Last week was House Portraits,  and there were some REALLY amazing houses shared on social media. Wow – it made me love living in an old home even more, if that was even possible. There is some seriously good architecture out there! Looking through the hashtag on Instagram was like taking a walk on the coolest, most fun street on the planet (and I didn’t even have to put on snow boots). Make sure you check them out!

I am SO excited for this week’s challenge, now that a lot of people are jumping in.

Week Three : Hardware

Show us your handles and locks and knobs!

Hardware is such a quirky, amazing element of our old houses. Doorknobs, door knockers, hinges, hooks, curtain rods, cabinet pulls, handles, switch plates, registers….. there are a LOT. And old house hardware is often artwork in itself. I am SO excited – and completely prepared for the jealousy – that’s about to happen. Our house isn’t filled with super cool hardware, but there are definitely a few fun pieces throughout the house. And, if your house is like ours, you have some neat pieces that aren’t original that you put in. AND you have some really awful ones, either to “get by,” or because previous occupants took or sold the originals.

Here’s some in our house!

We have some pretty killer doorknobs. They aren’t one every door (sigh), but the ones that we have are BEAUTIFUL.

We looked for some hardware for the first floor bath to match, and found something – not exact, but similar – at Preservation Station in Nashville, TN. We bought several sets, so we can replace some of the modern / cheap ones that have been added over the years, especially in the downstairs.

(Psst! The tub hardware is not functional, but it’s on!)

Also on the first floor are several sets of pocket doors. Three sets of doors, plus one single.

Sadly, not all of the doors have hardware.  So, we found 3 pairs at Preservation Station when we bought the bath hardware, and we’ll eventually shift some things around – the original ones will all be on the insides of the doors (so, inside the library) and the outsides of the doors will have the “new” hardware.

When we added a pocket door during the laundry room renovation, I added hardware that was purposefully different (since it’s a new door), but hints at what are in the other spaces.

The doorbell (non-functional for NOW) inside:

The doorbell on the outside:

VERY few of these window pulls exist, but I love the few that do!

Some grates! I love these.

 

And here are some NEW hardware we’ve added, but hopefully, they fit.

The desk brackets:

Toilet Paper Holder:

Kitchen Hardware :

Coordinating Laundry Room Hardware :

And (completely silly, but I love it) the cast-iron bulldog bottle opener in the Butler’s Pantry!

And, LEST you think that the house is full of only gorgeous goodies, I leave you with this lightswitch plate:

And these doorknobs, which frequent the entire third floor, and some of the first and second as well.


Photo Challenge Info: 

If you want to play along and share your pictures (I’d LOVE to see them!), use the hashtag  #52weeksofhome 

You can also tell us which week you’re on, by including a second hashtag #52weeksofhomeweek3  (etc.)

Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you missed the first weeks, WHATEVER! Do them anyway! Jump in whenever and wherever you want.

Here’s the list (also in pdf format : 52 Weeks of Home), of all the challenges for each week : 

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