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A Warm Welcome

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     Your front door is the welcome you present to all who approach your home. Colorful, traditional, quirky or grand, your style speaks to the world and beckons visitors to enter. Have you taken the time lately to study the message your front door is sending?

After a long brutal winter, your front entry may be showing the effects of weather through rust, tarnish, fading paint or dead plants. With warmer temperatures and sunny days ahead, take time to evaluate your entryway so it shines this spring. Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we have everything you need to dress this area up and welcome your guests in style.

First consider the paint. If the color is fading, or you’re ready for a change, liven up your door with a fresh coat of paint to get this project underway. Many homes feature traditional colors for entry doors, but lately, more personalized and unique door colors seem to be a trend.

Once the paint is dry, continue the updates with new entryway hardware. This traditional oval single-door deadbolt entryway set in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish provides an old-world elegance to your entry and is simple to install.  We offer this complete set with tubular latch mechanisms, strike plates, complete knob sets, internal mechanisms, deadbolts and all mounting hardware. Everything you need for a successful installation is included.


Traditional Oval Single-Door Deadbolt Entryway Set

Next, add new house numbers for easy recognition of your street address. This often overlooked detail is attractive and makes your house stand out. The house number shown is made in solid brass and measures 6 inches tall. This durable solid brass casting comes complete with the mounting hardware and is available in Polished Brass (Shown), Antique Brass, Weathered Flat Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze.


6 Inch Tall Number 1 in Polished Brass

     In addition to those updates, consider adding a new kick plate as well.  Kick plates are a simple eye catching way to make your front entry stand out.  Our kick plates come in a variety of finishes and heights. Our smallest plate is a non-standard 5 inches tall, with a width that can range from 27 to 42 inches. Our largest plate is a substantial 10 inches in height and a width range of 28 to 42 inches. Finishes for the plates offered include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and more.

Lastly, complete your project with an elegant planter filled with colorful annuals. Look in the Attic & Company provides many choices for that finishing touch as well. We offer an assortment of planters in a variety of colors and styles to festoon your entryway in beautiful blooms. Below are just a few samples of our colorful planters.


Porcelain Floral Planter – Measures 17 Inches Tall with an Antique Bronze Finish Metal Base.

     These featured improvements will declare a warm welcome to friends and neighbors. Let Look in the Attic & Company help with your front entry spring clean up for beautiful and lasting home improvements.


Modern Kick Plates

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     Kick plates are an absolute necessity in most offices and retail stores, and even in some houses.  If you are one of those people who prefer to open doors with their feet, especially when your hands are full, then you understand how much damage the bottom of a door can sustain from this abuse.  Restaurants are notorious for using kick plates on their doors not only as a functional piece, but also to help keep the appearance of cleanliness.  Some homes are also starting to use kick plates in certain areas of their homes.  Most times these are used in basement areas like recreation rooms and playrooms, though some parents are also having them installed on doors into garages, back or side doors, and some kitchen doors.  People who have young children know how much of a hassle it can be to constantly be cleaning scuff marks off of doors from people who are too tired or unable to use a door knob instead of their feet to open doors.  The best thing about kick plates is that they are very simple and versatile.

6 inch tall solid antique brass kick plate.


     We carry many different finishes so you can match them easily to the hardware you already have in your home.  We also have many different sizes available for both standard and more uncommon door sizes, eliminating the need to get a specialty piece made.  These kick plates are also available with two different mounting options.  While some people may find the security of screw mounted kick plates necessary, like in restaurants, the is another option.  Magnetic mount kick plates make it possible to save doors from scuffs and damage without having to add extra holes into them.  This is ideal for rental homes and even for apartment buildings.  Adhesive mounts are also available on most products.  Just let us know what mount option works best for you!

Written by antiqueswriter

August 15, 2011 at 8:41 am

Creating an Entryway Set

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Installing or replacing an entryway set is an important step in creating the tone of your home for visitors. It may seem like a small decision but the style and design of your front (and back) doorknobs will set up an expectation of what to expect inside. Doorknobs also serve as a focal point of design and should be match to or at least complement any existing hardware that may be currently installed on the door. Remember that the front door of the home is the first impression your guests will have and a great opportunity to bring the personality and style from the inside out to show the world.

Think of the front door as a business card for the home. The smallest details can make the biggest impact in setting the environment and overall tone. A scratched, dented, or hard to turn doorknob implies a lack of care and concern over the upkeep of the house. Whereas doorknobs that are beautiful (this does not mean ornate necessarily) and function smoothly will greatly enhance the overall appearance of your entryway and the exterior of your home in general.

Exterior doorknobs typically require some type of locking mechanism to prevent unwanted visitors or trespassers from entering the home without permission. A deadbolt is utilized to ensure added protection because most interior locking doorknobs are designed with a “safety” lock that can be opened from the outside in case of emergencies. A deadbolt, however, requires a key on either one (most popular) or both sides to lock or unlock the door. Multiple deadbolts can be keyed the same so that only one key is required to unlock all the exterior doors on one building.

Deadbolts can either be attached to a larger entryway set or a separate component. Many modern homes have a passage style doorknob and separate deadbolt – this is easier of install and replace later if needed. Deadbolts should be a solid construction material such as brass or steel (solid not plated) to avoid be broken or bypassed. If possible do not install the deadbolt next to or within reach of any windows as trespassers could break the glass and unlock the deadbolt from inside.

Doorknobs are available in a wide variety of materials ranging from glass to solid brass. Depending on the application a heavier duty material may be required (many public buildings or businesses for example would benefit from stronger materials that will be more resistant to damage and standard wear and tear). A private home could use most materials without fear of breaks or damage.

Create a unified look for your front door by installing a coordinating kick plate and door knocker with your new entryway set. Don’t be afraid to introduce new patterns and designs to your front door because these will only enhance the beauty – not deter from it. Pay attention to the thickness of the door, backset and any existing holes before ordering replacements because not all door hardware is designed for every door. If you are unsure, ask a contractor or designer for additional assistance.