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    Design the perfect holiday light show in 6 easy steps.

    November 19, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

    Christmas light display | Schlage

    Whether you’re enjoying them as a family or putting on a show for neighbors, here are Schlage’s favorite holiday light show tips worthy of a parade.

     

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    Traditions at Christmastime vary widely from region to region and family to family. One common strand, however, is lights. Whether you’re enjoying them as a family or putting on a show for neighbors, here are Schlage’s favorite holiday light show tips worthy of a parade.
    Christmas light display.

    Shining some light on a bit of holiday history

    Lights have been a part of Christmas tradition, even before electricity. The history of Christmas tree lights started by putting candles directly on branches. The family would then gather round in the parlor, light the wicks and after a few minutes of admiring the candles, blow them out. We’re sure it was beautiful for those few minutes, but it was also a fire hazard.

     

    Fast forward to the late 19th century when a man named Edward Johnson created the first string of electric lights using large, pear-shaped bulbs. By all accounts, it was stunning, but Americans didn’t quite trust home electricity yet and it was costly. It’s estimated that that single strand of just eight bulbs cost the equivalent of about $80 today.

     

    Christmas lights became more popular in the 1920s when General Electric’s pre-assembled lights became less expensive. Our only question is if the strands of a century ago still got so frustratingly tangled.

    How to design the perfect holiday light display

    1. Make it big.

    If you want people to admire your display from afar, you need to think big. It isn’t just about the number of lights you use, but the scenes you create. Supersize everything so neighbors can admire it from the street. Lifesize cutouts of Santa and his elves with a spotlight at night, giant outdoor ornaments woven in amongst lights in your landscaping or wireframe woodland creatures are just a few ideas to get you started. Don’t stop at just one or two pieces of décor, either. Who says you can’t have a whole herd of reindeer this year?

     

    As you make it bigger, don’t forget to still be considerate of others. Frantically flashing lights, for example, have been known to trigger seizures or trouble those with sensory disorders. And be sure any spotlights aren’t shining in anyone’s windows.

    2. Pick a theme.

    The bigger you get, the more tempting it will be to add and add and add more décor. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but to keep your front yard from looking chaotic, pick a theme. It could be as simple as committing to using only one light color and using it on trees, bushes, the house’s façade, porch railings, along your walkways and surrounding the garage. You might also choose to go more complex and create an entire scene that tells a story. Perhaps it’s your version of The Nutcracker with ballerinas and mouse soldiers. Or it could be less expected, re-creating a vision of the tropics with lights.

    3. Think in 3D.

    Consider how you can add depth to your light display. By this, we mean décor at the front porch, out by the street-side mailbox and everywhere in between. Design your light show in a way that admirers’ eyes will linger and find something to delight them in unexpected places. It will also help keep your display from feeling stale and unpredictable when they notice something new each time they pass.

    4. Keep it safe.

    No matter how many lights you include in your display, be sure to practice electrical safety. Inspect wires for damage before you plug anything in. Don’t overload your extension cords and keep them clear of snow and standing water. Electrical cords are rated for certain uses and power needs and should only be used in the authorized way. Also, fasten your lights securely to protect your décor and home from wind damage.

     

    If you’re a light show veteran but are going more extravagant this year, make sure your electrical system is prepared to handle the extra load. You can find more electrical safety tips from Electrical Safety Foundation International.

    5. Make it smart.

    You want to enjoy your traditions, not be a slave to them. Use a smart plug and timers to turn your lights on and off automatically. There are several benefits to this. For starters, you’ll conserve energy by not burning the lights when you don’t need them. You’ll also be less likely to tip off intruders that you aren’t home. Leaving the lights on all day is a sign that you’ve left town, making your home an easy target. Finally, it’s more convenient. Again, it frees you to do other things, but if you pair your smart plugs to a voice assistant like Alexa, you won’t even have to get off the couch to start the show.

    6. Invite your neighbors.

    Now that your handiwork is on display for all to see, invite your neighbors, family and friends to take in the scene. Follow the tips above and, even if you’re social distancing, everyone will be able to enjoy their favorite holiday traditions safely.

    We love seeing all the festive lights, but they also have the added bonus of helping to keep your home safe. Get holiday home security tips at the Schlage blog or find us on Pinterest for more great Christmas décor inspiration.

     

    Self-care gift ideas for the healthy people in your life.

    November 18, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Self-care gift ideas | Schlage

    Check out these gift ideas to help your loved ones feel pampered and rejuvenated.

     

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    It’s been a tough year, and while we can’t promise what 2021 will be like, we can give you some gift ideas to help your loved ones feel pampered and rejuvenated. Staying healthy and balanced is important if we’re going to live our best lives. A few tools can help make that reality. Here are some of our picks for self-care gifts.
    Woman wrapping Christmas presents.

    Gifts for a germ-free home

    Secura premium touchless automatic soap dispenser.

    Is it the new socks and underwear? Maybe. But it is immensely useful. We probably wouldn’t have predicted a touchless soap dispenser could be the next best holiday gift. Stylish and hygienic, the Secura Premium Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser is one of Amazon’s top-selling soap dispensers. Perfect for the clean-conscious, those with small children who always use too much soap or tech lovers who also have a touchless faucet.

     

    Also at the Gift Guide: Air purifiers

    Gifts to help them find their center

    Florensi meditation cushion.

    Meditation can help your loved one manage stress, increase creativity and develop patience, and the right cushion or mat can make it easier to stay dedicated to their meditation practice. The Florensi Meditation Cushion supports your loved one’s spine and keeps them comfortable while they “OMMM.” As a bonus, it looks good and is easy to clean, so they’ll love leaving it out even when it’s not in use. Perfect for yogis, those practicing mindfulness and anyone who loves a good floor pillow for eating dinner at the coffee table.

     

    Also at the Gift Guide: Acupressure mat

    Gifts for convenient physical fitness

    Hiplok Z lok combo.

    Did you and your fitness-loving friends break out the old bikes during quarantine? Maybe they purchased a new bike to stay fit while enjoying the outdoors. Now’s your chance to outfit them with the best accessories. In addition to the all-important helmet, give them the Hiplok Z Lok Combo. Your loved one will still want a traditional lock for overnight storage, but this pocket-sized steel “zip-tie” is ideal for quick stops at the ice cream shop or into the store. Perfect for rookie and veteran cyclists and the loved ones who want to keep them safe.

     

    Also at the Gift Guide: Fitness subscriptions

    Search for more ideas for nearly everyone on your list with Schlage’s Gift Guides. You’ll find more self-care suggestions, as well as ideas for new homeowners, outdoors afficionados, pet lovers and more.

     

    30 indoor DIY and home maintenance projects for fall.

    November 6, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 6, 2020

    DIY home maintenance projects for fall | Schlage

    With the change in seasons, here are 30 projects you can do inside to get ready for the fall and winter months.

     

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    As the temperatures drop and the weather gets a little less predictable, ‘tis the season for indoor DIY projects. With the change in seasons, here are 30 projects you can do inside to get ready for the fall and winter months.
    Minimalist fall mantle decor.

    Dust it

    1. Clean dust and dirt away from radiators and baseboard heaters. Make it easy by using the vacuum.

    2. Break out the vacuum again and clear accumulated dust from your refrigerator coils. It’ll help the fridge stay colder and use less energy.

    3. Clear out the dryer vents. All that built-up lint from the last time you cleaned the vents – if you’ve ever cleaned the vents – could be hurting your dryer’s efficiency. It might also be creating a fire hazard.

    4. Dust your ceiling fans. Even though you can’t see the dirt, it’s there. Reverse the fan’s direction afterward. It sounds counterintuitive, but running your fan “backwards” in the winter forces hot air back down into the room, saving you on energy costs.
    Clean, minimalist kitchen with grey cabinets and large window above farmhouse sink.

    Deep-clean it

    1. Head to the kitchen and remove grease from the range hood, clean the oven, wash and deodorize trash and recycling bins, and wash the walls and backsplash. You might not notice how dirty everything has gotten because you look at it every day. Plus, a good deep-clean now will save you time and have your kitchen in top working condition come holiday season.

    2. Clean the dishwasher. Most of us don’t do this often enough anyway, and you want it in peak condition for all those messy comfort-food casserole dishes and extra duty from holiday meals.

    3. Maintenance the chimney and fireplace. You’ll want to hire a professional for this one. Trust us when we say you won’t enjoy that first warming fire of the season when you find out too late that a bird has left its nest in there, filling your home with smoke or worse.

    4. Clean carpets and rugs. You might just need a spot clean, or you could call in the professionals to really start the fall with a clean slate.

    5. Unclog the drains. This isn’t exactly related to fall, but with all the buildup your sink and shower drains accumulate – hair, soap scum, hard-water minerals – now’s as good a time as any. The same goes for your garbage disposal.
    Smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.

    Repair it

    1. Test and replace the batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and, while you’re at it, smart locks.

    2. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers and replace them as necessary. Now’s a good time for a refresher on how to use them, too.
       
    3. Test your home for radon, a radioactive gas generated by the soil underneath your home. Buy a simple at-home kit or hire a radon tester. If radon levels are too high, you’ll want to install a vent system to draw the radon from under your home to the outside and possibly seal any foundation cracks that might be making the problem worse.

    4. Add weatherstripping around doors and windows. Not only will it make your home feel cozier, but also will help keep your heating bill under control.

    5. Insulate your water heater or replace the insulation if needed. A simple insulation blanket can help it run more efficiently, saving you big throughout the fall and winter.

    6. Scrub the grout in your kitchen and bath, and if there are any places where it comes off or is discolored, replace it with the same color grout. It will look cleaner and seal moisture out better.

    7. Seal natural stone countertops. According to Apartment Therapy, granite should be sealed every three to five years, while marble should be resealed every three to six months. If you take care of it now, spills won’t be such a headache later.

    8. Repaint. If walls or furniture took a beating in the last few months, now’s a great time for touchups.

    9. Change your lightbulbs. We often use our homes differently in the winter months, so think about what each room needs. Will you crave something brighter in the office? Maybe you want more soothing lighting in the living room for relaxing nights in with Netflix.

    10. Repair or upgrade your door hardware. We sometimes see interior door knobs and levers so frequently, we no longer truly see them. If they’re sticking, scratched, drooping or just plain unattractive, make the simple switch to something that works better for your lifestyle.
    Mudroom with storage bench.

    Restock it

    1. Refill emergency kits and first aid kits for your home and car. Ready.gov has a thorough list of everything you’ll need.

    2. Straighten up your mudroom or entryway and make sure it’s stocked with everything you’ll need for chillier weather. That includes an extra-durable mat to collect rain and snow, a boot tray and maybe baskets for those extra hats, scarves and mittens you’ll be donning before too long.

    3. Cooler weather often means more germs and sniffles. Make sure your bathrooms and kitchen are fully stocked with soap and other cleaning materials. Take the extra seasonal step by choosing hand soap with a pleasant scent. Pumpkin cupcake, anyone?

    4. Bring out the throw blankets you’ve had in storage all summer. You might give them a quick wash to freshen them up a bit first. Stock them in an easy-to-grab place like a decorative basket near the couch.

    5. Hang blackout curtains. With the nights getting longer, this might seem unnecessary, but blackout curtains are often made of thick material. That means better insulation – and warmer, quieter rooms.

    6. Organize your pantry and then restock any groceries you might need in the upcoming months. Maybe it’s extra cans of soup for chilly, lazy lunches. Or it could be extra baking supplies for all the cookies you’re about to make.
    Fall mantle decor.

    Decorate it

    1. Set out your decorative pumpkins, real or fake. They aren’t just for Halloween, so go wild to capture the feel of the season. And don’t think they need to live on your porch. Pumpkins are great for mantles, side tables or even tucked underneath a potted plant.

    2. If weatherstripping isn’t cutting it, or if it’s just not cute enough for you, complete this sewing project for a DIY draft stopper. You can place them at the base of the door or on a windowsill.

    3. Hang a fall wreath. The front door is the obvious choice, but don’t discount interior doors or even door knobs with a mini wreath.

    4. Spruce up your fireplace mantel or create a faux mantle to display your favorite seasonal décor.

    5. Your bar cabinet or bar cart could probably use a little fall touch. No matter how it’s stocked or whether you’re serving a group of friends or just yourself, we think it should be beautiful.

    As we hunker down during the cold months, it’s important to feel comfortable in our own homes. Find more tips and inspiration for making your home welcoming to you and visitors at the Schlage blog.

     

    How to make a vintage door look like new again

    October 23, 2020 7:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 23, 2020

    How to make a vintage door look like new again

    Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating your existing door instead.

     

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    DIY tips - Vintage door makeover - Schlage
    Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating your existing door instead. A little DIY knowledge is all you need to restyle, refinish or repurpose that old door into something special – without breaking your budget.

    1. RESTYLE

    Updating your door hardware is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to restyle your door. Schlage door hardware comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes so you can personalize and complement your look. Style is in the details, and this small, inexpensive upgrade is sure to make a big impact.

     

    If your door needs a little more TLC, you can still keep it simple and affordable with a little paint or stain. Life on Southpointe Drive shows how to update your front door with gel stain. While some DIY experts suggest removing your door from the hinges first to limit drips, it’s not always necessary.
     

    Another unique option? Milk paint. It’s a water-based paint that creates an antique, distressed look. With a variety of colors and techniques available, you can transform a tired door you don’t want guests to notice into a shabby chic statement piece worth talking about. Find more advice for painting doors and trims in DIY Tips.

     

    2. Refinish

    Who better than our friends at This Old House to offer up a few professional secrets for bringing a beautiful, vintage exterior door back to life? Check out their step-by-step guide that covers removing door hardware, sanding and scraping tips, hanging and finishing, and re-installing the original door hardware.

    Sometimes, it’s just nice to sit back and look at all the possibilities and get some inspiration. For that, you can always count on Houzz to provide a house full of DIY tips and success stories. Interested in adding a salvaged barn door? Enamored by the original doors from a 19th Century row home? Or is shabby chic your style? The sky’s the limit.

    3. Repurpose

    If you do decide to replace that old door, there are lots of ways you can repurpose it. Turn it into a bookshelf, a knickknack shelf, a strikingly unique picture frame or a host of other imaginative and useful items. Don’t just think of it as an old door when it can be so much more.

    Show us your vintage door upgrades on Facebook and Instagram.

     

    Halloween entryway and porch décor to die for.

    October 20, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    Halloween entryway decor | Schlage

    If you’re looking to scare up some new ideas for decorating your front porch or entryway for Halloween, let us help.

     

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    When it comes to Halloween décor, most of us don’t go for understated. It’s a holiday that screams for bold. If you’re looking to scare up some new ideas for decorating your front porch or entryway for Halloween, let us help.
    Mini pumpkin and skull Halloween wreath.

    Halloween décor for your front door

    Whether you’re just decorating the door or creating an entire scene for passersby, use these ideas to get you started. Then try out our Halloween party décor ideas for your front door.

    This is not the time for pretty flower wreaths. Try a creepy twig Halloween wreath instead. You can DIY this Halloween décor with just some sticks, a glue gun and, if you want, black spray paint.
    If you’re looking for low effort or minimalist design, this one is for you. A store-bought web attached to your house numbers lets everyone know your house celebrates the spooky. Merriment Design added their own glittery spider for extra effect.
    A covered porch offers the perfect opportunity to literally raise your Halloween décor game. Martha Stewart shows how to do hanging bats, but witches’ hats and ghosts are spooktacular alternatives as well.
    Personalizing a door mat for Halloween is one of the simplest holiday DIY projects you can do. Buy a plain mat, paint and some foam brushes. Whether or not you use a stencil is up to you and your artistic abilities. DIY Network used a bat stencil in this tutorial, but we also like the idea of freehanded ghosts. They’re mostly just blobs anyway.
    Skip to my Lou turns the idea of a jack-o-lantern on its head with this DIY Halloween luminary. Instead of carving pumpkins, try punching holes in a recycled tin can. Paint adds to the look. You can place these on your porch, lining the stairs up to your front door, in your entryway or all of the above. Light them with battery powered votives for extra safety.

    Halloween decorations for your entryway

    Keep the ghoulish décor going beyond the front door with these ideas for your foyer.

    Do you have entryway seating? This monster makeover is a great way to Halloween-ify your foyer without sacrificing functionality. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t also love this idea for kids’ rooms at any time of year.
    Don’t forget your stairs and railings. Cute bats are a good option if you have little ones who scare easily. You can also use fake cobwebs or adorable ghosts.
    Do you usually have a nice floral arrangement in your entryway? Fresh flowers on a sideboard or landing strip is an inviting touch for when you come home each day. But for Halloween, switch it up with some dark, moody dried flowers like Cheetah is the New Black did for a holiday party.
    Don’t have much Halloween décor? Maybe it’s a small space or you’re worried your decorations look kind of random just sitting out. Group them on a tray like Made in a Day. Check out their entire blog and you’ll see they didn’t go for subtle, but this trick works no matter what your tastes are.
    Whether on your front porch or an entryway side table, a sign can literally make any statement you want. Halloween is the perfect time to either keep it fun and lighthearted or go a bit spookier as you welcome guests to your home.

    Bless’er House shows what’s possible when you want to celebrate Halloween but you’re not one of those people who feels the need to invest in a fog machine just for October. The bats, framed skull print and potion jars definitely have the Halloween vibe, but the rest of the décor will easily transition into the rest of fall without a total overhaul. It’s spooky, classy and easy.

     

    We didn’t talk much about pumpkins here, but never fear. You can find DIY pumpkin ideas on the Schlage blog along with even more tricks to treat yourself with gorgeous front porch décor.

     

    Halloween entryway decor.

     

    15 home improvement projects that deliver glam décor.

    October 19, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 19, 2020

    Glam decor | Schlage

    Adding a little glitz and glamour to your home decor doesn’t require a Hollywood-sized budget. Here are 15 of our favorite glam decor DIY projects to help you live like a celebrity without breaking the bank.

     

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    Adding a little glitz and glamour to your home decor doesn’t require a Hollywood-sized budget. Here are 15 of our favorite glam decor DIY projects to help you live like a celebrity without breaking the bank. All you need are some gleaming metallics – look to golds and silvers – rich colors and luxurious fabrics.
    Glitz and glam living room decor.

    1. Ikea dresser hack » Homey oh my

    It would be easy for a dresser from Ikea to look humdrum, but what really sets this one apart is the gold pulls and corners. The extra detail is reminiscent of the opulent Art Deco period and balances nicely with the gold-toned lamp and accessories, pulling everything together.

    2. Mirrored Vanity » Handmade Haven

    Anything that reflects light with a bit of drama is the right fit for your glam décor. Ashely at Handmade Haven transformed a table that had seen better days into a mirrored vanity as beautiful she is. All it took was silver spray paint, mirrors from the home improvement store and some glass knobs that she glued to the drawer. We can hardly believe it’s the same piece of furniture.

    3. Gem mirror » A Beautiful Mess

    If you love the mirrored look, you have almost endless possibilities. The DIYers at A Beautiful Mess totally had us fooled with this one. Rather than overlaying a frame on the glass, they painted detailing, using contact paper as a stencil of sorts.

    4. Mirrored dresser » The Tamara Blog

    What could easily be $1,000 or more purchased new from the store comes in at much lower cost with a little DIY skill. New paint, new glass and new drawer pulls turn this run-of-the-mill dresser into a statement piece at just a fraction of the cost.

    5. Swarovski crystal towel bar » Houzz

    It’s the little, unexpected touches that sometimes make the biggest impact. Case in point: This towel bar with crystal embellishment. Pair it with other glam bathroom accessories like gold or glass containers for soaps and toiletries, and every day will feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury.

    6. DIY tufted headboard » Jeweled Interiors

    Tufted, or gathered, fabric is a hallmark of glamorous Art Deco style. You’ll often see it on couches and chairs, and Jeweled Interiors shows a stunning option with this DIY headboard. To really sell the look, choose velvet or a similar fabric in a deep color like this rust, peacock blue or emerald green.

    7. DIY faux marble tabletop » Change With Us

    Few things give the impression of luxe quite like marble. You don’t need a huge budget to capture this look, though. This blogger used an Ikea coffee table and some marble contact paper for a project that is equal parts quick, easy and glamorous.

    8. Acrylic shelves » Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

    To really get the chic Hollywood Regency feel, you’ll want glass and gold, or at least the illusion of it. Think of all those flashy chandeliers of the rich and famous. These handy DIYers combined high style with a dose of functionality by adding spray-painted brackets to acrylic shelves, then made a message board to match. In My Own Style pulled off a similar side table makeover using a TV tray table, of all things.

    9. Glam barn door » Designs by Jeana

    A glamorous barn door might sound like an oxymoron, but Jeana proves it’s not only real, but also gorgeous and simple to boot. Just as making a hollow core door look expensive on a budget requires a bit of creativity and elbow grease, adding mirrored panels to an existing barn door can give any room extra pizzazz. Paired with that glitzy overhead light and you’ve got style that looks like a million bucks.

    10. Simple lampshade hack » Once again, My Dear Irene

    Glam and understated don’t typically go together, but this is one exception that definitely works. Instead of covering every last detail in gold, this DIYer lined the inside of her lampshade with a shimmery wrapping paper. Talk about an easy way to change a room’s ambiance.

    11. Dorothy Draper nightstand » Marcus Design

    Dorothy Draper was an interior designer of the 1930s, known for being “anti-minimalist.” So when Nancy from Marcus Designs had the kind of plain dresser you might expect in a budget rental, it needed some help for a true glam transformation. The dark background makes the gold accents really pop with a stylish dose of drama.

    12. Ceiling light revamp » The Painted Hive

    Tulip-shaped glass chandelier shades were popular at one time, but most of us can agree that they aren’t exactly today’s definition of glam décor. The Painted Hive replaced those shades with a more contemporary one, added some beaded details and, in their words, went from “tired old-fashioned drab to chic Parisian fab.”

    13. Bar cart makeover » Art is Beauty

    When we think of the original Art Deco era, we often think of dolled-up ladies and tuxedoed men at glamorous parties. So it makes sense that you’d want a chic bar cart inspired by that same atmosphere. A new paint job and gold embellishments give new life to this cart. It’ll be hard not to host a great soiree.

    14. Vinyl artwork » Signed by Tina

    If you’re a believer that artwork is for more than just looking at, you might fall in love with this fish scale-inspired wall hanging. Perhaps a tedious project – the DIYer cut out about 400 vinyl circles – it’s certainly as eye-catching as it is fun to touch. You can even play with different colors or vinyl and types of lighting to create the glamorous and dramatic effect you want.

    15. Campaign style side tables » Juniper Home

    So many of us have had these little square tables at some point in our lives. While they’re entirely functional, they’re nothing to write home about when it comes to style. All this DIYer did was tap on brass corners to make them look more expensive and sophisticated than should be possible.

    Learn more about Hollywood Regency style and how to get the look in your home with our design guide. It’s full of tips for bringing the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood to your modern home. You can also find more décor inspiration on Pinterest.

     

    DIY projects from TikTok you’ll regret not trying.

    October 16, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 16, 2020

    TikTok home diy projects | Schlage

    Whether you’re trying to fix some walls, decorating a new place or want to replicate a high-end designer project on a budget, here are some helpful TikTok home DIY hacks you won’t want to miss.

     

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    If you’re on TikTok, you know there’s a lot of ridiculousness out there, but you also know there are some really intelligent DIY ideas and life hacks. Whether you’re trying to fix some walls, decorating a new place or want to replicate a high-end designer project on a budget, here are some helpful TikTok home DIY hacks you won’t want to miss.
    Woman hanging picture frames.

    Hand sanitizer in disguise » @rachelarcher

    Sweet, simple and sanitary. We all have an extra bottle or two of hand sanitizer around these days, but that doesn’t mean we want to stare at unattractive packaging. This is a great hack for hiding ugly bottles, whether it’s in the entryway, bathroom or anywhere else in the house.

     

    Picture hanging hacks » @zoeyno

    Getting your pictures level, especially if you’re doing a gallery wall or if the frame is large, can be tough. Stop struggling and try this hack for hanging straight pictures. All you need is a pencil, painter’s tape and a ruler. The same DIY hack works for hanging large mirrors, or you can try this idea with toothpaste.

     

    DIY LED mirror » @ianmadethat

    Speaking of mirrors, backlighting can be a stunning way to add drama to a room. Unfortunately, LED mirrors often carry a big price tag. You can make your own for less by adding stick-on lighting to a basic mirror. This TikTok DIYer chose multicolored lights, but you could also stick to classic white if that’s more your style. See Part 2 for the final unveiling.

     

    Hacks for better painting » @sharnshouse

    One video, multiple tips. Check out this super quick list of hacks for nailing fine details while painting, mixing a slightly different shade of paint yourself and more. They’ll help for when you want to do more than simply roll a single color on the wall.

     

    Chipped paint patch up » @louiburke

    This hack for fixing walls isn’t much of a hack at all, but it’s something every homeowner should know how to do. See how this DIYer repaired a wall in a rental property when one of those adhesive hooks didn’t unstick like it should have.

     

    Upcycled nightstand » @lovexkiim

    Take second-hand furniture and turn it into something that not only looks nicer but is also uniquely you. It’s not just about the paint, though. The new cabinet pulls in this video make a huge difference! Plus, what’s not to love about a good before-and-after?

     

    Hidden wires » @lisaherland

    How do you hide wires for a wall-mounted TV? There are a lot of ways, but we love that this one goes the extra step for a truly clean look.

     

    DIY bed skirt » @louiburke

    Creative solutions are some of our favorite, which is why we love this table runner-turned-bed skirt. It’s the perfect way to hide clutter underneath the bed or to simply give your bedroom a more finished look. All you need is some basic sewing skills.

     

    Tighter door hinges » @mrfixitdiy

    A loose door hinge can be noisy and annoying. It can also be unsafe. The good news is that you don’t have to tackle a major carpentry project to tighten your door hinges again. Here’s one way, using dowel rods.

     

    House numbers made easy » @eternalharvestdecor

    Like fixing your door hinges, updating your house numbers can solve a lot of issues. It boosts your curb appeal and helps guests find your home more easily, for starters. But sometimes drilling new, modern house numbers directly into your home’s façade isn’t the right route. This home DIY hack is one of our favorites, especially when you consider the different colors, stains or accessories you could also try.

     

    Find more DIY ideas to improve your home’s resale value, give your front porch a new look or test your home improvement skills at the Schlage blog.

     

    6 simple things to consider when shopping for door hardware.

    October 9, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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    No longer a question of if homeowners are adding smart home technology to their renovation to-do lists, it’s more a matter of how and with which devices you’ll choose.

     

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    Buying a new door knob is simple enough. Then you get to the store or look online and there are more options than you expected. Or you bring something home only to find out it’s not quite right. We’re here to reassure you that there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. This checklist shows you what to consider when buying door hardware. It won’t be long before you’re deciding which DIY project to take on next.
    Simple project checklist for buying Schlage door hardware.

    Choose your style

    You might not think of door hardware style often, but you do notice when it’s scratched, dented, doesn’t match the look of the rest of the house or is just plain ugly. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a door knob is just a door knob. Look for hardware that matches your personal taste and the architectural style of your home, whether that means contemporary and sleek, traditional and ornate, or somewhere in between.

     

    When considering style, also weigh the pros and cons of door knobs versus levers and how they fit your lifestyle. Do you have a sneaky pet who can operate a lever to let themselves out? Unless it’s a service dog, that’s probably not a good thing and you want a door knob. Or maybe you do prefer a lever because it’s easier to grip with arthritic hands.

    Choose a finish … or four

    Like style, the finish of your door hardware is largely up to personal taste. Perhaps the biggest consideration here is whether you want all the fixtures in your home to match. We’re not just talking about all your levers being Bright Chrome, either. Look at light fixtures, faucets and other plumbing, cabinet pulls and furniture with metallic accents. Fans of minimalism, Scandinavian and, typically, more traditional interior design might lean toward focusing on a single finish.

     

    Mixing metal finishes is also an option, particularly as maximalism gains popularity. It can be easy to go a bit overboard, however, so try to limit it to four or fewer finishes, find some matching elements to keep from looking too chaotic and, when you do mix and match, choose complementing contrasts. Our guide to mixing hardware finishes can help you get it right the first time.

    Count how many doors you have

    You might be surprised by just how many doors there actually are in your house. You don’t want to get home and find out you’re short one. Of course, you don’t need to replace every single door knob or lever, but keep in mind that doing so can help you maintain a cohesive look throughout the house. At the very least, it can keep a hallway from looking mismatched if you have a bright brass door knob on one door and a satin nickel knob in a different style on another.

     

    When counting your doors, don’t forget closets, basement entries, laundry rooms and others you might not use every day. It might help to physically walk through the house and keep a tally.

    Decide what functions you need

    Now that you know how many new knobs and levers you need, decide what functions you want. For interior door hardware, you have three primary options: Bed & Bath, Hall & Closet and Inactive.

     

    • Bed & Bath (Privacy): Choose Bed & Bath hardware for rooms where extra privacy is needed. A push-button lock secures the door from inside the room, while turning the knob or lever from the inside unlocks it. As the name implies, Bed & Bath door hardware is best for bedrooms and bathrooms, but they’re also common for home offices, for example.

    • Hall & Closet (Passage): Choose Hall & Closet hardware for doors where privacy is not needed. The latch will help keep the door closed, but there is no locking function. Hall & Closet knobs and levers are best for any kind of closet – bedroom, entryway, pantry – or even on children’s bedroom doors if you don’t want them to be able to lock themselves in.

    • Inactive: Sometimes also known as Non-turning or Dummy, inactive knobs and levers are primarily decorative. They’re most often used for the non-functioning side of French doors and other doors that don’t need to latch.

     

    Schlage door hardware comes in each of these functions, so regardless of the style and finish you choose, you can also get the desired functions without compromising your look.

    Remember your exterior doors

    Remember to include exterior doors in your considerations. You might decide that now’s the perfect time to upgrade your front door handleset, deadbolt or smart lock. Use the same tips above for choosing its style and finish. Count your exterior doors, too, particularly if you want to update a front and back door. Or a front and garage entry door.

     

    When choosing a lock for an exterior door, you can decide between mechanical or electronic deadbolts. Schlage deadbolts, whether mechanical or smart, are rated Best by the BHMA in Finish, Durability and Security. Knowing that each lock comes with the peace of mind and quality you expect to help protect your home, the main decision is whether a smart lock provides additional levels of convenience that fit your lifestyle. Learn more about Schlage smart locks or use our Get Help Deciding Tool to find the one that’s right for your home.

    Make sure you have a screwdriver

    You might be wondering if you have the necessary tools to install door hardware. Chances are that you do since, with Schlage door hardware, all you need is a screwdriver. We design our hardware, whether for interior or exterior doors, to fit on all standard pre-drilled doors. No need to become a carpenter overnight or hire a handyman for this simple home improvement project. Plus, with our How-To Center, you can find answers to the most common questions, videos and more if you need some extra assistance.

     

    Take a look at all Schlage has to offer, from styles and finishes to smart locks to interactive installation instructions, at Schlage.com.

     

    11 ideas for celebrating Halloween during quarantine.

    October 9, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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    If you’re stuck for ideas on how to enjoy Halloween during a pandemic, let us help. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for entertaining the kids, hosting some grown-up fun and giving back to the community this fall.

     

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    Even if you love a spooky Halloween, you don’t want to celebrate with a health scare. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to enjoy Halloween during a pandemic, let us help. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for entertaining the kids, hosting some grown-up fun and giving back to the community this fall.
    Pumpkin bucket with mask.

    How to celebrate Halloween with your little monsters

    Hidden treats

    Time as we know it has ceased to exist during 2020, so why limit yourself to fall traditions? Instead of walking the kids door to door, celebrate a social-distanced Halloween by hiding “Easter” eggs around the yard or house. The novelty of an egg hunt in October should be enough to keep from feeling like Halloween just passed you by. You can fill them with candy or, if they have food allergies, toys and other treats. Invite a few close friends or keep it just to the immediate family and hide eggs indoors or out depending on your weather and climate. For extra spooky fun, get some eggs that glow in the dark.

    Creepy craft

    Halloween is on a Saturday this year, so you have all day to enjoy socially distant festivities. Plan a series of craft projects for the youngsters to keep them occupied and use them to decorate the house while you’re at it. Some of our favorite Halloween craft ideas for kids include balloon ghosts, Frankenstein sun catchers, fluffy slime or any number of DIY pumpkins.

    Global ghouls

    Whether you make it a Halloween night activity or use it to spice up e-learning, introduce the kiddos to celebrations from around the world. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach about diversity and multiculturalism. If you need some ideas to get you started, check out Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, Dzień Zaduszny, Poland’s All Souls’ Day, or Pangangaluluwa from The Philippines.

    Halloween party decorations.

    Halloween party ideas for older witches and wizards

    BOOze cart

    Whether it’s just you and your honey or you’re inviting a few close friends over for a small gathering, now’s your chance to scare up some fun drinks and décor at the same time. Decorate a bar cart for the occasion and stock it with all the fixings for different “potions.” You can stick with your favorite drinks, try some new Halloween cocktails or keep it family-friendly with apple cider and other seasonal refreshments.

    Virtual pumpkin carving

    A costume party on Zoom could be fun, but we think it will lack some of the excitement of being in person and ultimately prove a bit disappointing. Pumpkin carving might be more up your alley. FaceTime your best pals on FaceTime or ring them up on Skype and see who can create the best Quarantineoween jack-o-lantern. You can keep it casual and chat while you work or start a timer and turn it into a contest.

    Boy with halloween costume and black mask.

    Tips for making a quarantine Halloween fun for the family

    Spooky treats

    A store-bought bag of candy is convenient, but what about something a bit more personalized? Or something healthier? Gather your favorite ghosts and ghouls in the kitchen and see what kind of Halloween snacks you can conjure up. Peanut butter eyeballs or boonanas, anyone?

    Movies, new and old

    It’s not Halloween if you don’t watch at least one scary movie, right? Again, because Halloween is on a Saturday, you have all day to turn this into a marathon. Stock up on those spooky treats and settle in for the long haul. If you’re looking for more interactive entertainment, cast the family in a scary movie of your own. Get creative with costumes, create a spooky scene and record it on your phone. There are also some great stop-motion apps if you’d rather leave the acting to the professionals.

    Drive-thru haunted house

    If you’re missing haunted houses, check your area for some drive-thru options. Just don’t cover your eyes if you’re the driver.

    Quarantineoween mask

    Love it or not, masks have become a big part of our lives this year. Turn them into a Halloween DIY project by getting a plain mask and decorating it for the season. Maybe it’s simply with glitter. Or maybe you make it part of a costume – a skeletal mouth, vampire teeth, animal snout or clown smile.

    Front door with Halloween decorations, spider, web and pumpkins.

    Cast a kindred spell on the community

    “Ghost” gift

    Even if you’re social distancing, you can still involve your neighborhood in the Halloween fun. Create a goodie bag – candy, those plastic spider rings, maybe a gift card – and drop it on a friend’s or neighbor’s porch. Include a note asking them to pay it forward with a bag of their own for someone else.

    Happy Halloween wishes

    Decorating your home for Halloween is a given. Just don’t forget others who might not be able to enjoy the same excitement. Consider offering to decorate a neighbor’s yard if they’re unable. Or see if you can deliver some decorations to a nursing home, shelter or children’s hospital. Think about the people around you who might be feeling extra isolated and try to put a smile on their face.

    No matter how you’re celebrating Halloween this year, remember to protect your home as much as yourself. Get more tips for how to make your home safe for Halloween at the Schlage blog. There’s also plenty of inspiration for seasonal décor and more when you follow us on Pinterest.

     

    11 ways to celebrate Halloween during quarantine.

     

    Fight cabin fever with these cold-weather backyard activities.

    October 7, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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    Fall and winter offer unique outdoor activities for everyone, so throw on an extra sweater and try some of these favorites.

     

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    Just because the temperatures drop doesn’t mean you have to pack it all up and go back inside. Fall and winter offer unique outdoor activities for everyone, so throw on an extra sweater and try some of these favorites.
    Australian Shepherd sitting in fall leaves.

    1. Comfy, cozy furniture

    The furniture itself isn’t the activity. It’s what you can do once you have it. Add some cushions so your backside doesn’t freeze to metal patio furniture, put some extra blankets in an outdoor storage bin, maybe set out some extra lighting and you’ll be set for reading a cozy novel or hanging out with loved ones.

    2. Fire pit

    Because s’mores are not just for summer.

    3. Maze

    Design a maze with leaves or snow. The smallest youngsters will be so entertained, they won’t even realize they’re also working their brains.

    4. Pumpkin checkers

    Grab some mini pumpkins and use them as the pieces for a game of giant checkers or tic-tac-toe. You’ll get extra enjoyment out of it before the games even begin when you paint or decorate the gourds for each player.

    Backyard checkers with mini pumpkins.

    5. Scavenger hunt

    We recommended this in the spring as one of our children’s garden ideas. There’s no reason you can’t resurrect it when the temperatures cool off. You’ll have a whole new set of items to hunt for – evergreen trees and pinecones, icicles, acorns, a red leaf or whatever else is unique to your area.

    6. Small gathering

    To really enjoy some outdoor entertaining in the fall and winter, you’ll have to do a bit of extra prep. Check out these tips to make sure you stay toasty, set the right mood and keep the grill working in top form.

    7. Snow games

    It’s a bit obvious, but don’t discount the fun that can come from a good old-fashioned snowball fight or building a snow fort. For the more ambitious, create an entire snow Olympics for some friendly competition with family.

    8. Oversized outdoor chalkboard

    DIY an outdoor chalkboard to keep score during your winter Olympics or use it for the games themselves. Pictionary, tic-tac-toe and simple doodling are good any time of year.

    9. Spray paint snow

    Mix water and food coloring in a spray bottle and you can turn your backyard into colorful canvas. Paint clothes or a face on a snowman, “plant” flowers where your garden normally is or simply unleash the kiddos’ inner Claude Clark.

    10. Winter bird feeders

    Not all birds fly south in the winter. Build a feeder and research what kinds of food they need when things get extra chilly. Then indulge in a bit of bird watching.

    11. Maple syrup snow candy

    Our Canadian friends recommend making maple syrup candy using fresh, clean snow. This simple recipe can be made indoors or out and in different sized batches.

    12. Ice rink

    If the temps in your region get and stay low enough, build your own backyard ice rink. A must-have for pickup hockey games or perfecting your triple axel.

    13. Photo session

    You probably have tons of family pictures from summer vacation, but what about when you’re all bundled up enjoying the outdoors in fall and winter? If you haven’t already taken a family photo for your Christmas card, now might be your chance.

    14. Backyard camping

    A camping trip close to home is fun year-round. One of the upsides of fall backyard camping is that if the weather turns suddenly or the kids start complaining that it’s too cold to sleep, you’re … well … close to home. You can do all the usual beloved camping activities with an easy backup plan, just in case.

    15. Work out

    Get your heart pumping to stay healthy and warm with a workout on the back deck or patio. As long as it’s not icy, try jumping rope, resistance training with bands, shadow box or even yoga. Shoveling snow is also great cardiovascular work and, because you’re doing it all outside, you’re getting additional health benefits like a boost in vitamin D.

    16. Bucket list

    Don’t waste time asking, “I don’t know. What d’you wanna do?” Put some of these ideas, or come up with your own, on slips of paper or write them on colorful popsicle sticks. Then do a random drawing when you’re low on inspiration.

    It’s not unusual to experience a bit of cabin fever at some point. But with some creativity and that extra sweater, you can use your outdoor space to make your home feel bigger and even more comforting than ever before. Find more ways to improve your outdoor living space at the Schlage blog, Pinterest and Instagram.

     

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