Sunday, August 18, 2013

Renovation 101: The Great Door Hardware Debate

The new house renovation is alive and going strong. The demo on the bathrooms is on it's way, the floors are done and the interior paint is almost completed. While my sweet old" tree house" was full of beautiful estate hardware, this house is full of 70's rusted metal. This means, of course, it all has to go! The doors are off their hinges, the window hardware has been removed, even the cabinet knobs are sayonara.

Before we even bought the house, I fell head over heals for these amazing interior door knobs:

These are a must! Because they are a budget buster, they are only going on the top main floor. To accomplish a more modern finish, with less brown in it, I chose Baldwin Hardware satin brass 04.

The knobs are door jewelry and to help them shine on there own, all other hardware in the house in oil rubbed bronze. Even the door stops below are oil rubbed. 

The interior doors are Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal

Choosing the front door hardware is stumping me. I begged Ward, my sales person from Blackhawk Hardware, to "rip the band aid off" and place the order. . .But now I am questioning myself yet again.  . .

My first gut was the Soho Hardware from Baldwin Hardware. The only available finishes that are in the running are Venetian Bronze (shown below), Satin Brass and Black and don't gasp too loudly, but polished brass. 

Venitian Bronze

And then I questioned myself again and ordered the Seattle Front Door Hardware Venitian Bronze. I like it because it is super modern, but now I am I questioning myself for the same reasons.

With This Door Knocker. . . 

Baldwin Reserve Hardware is available in only these finishes. . . 

The last final detail is the exterior doors are Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray.

Lovers, I would love to hear your thoughts on hardware and finishes.  Should I go with the Seattle or the Soho? Should I do a different finish on the front door hardware?

Send me an email at or post a comment below. 


  1. The Kendall Charcoal doorknobs are going downstairs, right? If the color of door is Dorian Gray then the Seattle Venetian Bronze may be the better choice since the one in same color from Baldwin because has more brown than grayish tones. That said, I think the Baldwin hardware is slightly more attractive. Just my thoughts, both are great!

  2. Renovation of house is really a tough task. This is a major challenge but the look of the door handles also makes it possible. The designs of door handles add new look top the house.

  3. Great Work!! I have really such a hard time finding hardware. I love, so thank you for sharing wonderful collection!

  4. You are welcome!! I struggled with it as well! Its the little things like nice hardware that make a home look "well bred" s to speak!

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