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    Empty nest no more? What to do when your college kid moves back.

    August 3, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 3, 2020

    College kid at home | Schlage

    Here are five common challenges families like yours are facing, plus a few ways your home can help maintain peace and peace of mind in your new living situation.

     

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    College in the time of coronavirus. Your 20-something is facing a lot of anxiety about whether they’ll return to campus in the fall or live at home, take some or all of their classes virtually or defer their education until we’ve established a new normal. Last spring’s graduates might be struggling with their next steps. Because you’re a parent, their uncertainty is probably also affecting your own life. And if they’ve moved back home, you have even more challenges to navigate as a family.

     

    According to Zillow, more than two million of the record 32 million adults living with their parents last spring were 18 to 25 years old, so if you find your nest is no longer empty, you aren’t alone. Here are five common challenges families like yours are facing, plus a few ways your home can help maintain peace and peace of mind in your new living situation.

    College student laying on bed with notebooks and computer.

    Challenge #1: Lack of independence

    One of the most common worries of an adult child moving back home is losing their sense of independence. They’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of autonomy while living on their own at school. Many parents worry about their own level of independence as well since, when their kids moved out the first time, they found a new equilibrium. Now that you’re used to a new way of doing things, will your balance be thrown off yet again?

     

    One solution is a smart lock. When you install a Schlage smart lock, it’s easier to give your adult child the freedom to come and go based on their own schedule, whether it’s to get to work or late night meetings with friends. Unique access codes can be made quickly and easily, so no matter when your kids show up, they’ll be covered. There’s no more mad dash to make a spare key and hoping they remember to carry it with them if they’re out of the habit.

     

    If curfew is a point of contention – they think they’re too old for one but you still worry – try setting up notifications on your smartphone so you know when a code has been used. With a compatible app, you’ll know they made it home safely without feeling like you’re hovering.

     

    Life Lesson: Set your expectations from the beginning to avoid conflict down the road. Make it a two-way conversation and be prepared to negotiate. Maybe you agree not to set a curfew, but you do ask that they tell you when they’re leaving and when they’ve returned.

    Challenge #2: Lack of privacy

    If you’ve had an entire house to yourself for a few years, things might feel a bit tight with another body or three. Get creative about how you divvy up the space in your home. Rework your space as necessary to make sure everyone have a place to study, sleep and socialize without crawling on top of each other.

     

    There are lots of options for creating the perfect guest room/office, so don’t fret if you’ve already converted their old bedroom. Many of these tips, like choosing multipurpose furniture, work for any combination room or small space. You might also try some simple décor solutions like decorative screens, curtains or French doors can create a sense of privacy even in close quarters.

     

    Since we love door hardware, we also recommend adding Schlage Custom Combined Interior to your home. The unique design of these knobs and levers lets you switch easily between locking and non-locking functions without replacing the entire lock. So if your craft room is now their bedroom, you can simply switch functions and then back again when they’ve moved out at the end of their stay so everyone gets the privacy they need.

     

    Lastly, consider how you can adjust your home’s layout if you need to quarantine. Your young adult may have different views on social distancing than the older members of your household. Give them their own basement “apartment,” for example, if you’re concerned about them bringing the virus into your home.

     

    Life Lesson: Decide upfront how you’re going to handle each other’s social lives. Do they have to ask before inviting friends over? Will significant others be welcome to spend the night? Is your adult child invited to your own gatherings?

    Challenge #3: Needing everyone to contribute

    As much as everyone wants to maintain their independence, it can be easy to fall into old habits with your kids expecting you to manage all the meals, laundry and cleaning for them. You can ask them to handle chores like doing their own washing up and keeping their room reasonably clean. Or agree to divide and conquer. On days that you cook, ask them to do the dishes, for example.

     

    This phase could be the perfect opportunity to take on some larger DIY tasks. At the most practical level, your adult child is an extra set of hands for holding a ladder while cleaning the gutter, carrying heavy furniture you’re refinishing or relocating, or making yardwork go faster. By taking on projects or learning new DIY skills together, you may find that you can bond with your child more easily and get to know them as an adult.

     

    Life Lesson: Asking your adult child to contribute to the home’s daily upkeep can be a generous alternative to them paying rent.

    Challenge #4: Worrying about feeling stuck

    For some adult children, moving back in with their parents or grandparents can feel depressingly like they’ve stopped making progress toward their ambitions. One way to beat this malaise is to redecorate. Let them update their childhood bedroom to suit their more mature tastes or, at the very least, make it feel different from when they were still wearing braces and pigtails. If you’re worried about them not matching your own style and don’t want to re-redecorate when they move out again, try some of these temporary décor ideas.

     

    Life Lesson: Seek balance between being supportive and giving your college student their space. You want to do your part to help them avoid any anxiety associated with moving back home but you also want them feeling capable when it’s time for the next stage. “Safety, security and familiarity can be a powerful thing for a young adult looking for a base to regroup, reassess and plan for the future,” writes Community for Accredited Online Schools.

    Challenge #5: Being on different schedules

    The college student who is just starting their day at 10 p.m. and makes nachos after midnight is a cliché for a reason. If you’re turning in for the night when they’re turning up the TV, trouble can ensue. Install adjustable lighting so the brightness doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night. Dimmer switches, directional lighting around cabinets and even old-fashioned plug-in nightlights can help them see their way around without causing a disruption. If they’re a little too noisy, you can soundproof your bedroom with sound-dampening panels, soundproof wallpaper or sealing gaps around your door.

     

    If your smart home voice assistant seems to be yelling at all hours of the day and night, switch Amazon Alexa to Whisper Mode or Google Home to Night Mode. Alexa’s Whisper Mode, as you’d expect, makes her quietly issue her responses without waking up the entire house. Google’s Night Mode lets you turn down your assistant’s volume and LED screen’s brightness as well as keep your devices from speaking at all.

     

    Finally, try a command center, especially if you feel like ships passing in the night. We often suggest these for parents of younger school-aged children, but you can adapt them to your current needs. Instead of cubbies for a kindergartener’s crayons and toys, consider baskets for each family member’s car keys and sunglasses. A bulletin board is great for chore reminders, giving others a heads-up about when they’ll be holed up studying for an exam or asking someone to pick up more milk at the store … again.

     

    Life Lesson: Join them from time to time. You don’t have to regularly binge Netflix until 2 a.m., but you might find that you enjoy the occasional late night. Time Magazine’s David French discovered he liked playing World of Warcraft with his Boomerang son. Now’s your chance to relive some of your college glory days.

    Touchless access on college campuses

    If your child is going back to campus, know that many universities are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe. That includes installing touchless access solutions on dining halls, libraries and other buildings. They might be as high tech as Schlage’s contactless mobile student IDs or as simple as a foot pull produced by Ives, another Allegion brand. Schlage is most often recognized for the safety and style its door hardware brings to homes, but we are equally proud of our work in the commercial sector, making the places where you work and play just as secure.

     

    While you may find yourself in an unexpected parenting position this year, we hope these tips make it easier to enjoy your time together and build stronger intergenerational bonds. If you’re also planning for back-to-school with younger kids, check out our recent blog about using household routines to keep your family safe and sane this fall. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter to share your ideas with us.

     

    Healthy home routines for returning to school after COVID.

    July 30, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Little girl on first day of school | Schlage

    Try incorporating these actions into your daily schedule to help keep everyone healthy this fall.

     

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    Your biggest back-to-school concern a year ago might have been getting the right supplies or organizing the carpool schedule. This year will likely be a bit different, and maybe more stressful than usual, if you’re planning to return to school after COVID. The key to making the transition easier is establishing the right routines. Try incorporating these actions into your daily schedule to help keep everyone healthy this fall.
    Little girl smiling at front door on first day of school.

    How can I help my child get ready for school?

    One way to give everyone peace of mind is to practice your routines before the school year even begins. Start getting everyone back on a regular bedtime schedule – being well-rested is a good way to strengthen your immune system anyway – and have your kids start doing things like picking out their clothes and packing a backpack the night before.

     

    You can also have them pack their lunches the night before, even if they’re just going to eat them at the kitchen table later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lunchtime recommendations to help schools to mitigate risk, including having students provide their own meals each day, when possible. If your kids can practice prepping their own lunch, it might help them stay healthier when school is in session, not to mention make your daily task list a bit shorter.

     

    If your school allows it, see if you can visit before the first day. There may be new drop-off and pick-up procedures, classrooms may have moved to accommodate for social distancing and hallways may be one-way. It may help your student’s anxiety to know the protocols beforehand.

     

    Start figuring out what your child does and doesn’t need at school. It’s now believed that the main way the coronavirus is transmitted is through droplets from respiration or saliva. However, it can still survive on surfaces that, when touched, can infect us when we then rub our eyes, mouth or nose. If your child doesn’t need a game or graphic novel in the classroom, make sure it stays home to reduce the chance of contamination.

     

    You might be able to put house keys on that stay-at-home list, too. With a Schlage smart lock, you can give your child their own access code. Then, when they return home, there’s no wondering if they’ve lost the key or where it’s been during the day. They can simply enter their code on the touchscreen. Find out what else parents need to know about smart locks here.

    How do I keep my family healthy when kids go back at school?

    Step one of your back-to-school routine should be washing your hands regularly. You can’t control what your kids do at school, but you can make sure they wash up when they walk in the door after school. Try these entryway ideas for a healthy home, which include rethinking your point of entry so that you’re near a sink the minute you cross the threshold and creating a “shoe quarantine” area.

     

    In addition to leaving shoes at the door to limit the dirt and germs tracked throughout the home, you may want to have kids change their clothes immediately after school. That way, if a classmate sneezed or coughed on your child’s back at some point, you can quickly confine the shirt to the hamper.

     

    Part of your back-to-school COVID routine might also include disinfecting your child’s belongings – their backpack and other school supplies, lunch box, face masks – when they get home. It’s best to follow the CDC’s and manufacturers’ suggestions for disinfecting so that you successfully kill as many germs as possible without damaging anything. If you’re running a carpool, throw some extra disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in the car for everyone to do an initial wipe-down before you even make it out of the drive.

     

    When you’re disinfecting their supplies, you can also check to see if they’re running low on anything they need. Check if you need to restock pens, pencils, paper, art supplies or tissues, for example. This way they’ll be less likely to have to share items, including cooties, with their friends.

     

    At the end of the day, it’s important to connect with your child, perhaps even more so during times of high stress. Talk to them about their day. See if they have any questions or concerns about what’s happening. Ask them how they’re feeling now that they’re back to school but having new, sometimes difficult, experiences.

     

    Build in time to play outside and get some exercise every day. Like sleep, this helps boost everyone’s immune system. The physical activity can also go a long way toward helping your child release stress and, because they might be spending more time at a desk throughout the day, burn off some extra energy. Go for a walk or bike ride together – and leave the keys at home – break out the lawn darts or simply run around the yard.

    How can routines help with e-learning?

    No one is quite sure how the return to school will fare, and different regions have different policies. That means you could still be doing e-learning, either from Day One or in the event of another outbreak. Your child might also be splitting their time, spending a few days a week at school and the others at home. Staggered start times, full-time homeschooling and fewer after-school activities are all possibilities in these uncertain times.

     

    But don’t let that scare you. We can manage this with a consistent routine and a bit of planning. Even when they don’t have to get on the bus, wake them up at the same time each morning and get ready as if they were going to school. Have lunch at the same time each day. Keep them working during “school hours,” but don’t forget to work in periodic breaks, too.

     

    Particularly if you have multiple children on different schedules, you’ll need a command center to keep everything straight. We recommended these for back-to-school in the best of times, but a single location to manage paperwork, calendars, school supplies, announcements and whatever else your family needs could become even more important this fall.

     

    When your kids are e-learning, make sure they have a designated place free of distractions to work. They’ll be more productive and, with luck, so will you. What that work station looks like depends on your child’s needs and how much supervision they require, but you won’t regret giving them a spot of their own.

     

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed during this time of change, we don’t blame you. Among the things you can do ease some of the strain is to make your home welcoming and comfortable. Try these tips for creating a center of calm during stressful times and more at the Schlage blog.

    Healthy routines for returning to school after COVID.

     

    Use your leftover paint with these 15 DIY projects.

    July 27, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    Leftover paint ideas | Schlage

    If you're looking for creative ways to use up your leftover paint, these 15 DIY projects are sure to inspire you.

     

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    You’ve read a lot about DIY painting projects lately and probably took on a few of your own. Now you have samples or leftovers just hanging around. Of course you can always store the remnants and save them for future touchups, but what if you’re still feeling crafty? Here are 15 creative projects to use up leftover paint.
    Leftover paint cans and brushes.

    1. Accent wall

    If you have a large amount of paint left over but still not enough to do an entire room, now’s your chance to try an accent wall. Remember that not all accent walls have to be bright blue or daring red. That soft green you just used for the living room might look lovely in the bedroom. Try it behind your headboard if it complements other, darker walls.

     

    When you have smaller amounts but like the idea of an accent wall, consider designs instead of a solid color. Tape off stripes like Organized*ish – she painted between two strips of tape for minimal paint use – or go freehand like My Style Vita.

    2. Trims

    Baseboards don’t have to be white, and neither do your window frames. Door frames don’t have to match the color of the door, either. Use your smaller amounts of paint to spice up the details. This can be especially fun in a child’s room or eclectic powder room.

    3. Doors

    When painting, we often think of entire rooms or artwork. And if we do think about painting our doors, it’s usually just touchups after our kids have done a number on them. But having leftover paint is the perfect opportunity to switch the color from builder’s grade white, paint just the inset for some sophisticated detail (or to fake sophisticated detail on a hollow core door) or really think outside of the box with an “accent door.” Need more ideas? Paint just one side of the door, give each side (or each door) a different color or sneak in a new color by painting the edges.

    Try this DIY painting project especially if you have a smaller room and are struggling to decorate without adding clutter. It introduces visual interest and color without taking up valuable space.

    4. Cabinets

    Replacing cabinets are expensive and time-consuming. Giving them a new look by painting isn’t revolutionary advice. But when even that job seems a bit too much right now, try freshening up parts of your cabinets with leftover paint. Maybe it’s painting the trim. It could be a new hue for just the upper or lower cabinets for a two-tone look. Maybe it’s the backs of the cabinets and shelves for an unexpected pop of color when you open them. In addition to the kitchen, don’t forget the cabinets in your bathrooms, laundry rooms and other storage areas.

    5. Drawers

    Like our cabinet tip above, you can paint drawers in unexpected ways with small quantities of paint. A Girl and a Glue Gun shows how painting the sides can reveals a touch of unexpected fun when you open the drawers.

    6. Furniture

    There are so many options for updating furniture with leftover paint, we don’t even know where to start. Chairs and tables are always prime candidates, and remember that you don’t have to paint the whole thing. Apply a coat just to the legs or the top of that end table/nightstand/occasional table/kid’s workstation/desk/coffee table … We said you had options, right? Don’t forget about lamp bases, book cases and dog beds.

    7. Floors

    There are special considerations when painting a floor, but don’t let it scare you. If redoing the entire floor is out of your comfort zone or budget, consider a stenciled pattern. Faux rugs can be very stylish, not to mention easy to clean.

    8. Murals

    Show your artistic streak by painting a mural, either right on the wall or on a canvas. The best home accessories are the ones that have special meaning, and often that means a piece of artwork that you created yourself. Give your kids a paint brush and canvas and see what they can do. You might have the next Picasso on your hands and not even know it.

    9. Fireplace

    It’s summertime, so the fireplace might not be top of mind. Think of it as getting a jump on the busy holiday season. Or maybe you want to brighten it up for the warmer months. Depending on the size of your fireplace and the amount of paint you have, you can paint the face and surround. For a smaller job, focus on the mantel.

    10. Fabrics

    For some of us, fabrics aren’t the first place our mind goes when thinking about paint jobs. But this can be your go-to solution, especially if you want to use up leftover spray paint. Outdoor rugs and doormats often take well to paint jobs. Indoors, consider curtains, including shower curtains, pillows and lampshades.

    11. Utensil handles

    Wooden spoons are useful but boring. Dip or paint the handles of kitchen utensils and they can instantly match any décor.

    12. Frames

    Whether they surround a mirror or a picture, painting frames is a quick way to add color and use up the last dribs and drabs of paint. If you have a gallery wall, use the same paint to give all the frames a uniform look. But if you have a collection of leftovers or samples (it is hard to make up your mind sometimes), painting each frame a different color can take your artwork to new levels of vibrancy and interest.

    13. Flower pots

    Paint flower pots to help give your garden that extra personal touch. This is a great craft for kids. It might give them a greater sense of ownership over those herbs you’re helping them grow this season, or they might want to decorate it as a gift for someone.

    14. Storage containers

    Plastic bins are great for organizing but not always pretty to look at. Coat them in a solid layer of paint or go to town with the design of your choice. The same applies to vases, jars, baskets and any other storage container.

    15. Base coat for a future job

    When you make a dramatic switch from dark to light paint, it can take a lot of work to cover up the old color. You might be able to use your leftovers as a base coat or primer for a future job.

     

    A bit of sweat equity can be incredibly rewarding when it comes to making your home uniquely you, even more so when you’re able to upcycle materials. Find more DIY projects at the Schlage blog or get inspired on our Pinterest board.

     

    DIY staycation ideas for the perfect vacation at home.

    July 17, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 17, 2020

    Staycation ideas | Schlage

    Opting for a staycation is an ideal way to save money, reduce the spread of coronavirus and stay healthy, or simply reimagine what it means to explore.

     

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    Are you like the majority of Americans, skipping the traditional vacation this year? Opting for a staycation is an ideal way to save money, reduce the spread of coronavirus and stay healthy, or simply reimagine what it means to explore. Even with these benefits, however, you might be worried about missing out. Here are our tips for making your home the perfect staycation destination.
    Dog laying on bed with sleep mask on.

    Staycation ideas you can DIY

    A few home improvement projects might be in order to help you make the most of your staycation. Tackle some of these tasks before your summer vacation at home even starts or save some of your favorites if you like to stay busy during your time off.

     

    • Install a pool. Many public swimming pools are not operating as usual this summer. You can install your own using a stock tank purchased at most farming supply stores or go for something that’s easier on the budget. A plastic kiddie pool is perfect for letting the little ones splash around or for you to soak your feet with a cool beverage and a book. If you’re up for calling in the pros, sand pools are a hot trend right now.
    • Build the kids a treehouse, sandbox or other play area. We all know that a bored kid has the potential to rain on even the sunniest vacations.

    • Create an outdoor home theater. Sometimes all you need is some PVC pipe and a sheet.
    • Install a fire pit. Perfect for roasting marshmallows, stargazing late into the night or mimicking that camping trip you long for, this is a DIY project you’ll enjoy long after your staycation.

    • Hang a relaxing hammock. If you don’t have a shady tree to anchor it to, try a stand-alone frame or one of Houzz’s suggestions for hanging a hammock on a porch, balcony or indoors.

    • Finish that gardening project around the deck to create the oasis you seek. It’ll be easier to find moments of peace when you’re surrounded by beautiful nature and beautiful greenery.

    Ideas for staying in while staying home

    Not all staycations take place during the sunshine and summer, though. Here are some staycation ideas for wintery and rainy days. Some of them might seem mundane, but you’ll be glad to have your home feeling snug and working well.

     

    • Upgrade your fireplace. Clean the flue and check that everything is in good repair to avoid fire hazards. A faux mantel might be just the ticket if you need a style pick-me-up.
    • Maintenance your HVAC system so you know your home will be nice and cozy for your lazy days in. Your wallet will thank you for the boost in efficiency as well.

    • Host a living room picnic. How elaborate you make it is up to you. Throw down a blanket and grab some take-out. Or surround yourself with potted plants to create the illusion of dinner in a hidden jungle. The kids might like eating in a pillow fort, too.
    Father and son playing and eating inside blanket fort.
    • Create a hot beverage station. Bar carts are great for entertaining, but when it’s just you and the family and the cooler weather has moved in, make sure you’re stocked with all the fixings for hot chocolate, coffee or something a bit stronger. We think your drink station should also be placed for convenience for frequent use, so go ahead and leave everything on the kitchen counter.

    • Make a terrarium to add low-maintenance indoor plants to your décor and, if you have kids, let them create tiny fantasy worlds by adding toys like little plastic dinosaurs, Lego people or miniature farm animals.
    Mother and child building a terrarium.
    • Put your minds to the test by having Alexa or your favorite voice assistant quiz you and the family with trivia.

    • Finally put those photos in an album, finish the scrapbook you’ve been working on since before the kids were born, take up knitting or try your hand at a new craft.

    Year-round staycation ideas

    Some projects are ideal for any time. Try these things to do on a staycation, no matter the season.

     

    Bathtub with candles and green plants.
    • Re-create your favorite holiday spot. If you’re pining way for an annual beach trip that isn’t happening this year, bring the sea to you. Add coastal décor, display photos from past trips, create a play list of ocean sounds and invest in scented candles inspired by the salty sea air. Indulge in a seafood extravaganza, treat yourself to new fluffy towels and, to really go the extra mile, only use tiny shampoos.

    • Create a list of fun staycation activities for kids – scavenger hunt, fishing trip, cookie baking – and draw one from a hat each day. It might take some planning if you’ll need special craft supplies or new gear, but it’ll keep everyone occupied. The element of surprise will keep it from feeling like another chore.

    Better staycations with pre-cleaning

    Some of us at Schlage do a major house cleaning before leaving on vacation. This is even more important when it comes to staycations. Give your home a luxurious, fresh feel from the start. You’ll probably still have a few chores along the way, but no mountains of laundry or stacks of bills.

    Little boy with superhero mask and blanket cape next to washing machine.

    Here are some of our preferred cleaning tasks to help make your staycation feel like a vacation:

     

    • Wash and change the sheets. Everyone likes clean sheets. Go extra lux and buy new ones before your “trip.”

    • Clean the bathrooms, especially if you plan on treating yourself to a spa day.

    • Stock the kitchen. If you’re going to use your time off to try new, grand recipes, make sure you have all the ingredients. Even if you’re going order take-out every night, you’ll need snacks.

    • Ditch the clutter. Pay special attention to your entryway, coffee tables and bedroom where you’ll want to relax.

    • Place fresh flowers in at least one room. The natural pop of color and scent will help you see your space with new eyes.

    • Wash your patio furniture. It’ll be easier to head out and relax whenever the mood strikes if you don’t have to hose everything down first.

    • Clean your grill and make sure you have enough propane to get you through the staycation.

     

    When there are so many possibilities, it’s easy to see why staycations are better than your typical trip. Whether you’re planning a vacation at home or merely want to find ways to make your house more peaceful, Schlage can help. Find DIY tips and tricks on our blog or follow us on Pinterest for inspiration.

    Staycation ideas

     

    10 remodeling projects to tackle before selling your house.

    July 15, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    House for sale | Schlage

    One of the biggest questions of real estate is what remodeling projects to complete before you sell your house. Here's our top 10.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    One of the biggest questions of real estate is what remodeling projects to complete before you sell your house. You want to make your home enticing enough for a quick sale, but you don’t want to spend more money than you have to for updates you’ll never get to enjoy. Here is our list of 10 remodeling projects to consider before putting your house on the market.

    House with for sale by owner sign in front.

    1. Landscaping

    Potential homebuyers often make their decision within the first few seconds of seeing a house. If your yard leaves something to be desired, it’ll be an especially hard sell even after you get them inside. Existing plants should be well-maintained, so trim the shrubs, prune unruly trees and try to get the grass looking green. Splashes of color always look beautiful. Consider what you can do with flower beds and even pots or window boxes.

    2. Front door

    Just like with landscaping, your entryway makes an important first impression. Upgrade your front door to give homebuyers a clue of the beautiful home to expect when they cross the threshold. This remodel is one of the easy ones – a new coat of paint for the door, new door hardware and updated accessories like house numbers, door knockers and lighting. You might also consider a Schlage smart lock, which can be a positive draw for homebuyers who love smart home security.

    3. Parking

    Off-street parking is a major selling point and some homebuyers are willing to pay a premium for it. This is a prime time to redo the driveway, show off your garage to its greatest advantage or give it a makeover. According to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, when you replace a garage door, you can expect to recoup around 97.5 percent of your investment when you sell.

    4. Windows

    Replacing, or even just fixing, windows can impact resale in a few ways. Many homebuyers love natural light, particularly in areas like the living room. Consider new windows that let in the light better. Cracked, warped or drafty windows can be a major turnoff for energy-conscious buyers. Especially if they’re house hunting in the winter, many people will look for windows that let in the cold air, then make a swift exit if they find some.

    5. Lighting

    This tip goes for your home’s interior and exterior. Inside, consider replacing the lighting fixtures in bedrooms and communal areas. Brighter spaces can feel more inviting and may even make a room feel larger. Outside, you may want to add lighting around walkways, the garage or back patios. Well-lit exteriors reduce safety risks such as tripping at night and discourage potential burglars.

    6. Minor kitchen remodel

    Think of a “minor” remodel as one that is primarily cosmetic with no changes to overall layout. Leave the cabinets on the walls and don’t try to relocate the stove. Instead, consider upgrades like painting cabinet facings, replacing the countertops – although probably not with anything as extravagant as marble – and updating the lights, sink and faucets. Replacing the flooring with something resilient to water, stains and scuffs is also a plus in an area as high traffic as the kitchen. The 2019 Cost vs. Value Report indicates that focusing on the kitchen is likely best for return on investment when it comes to interior jobs. Minor kitchen remodels result in 80.5 percent recouped expenses.

    7. Flooring

    Hardwood floors are a major selling point for a lot of people. They can get expensive though, so weigh the pros and cons carefully. True hardwood has its maintenance considerations, but laminate or vinyl can look cheap. If you already have hardwood floors, you might just need to reseal or stain them. If you’re sticking with carpet, make sure you give them a good clean. They’ll look nicer and help to get rid of those odors that you don’t even notice anymore.

    8. Molding

    For a touch of elegance to otherwise plain walls and ceilings, consider architectural molding. Like flooring, this can get expensive depending on the look you’re going for and if you have it done professionally. There’s always the DIY molding route, though. With some time and effort, this is one detail that could pay off huge.

    9. Ceilings

    Most of us notice walls and floors when we look at a room, but the ceiling makes a difference, too. If you have popcorn ceiling, it’s time to remove it. Cracks also need to be repaired before you do anything else. Once the basics are taken care of, a fresh coat of paint might be in order as well. Find tips for painting ceilings in our blog archive.

    10. Faux reno

    A faux renovation – one that gives the illusion of an overhaul without the price tag – is a great option to reduce costs while still making a big impact. Focus on cosmetics like replacing lighting or plumbing fixtures, updating your interior door hardware, sprucing up cabinets with new pulls and choosing wall paint colors that will appeal to a wide audience.

    Visit the Schlage blog for more DIY tips. You can also find moving tips and advice on buying or selling homes at Schlage.com.

     

    How to choose the best hardware when building a new home.

    July 13, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 13, 2020

    New home build | Schlage

    When building a new home, the options for materials, fixtures and finishing touches are endless. Here’s what you need to know to select the best door hardware for your new build.

     

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    Are you thinking of building a new home or in the process of working with a builder to create your dream house? Building a new home can be quite a process, filled with paying close attention to details big and small. The options often seem endless, and in many cases it can be a rather stressful situation. We want to shed some light on the door hardware selection process and hopefully make it a little easier for you to find something that looks great and, more importantly, keeps your family secure.
    Farmhouse style white ranch new build.

    Make your custom home secure

    You’ve invested a lot into your new home, but protecting your family is the most important investment you’ll make. When it comes to exterior door hardware, deadbolts are your first line of defense. Schlage mechanical deadbolts and smart locks are rated among the industry’s best in Security, Durability and Finish by the BHMA. Their superior security and quality metal construction provide you with peace of mind, no matter if you put them on your front door, back patio or garage entry. And when you choose one of our smart deadbolts, you gain keyless convenience and remote access from anywhere. We help make your smart home a secure home.

     

    Part of the beauty of building your own home is that you get to bring your unique sense of style to the space – more on that in a minute. For now, know that Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware allows you to choose your decorative door knobs and levers at an affordable price without sacrificing the highest quality of residential security. Because, let's face it. If it doesn't withstand something as everyday as a child hanging from the lever and as vital as a sledgehammer attack, it doesn't really matter how nice your lock looks. We think peace of mind means feeling good about your style choices as well as being confident in your safety.

    Show your style savvy

    Schlage makes decisions easier and you’ll never have to sacrifice style, thanks to a variety of design and finish options. We offer interior and exterior door hardware that perfectly complements every area of your home. It’s the perfect way to capture your personal taste with details that make a statement. And remember that you can choose the same finish for all your hardware, from the front door to the back and everywhere in between. Suiting the finish and design of your door hardware helps you get that cohesive look that makes your home feel complete.

     

    Whether you’re building a home with contemporary architecture or one with a more traditional feel, we have something for you. For example, look to our door locks with a Matte Black finish. The dark hue adds a refined touch to minimalist décor as well as a punch of boldness if you opted for rich, deep paints. For a more traditional feel, consider Schlage’s Aged Bronze knobs with a classic patina feel. The possibilities are endless when you consider our range of finishes.

     

    Don’t forget to ask your builder about additional finishes that may be available only to trade professionals, too. Schlage’s Black Stainless is a stylish alternative to Matte Black and is currently exclusive to builders. It’s a great way to get a unique look ahead of your neighbors.

    Live your perfect life

    When it comes to interior door hardware, the Schlage Custom Combined Interior makes sure your home can grow with you. With privacy and passage functions combined in one lock, you can change your doors from locking to non-locking based on your needs without having to replace the entire lock. Go from an office to a nursery and back again easily and seamlessly. It’s the ideal solution if you plan to stay in your home for years to come.

     

    Schlage products also feature a Limited Lifetime Mechanical and Finish Warranty and a 3-Year Electronics Warranty for smart locks. Why should this be important to you? Because it’s our promise to support you during the lifetime of your lock, even if something breaks or the finish starts to show some wear. You can have confidence in the quality and craftsmanship of every Schlage product, whether it’s a mechanical knob or a smart deadbolt. Our warranties are a commitment to earning your trust.

     

    It’s easy to overlook door hardware amidst all the other decisions you’re making during a home build. But when you consider door knobs, levers and deadbolts early in the process along with other fixtures in the home, like when choosing your doors, kitchen faucets and bathroom hardware, you can be sure that you will have a cohesive design throughout the entire home. Our Style Selector Tool can help you determine what look is right for you and choose products that complement your design taste.

     

    Feel free to drop by our Schlage Facebook page and tell us about the home you’re building or find inspiration on Pinterest.

     

    Simple fixes for common DIY mistakes.

    July 10, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 10, 2020

    DIY fixes | Schlage

    When you take on home improvement projects, things don’t always go as planned. The good news is that even the scariest DIY mistakes can be fixed. Here’s how.

     

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    It’s your worst DIY nightmare – the paint color you picked isn’t what you expected, there’s a hole in the wall, all you wanted was to simply replace a door knob but the old one won’t come off. When you take on home improvement projects, things don’t always go as planned. The good news is that even the scariest DIY mistakes can be fixed. Here’s how.
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    Paint faux pas

    When we were sheltering at home during coronavirus quarantine, many of us reached for a paint brush to stay busy. It was a great idea! Are you 100% happy with the finished product? Here are some tips for fixing common painting errors.

     

    Challenge #1: You chose the wrong color. It might be too bright or too green. Maybe that Art Deco-inspired jewel tone that’s so popular this year doesn’t match your tastes after all.

     

    How to fix it: Here are a few hacks for fixing your paint job. Add a detail like stripes in a different shade of the same color. A little contrast, lighter or darker depending on what’s needed, can help get the overall look closer to the right hue. You might also consider keeping the original color as an accent wall and updating the others if the shade is right but just a bit overwhelming.

     

    Stow and Tellu has tips for fixing the wrong paint color without repainting. We love how they toned down the yellow tones in their new paint simply by switching up the room’s furniture and wood finishes.

    Challenge #2: The color is perfect, but you see all kinds of imperfections, blobs and drips.

     

    How to fix it: Gently scrape the dried drips with a paint scraper, sand and repaint. Blend the new coat in carefully, making sure to remove excess paint from your brush or roller as that’s likely what caused the problem in the first place.

     

    Challenge #3: You really committed to giving your home a new look and painted more than one room, each in a different color. Unfortunately, now it looks like a patchwork quilt.

     

    How to fix it: If you need to reclaim some cohesive design, you could repaint. But who has the time, budget or inclination? Instead, try using other décor elements to tie everything together. Neutral accessories like a beige bedding, gray sofa cover or natural-wood furniture will help tone down the overzealous color palette without buying more paint supplies.

     

    Challenge #4: The new color is dramatically different than the old and you can still see the previous paint, even after all your best efforts.

     

    How to fix it: Instead of layering on coat after coat of the new color, try a latex primer instead. One, maybe two coats of the primer if the original color was particularly deep, will give you a truer new color when you do paint.

    Horrible holes

    Challenge: One of the great things about owning your own home is being able to decorate the walls however you want. There’s no landlord to throw a fit over holes from hanging pictures or shelving, but you don’t want to look at those holes every day, either. Depending on how many imperfections you’re dealing with – those who discontinued their gallery wall know what we’re talking about – this should be a fairly quick fix.

     

    How to fix it: If you’re just dealing with nail punctures, all you’ll need is to fill the hole with some spackling. Use a putty knife to get an even, flat application. Then sand the area lightly and finish with paint touch-ups. Larger holes will need a mesh or bridging material before applying the spackling. Kits are available to help with bigger jobs.

    Door disappointments

    Updating doors and door hardware is a stylish and relatively inexpensive way to enhance the look of your home. These DIY projects sometimes present unique challenges, though.

     

    Challenge #1: You don’t have to remove hinges before painting a door. There are ways to protect your door hardware, but sometimes even our best efforts can’t prevent paint dripping onto hinges, knobs and latches.

     

    How to fix it: Some DIYers have suggested using a Magic Eraser and plastic scraper, which lets you leave the hinges on the jamb, but you’ll need some muscle to get results. For a less labor-intensive option, remove the hinges, then treat them with a paint stripper, boil them in water or use a heat gun. Pretty Handy Girl shares the steps for each of these methods. Before doing any cleaning, however, be sure to refer to manufacturers’ cleaning suggestions. Some finishes may be damaged by certain cleaning solutions.

     

    Challenge #2: You can’t get that stubborn door hardware off. Antique door knobs were manufactured differently. Sometimes they just don’t want to let go if they’ve been painted repeatedly over the decades.

     

    How to fix it: To remove old hardware with hidden screws on the interior, look for a small slot on the side of the door handle. Insert a flathead screwdriver into that slot and pull the handle away. You should then be able to unscrew the escutcheon. The rest should be pretty straightforward, and you can unscrew the strikeplate on the door’s edge to complete the removal.

     

    If layers of paint are keeping the escutcheon “glued” to the door, use a utility knife to score around the edge of the hardware. If there’s caked-on paint covering the screwheads, use a screwdriver and a hammer to gently tap to clear out the grooves. Take your time to avoid injury to your hands, the hardware or the door.

     

    Challenge #3: Gouged doors: If you had to fight to get your old door hardware off, or if you have rambunctious kids, you might be dealing with some dings in your door.

     

    How to fix it: To repair small scratches or gouges in a wooden door, simply sand the affected area and fill with wood putty. For larger gouges, try an epoxy wood filler. If you have a fiberglass or metal door, take a lesson – and supplies – from auto repair. Home Tips gives the details.

    Challenge #4: All Schlage door hardware is guaranteed to fit standard door preparation. We know, however, that doors on traditional homes might not come with standard doors.

     

    How to fix it: You may need to drill larger or new bore holes. These instructions for installing a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lock apply for nearly any kind of door hardware, not just the smart deadbolt.

     

    Challenge #5: Doors that stick, rub or don’t shut properly are often caused by a problem with their alignment. We most often see this problem when the weather changes and materials around the door shrink or expand with the moisture in the air. Sometimes it’s because the house has begun to settle on its foundation. And sometimes it’s because we updated the door’s frame or flooring below it.

     

    How to fix it: There are a few ways to fix your door alignment, depending on why it’s rubbing. First, check the screws of your hinges. They might just need a simple tightening. Use a screwdriver instead of a power drill for better control and to avoid causing damage. If you still need to make a larger adjustment, try driving a long screw into the door jamb to “move” the hinge closer to the frame. If none of these does the trick, you may need to use a belt sander to plane the door, essentially creating more space so it doesn’t rub. Family Handyman can help with each of these methods.

     

    DIY projects can be extremely rewarding and let you put your own stamp on your home. Now that you know how to fix some of the most common home improvement mistakes, there’s little to keep you from tackling that project you’ve always wanted to do. Find inspiration for your next handy venture at the Schlage blog or follow us on Pinterest.

     

    Want a secure home for your pet? Try a catio.

    July 6, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 6, 2020

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    Looking for a safe space for your cat to enjoy? Try a catio. Here's what you need to build a DIY catio.

     

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    They show their love by bringing you dead birds or lizards. Why don’t you show your love for them in a way that’s a bit less lethal? We’re talking about catios. Here’s what you need to build a DIY catio. Because let’s face it. The cat isn’t going to do it for you.

    What is a catio?

    Quite simply, it’s a cat patio. Country Living describes it as “a man cave (or she-shed) for Whiskers.” They come in a variety of sizes, from as small as a window box to as large and extravagant as a series of pathways and treehouses.

    What are the benefits of a catio?

    Catios can help keep your furry friend safe and healthy, according to the Humane Society. An indoor/outdoor cat can encounter many dangers when out on the prowl – traffic, predators, unkind humans and diseases to name a few. The same goes for a formerly feral cat you’ve adopted or a special needs kitty who loves the outdoors but needs some additional protection.

     

    With a catio, they still get the thrill, fresh air and stimulation of being outdoors without the risk. Other animals in your neighborhood will also be protected when Kitty can no longer chase birds and other critters.

    What do I need for a DIY catio?

    Your catio can be as large and elaborate as you want, or you can keep it simple, perfect for a lounge kitty who just likes to enjoy a soft breeze. Aside from the structure itself, you’ll probably want the following items:

    • Water bowl. We recommend skipping the food bowl, which can attract racoons and other wild animals.

    • Door and/or tunnel to get from the house to the patio. An electronic cat door that’s triggered to open and close with a sensor in Kitty’s collar is a good option.

    • Something to climb on and perches.

    • A bed, hammock or pillows for catnaps.

    • Shady spots for when the temperatures climb. Or, as Houzz recommends, a heating pad for when the weather cools off.

    • A roof to protect your cat from the elements.

    • Scratching post. If you’re going for an all-natural look, you might use a tree or log instead of something store-bought.
    Some optional features are a seating area for you so you can hang out with Kitty, toys and plants. Be sure to choose plants that are not toxic to cats. If you have multiple cats and they don’t always get along, another great reason to build a catio, you may want multiple access points in case someone gets too territorial.

    How do I build a catio?

    The most common way to build your own catio is to purchase kits online and then put your DIY skills to use. Catio Spaces and Habitat Haven each have a variety of designs.

     

    If you’re feeling creative and confident, however, creating one from scratch is certainly possible. This Old House shows us how to make a window-height enclosure for about $500. And this video from Cuteness DIY turns an IKEA bookshelf into the perfect catio.

     

    For something a bit larger, which is ideal if you have the space or more than one cat, try this tutorial from Instructables. One more option is to repurpose a large dog kennel like you might see outdoors anyway. Catster shows how they added PVC pipe to help kitty-proof it and keep their rescues from pulling a Houdini act.

     

    Not a cat person? Check out some porch puppies instead. There’s also a collection of more DIY projects on the Schlage blog, no matter which critter camp you belong to.

     

    Road trip gadgets to make your vacation safe and memorable.

    July 1, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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    If you’re planning a road trip this summer, you may want to pack some gadgets and accessories to make the trip safer and more enjoyable.

     

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    Few things are as freeing as the wind in your hair and the open road ahead of you. If you’re planning a road trip this summer, you may want to pack some gadgets and accessories to make the trip safer and more enjoyable. Check out some of our picks for road trip gadgets and accessories.
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    Pack some entertainment

    If the first thing you plan when someone yells “road trip!” is your playlist and snacks, then you’re definitely in it for the fun. Get the most out of your experience with some of these travel devices.

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    • USB charger
      You always have a cell phone or other device that needs to be charged, and a long road trip only makes that a bigger deal. Choose a car charger with multiple USB ports and don’t forget the people in the backseat. Belkin has one with a longer cable so everyone can plug in.

    • Mobile hot spot
      Whether you need to connect in the car, at the campsite or somewhere without free WiFi, a mobile hot spot can help you stay in touch. We recommended the Skyroam Solis in our gift guide for travelers.

    • Bluetooth adapter
      If your older car doesn’t have a Bluetooth connection, get an adapter like the Nulaxy KM18 so you can listen to classic road trip music from your phone. Because it also helps with hands-free calling, we could have put this in the safety section below as well.

    • Cord organizer
      You have everything you need, but now you can’t find it because you’re drowning in cables and small devices. Get an organizer to keep everything together and tangle-free. There’s nothing worse than buying a replacement charger, only to find it between the seats the next day.

    • Travel vacuum
      No, it’s not about sucking up those errant Cheerios your kids dropped. This small vacuum from Vago helps compress items in your luggage to make more space. If you’re already feeling the pinch in the car and know you’ll be picking up souvenirs along the way, be sure to pick up this little gadget.

    • Amazon Alexa
      If you’re one of the lucky people whose car comes with Alexa Auto, you can use the voice assistant the same way in your car as you would at home. Everyone else might like the Garmin Speak, which connects with Alexa and lets you make many of the same requests. Whether you have Alexa Auto or the Garmin, you can ask Alexa for directions, get traffic reports, play games and more.

    • Travel apps
      There’s no shortage of travel apps helping you find the best gas prices, nearby restaurants and hotel accommodations. Others can guide you to attractions. Try FreeTour for locating free and budget tours in the area, or Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder for national, state and city parks. Both are free for Android and iOS.

    Plan safe travels

    Even with the greatest gadgets, it’s hard to enjoy your trip if you’re worried about staying safe and healthy. Stock your car with these items, some more high tech than others, so you can focus on what’s important – family fun.

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    • Cell phone car mount
      You don’t want to be bumbling around with your phone at any point as the driver. A car mount is a necessity, especially if you plan to use your cell phone as a GPS. Choose a mount that works best for you, whether it attaches on the windshield, dashboard or air vent.

    • Tile Mate
      Stop worrying about your keys and try Tile Mate. This Bluetooth-connected tracker attaches to your keyring and transmits its location if you’ve misplaced your keys.

    • Jump start kit
      Hopefully you have a kit to jump start your car with you at all times, but it’s especially important on a road trip where you might be hours away from the closest service station. A high-tech version like the Anker Compact Car Jump Starter and Portable Charger can help get you back on the road quickly and easily. And don’t forget the rechargeable LED road flares.

    • First aid kit
      Before you hit the road, check that your first aid kit is fully stocked and that all items are still in good working order. Some items do expire, so inspect them closely. You might also download the First Aid by American Red Cross app on your phone.

    • Disinfecting kit
      When traveling during COVID-19, you’ll want extra cleaning materials close at hand. You won’t always have soap and water available, especially if you’re camping or using lots of public restrooms. Stock a kit with hand sanitizer, paper towels, antibacterial wipes and some extra masks. Remember that even if you live in an area that doesn’t require personal protective equipment in public places, you might be traveling somewhere that does. It’s best to be prepared.

    • Smart lock
      OK, so this isn’t so much for your car as it is for your peace of mind. With a smart lock like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere. Use an app to make sure you locked your door before you left. If someone is checking on pets or plants while you’re away, you can create unique access codes so you don’t have to give them a spare key. Use the app again to make sure they locked up after performing their neighborly duties.

    Ride large in an RV

    A lot of the items above are ideal no matter what kind of vehicle you’re in, but some apps and gadgets are especially helpful for the RV traveler.

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    • Kitchen tools
      One of the nice things about traveling by RV is that you can be more self-sufficient. If you have a kitchen onboard, you don’t have to eat at restaurants as often. If you plan to cook for yourself, try a solar oven, Instant Pot and stovetop cover to make meal prep easier, safer and more energy efficient.

    • CO alarm
      Carbon monoxide in your RV is nothing to take lightly. Some rigs come with a CO detector, but if not, invest in one. Be sure to double-check the batteries before heading out.

    • Tire pressure monitor
      A tire gauge is handy to have no matter the vehicle, but with something as large as an RV, you need to stay extra vigilant with tire pressure. Accutire takes Consumer Reports’ top five spots for best digital pressure gauges.

    • Dehumidifier
      Moisture in your RV is something that a lot of people complain about but few think about before it’s too late. The dehumidifier doesn’t have to be huge to help make your ride more comfortable and help keep your RV in good shape.

    • RV toilet paper
      It would be easy to make a joke about needing plenty of toilet paper during a post-COVID road trip, but when talking about RVs, remember that special TP is often needed. The same goes for compressed paper towels. You’ll need towels, so make sure you choose something that doesn’t take up much space and can be disposed of properly.

    A fantastic road trip isn’t just about the car and the destination. Take these home security steps before leaving for vacation so you can enjoy the ride and come back to things just as you left them.

     

    10 unusual places to upcycle your old door locks and hardware.

    June 30, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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    Here are 10 unexpected places to put your old door knobs, levers and other hardware, adding style and function to your home.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Door knobs belong on doors, right? Yes. And no. You might be wondering what to do with old door locks and hardware when you’ve changed your look or if you’ve found some vintage gems secondhand. Here are 10 unexpected places to put your door knobs, levers and other hardware, adding style and function to your home.

    1. On the wall

    One popular place to use your old door hardware is in your entryway. Mount the knobs either directly to the wall or affix them to salvaged wood or reclaimed trim, for an upcycled coat rack. You can use all matching hardware or go for a more eclectic or rustic look with knobs in different materials and finishes.

    Door knobs can also be used for hanging wall art. A Tree Lined Street uses them on their gallery wall, and we love how they’re both entirely practical while also giving extra visual interest to your artistic display.

    2. With the curtains

    One way to give your window treatments a unique look is to play with variations of curtain rods. Door knobs make beautiful finials – those end caps on the rods – or as the actual fixtures you hang your curtains from like we see at Houzz.com.

    Use door knobs as curtain tie-backs, too. Older hardware gives any window a vintage feel, especially when paired with a tasseled tie. But you aren’t limited to the antique designs. If there’s a more contemporary style of knob you love, we say go for that.

    3. On furniture

    If you have a larger piece of furniture, it can be tough to find a drawer pull in the right proportions, especially if you’re trying to capture a very specific feel. Expand your search beyond cabinet pulls and consider door knobs or grips as well.

    4. In the closet

    This storage hack uses handle grips, and you might be kicking yourself for not thinking of it sooner. Whether in a bedroom walk-in or an entryway closet, gain extra hanging space when you attach a handle either underneath the shelving or to the inside face of the door for scarves and ties. Here’s a handy variation for the laundry room from Pigskins & Pigtails.

    Using the same idea as No. 1 above with the coat rack, you can make a smaller rack for jewelry. You often see these attached to a frame that you can mount in a larger closet or hang near a bathroom mirror – wherever you need it most. We especially like the idea of mixing and matching the sizes of the knobs and door pulls. Larger knobs work great for scarves or hats, smaller ones for necklaces or bracelets, and pulls for earrings.

    5. On the table

    Turn your old door knobs upside down, affix some coiled or decorative wire and you have the perfect stand for holiday cards and family photos. For grander tablescapes, display the table number or your guests’ names when you have assigned seating for a crowd. It’s great for holiday feasts and DIY weddings.

    6. From the ceiling

    Personalize the cord on your ceiling fan with an upcycled door knob. Rustique Art shows how to pull this off so that you can look as good, and as cool, as you feel.

    7. In the bathroom

    It seems that we always have small items – cotton balls, makeup brushes, bobby pins – running amok on the bathroom counter. For a unique way to keep everything in its proper place, upcycle some decorative containers or apothecary jars, adding a beautiful door knob to the lids. You can match the knobs to the other finishes you have in your bathroom or take advantage of those that come in colorful glass for a bit of sparkle and glam.

    8. In the kitchen

    Remember those grips you attached underneath the closet shelving? Use the same type of hardware as handles on a serving tray. It’ll come in handy for breakfasts in bed or at a party.

    And speaking of parties, if you’re looking for a stylish way to keep wine corked for the evening, try these bottle stoppers. There’s no reason it has to be a beverage bottle, though. Consider these for your olive oils or homemade salad dressings. You can also attach a door knob to the top of a cake dome.

    9. In the garden

    Door knobs, either glass or with a particularly decorative design, attached to a stake make fantastic garden markers. When they have a bit of shine to them, they’ll reflect sunlight in gorgeous ways.

     

    Include a door knob on your next homemade birdhouse so your feathered friends have somewhere to land. Door hardware can be used to build a suncatcher – focus on glass knobs – or wind chime as well.

    10. Inside a gift box

    If you want to give someone new door hardware as a present, we won’t stop you. But in the spirit of upcycling old door hardware, try a DIY painted sign with a vintage door knob, hinges or other upcycled pieces. Include an inspirational phrase – “Open doors and embrace new opportunities” – or a sentiment about home and you have the perfect gift for the graduate or new homeowner. Love Grows Wild simply included an old skeleton key with a painted heart.

    The trick to using old door hardware in unusual ways is to think outside the box and borrow inspiration from others who have been there before. Find more ideas from Schlage in our blog’s DIY Tips archive or on Pinterest.

    10 ways to upcycle old door locks.

     

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