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    Enter if you dare: Halloween party décor for your front door.

    October 14, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    DIY Halloween decor ideas | Schlage

    We have the ultimate list of Halloween party decoration ideas to let your revelers know they’re in for a real treat.



    When you’re hosting a Halloween party, you want to set the spooky mood for guests the minute they arrive at your door. We have the ultimate list of Halloween party decoration ideas to let your revelers know they’re in for a real treat.

    There’s a monster at the door

    Ever notice how scary movies have a creaking front door. It signals that whatever’s behind that door is going to be terrifying. Let guests know what festivities lie in store before they even cross the threshold.


    This mummy door from Dina Holland Interiors is pretty cute, but there are plenty of options out there for monsters and other creepy looks. Perhaps the best part, especially if you’re looking for easy Halloween decorations, is that you often only need items you can already find around the house.

    Channel your inner Edgar Allan Poe with this crow wreath from A Pumpkin and a Princess, or recycle some old Christmas decorations for a quick DIY Halloween wreath with eyeballs, compliments of Family Fun Journal.
    Raise your hand if you think this is the best way to transform your garage door for Halloween. If this idea from Better Homes & Gardens isn’t quite your style, you could easily replace the arms with mysterious peeking eyes, spiders or bats.

    Frighten them in the foyer

    If you already have a sideboard-style table or landing strip in your entryway, start showing off your Halloween décor as guests remove their coats at the door. This layout from Country Living shows how you can avoid being too cutesy while also keeping it tame enough not to frighten your younger partygoers.

    Christmas lights get called into action early with this one. Frame some old photos – they don’t have to be your own family – and replace the eyes with tiny bulbs. The effect will be especially spooky in a dimly lit hall.
    Looking for a little more involved Halloween décor DIY? This mirror is for you, especially if people are used to seeing a mirror in your foyer the rest of the year. Country Living used reflective paint and a creepy image to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

    Paranormal activity on the patio

    Lighting is the perfect solution when it comes to DIY Halloween decorations for outside. Polka Dot Chair shows us how to make floating witch hat luminaries. Because you can hang them from your patio roof, they’re ideal if you want glowing ambience but are concerned about jack-o’-lanterns getting knocked over during an outdoor gathering or smashed on Halloween night.

    With these cutouts, you can turn an ordinary lantern into a haunted village. The best part might be their versatility – use them on the porch or inside on a fireplace mantel. You can find cutout templates for these houses and more at Woman’s Day.
    This pumpkin topiary from Tatertots & Jello is another example of versatile décor. In the daylight, the multicolored stack offers a unique way to display traditional jack-o’-lanterns. At night, it fools the eye into thinking they’re levitating. If you’ve invited guests unfamiliar with your home, try carving your house numbers into the pumpkins so they know where to find the party. That’s what we call a trick and a treat.

    Now that you’re ready to make a good first impression on your partygoers, you can turn your attention to the menu and drinks, costumes and Halloween décor for the rest of your house. We want to see how you dressed up your entryway for the haunting season, too. Share with us on Instagram.


    Halloween party decor | Schlage


    A toast to fall: How to create the perfect seasonal bar cart.

    October 4, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 4, 2019

    Fall bar cart ideas | Schlage

    Whether you’re hanging on to the tail end of warm weather for an outdoor gathering or preparing to entertain for the holidays, try these tips to create, stock and enjoy the perfect fall bar cart.



    It’s one of the hottest décor and entertaining trends out there right now: bar carts. They’re versatile – use them inside or out, on the deck for party drinks or in the bedroom as a nightstand. They’re convenient – everything’s in one place and portable. They’re stylish – no matter your design taste, there’s one for you. So whether you’re hanging on to the tail end of warm weather for an outdoor gathering or preparing to entertain for the holidays, try these tips to create, stock and enjoy the perfect fall bar cart.
    Fall bar cart ideas.

    Build it

    Bar carts fit nearly any personal style – industrial for a masculine feel, Lucite or metallic for Art Deco, bright and colorful for springtime whimsy. For fall, we’re fans of wooden carts since they complement the colors and other décor of the season. They’re also great for outdoors when entertaining on your porch or patio.


    To build your own wooden bar cart, check out what Shanty 2 Chic created. The handy hooks for hanging glasses and mugs are such a smart use of space! If upcycling rather than starting from scratch is more your style, try this tutorial from Runway Chef. They transformed an old kitchen island into the ideal backyard bar cart. And all they needed was all-weather wood stain and some time.

    Decorate it

    Step one, no matter the season, is to use your ingredients and glassware as décor. The bottles, shakers, coasters and napkins will be sitting out for everyone to see, so make sure they’re worth looking at.


    Next, match your bar cart’s décor with the rest of your home. Choose complementary colors, although with fall, it’s hard to go wrong with reds, oranges and coppers. Marigold is a popular interior décor color right now as well. You can also commit to a party theme like apple décor to go with apple-inspired drinks (keep reading for those tasty tips).


    A bar cart is appropriate for any kind of party – they were originally Victorian-era tea trays – so you can adjust your drink station décor based on your particular gathering.


    • Seasonal soiree – Focus on drinks that speak to the season and décor like apothecary jars that double as bottles for mixers and other “poisons” at Halloween. Try leaves and wheat husks later in the year. The beauty of these fall decorations is that they can easily be swapped out for winter garland in a few weeks.
    • Appetizer party – Transform your bar cart into a mini “food truck”. (You can still have drinks on a sideboard or a second cart.) Multiple shelves offer prime real estate for dishes, a cheese board, some fruit and nuts, and even a platter of pigs-in-a-blanket for the young at heart. Or maybe it’s a dessert cart instead. Yum!
    • Brunch bash – A family or friends’ brunch is the perfect opportunity for mixing and matching function and for some dreamy décor. Drinks (coffee, tea, mimosas) and food (bagels, fruit, mini-quiches) co-exist in a single convenient location. Flowers give a feminine touch, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use unique pumpkins.

    Taste it

    Whether you’re playing bartender or letting others fix their own drinks, it’s important to have the necessary ingredients if you want your guests to feel welcome. One Kings Lane gives you their list of must-have bar basics. And don’t forget to have ingredients nearby for a tasty beverage for the kiddos.


    Need some out-of-the-box inspiration for wetting the whistle at your next party? We had a hard time choosing between Gimme Some Oven’s easy cranberry margaritas or Cooking and Beer’s apple, pumpkin beer cocktails. For the youngsters and drivers, and particularly at Halloween, try Food Network Canada’s spooky apple cider punch, complete with “shrunken head” apples.


    No two parties are the same and everyone has their own hosting style, so it goes without saying that your bar cart should be as unique as you are. Get more DIY tips for your whole home so you can enjoy the seasons safely, stylishly and surrounded by good friends, compliments of Schlage.


    Struggle-free style and security: Hacks for updating your door.

    October 2, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Door update installation hacks | Schlage

    How do you replace a deadbolt? How can you keep paint from getting on your gorgeous new door knob? What if your hinges don’t fit? These hacks will answer those questions and help you avoid other pitfalls.



    Painting doors, updating locks and door hardware, and replacing hinges are outstanding ways to improve the security and style of your home. It can be daunting, however. How do you replace a deadbolt? How can you keep paint from getting on your gorgeous new door knob? What if your hinges don’t fit? These hacks will answer those questions and help you avoid other pitfalls.
    Hacks for updating your door feature image.

    Hacks for knobs, levers and locks

    • When removing the existing hardware from your door, place painter’s tape over the lock components to keep them together. This helps prevent the pieces from scattering helter-skelter on the floor as you remove the screws.

    • This is an important one if you’re updating multiple doors simultaneously and you plan to re-install the same hardware, like after painting. Label your door hardware and keep all the pieces – knob/lever, trims, screws – together. A sandwich bag should keep each door’s components contained easily.

    • When installing your locks, there will be multiple screws to tighten. SFGATE suggests you start by tightening the screws with your fingers, then switch to tools – this is where your screwdriver comes into play – at the end. To help keep the hardware straight and avoid pulling any components out of alignment, tighten one screw a bit, then move to another screw. Continue alternating until everything is securely fastened.

    • Schlage locks come with all the screws you need. If, however, you happen to lose one or choose a different brand that doesn’t come with all the parts you need, resist the urge to use old screws, which may be weaker or stripped. Older screws can reduce the security and quality of your lock. You can contact our Customer Care team for replacements, too.

    • If you find your latch or deadbolt is rubbing, you may need to adjust the strike or use a chisel to create more space in the door jamb. To determine where the latch is rubbing and know where you need to remove extra material, apply a bit of lipstick to the latch, then check for smudges on the jamb. This trick from This Old House works great for installing new locks as well as maintaining your door and hardware over time.
    Woman installing Schlage bedroom door handle.

    Hacks for hinges

    • When you replace hinges, you may need to fill holes left by the previous screws. Chatfield Court suggests using toothpicks covered in wood glue. You can then drill new holes for your updated hinges.

    • Naomi at Plaster and Disaster shared important lessons from updating her fixer-upper’s doors and hardware. One tip is to check the depth of hinges. It’s a measurement that often gets overlooked but can have a major impact on how well the door closes.

    • Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to remove the entire door to replace the hinges. Replace one hinge at a time for the simplest of installations.

    Hacks for painting

    • If you don’t want to remove your hardware to paint your door, cover your knobs and trims in foil. It’s a handy option if they have unusual shapes that make them difficult to tape off. You can also coat strikeplates or hinges in rubber cement. The rubber cement will peel off when you’re done, taking any stray paint with it. Note that some rubber cement and even painters’ tape can damage the finish of your hardware, so test it out before you commit. Check out our archive for more door painting hacks.

    • After you’ve painted your door, you may need to rehang it quickly, especially if it’s an exterior door. Even paint that feels dry to the touch can scuff when you close the door, however. To reduce the chances of sticking, Family Handyman says to remove weather stripping or place painter’s tape along the door jamb.


    Now that you see how simple updating door knobs, locks and more can be, it’s time to start choosing the right hardware for your home. Schlage offers a variety of styles and finishes, not to mention a range of mechanical and smart deadbolts, to fit any taste. Try our Style Selector tool to choose what’s right for you and your home.


    Not your average pumpkin: 8 DIY Halloween decoration ideas you’ll love.

    September 30, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, September 30, 2019

    DIY Halloween Pumpkins | Schlage

    Whatever your tastes, we have eight DIY Halloween decoration ideas you won’t want to miss. We hope you like pumpkins.



    From cute to spooky, chocolatey to chewy, Halloween offers a little something for everyone. Whatever your tastes, we have eight DIY Halloween decoration ideas you won’t want to miss. We hope you like pumpkins.
    8 DIY Halloween pumpkin ideas.

    For the family

    When you need to occupy the kids or if you’re looking for a project you can do together, try these popsicle pumpkins and monsters from Hanging by a Silver Lining. Just a few crafting sticks, some paint and googly eyes (because you can never have too many googly eyes) are all you need for a fun afternoon with your little ghosts and goblins.

    For the allergy-sensitive

    Halloween can be tough on those with food allergies. Display a teal pumpkin so trick-or-treaters know you have trinkets that won’t endanger their health. Simply paint the pumpkin, make it sparkle or turn it into the cutest mummy like Making it Milk-free. You can learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and get ideas for non-candy treats here.

    For the glamorous

    You know Art Deco is on its way back. Tap into the style trend and add some festive flair with these DIY velvet pumpkins. She Holds Dearly takes you through this simple sewing project. With the right colors, we think these are chic enough to display throughout the fall.

    For a little more glitz, try these gold-studded pumpkins from Hometalk.

    For the minimalist

    Holiday decorations don’t always jive with your minimalist look, but these DIY thread pumpkins from Instructables are a perfect balance. It’s Halloween décor with the simplicity you seek. And with the right color thread, you could easily complement your room’s color scheme.

    For the upcycler

    We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t help you recycle the door knobs you replaced with new Schlage door hardware. Take those outdated knobs and turn them into an adorable, waste-free pumpkin patch with this tutorial from Stephanie Lynn. We’re pretty sure you won’t mind looking at that outdated hardware when you try this.

    For the wine lover

    Reuse the wine corks left over from summer parties for these DIY pumpkins from Always the Holidays. Add some paint, glue and crafting paper and you’re all set for as many pumpkins in as many sizes as your party days allow.

    For the phantasmal

    Turn what you think you know about pumpkins upside down and make DIY Network’s gourd ghosts for a bit of spooktacular fun. A mouth that says “Boo!” and a tattered-looking base are simple but out-of-the-ordinary.

    For the DIY princess

    If you’re looking for a bigger project, try this Cinderella pumpkin carriage. Some creativity and elbow grease will make you the talk of the neighborhood with this DIY décor perfect for a fairytale princess.

    We’d love to see how you transform your (haunted) house for Halloween. Share your photos with us on Instagram. And don’t forget to find more inspiration from Schlage on Pinterest.



    Fall in love with these natural porch décor ideas.

    September 24, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    DIY fall front door decor | Schlage

    Try these fall front porch décor ideas that pay homage to the season’s harvest and go beyond mums and average wreaths.



    Natural is in. Stone, unpolished wood, leather and hemp are the materials of choice for many. Just because the seasons change and you’re thinking about holidays (already?!), that doesn’t mean you have to give up the natural look. Try these fall front porch décor ideas that pay homage to the season’s harvest and go beyond mums and average wreaths.
    10 DIY fall front porch decor ideas from Schlage.

    DIY stenciled leaf doormat

    Fans of jute, rejoice! This textile isn’t just for creating summer coastal vibes, as Life is a Party shows with its fall-inspired doormat. They played the white paint up nicely with white pumpkins and fabrics for a monochromatic design, but just imagine it with a splash of color to match any hue you choose.

    If you liked that, try the DIY woven rope doormat from Gardenista or colorful fall doormat from Lia Griffith, both of which would make a welcoming statement any time of year.

    Pinecone decor

    It’s hard to beat a DIY project that requires only three ingredients, one of which can be found right in your backyard. Country Living’s hanging pinecone cluster is a gorgeous alternative to the traditional round wreath. While they chose burgundy ribbon to help this fall decoration pop against a light-colored door, we think it would be just as striking with green ribbon, especially on a natural-wood door or if you’re looking for an easy transition to winter holidays.

    If you liked that, try the natural leaf and branch door hanging from Gray House Studio, which can be made with natural or silk leaves.

    DIY apple wreath

    Pumpkins don’t have a monopoly on fall. The Wood Grain Cottage shows what you can do with faux apples, a foam wreath form and some burlap. They’re using it indoors, but there’s no reason you couldn’t make it part of your fall porch décor. If we were making this wreath, we’d be tempted to add a few cinnamon sticks to awaken all the senses.

    If you liked that, try Fabric Paper Glue’s mini-apple place card holders. Great for Thanksgiving and also popular for fall weddings.

    Burlap and flower wreath

    If you just can’t let go of the flowery wreath (we don’t blame you – fall offers such beautiful flowers), then try this DIY project from How to Nest for Less. What we find so eye-catching is the combination of bright colors with neutral burlap, not to mention the contrasting textures. This would be a great chance to prepare for winter, too. Simply change out the flowers or choose some with a style that will transition well to the colder months, maybe with the addition of a few sprigs of holly or some twinkling holiday lights.

    If you liked that, get your flower fix and then some with Better Homes & Gardens’ ombre fall wreath. Mums, leaves, pine cones and more – they’re all there.

    One of the things we love about these fresh ideas is that you can add them seamlessly with the traditional fall décor you simply must have. Their reds and golds complement classic mums, and natural browns fit in perfectly with farmhouse-style homes, no matter how you dress them up.


    If you feel like your new décor could use an updated backdrop, check out our list of the best fall colors for your front door. Don’t forget to visit to pair it with the perfect door hardware, or find us on Pinterest for a bounty of seasonal inspiration.


    Household items you can clean with just soap and water.

    September 3, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Household items you can clean with just soap and water | Schlage

    Here’s how you can clean your Schlage locks – and some other common household items – with just a bit of soap and water.



    At Schlage, we like simple. That goes for everything we use daily in our homes, including locks. We aim for simplicity when we’re installing new technology, enhancing curb appeal or cleaning those hard-to-get spots in the kitchen we’d rather not even think about. So that’s why we love how easy it is to maintain the look and function of our locks. Here’s how you can clean your Schlage locks – and some other common household items – with just a bit of soap and water.

    Smart lock touchscreen

    All you need to install your smart lock is a screwdriver, and all you need to clean it is a bit of mild soap, such as a dishwashing liquid, and warm water. Use the mixture to rinse the touchscreen, then wipe it down with a damp, lukewarm cloth to remove any soap. We told you it was simple.


    Find more tips on cleaning your smart lock and earn which materials to avoid so you can keep your deadbolt in beautiful working order here.


    You can also use a mild dish soap and warm water to remote dirt and grime from the bolt of your deadbolt, whether you have a smart lock or a mechanical lock. This can help if your deadbolt is sticking or beginning to slow down.

    Marble countertops

    It’s tempting to use heavy duty cleaner on marble countertops given that they tend to be in germ-infested bathrooms or food-splattered kitchens. But to keep them looking great, it’s best to stick with simple soap and water. Acidic cleaners can leave etchings in the marble, causing them to lose their smoothness and shine. Check out Forbes’ detailed tips for cleaning your marble countertops and tile.

    Stainless steel appliances

    There are lots of ways to remove all those fingerprints and smudges on stainless steel appliances. One is a basic mixture of soap and water, followed by baby oil. Visit for more instructions and suggestions to get your stainless steel shining like new.


    If you’re relying solely on glass cleaner to shine your windows, you’re missing out. When windows get especially grimy, start with a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. Rinse away the suds. Then, if needed, break out the glass cleaner for extra gleam.

    Patio furniture

    Dishwashing liquid for your deck chairs? Absolutely! Scrub plastic or metal patio furniture with a nylon pad, soap and water, then hose it all down when you’re finished. Check out more sudsy outdoor cleaning suggestions from here.

    Carpet stains

    For those pesky stains that just won’t come out of the rug, it’s dishwashing liquid to the rescue again. The Spruce suggests one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap added to two cups of warm water. Dab the stubborn spot with a clean towel moistened with your mixture, and repeat as often as necessary until the stain comes out.


    Do you have other quick and easy ways for removing dirt in your home? Share your cleaning and curb appeal tips with us on Facebook or Instagram.


    Kids moved out? 5 ways to update your empty nest.

    August 30, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Empty nest renovation ideas | Schlage

    For the first time in decades, you have the house to yourself! How can you turn your home into the retreat of your dreams when your children move out?



    For the first time in decades, you have the house to yourself! How can you turn your home into the retreat of your dreams when your children move out? Here are five empty nest renovation ideas for after the kids fly the coop.
    Empty nest couple standing in front of home.

    1. Get your home in working order

    It’s not the glamorous part of remodeling, but you’ll be glad you did it. Before tackling cosmetic and style decisions, make sure your home is in perfect working order. Fix any foundational issues, take care of whatever’s causing the basement to be perpetually damp, replace weak or warped door frames, repave the driveway. If these projects still aren’t appealing to you, think about how they’ll improve the resale value of your home down the road.

    2. Plan for the future

    Whether you plan to stay in your home another five years or hope to age in place for decades to come, tackle your remodeling projects with that in mind. If your goals are more short-term, consider projects that improve your home’s value. If you’re aging in place, think how your renovations can make life easier when mobility and health will be a greater challenge. Walk-in showers instead of bathtubs, improved lighting and easy-to-grasp levers are great options.

    Empty nest couple sitting at laptop planning renovations.

    3. Right-size

    You always hear about people downsizing – moving into smaller homes or apartments – when their kids leave the house. But maybe you want more space. Upsize if you plan to have the grandkids stay with you more often, need to accommodate your out-of-town adult children during visits or want to entertain more often. It’s all about making your home, whatever its size, work for the kind of lifestyle you want in this new phase of life.

    4. Change a room

    The kids are gone, so you change their bedroom into a guest room. Or a craft room. What about thinking a bit more creatively? Take a cue from The Spruce and create the walk-in closet of your dreams, complete with a washer and dryer, or a small vanity.


    Plant an indoor garden. It’s an unusual option, we know. Go for potted herbs and flowers that would you normally grow inside anyway, ferns or other greenery you can hang from the ceiling. A vertical garden or living wall is unexpected, beautiful and environmentally friendly.


    And if you’re looking for something even more dramatic, don’t be afraid to get rid of that bedroom entirely, like we see on Give yourself a bigger living room by knocking out a few walls and designing the perfect entertainment space. Whatever that new space becomes, it should be something that helps you connect to your interests and keeps you feeling excited about your new lifestyle.

    Empty nest couple sitting on back deck with dog.

    5. Get outside

    Gone are the days of treehouses and playsets. Improve your curb appeal or give yourself the backyard you’ve been wanting. suggests adding a garden – no stray balls to flatten the flowers – or a water feature like a pond or fountain, replacing or installing paved walkways, and building a deck or screened-in porch. Without kids’ busy schedules to contend with, you’ve got time to sit back and relax in your garden oasis.


    We also think this is a prime opportunity to upgrade your front door. Give it a new coat of paint and replace the door hardware to something that is both secure and as stylish as your updated home. Smart locks, like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, provide lots of aging-in-place benefits as well, such as remote access and guest codes so that trusted family can check on you and your home, even if you can’t get to the door.


    Empty nest doesn’t mean boring home. Visit or find us on Pinterest for tips and inspiration to update your home at any stage of life.


    How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you're on a budget.

    August 16, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    Hollow core door makeover ideas | Schlage

    Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers.



    Nearly every home has at least one – boring, flat-panel hollow core doors. Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers. It will look like you spent a fortune on upgrades, but you’ll know better.

    1. DIY Beadboard doors

    Beadboard doors work for almost any style of home. Get this simple tutorial from The Shanks, who used beadboard wallpaper to achieve the look they wanted. At one-third of the price of actual beadboard, it’s worth thinking about.


    Brittany, the Pretty Handy Girl, used molding and beadboard panels to dress up the hollow, flat doors of a rental property. She opted for panels instead of wallpaper to stand up to the rigors of rentals.

    2. Panel doors for every budget

    This step-by-step tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Company takes a plain slab door and turns it into a five-panel door. It looks like a million bucks but only costs $12! The black paint gives her doors an extra luxurious appeal, too. For a flawless paint job, be sure to check out these door painting tips and tricks.

    Create the illusion of raised panels and banish dull, flat doors with this quick and affordable tutorial from Lowe’s. With just a few supplies and a bit of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.
    If you’re up for a project that requires a bit more advanced tools and techniques, we have something for you, too. Jenna Sue is at it again over on Remodelaholic. She updated this old, synthetic closet door by adding veneer and authentic details. Say hello to a beautiful, rustic new look.
    You can also check out This Old House’s detailed tutorial on adding panel molding to dress up a hollow core door. We’re talking a transformation from slab door to grand entranceway.

    3. Windowed details

    Remodelaholic showcased yet another great way to rejuvenate a hollow core door by adding glass. With some elbow grease, you can not only improve the look of the door but also add some light and beauty to an entire room. It’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate decorative glass into your home.

    4. Dutch doors

    What could make a door feel more different than turning it into two? Angela at Unexpected Elegance gives you a step-by-step guide to turn that slab door into a Dutch door. Be sure to choose the right hardware for your new entryway.

    5. Pet doors

    This one might not make your door look expensive, but it will have Fluffy feeling like a million bucks. Add a pet door, perfect for hiding litter boxes in closets, with this tutorial from First Home Love Life.

    6. Sliding barn door

    In her ongoing adventures of creating a home one project at a time, Christina Maria repurposed the hollow core door in her kitchen in a truly unique way. Using some imagination, careful planning and little know-how, she turned it into a sliding barn door – adding privacy while taking up minimal space.

    7. Easy updates

    If you’re thinking those sound great but more than you want to take on – project burnout is a real thing – then keep it simple. Rain on a Tin Roof shows us how striking a pantry door of all things can look with black paint and new hardware.

    And Dream Green DIY took on an even easier approach. We’d say that Schlage lever is a huge improvement over the scratched and dinged knob originally on the door. How’s that for an elegant upgrade without a major commitment?

    No matter how you give new life to your hollow core doors, remember that a refreshed set of door hardware can help complete the look. Visit the Product Selector tool on for help finding the perfect look for your doors. And don’t forget to find us on Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.


    8 small porch decorating ideas with huge style.

    August 13, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Small porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Just because your space is small, don’t think your style needs to be too.



    Porches historically played an important cultural role as meeting places. As a result, they tended to be larger and inviting. Today it’s more common to see a postage-stamp balcony or a modest stoop. Just because your space is small, don’t think your style needs to be too. Here are eight tips for decorating a pint-sized patio with welcoming curb appeal.

    Take your design up

    If you can’t spread out, go up. Spaces look larger when you draw the eyes skyward, so try statement lighting fixtures, high-top tables and tall plants such as bamboo.

    Open your horizons

    Also try design elements that let the eye keep going outward. Glass tables are less likely to break up the space, and railings that are see-through give you unobstructed views. Again, suggests black cable railings, perfect for an industrial look. They also pair well with other fixtures such as Schlage door hardware in Matte Black finish to help build cohesive design throughout your porch and home. Country Living has another option that’s more neutral and complements more traditional styles.

    Plant creatively

    Even if you have a true garden – all those urban balcony owners are jealous, by the way – you can still add plants to your small porch. The added textures and colors will help with curb appeal. To save space, get creative by hanging small pots on a screen or, like suggests, an upcycled crib railing. Try Good Housekeeping’s idea by giving a table new life with greenery in a DIY trough.

    Pick a piece that does it all

    Now that you have a table/planter, keep the multipurpose theme going. You don’t have a ton of room for redundant furniture, so consider a bench that doubles as seating or a table. An ottoman achieves the same goal, and both can be painted or spruced up with fabrics for a pop of color. Try a screen, which can hide unsightly items in storage and create a bit of privacy, an especially appealing solution if you have neighbors right on top of you.

    Reflect the light

    We often suggest adding mirrors to small foyers, and they work on small porches for the same reason. Mirrors reflect light to create the illusion of extra space. They’re also unexpected outdoors, making them a unique statement piece. We love what Kathleen M shared on Hometalk.

    Paint for a color pop

    Paint doesn’t take up any room, so if you’re looking for visual interest without a physical footprint, this could be for you. Patterns on the floor of your patio are becoming more popular. And if you have a covered porch, a light blue hue can mimic the sky, making the space feel more open. When choosing colors – whether for the floor, ceiling, walls or furniture – remember to keep it light and bright to avoid feeling closed in.

    Build in the style

    Sometimes it’s not what you add to the porch itself but to the home around it that can enhance your patio’s curb appeal. Try an architectural statement like columns, porch brackets or corbels for visual interest that doesn’t take up a ton of floor space. For smaller budgets, pick bold accessories like new house numbers, door hardware or a mailbox to spice up your front door.

    Stretch the limits

    Think your porch stops at the edge of the concrete slab? It might not have to. If you have a yard, keep the porch-like vibe flowing beyond the typical boundary. Add pavers or place potted plants just off the edge of your patio. Be sure to carry any design elements – maybe your door color matches your planters, or flowers in those planters continue from the porch, down the steps and into the yard – to maintain an intentional, cohesive look.


    Small spaces can have just as big a design impact as any other. Make sure your porch’s statement is one that welcomes you, your family and your guests. Follow us on Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration to turn outdoor spaces of any size into a lasting first impression.


    How to transform old door locks into something uniquely new.

    August 6, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    Repurposed old door locks | Schlage

    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks.



    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks. You can tackle the whole project or choose the parts you like best to create a beautifully unique towel or coat rack.

    Create a towel rack

    Think about it. How often do you already hang things on your door knobs? If your old door knobs still look fabulous but fall short of working great – here’s looking at you, vintage homeowners – this is the perfect opportunity to retain the classic style in your house without sacrificing security and convenience.


    Bless’er House takes us through the steps for creating an antique door knob towel rack. In a nutshell, you’re simply going to screw the knobs to some kind of base – wooden planks, picture frames, salvaged wood or even just the wall itself.

    Spruce up the entryway

    You can keep the entryway theme going by using a door as your base like Rustica did. Just refinish it to match the room’s style, turn it on its side and you have a piece that makes a style statement and helps you stay organized.

    Get organized

    And because we can always use more storage and organization, don’t be afraid to try this in other areas of your house. Create an upcycled rack in your entryway, foyer or mudroom to collect jackets and bags when kids get home. Make smaller versions to hold purses, scarves or jewelry in your bedroom or closet. Hang a mirror nearby, maybe add a sconce, and it transforms into a vanity. You’re only limited by your imagination.

    If you replaced all the door hardware in your home and still have knobs left over, or if you’re just looking for a smaller project, here are more ideas for transforming your old door hardware.



    Looking for more ways to transform a door into something unexpected? These seven ways you can repurpose an old door will awe your guests and amaze your neighbors.


    If you’re feeling inspired, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for more ways to capture your perfect style. Or check out more design tips on the Schlage blog.



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