When it comes to selling a home, curb appeal is EV-ER-Y-THING. It’s what gets people through the door– and speaking of doors, your front door is the very first thing potential buyers will touch so you need to make sure it’s attractive, sturdy, and safe. One of the quickest home improvements that added instant style and value to our home was amazingly one of the simplest… updating our front door handleset to something more modern and attractive. So when Schlage asked if I’d be interested in partnering for a blog post and receiving a new handleset for a front door makeover, the answer was simple because in truth we’d already recently bought our own Schlage set and loved it! Since we didn’t need the whole set, they sent along a lever for the opposite side of the door so I could share how easy it was to install, and then also offered a giveaway for one lucky reader to update their front door too. Now that’s what I call winning– sharing a brand I trust and giving YOU some swag for your own front door refresh!
Originally, our front door was dark wood which had faded and gotten damaged by the sun over the years with a worn-out, brassy handleset. Didn’t exactly scream ‘high end’ or ‘secure’ or ‘buy me’. I wish I had better photos, but I’m still recovering from the computer crash and thankfully was able to recover the recent photos but not the old ones. Which is probably best because the old door gave me nightmares.
We painted the front door Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams and painted a sweet ‘hello’ to welcome guests.
Since the inside hallway is so dark we went with white for the panel inside, and now it glows!
The Schlage set is like jewelry added to an outfit right before you go out. It adds that special touch, and the Camelot Single Cylinder Handleset complemented the style of our Colonial Style home perfectly (funnily enough, I noticed on a recent visit that my BFF has the same one. We always end up inadvertently twinning! Her home is modern and it matches that style as well.)
Previously, we had a doorknob on the inside and Schlage graciously sent an Accent Lever with Camelot Trim in satin nickel. First of all, with kids this has been great. They had a hard time turning the doorknob sometimes, so the lever set makes that easier. And I loved it when my hands were full and I needed to easily open the door!
Here’s the lever set before installation. You can visit the how-to center for installation videos, manuals, and templates if you need help. Just a few minutes later and Bada-Boom, instant style.
And if you just bought a home, upgrading the front door hardware should be one of the first things you do if it’s needed. That way there’s no need to get it re-keyed and you’ve added your personal touch to your new abode.
A hanging flower basket, a few potted plants, moving a deck chair to the front and we were ready for sale.
The upgrade must have worked it’s magic, because 6 days later we got multiple offers on our home. It hurts to see photos of it if I’m being honest, we miss is so much!
Even if you’re not getting ready to sell, take a good honest look at your front door and see if it needs a refresh. These lazy days of summer are the perfect time for this easy DIY, so if it’s time for an upgrade I’ve got you covered. 😉
GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will receive a Schlage exterior hardware in their choice of style and finish! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Schlage, who has been THE most patient sponsor in the history of ever as I dealt with an extremely chaotic season of selling a house, moving, and then the computer crash!