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    9 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas.

    March 30, 2020 5:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    9 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas | Schlage

    With these budget-friendly décor ideas, you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space all spring and summer.

     

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    If your house alone just isn’t enough for you to show off your style, if you need the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing, look no further than your front porch. With these budget-friendly décor ideas, you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space all spring and summer.

     

    9 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas.

    1. DIY some planters

    Whether you have a large garden or just a stoop, potted plants let you add a dash of color to welcome all your guests. One small project, which also lets you easily bring your plants inside if the temperatures drop again, is upcycling cookie, tea and other food tins.

    For something a little bigger, The Home Depot shows us how to build a hexagon planter. We can picture this on a larger porch or anywhere in your yard.

    2. Make alternate arrangements

    Going vertical is an excellent alternative to a regular planter. Jenna Burger Design gives us tips for creating our own wall-hung pallet garden that still lets you grow your favorite flowers, herbs and other plants in colorful pots.

    Going overhead is another prime opportunity for hanging arrangements. Instead of lining the perimeter of your porch, however, consider spacing those baskets throughout. You just might capture a luxurious jungle vibe with the right greenery. Home BNC also has an inspiring collection of hanging planter ideas that includes repurposed items like chandeliers, colanders and bird cages.

    3. Consider artificial options

    If you’re worried about keeping plants alive, we have another option that’s as gorgeous as it is artificial. As you outfit your porch with furniture – more on that in a moment – consider plant-inspired and floral-patterned fabrics. Pillows, rugs and wall art can give even the brownest of thumbs a natural feel. Try this tutorial from Home Stories A to Z for making an easy pillow cover for your porch furniture.

    4. Brighten the 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.

    Choosing a front door paint color can be intimidating, but the good news is that with so many options, it’s hard to go wrong. Get started with DIY Network’s gallery of some of the most inviting colors to paint a front door.

    5. Refresh entry door hardware

    Nothing makes a front door pop better than a fresh handleset or smart lock 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.

    Light blue front door with satin brass Schlage Custom door hardware.
    Installing Schlage door hardware is as simple as it is economical, too. Our smart locks and Schlage Custom™ locks come with interactive instructions that will take you through the process step-by-step. Those electronic deadbolts are also battery powered, so there’s no hardwiring necessary. Visit our How-To Center for even more tips.

    6. Hang out with style

    When you think spring wreaths, your first mental image is probably round and flower-covered. Don’t box yourself in. Two Twenty One made a jute-wrapped monogram wreath that is both budget-friendly and stylish.

    If you can’t give up the flowery look though – we wouldn’t blame you – try this DIY flower basket from Chic on a Shoestring or a picture frame wreath by The Whimsical Lady.

    7. Add a comfy seat

    You’re well on your way to a beautiful front porch. Next you need somewhere comfortable to sit while you admire it. A daybed, either hanging or fixed, provides a nice lounge space for warm nights.

     

    Some of us at Schlage love the look of the hanging daybed but don’t have the room to pull it off. That’s why we’re fans of The Merrythought’s DIY hanging lounge chair. If you’re trying to capture a Bohemian modern aesthetic in your home, this is a great project for you.

    A bistro set is a nice touch for relaxing and sipping beverages, even if you don’t have the luxury of a large porch. The Crafted Life dressed up a small, simple table and chairs with little more than some outdoor paint.
    Finally, the most budget-friendly of all: If you got it, flaunt it. Sometimes a simple re-arrangement of what you already own – and it could come from inside the house – is all it takes to freshen up your front porch décor.

    8. Have fun with fabrics

    To soften a concrete, wood and metal porch with a hard, cold feel, turn to fabrics. Outdoor rugs add color, are comfortable under foot and come in so many sizes, you should easily find one that suits your style and needs. A plain mat can be spruced up easily, as Design Improvised shows us in this DIY outdoor rug tutorial.

    We’ve already mentioned pillows, which you’ll probably need if you tackled one of those outdoor daybed projects, but don’t forget outdoor drapes. These offer the benefits of both shade and privacy.

    9. Don’t forget about Fido

    You aren’t the only one who wants to enjoy the great outdoors. Wouldn’t It Be Lovely shows how to make a sturdy DIY dog bed so even the biggest pooch feels welcome on your front porch.

    As the weather heats up, make sure your dog has some water to stay hydrated. An elevated bowl stand is convenient for them and stylish for you.
    Last but not least, keep them safe. Yellow Brick Home kicks the ugly, flimsy baby gate to the curb with this flattering DIY dog gate. By the looks of things, this should hold up to the most excited of tail wags and distracted nature lovers. Squirrel!

    For more front porch décor inspiration, find us on Pinterest and Instagram. We also have loads of tips, both practical and stylish, in our outdoor spring cleaning checklist.

     

    Small steps today that will make spring cleaning easier next year.

    March 27, 2020 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    Dad vacuums kitchen with two toddlers | Schlage

    How do you keep your home in tip-top shape until the next spring cleaning? Try our checklist of quick daily tasks to make sure your home looks as good tomorrow as it does today.

     

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    You spring cleaned! Clothes that no longer fit? Donated. Windows? Washed. Loose patio railing? Secured. Now, how do you keep your home in tip-top shape until the next spring cleaning? Try our checklist of quick daily tasks to make sure your home looks as good tomorrow as it does today. Because no modern family has time for a 1920s cleaning routine anymore.
    Dad vacuums kitchen with two toddlers.

    checkbox Wipe the sinks

    Take about 30 seconds to wipe out the kitchen and bathroom sinks. You’ll be in there every morning anyway. Go ahead and use the same towel you used to wash your face or stock your home with some these easy cleaning products to keep your sinks clean in between hardy scrubs.

    checkbox Give countertops a once-over

    Same as the sinks, wipe down counters to remove water stains, toothpaste splatter, food crumbs and other spills. We think it’s okay to brush some of those crumbs directly to the floor because …

    checkbox Sweep up crumbs

    In between running the vacuum and breaking out the mop bucket, sweep up any miscellaneous debris. Don’t limit your efforts to the bathroom and kitchen. Pay attention to the high-traffic areas in your home and give some extra elbow grease to anything that might be sticky. In most cases, an old-fashioned broom will be enough to keep the mess under control until you’re ready for a more thorough cleaning.

    checkbox Declutter

    This applies to all rooms. Hang bathroom and kitchen towels instead of leaving them on the counter or floor. Clear off the coffee table and nightstand, putting items where they belong instead of letting them accumulate into piles of chaos. Place clean clothes back on hangers or in drawers. At a minimum, take dirty dishes to the kitchen, but for real satisfaction, wash them before turning in for the night.

     

    Putting things away goes beyond traditional clutter, too. Empty the dishwasher. Make the bed. Straighten the throw blankets and pillows on the couch. Put makeup away in the drawer or cabinet as you finish using it. File papers like receipts, bills and school notices before the stacks reach epic proportions.

    checkbox Take out the trash

    Depending on the size of your family, you may need to take the trash out nightly. Or if it works better for you, grab it on your way to the car before work. Daily attention will help keep odors from accumulating.

    checkbox Get quick curb appeal

    Your yard can become as cluttered as inside the house if you let it. Especially during high pollen season or when fall leaves are blowing, take time to sweep off your porch, wipe down patio furniture and pick up any kids’ toys or yard tools that may have gotten left behind.

     

    Some tasks might not be needed every day. In addition to vacuuming, check these items off your cleaning list every week or so, depending on how large and rambunctious your family is.

    checkbox Clean door hardware

    You touch your door knobs and levers every day, which means you’re potentially transferring germs just as frequently. Cleaning your door hardware regularly shouldn’t be overlooked. You might do this more often if family members are fighting a cold or if your toddler somehow has jam hands all the time. Use this guide to cleaning your door hardware to keep your Schlage locks looking and working as nice as the day you installed them. Whatever you do, don’t use harsh chemicals, abrasives or disinfectants on your hardware. You’ll risk ruining your beautiful finish.

    checkbox Purge the junk drawer

    When you were decluttering earlier, did you throw random items into a junk drawer? Is there a basket in your entryway that collects miscellaneous “stuff”? Every week or so, go through those collection spots. If you don’t need it anymore, toss it. Otherwise, find a home for it.

    checkbox Finish the laundry

    You took the first step toward keeping your family dressed by getting the clothes in the washer. Finish the job by folding and putting away the laundry. You’ll feel better about not having clothes piled up, and your kids might actually stop asking, “Mom, have you seen my …?”

    checkbox Tidy up cats and dogs

    You’ve been cleaning the litter box every day. Just as important is to give your furry friend’s food and water dishes a good scrub. Don’t forget about washing their bedding and inspecting toys that might be broken. You can even pop most rubber or plastic dog toys in the dishwasher if they seem exceptionally unsavory.

    checkbox Cut yourself some slack

    There will be weeks when the kids have multiple games, science fairs and plays on the same night, you have to work late or you just want a break. How clean you keep your home is not a direct reflection on who you are. Go ahead and spend time with your family or treat yourself to some R&R.

    Find more DIY tips for the spring, or any time of the year, at the Schlage blog.

     

    How to create a home office.

    March 25, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Home office in closet | Schlage

    Here are a few ideas for where you can create a home office and the items you’ll need to stay productive while you work your way through coronavirus and social distancing.

     

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    Are you excited when you get to work from home or worried about what it’s going to do to your productivity? Some of us see it as the perfect opportunity to wear sweat pants. All. Day. Long. Others not so much.

     

    Whichever camp you fall in, you might be wondering where you’re going to get your work done if you don’t have a dedicated office. Or, if you suddenly have the kids home for e-learning, you’re trying to figure out where to set up their new “classroom.” Below are a few ideas for where you can create a home office and the items you’ll need to stay productive while you work your way through coronavirus and social distancing.

    How to create a home office.

    Small spaces

    When you don’t have extra room to dedicate to a home office, you might need to get a bit creative. Look for small hideaways that will give you the work space and the privacy you need to stay on top of business.

     

    • Under the stairs: You never knew what to do with that awkward, empty space anyway. Now’s your chance to turn it into the nook of your dreams. If it feels claustrophobic to you, reserve that space for the kids’ homework zone.
    • Under a window: This is ideal if your window sill is at just the right height. Add a plank or something similar to give yourself a larger surface to work on. This setup also has the bonus of extra natural lighting.
    • In the kitchen: The 1990s loved these kitchen/office combos. Now might be a prime time to bring them back.
    • In the closet: We gave this tip for creating a family command center, but it’s equally effective in this situation. If you or your kiddos struggle with distractions, this might be a nice tucked-away option to help stay focused.
    • In a corner: Do you have a room with a random house plant jammed in the corner? Test it out as an office by adding a small table and chair. It’s not fancy and it might not be ideal for the long-term, but you never know until you try.

    Large spaces

    If you’re lucky enough to have more square footage, you have more flexibility. Try these ideas if you need to share workspace with a partner or the kids.

     

    Bedroom office with Schlage Custom door lever
    • Long wall: Line up a couple tables or pull out the buffet you only use for your Super Bowl party. A long and sleek desk can look chic and is ideal if there’s more than one of you trying to get work done at home.
    • Shed: Get out of the house without breaking quarantine by setting up a work station in the backyard. Maybe it’s a she-shed. Maybe it’s the garage. A little extra space and privacy might do everyone some good.

    Storage spaces

    Especially if your new desk doesn’t have drawers or you’re missing the filing cabinet you have in the office, you might need to find some alternative storage solutions. Repurposing items from other areas in the house is a handy option when you can’t get out to buy organizers.

     

    • Overhead shelving: Consider hanging floating shelves. If you’re looking for a bigger DIY project – off the clock, of course – hang crates or boxes for effective storage and some visual interest.
    • Bar cart: Instead of beverages, you’ll have someplace to set your office supplies and files without taking up valuable space on your work surface. This is ideal if your new desk is more on the petite side.

    • Supply caddy: Your home abounds with items you can upcycle to corral your pens, paperclips, earbuds and post-its. It can be as simple as a drinking glass or a bit more elaborate with a spice rack. We think you’ll be surprised how many things from the kitchen in particular will work in your new office.

    Kid spaces

    Do your kids struggle with staying on task? Are you trying to establish a new routine with them home from school? Try including some of these items in their “classroom” to keep it fun and functional.

     

    • Calendar: Help your kids stay on task with a DIY calendar. It could be sticky notes on a board, like HGTV shows us. Or you could turn a picture frame into a DIY dry-erase board. List their chores for the day or an hour-by-hour breakdown of what they should be working on.
    • Small desk: Their paperwork might be more about finger painting or practicing arithmetic, but they’ll need a worktop, too. If you want a pint-sized option just for them, you could try a wall-mounted desk. Place it in their bedroom and it could grow with them as a vanity or trophy shelf with time.
    • Display area: Just because their teacher isn’t there to admire their work doesn’t mean it has to go ignored. Devise a clip or hanger system or clear off some fridge space to show off their effort.
    • Organizers: Do they have work they need to turn in later? Keep track of their finished assignments with bins, file folders or any other number of hacks that will help corral their hard work and keep them from asking, “Mom, have you seen my …?!”

    Make space

    No matter what kind of space you have, consider these hacks for making it more comfortable and yourself more productive.

     

    • Lighting: You don’t need to illuminate your entire “office.” Task lighting will make it easier to complete whatever project you’re working on at the moment. If you have a window in your new office space, take advantage of the natural light to ease the strain on your eyes and your nerves.

    • Comfy chair: It doesn’t have to be a traditional desk chair. It could come from the dining room or be the stool from your vanity as long as it’s comfortable.

    • Binder clip cord organizer: Laptops, phones and lamps all need to be plugged in or charged at some point. Keep the cords under control with this hack from Wired.

    • Something pretty: If you’re stuck inside for extended periods of time, it’s nice to surround yourself with things that make you happy. Artwork, plants, family photos or vacation souvenirs can help lift your mood. Just don’t go overboard and make your space feel cluttered.

    • Privacy screen: If your new office doesn’t have a door but you still need some peace and quiet, use a screen or move a tall bookcase near your desk to create some separation between you and the rest of the house.

    Do you have tips for creating an at-home office or improving your productivity while working from home? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’re looking for some project ideas to keep yourself or your kids busy, check out the Schlage blog.

     

    Color update: Tips for painting a room.

    March 20, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    Room painting tips | Schlage

    We collected tips and tricks for painting a room to help take the pain out of painting.

     

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    Painting. There are few single DIY projects that can make such a dramatic difference in your home. It’s also a very polarizing task. Do you choose neutral colors or go bold? Do you roll in straight lines or with the “W” technique? Do you paint the walls or the trim first? We collected tips and tricks for painting a room to help take the pain out of painting.
    11 tips for painting a room

    Choosing a color is fun … and hard

    • Minimalists, fans of Scandinavian style or combatants of small spaces will want to stay on the lighter end of the color spectrum – whites, grays and beige, primarily. Some might also like neutrals as a simple backdrop for eclectic accessories or colorful furniture you want to really pop. To add depth and texture to your walls, or if you have a larger room, don’t be afraid to choose a more vibrant color. If you’re looking for your hue to set a certain mood, check out Country Living to see which colors create the right ambience for you.

    • Once you’ve picked out a color – or two or three or seven – get a sample and paint a swatch on your wall. Let it dry and then check it out both in the daytime and at night. See how the light plays with the colors to be sure you’ll love how it looks in real life.

    • Whether you opt for greige or coral, pay attention to the sheen. How flat or glossy your paint is can have as big an impact as the color itself. As Freshome explains, high-gloss paints are easy to clean and can stand up to wear and tear better than other sheens or finishes. However, if you want to hide imperfections in your walls, flat or matte finishes might be your best bet. Eggshell offers a bit of both worlds.

    Preparation is key

    • Just like when choosing door hardware, quality matters when it comes to painting tools. You want them to help you do the job right, so it’s worth paying for the right equipment. You’ll regret buying the cheapest brushes and rollers you can find when they leave streaky coverage and you have to put yet another coat of paint on the wall. Not sure what you need? Family Handyman has a nice list of the 12 painting tools every homeowner should have.

    • Step one of preparing your walls is to clean them. Get rid of the dirt and grease that will keep new paint from bonding to the wall. Family Handyman offers more great advice, suggesting trisodium phosphate to clean nearly any grime off nearly any surface. It can also etch wood surfaces, which can help paint adhere later on. Just be sure to wear rubber gloves.

    • Repair cracks or holes in your walls to improve structural integrity and reduce the chances of seeing imperfections when you paint, especially if you chose a high-gloss sheen. Do this even if you’re priming your walls. Primer covers up your repair jobs, not the flaws.

    Go in order

    • We’d love to tell you what order to paint your room – walls or trims first. There’s no consensus on this front, but we’re partial to trim, then ceilings and finally walls. When you paint the trim first, simply tape off or cover the floor and if you splash on the walls, there’s nothing to worry about. You’ll simply paint over it later with your wall color.

    • You’re going to need both brushes and paint rollers when you paint an entire room – the brush for cutting in around baseboards, trim, windows, doors and ceilings, and a roller for everything else. Start with the brush work. You’ll be able to smooth out any brush strokes left behind when you roll later, says Freshome.

    Bonus tips

    • Use WD-40 on your roller handle before you start. Even if you like to paint, you’ll loathe a squeaky roller.

    • Especially if you’re painting a large area, consider a paint extender. This add-in will keep the paint wetter longer, which can reduce the appearance of streaks and lap marks.

    • Remove tape when paint is still wet. Otherwise, you could end up taking part of the paint job with you when you peel it off glass or trims. Remove the tape slowly and at a 45-degree angle.

     

    If you removed faceplates and other fixtures from the room before painting, now is a good time to decide if you want to replace them. A new wall color sometimes calls for an update to your accessories. Schlage offers door hardware in a variety of styles and finishes, letting you create a unique look for your room. A small change like a new door knob or lever can make a big statement to your overall décor. Try our Style Selector Tool or find us on Pinterest to find the looks that’s right for your updated room.

     

    Say goodbye to winter with this interior spring cleaning checklist.

    March 11, 2020 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Spring cleaning | Schlage

    When you’re ready to spring clean but can’t get outdoors yet, this interior checklist is your answer.

     

     

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    Have you spied your first robin of the season yet? For those of us in the Midwest, the bird is a sign that spring has finally arrived. If you think that means warm temperatures are also here, though, you might be disappointed. When you’re ready to spring clean but can’t get outdoors yet, this interior checklist is your answer.
    Minimalist living room with green plants

    checkbox Clean your windows

    Depending on how many windows your home has, this might be a full weekend project. It will be worth every ounce of elbow grease, though. Remove dirt and residue that built up in the colder months, even on the inside, and you might be surprised how much brighter your home will feel. This is a good time to dust off those blinds you've kept closed all winter, too.

    checkbox Clean and/or upgrade your door hardware

    You touch them every day, but you probably never really think about them. Even if they aren’t coated in last winter’s cold and flu germs, your door knobs and levers could use a good cleaning. If a quick shine doesn’t do the trick, it might be time to upgrade your look with new door hardware. This small detail can go a long way toward refreshing the style of your home.

     

    checkbox Wash walls and baseboards

    Start by dusting your walls with your vacuum’s brush attachment, then note the type of paint you have as they’ll react differently to cleansers and scrubbing. DIY Network has a helpful guide to wall cleaning solutions that will get out the stains without damaging your paint. Pay special attention to the walls down at kid and pet level. And while you’re at it, your baseboards could probably use a good scrub, too.

    checkbox Deep clean carpets and rugs

    Even the best vacuums won't get out all the dirt, dust, salt and winter grime. Cleaning carpets and rugs really well at least once a year will keep them looking nice and extend their life. Apartment Therapy has a great carpet cleaning tutorial to show you how.

    checkbox Clean light fixtures and fan blades

    Because you rarely look directly at your lights or fans, these pieces often build up more dust that you realize. Take about 20 minutes to give your lights – table lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, bathroom mirror lights – and, ceiling fan blades a quick dusting.

     

    checkbox Scour the obvious

    We use some things so frequently that we don’t even see them anymore. Now’s the time to disinfect outlet covers, light switches and switch plates, and remote controls. Clean your dishwasher and deodorize your fridge. Your washing machine might need some attention as well. Also, when was the last time you checked your dryer vent?

    checkbox Replace smoke detector batteries

    Be sure your home is always protected by changing the batteries in your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors. If you have a Schlage smart lock, this is a good time to switch out those batteries as well to ensure your deadbolt continues working properly.

     

    checkbox Organize your entryway

    Having a well-organized space to welcome you home can help you unwind from a long day of work or errands. Think about your habits. What do you set down or take off as soon as you enter the door? Create a space with hooks for coats and bags, trays for keys, sunglasses and mail, and mats for shoes. Having a designated spot for each item will help keep things from getting lost or turning into piles of clutter around your home.

    checkbox Declutter

    Start by putting away winter items you won’t need for a while. Only store those that are in good shape and that you’ll use again, though. Throw away or donate the rest. Next, find a home for everyday items. Add decorative baskets, optimize closet space with more shelving or create a family command center to contain the chaos that detracts from your style. Check out these creative storage ideas from Houzz.

     

    At the end of the day, spring cleaning is all about creating a refreshing environment you enjoy. It’s time to see your home in a new light. Add a few finishing details – a vase of fresh-cut flowers or a new piece of original artwork – and embrace the season’s possibilities.

     

    Don’t forget our outdoor spring cleaning checklist for projects to tackle when the weather gets nice. And if upgrading your style is on your to-dos, check out these nine budget-friendly spring front porch décor ideas, too.

     

    5 unique interior door makeovers to dress up your home.

    February 25, 2020 10:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    Interior door ideas | Schlage

    Looking for a quick project that will transform the look of your home? Try giving one – or more – of your interior doors an easy makeover that makes a big impact.

     

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    Looking for a quick project that will transform the look of your home? Try giving one – or more – of your interior doors an easy makeover that makes a big impact. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for making those boring old doors pop.

    1. Get the modern farmhouse look

    Modern farmhouse style and barn doors remain popular, and there are plenty of ways to add an original twist to the look. Try a double sliding barn door or one that’s “living.” To keep it from looking country kitsch, stick with neutral colors and more modern and industrial hardware.

    2. Add drama with black doors

    A quick way to make a dramatic statement is by painting your doors black. The look is both classic and luxurious and will look like you spent a fortune on expensive doors. Finish the look off with either Satin Brass or Matte Black hardware. Here's one of our favorites from Our Uncluttered House, featuring the Schlage Georgian Knob with Camelot trim in Matte Black.

    3. Coordinate with the trim

    When it comes to painting your home, many homeowners believe the trim is off limits. Why not try something new and coordinate your door with the surrounding trim? We love how the door complements the walls and trim for a look that's anything but bland. You can easily copy this look on plain slab doors with DIY faux panels.

    4. Go bold with color

    Is your home mostly neutral? Give it an elegant splash of color by painting your interior doors a rich shade. This technique adds something fun without being over the top and it can even make a small space feel larger.

    5. Try a DIY herringbone door

    Try this DIY herringbone door for a look that’s even more unique. The project is more time intensive than the ideas above, but the result is worth the effort. Check out this great tutorial from Home Stories A to Z.

    Let us know which is your favorite look on Facebook. And if you're looking for even more door makeover inspiration, check out our Adore Your Doors Pinterest board.

     

    5 easy projects for instant (installation) gratification.

    February 14, 2020 10:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 14, 2020

    Easy installation projects | Schlage

    These five DIY installation projects aren’t as tricky or time consuming as you think. Tackle them with confidence for the near-instant gratification of a job well done.

     

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    Do your hands get clammy when you hear “install”? Does the word fill you with dreaded anticipation of spending your entire weekend making multiple trips to the hardware store? These five DIY installation projects aren’t as tricky or time consuming as you think. Tackle them with confidence for the near-instant gratification of a job well done.
    Easy DIY installation projects

    Door hardware

    A door knob or lever that just isn’t up to snuff can bother you more than you’re willing to admit. Maybe it’s just not the style or finish of your choice. Maybe it sticks or pops off in your hand. If that’s the case, why are you living with those frustrations? It’s so easy to change them out. Whether you’re installing a smart lock or mechanical interior door hardware, all you need is a screwdriver and a few minutes. The most important rule here is to NOT use a power drill. You’ll strip the screws and, unfortunately, void your warranty.

     

    You can find complete installation instructions for all Schlage door hardware and smart locks in our How-To Center. Interactive instructions are also available for the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt in the Schlage Home app.

    Door hinges

    Installing door hinges is a breeze, too. Tip #1: Leave your door in place. Just replace the hinges one at a time. To do that, grab your screwdriver again. If you want to use a cordless drill, you can do that here (but not when installing your lock). Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to install door hinges.

    Faucet

    Some people blanche at the mere thought of a plumbing project. Family Handyman takes you through replacing your kitchen faucet. Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps. About half of those are simply getting you ready for your new look, shutting off the water supply and removing the old fixtures.

     

    Like door hardware, a new faucet can do wonders for the overall look of the room. Choose styles and finishes for both that complement each other, and you’re well on your way to a kitchen that’ll be almost too pretty to cook in.

    Soft-closing drawers

    Have people saying, “Nice kitchen!” instead of “Ouch! My fingers!” when you install soft-closing drawers. You can find soft-close side-mount drawer glides at most home improvement stores. Everything else – a drill, screwdriver, tape measure and level – you probably already have. Check out Better Homes & Gardens for a simple five-step installation guide. We’re willing to bet that you’ll love these so much, you’ll want to add them in the bathroom, home office and everywhere else before you know it.

    Medicine cabinet

    Whether your family has grown or your makeup collection has, storage in the bathroom is often in short supply. To install a medicine cabinet, simply find a small wall-mounted cupboard and collect the rest of your supplies: bolts, drywall anchors, a stud finder and a drill. You might also want a measuring tape and level to make sure you get it perfect. It’s an inexpensive project and relatively low on the skill-level scale. Find the full tutorial at DIYNetwork.com.

     

    With these guides, choosing the perfect look for your door hardware and other fixtures might end up being the most difficult task on your to-do list. But never fear. Find design inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Low-commitment ways to update your home.

    February 7, 2020 10:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 7, 2020

    Low-commitment decor | Schlage

    Feeling pressured to commit to a long-term decor style? Try one of these easy, low-commitment projects to give your home more personality with the freedom to change as your style evolves.

     

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    She wants you to finally do what you’ve been talking about for months, but you just can’t bring yourself to pull the proverbial trigger. He wishes you’d make a decision already, but it’s such a big commitment. If you’re considering couples therapy … we can’t help you there. What we can do is give you some of Schlage’s favorite décor tips when you can’t commit to a long-term look.

    Don’t be afraid of bold colors

    Sometimes we crush on a bold color, but the idea of painting an entire room that bright hue gives us cold feet. If that’s the case, turn your attention to accessories. Throw pillows and blankets as well as curtains, rugs and even flowers are great ways to use your favorite color without going all in.

    This is also a prime opportunity for a DIY project. An end table in the living room or a bedroom nightstand could take a fresh coat of paint in your new color of choice. Painting doors – interior and exterior, inside a room or facing the hallway – is another prime opportunity for smaller, classy doses of rich color. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better opening line than with one of these inviting paint colors for your front door.

    Introduce yourself to new finishes

    All you want is that little something shiny to show off to your friends. Switching to stainless steel appliances is nice, but it can get pricey. Look to door hardware and cabinet pulls for a more affordable upgrade you can also install entirely on your own. You might be surprised what a difference a small change can make. Schlage has a wide variety of styles and finishes to update any door. When you mix metallic finishes, you can really transform a room. Extra shine here, a bit of contrast there, and before you know it, you’ll have a look so unique you can’t wait to show it off.

     

    Replacing coffee table or chair legs are another great way to add your favorite finish.

     

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that metallics have to be actual metal, either. Some fabrics, like these pillows, have a sheen that give a metallic look with a cuddly feel.

    Care for your cabinets

    It might be time to open your heart to some cabinetry updates that don’t require gutting the entire kitchen or bathroom. Again, this is the perfect opportunity to swap out the hardware with a cabinet pull that’s more your type.

     

    You can paint them, of course. These two-tone kitchen cabinets are going to be popular in 2020. We also like them because you can test a paint first. Maybe you choose to leave your upper cabinets as they are and only paint the bottom ones in a complementary color – a fashionable look with less commitment.

    If you like the idea of open shelves, this is your chance. Remove the doors and, for a few extra sparks, line the inside with your favorite temporary wallpaper.

     

    Finally, we love this idea from Cherished Bliss to add trim to the cabinets. It could match the existing cabinet finish, or you could add a touch of intrigue with a contrasting color for the detail work.

    Find a winner of a backsplash

    Tile can feel like a big step, but there’s hope for even the biggest commitment-phobe here. First, we say leave the floors alone and focus on a backsplash. This is another place to try removable wallpaper. For something that has more texture and the look of a traditional backsplash, try peel-and-stick tiles.

     

    If you already have a tile backsplash and can’t figure out how to kick it to the curb, know that it is possible to paint over it. A Beautiful Mess shows how. You can choose a single color – maybe that bold one you couldn’t commit to earlier – or stencil a pattern like My Blessed Life for more visual interest.

    Beadboard is another option. Easy to install with glue or liquid nails, you don’t have to remove your existing backsplash first for this one either.

     

    Don’t let the word “renovation” cause you to break out in a cold sweat. Try one of these commitment-free décor hacks and see how it can transform your home. There are also plenty of other fish in the inspiration sea on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Low-commitment home updates.

     

    How to mix hardware finishes the right way.

    February 4, 2020 3:42 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020

    How to Mix Hardware Finishes the Right Way | Schlage

    Mixing metals and finishes can create visual interest that is both refined and intriguing. Here's how to get the look right.

     

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    It used to be that mixing metals and materials was considered hodge-podge. Lovers of a loom that’s both refined and eclectic, rejoice! Mixing metal finishes can add dimension and visual interest to a room. Instead of a monochromatic, one-note space, you create intrigue and the illusion of texture. When you mix metals, you can blend styles, making a room look more or less modern depending on your personal taste. So how do you do it without making your home feel like a fun house? Follow these four simple steps.

    1. Find inspiration in something that already exists

    Do any of these apply to you?

     

    • I already have a polished nickel (or other finish) faucet I love.

    • Everything is brass. I want to change things up but can’t afford to replace every fixture.

    • I’m doing a complete makeover and have picked out a must-have statement piece such as a lighting fixture, door hardware or cabinet pulls.

     

    When mixing metals, it's best to start with the pieces you can’t live without – or the ones you have to live with – as a guide for the rest of the hardware in the room. Then comes the fun part.

    2. Create a match

    “I thought we were mixing finishes!” We are, but first, a word of caution. The most important thing to remember when mixing finishes is to not go overboard. The magic number to avoid creating more chaos than style is two to four finishes. An easy way to keep it classy is to start with a matching element. Notice how the chrome faucets pair nicely with the gray countertops and flooring in the bathroom image below. They set the foundation for contrasting gold elements, which brings us to step 3 …

    3. Choose a complementing contrast

    Now that you have a matching foundation to work from, choose a different finish that complements the other elements. The best rule of thumb is to consider an opposite finish. For matte or brass tones, look to chrome or other bright metals. Below are a few combinations we love to help inspire your perfect combo:
    Polished Nickel Shower Head + Antique Brass Door Knob
    Metallic Copper Lighting + Stainless Steel Appliances
    Stainless Steel Faucet & Appliances + Satin Brass Lighting + Matte Black Door Track
    Matte Black Hardware and Bedding + Brass Lighting
    Oil Rubbed Bronze Cabinet Pulls + Antique Brass Lighting + Satin Nickel Faucet
    Matte Black Door Hardware, Lighting & Faucet + Gold Mirror & Cabinet Pulls
    Copper Pendants + Nickel Cabinet Pulls

    4. Pull it all together

    Once you've created just the right amount of balance and visual interest, it's time to put the finishing touch on the room. If you're trying to add a little glitz and glam to your traditional space, Lucite accessories and sparkling chandeliers are the perfect way to tie it all together. If your room already sparkles enough, consider a linen shade or softer accessories to tone it down.
    The antique brass chandelier and mirror provide just the right amount of warmth to the cold bathroom below while polished nickel plumbing gives it just the right amount of modern flair.
    Oil rubbed bronze and antique brass cabinet pulls are brought to life by the reflective canisters on the counter.
    And don’t forget that some metallics aren’t metal at all. Fabrics with a metallic sheen can combine balance and contrast in an unexpected way. The silver of the pillows contrast beautifully with the gold light fixture and other sheen in the wall décor.

    Mixing hardware finishes is an easy way to make a statement. At Schlage, our designers make every effort to create a wide- range of styles and finishes that match your personal taste. Not sure what your look is yet? Try our interactive Style Selector or find more inspiration on Pinterest.

     

    How to mix hardware finishes

     

    9 DIY projects to help you finally get more organized.

    January 31, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 31, 2020

    9 DIY home organization projects | Schlage

    This winter, start by making your house work better for you and your lifestyle. Try these DIY projects to turn your home into the organized oasis of your dreams.

     

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    “In 2020, I will be more organized.”

     

    You’re not the only one to make that New Year’s Resolution, but hopefully you’ll be the first to keep it. You can start like usual by Marie Kondo-ing your closet and assigning each kiddo their own cubby, but did that work last year?

     

    This winter, start by making your house work better for you and your lifestyle. If the very bones of the home – including the rooms’ purposes, the furniture, the fixtures – don’t do what you need them to, then no amount of purging and basket-buying will make you a pro-level organizer. Try these DIY projects to turn your home into the organized oasis of your dreams.

    9 DIY tips and projects for a more organized home.

    Transform a room with the right doors

    We’ve heard from a lot of people saying they don’t need a formal dining room. What they want is a play area with an open sightline to keep an eye on the kids. If this is you, consider installing or replacing doors on the dining room-turned-playroom. Depending on your style and needs, it could be gorgeous glass-paned French doors for easy monitoring or a barn door to hide the toys when company comes over. Check out our tips for interior French doors to make the most stylish and functional choice for you.

    Replace interior door hardware

    Maybe you’re an empty-nester who wants to give an old room new purpose. It could be turning a play room into a home office so that you can keep your paperwork and personal data protected in one area. In this case, you may need to update your door hardware. The right lock can help ensure you have the right level of security. With Schlage Custom™ Interior Door Hardware, you can easily switch between two functions. The locking function is great for bedrooms, bathrooms and offices where extra privacy is needed, while the non-locking function is ideal for closets or hallways.

    Create a functional entryway

    How can you control the disorganized chaos when you don’t have space for a dedicated entryway? A few strategically chosen pieces will do the trick, and when you DIY, you can customize and style it perfectly to your needs. Start with hooks or a coat rack like this one from This House Might Be, which also has a built-in mail slot. Add a simple bench like this West Elm knock-off by Home Made by Carmona so people have someplace to sit while they put on and take off shoes. Then build a floating shelf to catch keys, phones and more. We like the idea of repurposing this nightstand tutorial from The Merry Thought if you’re working with limited space.

    Build a command center

    If you need help corralling the kids’ school papers, calendars, mail and more, you can install a dry erase/cork board combo, hang a few baskets and call it a day. Or you can take organization to the next level with a built-in family command center like this one from Restyle it Wright. They transformed a closet into a drop zone where you’ll (probably) never lose anything ever again.

    Make your laundry room do more

    What most laundry rooms lack is good working surfaces – a place to fold and stack clothes, pair socks, collect what everyone left in their pockets, pre-treat stains and more. This DIY plywood waterfall countertop from Vintage Revivals turns your laundry room into a fully functioning, and organized, work room. And it costs less than $100.

    Slide out some shelves

    Make your cabinets work for you by retrofitting them with sliding shelves. These make it easier for anyone to put away items in their designated place – therefore keeping you organized – but they might be a necessity for those who can’t bend or lean all the way down to shelves at ankle level. Kitchens are the most popular place for slide-out shelves, and Family Handyman shows you how to install them in your existing cabinets. The same sliding solution also works in bathrooms and garages.

    Use every nook wisely

    How can a breakfast nook help you stay organized? The answer is all about using your space, including that awkward corner of the kitchen, efficiently. Be creative with nook seating. A bench, preferably with built-in storage will turn that unused corner into an uncluttered gathering place for family and friends. This guide from Ana White shows how you can make your own DIY breakfast nook with storage.

    Take on the bathroom

    If you’re organizing to make everyday life simpler, then why not tackle a room you actually use every single day? The bathroom can be an intimidating place for a renovation, but this DIY bathroom mirror storage case by Shanty 2 Chic offers so much convenience and organization, you won’t be able to resist. We especially love that it’s slim enough to fit behind the door of almost any small space or powder room.

    Light every corner, closet and cabinet

    Lighting won’t necessarily help you get organized, but it might help you stay that way. You’ll never find anything if you can’t see. Stop pulling out every piece of clothing you own looking for that one sweater. Avoide rearranging the pantry because you just know there’s a jar of spaghetti sauce in there somewhere. Decoist offers a list of wireless closet lighting options, perhaps making this the easiest DIY here.

    Find more DIY tips on the Schlage blog and Pinterest. Also be sure to check out these simple style swaps for a winter pick-me-up and design updates to try after you declutter.

     

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