I hated our front door handle. HATED. With a capital I-will-punch-you-in-the-face. I couldn’t even use it. Literally it kept me out of the house, even when it was unlocked.
Why was it so difficult? Well, you had to twist the upper knob and push the lever down and pull on both. But you also had to push the lever down first and then twist followed by a super quick pull….otherwise it wouldn’t open. And the crazy thing is, there was no way for me to do that with a toddler in my arms. Well, there was a way but it involved a minute or two of deep groin stretches and a balance act that was ridiculous unbalanced and a leg lift that I swear popped my hip out of socket.
Plus the color was amazingly horrid. They needed to go…and like, yesterday.
So the last time we got a $10 off a $50 purchase coupon for Lowe’s, we headed straight to the doorhandle aisle to pick up an exterior door handle and deadbolt combo kit. We were immediately drawn to this one above all the rest. We liked the squareness…and the simplicity. Not too intricate or overdesigned. Love it. PLUS…yup, there’s a plus….since we need 13 deadbolts (yes, you read that right) we needed to start replacing the old ones with versions that will open with a single key. Enter the Smart Key. You can set all future locks to a single key….awesome.
So we brought it home and Jeremy started removing this hideousness:
He also had a little helper in tow…
It’s funny…we started tackling projects and we kinda let Will be in on it. We let him hold the tools and play with the screws and touch the equipment. We figure he’s learning…he’s gathering info…and we like him to know that we are here to shepard that education.
Plus, he’s so darn cute holding a phillip’s head.
Although…it does make projects take a little longer…but it’ll be worth it when he’s seven and installing a new garbage disposal.
After our quickie installation of the Kwikset lock, it made the entire door so much better.
Sure, the door needs painting…but at least the knobs are gorgeous and the door actually opens. without a pulled hamstring.
One down, 12 to go.