on Etsy pop up in our social feeds and we can see why. It's an adorable way to spread a little love that will last for many years.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    5. Go for simple elegance

    We are loving this xo combo made with faux boxwood. Add your favorite bow for a style statement that is all you. After Valentine's Day, take the x away and add a few spring flowers to the o to enjoy even longer.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage
    How are you decorating your home and front door for the upcoming holiday? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.