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The Personal Touch

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Home is not only where the heart is, but it is the place that best reflects our interests, passions and personality. Our refuge from the world, it is that place where not only are we soothed, but we hope to convey to others a warm welcoming environment indicative of who we are. At Look in the Attic & Company, our hardware products help you achieve a look that is as unique and individual as you. The assortment of cabinet pulls we offer is always growing, but below are a few of our favorites.

For the lover of all things Western, horses, boots, and revolvers all can be mounted to your cabinetry.

horse boot

 

Western themed knobs and pulls for the cowboys and cowgirls

 

Wild animals roam through your home when you install the new series we have created, featuring giraffes, rhinos, elephants and more.

giraffe rhino elephant

 Our new wild animal knobs

 

And for those who hold a beloved pet in high esteem, we have manufactured a line of knobs replicating popular dog breeds. Labradors, beagles, German shepherds, and dachshund knobs all provide a bit of whimsy and speak to the dog lover out there.

 

german lab dach

Knobs to celebrate our favorite breeds of dogs

No matter what type of hardware it is you’re looking for to provide that personal touch, come view our selection at Look in the Attic & Company for excellent choices. We are constantly adding to our collection and would love to provide you with just the right cabinet pull to proclaim to the world your individuality.

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Written by booksnbeaches

May 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Embossed Fleur de Lis Door Knob

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Here is another piece from the same person with the decorative door plate. This piece is far less decorative than the other one that we showed you, but no less beautiful. The techniques for the two pieces are completely different as well, and probably came from relatively the same time period, but this one is probably a little older.

The door plate used a standard mold to create all of the elaborate detail work, similar to the process we will be using to re-create the piece. After the piece is completely cleaned of any dirt or dust particles, we will create a piece out of plaster identical to this one. We will use the plaster mold to create a negative imagine in a silicone type material which will be used to create any replicas. The material we use for the final mold is a special material that is heat resistant up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is necessary so that the molten metal doesn’t melt it.

Fleur de Lis doorknob

This piece on the other other hand using a completely different and more primitive technique, but the outcome can still be quite beautiful. This style of decoration is called embossing and requires time, patience and extreme precision. The design, instead of being carved from the front, is hammered into the wrong side of the metal so that it appears raised on the right side. This technique is often used to show the amount of skill an artist has, as it can be much more difficult and tedious to get all the detail to show through.

When doing embossing work, the artist must make sure to use a hard metal. A more malleable one may be able to hold the design’s shape initially, but over time will relax itself back into a shapeless piece. Bronze and copper are ideal materials for embossing and can create beautiful finished products!

Written by antiqueswriter

March 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Rice Pattern Hardware: Matching Engraved Doorknob

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 Another Find in the Rice Pattern Hardware

This intricately engraved doorknob is a companion piece to the door plate we recently featured. The woman who sold them to us said they were in her home originally, and were actually not assembled together. She said that whoever the original owner was choose to mix them up with plain pieces, so they would seem more unique and elaborate. Strange, yet clever!

Rice Pattern Door Knob

Rice Pattern Door Knob

Since we are now the owners, we can do whatever we want with them. We are going to feature them as a matched set on our website and we will also offer them up separately. That way, you too can decide if you want to be creative and use them to spice up an existing plain piece. The Rice pattern hardware would also look stunning with a black Porcelain door knob, too.

Side View of Rice Hardware Knob

Side View of Rice Hardware Knob

This piece was crafted with the same three-leaf or Rice design as the door plate. Obviously, the pattern is very detailed, and is on every surface. Cast in bronze, the years of wear have done little damage. In fact, they have helped create a gorgeous patina that helps highlight the leaf design. We also have the technology to age pieces – so we can duplicate this look for you, too.

The bronze shines through, and is not worn down at all. The craftsman even took the time to put detailed engravings on the base and on the edge where the two pieces are joined together as well. They really knew what they were doing and how to do it market it the best way possible. This is exactly how we will reconstruct it too – exacting in every detail.

It will take us approximately 6-8 months to deconstruct this piece, create a mold, and recast it in bronze. We may have to touch up a few spots that aren’t quite as detailed as we like – but that is all part of our job of saving America’s past. Getting such small fine details in a mold can be tricky and may take a couple of tries. Have no fear; we will have both this and the door plate available for purchase soon!

Three Leaf Door KnobThree Leaf Doorknob

Written by Period Style Hardware

September 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Chrome versus Nickel – The Difference Between Finishes

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Ring Pull (Polished Chrome)


Finishes in homes and businesses have periods of popularity and different finishes go in and out of fashion just like the clothing and hair styles. Chrome and Brushed Nickel are two sister finishes that have been becoming more popular lately because they are relatively easy to match with existing kitchen and bath hardware and provide a clean and modern look to any room. When it is time to decide on what finish to use in your home or business it is important to understand how these two finishes are alike and how they differ in order to make a well informed decision.

Chrome is known for its high shine and reflective surface. It is extremely popular for faucets and most kitchen and bathroom hardware. Solid chrome hardware does not truly exist however – it is actually chrome plating over materials such as brass, steel or copper. Choosing a high quality material such as solid brass will ensure the durability and strength of the hardware over time. The downside to most chrome finishes is they do show marks (finger prints and water spots) easily and any damage such as scratches will be more visible to the naked eye.

Satin Nickel Cabinet Knob

Brushed or Satin Nickel finishes have been gaining popularity since the 1990’s because it solved a lot of the problems of using a polished chrome finish. Brushed and satin nickel (sometimes these terms are used interchangeably) is a matte (or dull) color and has been lacquered. It does not show scratches and wear as easily while still providing a silver color. The problems with satin and brushed nickel however come in trying to match one “version” of satin nickel to another. Different manufacturers have different standards and processes for creating this finish and can make it difficult to create a uniformed look.

Since both finishes have positive and negative aspects to them it can be hard to choose which will serve your purposes better over time. Using existing hardware in the room is a great place to start however. In a bathroom with predominately polished chrome hardware it is best to match it with more polished chrome. If brushed nickel is already being used try to match it as closely as possible with new brushed nickel pieces but realize the finishes may vary slightly from piece to piece. If no hardware is currently installed it comes down to personal preference. A matte finish tends to blend in more easily than a shiny finish and has a lower necessary maintenance to maintain its appearance.

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of polished chrome and brushed nickel door knob sets, knobs, pulls, knockers and other home hardware – they even offer free design assistance and help. Remember to search for solid brass construction to ensure strength and durability. Replacing older hardware is a great way to update the look and feel of any room in the home with minimal effort so choose your new hardware wisely and make informed choices.

Written by miznomerz

February 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Crystal Clear Glass Cabinet Knobs – A Great New Way to Decorate

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Decagon Glass Knob

Art Deco Knob

1 1/2 Inch Glass Knob

Crystal clear glass cabinet knobs are a wonderful way to add the beauty of glass to your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom without needing to introduce new colors or try to match the existing color schemes in the room. Glass cabinet and drawer hardware is a simple way to update the look of your cabinets or drawers without needing to refinish or repaint if the surfaces are still in good condition. Unlike metal hardware that can become dented or scratched over time, glass offers a timeless beauty that will be a subtle but elegant addition to your home.

Glass cabinet hardware is available in a variety of shapes and designs which can range from simple hexagonal designs to wonderful swirl patterns. Since knob construction can vary some types may offer a base in a variety of different finishes that can be coordinated to doorknob sets, faucets, hinges, etc. that are not being replaced. Popular finishes include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze.

Installing new knobs on your cabinets and drawers is a simple process that typically takes only a few minutes. Knobs can either be designed with the bolt going through the knob from the front and attaching with a nut on the interior of the cabinet or they can be a rear mounting system where a bolt is screwed into the base of the knob from the inside of the cabinet or drawer. If bolts are too long or short they can be cut to size or easily replaced at a local hardware store.

Coordinate your home further and create a new theme with glass by installing glass doorknob sets and window tie backs as well. A simple way to updating the look of any room is replacing older and worn hardware and giving new life to the older furniture and doors in your home. Glass cabinet and drawer hardware is also available in a variety of colors if you want to add a touch of color as well.

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of beautiful glass cabinet hardware. They also offer a great selection of doorknobs and window hardware to complete the theme. Be sure to ask questions if you are unsure about size or installation instructions. Glass hardware is a unique and beautiful addition to any home and a great way to redecorate without spending a lot of time and money in the process.

Written by miznomerz

January 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Nickel and Chrome Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

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Solid Brass Ornate French Leaves Pull (Polished Chrome Finish)

Nickel and Chrome cabinet hardware has been a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it is easy to match with most existing hardware (such as faucets) and appliances. Chrome has been popular in the United States since the 1930’s and has remained popular because of its resistance to tarnish. Nickel finishes can vary from polished (shiny) to a brushed (matte) tone and is a nice choice because it does not usually require extra maintenance. Nickel and chrome cabinet knobs offer a wide variety of designs and styles to choose from and can be used to create or enhance your existing decorating theme.

When deciding between nickel and chrome finishes it is important to keep in mind other hardware in the room and create a common theme. Brushed nickel finishes can vary more than polished chrome between manufacturers so it is sometimes more difficult to match individual pieces in this finish (although an exact match is not necessary to create a common theme and varying the colors slightly can add extra interest to a room rather than keeping all of the hardware the same). Brushed (or satin) nickel finishes offer the advantage of being more resistant to showing use (such as fingerprints) or natural wear and tear (like scratches) over time because of the more muted color.

Satin Nickel Infinity Knob

Replacing your existing cabinet knobs and pulls with chrome or nickel knobs offers a great opportunity to update your kitchen and bathroom (or any other room in your house!) with new and exciting patterns and designs. Although sometimes considered more modern or contemporary in nature, chrome and nickel finishes are available in a range of designs from simple to extremely ornate. Simply replacing the knobs can bring a new and fresh look to your home without needing to redecorate the entire house. Introducing polished chrome or nickel doorknob sets and lighting is a great way to further enhance your theme and create a more unified look.

Nickel and Chrome cabinet hardware is a wonderful way to replace your older hardware and create an exciting new look for your home. Search for solid brass construction to ensure high quality and strength and be sure to ask questions. Many cabinet knobs available have coordinating or complementary pulls available as well. LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of great chrome and nickel knobs as well as doorknob sets, window and home hardware – they also offer free design assistance and help. Choosing new hardware for the home is a fun and creative way to reflect your unique personality in unexpected places.