Vintage Door Jewelry

You saw this very heavy exterior door handle set (just learned that term) and dead bolt which came free with the door we purchased here. The cheapest price I found for any door handle set new was over $80 and could go into the hundreds of dollars lest you wonder why I call it jewelry.

Years of weathering

The above handle was very grimy and weathered but with some serious elbow grease, Brasso, fine steel wool and a toothbrush it became a lovely subtle shade of old brass. (Nothing garish or brassy about it.)

Brass Door Handle partly clean

I took the dead bolt to a lock smith to see if it could be rekeyed for a reasonable price since it did not come with a key. (What do you expect for a $35 door?) Bill, the locksmith, rekeyed the door and made 3 keys for it for $13.  I think that’s a bargain.

Door lock with keys

Here’s the before.

Years of weathering

And here’s the after.

The handle on the cottage door is warm vintage brass.

And here’s the whole set installed (almost installed).

All polished up

We still have to cut holes in the door jamb for the bolts to go into.  And, of course, I want to paint the door.

Finally I wanted to give you a little information about the locksmith whom I will use in the future. He’s been in this building for 35 years.

Locksmith Shop

And he’s got a fleet of trucks that go literally all over the state.

Thanks, Bill.

Pretty soon we’ll have the whole door project finished and itemized. (Are you as tired of the door as I?)

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Vintage Door Jewelry”

  1. I love that handle and am so glad you used an old one rather than buying new. It has so much more character. I have been reading through you posts from the beginning since I found your blog. I love watching people’s houses transform.

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