Last week both Zen-Den and I had bad head colds. Z-D soldiered on going to work with a determined attitude and a box of tissues by his side. I took the opposite route to renewed health and became a hermit at home, nesting with a book on the sofa in the TV room. With a box of tissues by my side, too, of course.
By the weekend we were on the rebound– moving slowly with stuffed-up noses, not tired enough to want to sleep through the day. We had some energy and the relaxed calm focus that comes from not hearing very clearly. We wanted to do something productive that wasn’t too mentally complex or socially interactive. So…
We decided to start replacing the handles and hinges on all our interior doors. Good-bye cheap shiny brass. Hello stylish satin nickel. This is a project that I’ve wanted us to do almost from the first day we moved into the house 13 years ago! I’m not a fan of shiny brass as the featured metal in northern homes; imho, it’s much more tasteful as an accent color here and there around the house.
Turns out that this project was easy enough for two sniffly, tissue-toting adults to do at their own speed without much need for thinking. It went smoothly and provided instant gratification– unlike so many home improvement projects that drag on for months. And the results of the transformation are stunning. Perfect, even.
Oddly enough we’ve never done this sort of hardware change before in any of our houses. Now that I’ve seen how much better everything in the house looks and how much calmer I feel with the proper color and style of hardware on our doors, I know that I’d do it again in a heartbeat if a new home didn’t have [in my opinion] the proper hardware on its doors. Happy is in the details. And blessed are they that make it so!
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Home Sweet Satin Nickel Home
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