Sometime last week the door handle on our front door tragically stopped working. It wasn’t entirely a surprise. We’d been having problems with it on and off since moving to this house a couple months ago, but last week: it full-out broke. Bit the dust. Went swimming with the fishes. Which, in turn, made the act of getting into our house a wee bit challenging (and a whole lot frustrating.)
However, this was all sorta ok with me. The gross truth? Our old door hardware was gold. And not nice, brushed, fancy-pants, classy-looking gold. Nope. It was shiny, bright yellow, rather unconvincing (and exceedingly obnoxious) gold.
And, at some point, somehow, the set had become really bashed up.
I know why the previous owners had chosen gold: the decorative insert window-thingy (pretty sure that’s the technical term) in our front door is gold. So matching gold with more gold is indeed the obvious (albeit ugly) solution.
However, I’m not a huge fan of gold. (I KNOW. Gold everything is coming back. I’m resisting.) And I knew there must be another match out there. Something that would still look ok with the gold-laced door insert, without being so… 14-carat-ish.
Here is our non-gold, oil rubbed bronze, lovely-looking brand spanking new door set…
Pretty, eh? It’s such a small change, but I think it makes a huge difference.
(Although the door could really use a coat of paint.) (And, well, the trim too…)
(And the door’s exterior will one day [ie: as soon as door painting weather returns] be way less red.)
(And the street numbers are overdue for a desperately needed de-goldification too…)
But am I happy? OUI. So happy! I did a little celebratory happy dance in my living room when Sweetie had everything installed and called me in to inspect, in fact. And I now want to change all of our obnoxious gold doorknobs (sadly, we’ve inherited quite a few) to this lovely dark ORB colour. Could be a bit costly (sadly, door hardware is a little ridiculous!) but it will look amazing. :)
Dear Santa: for Christmas I’d like doorknobs. Lots and lots of doorknobs.
Weird. But true. :)