Girl Power

Hey hey!  How’s it going?  Have you had a good week so far?  We had a very successful weekend!  We furniture shopped on Saturday and finally agreed on two couches and two chairs.  We ended up with two handsome leather recliners and two very pretty couches.  They needed to order the couches so it should all arrive in about two weeks!  That seems like a long time, but not in comparison to how long it’s been since we’ve actually had furniture of our own.  We can definitely wait two more weeks!  As soon as it comes in, I’ll show it off.

Today I wanted to share a little DIY that I did a while back, all by myself… GIRL POWER!!  I even used the drill.  Sometimes I think us girls think we can’t do something, because we aren’t big and strong, but there’s lots we can do.  You just have to put your mind to it and believe in yourself!

Since we got all new interior doors, they need a couple of coats of paint and hardware.  I’ve painted the front of two of the doors and installed the hardware.  Now I only have like 18 coats of paint and 2 more hardware sets to install.  Maybe I’ll finish by the time the baby is 18 years old or so.  It’s on our list that’s a mile long… I’ll get to it eventually.  🙂

Anyways, I figured since I was a little nervous about installing the hardware all by myself, I thought you might feel the same way.  So, I took pictures along the way to show you that anybody can do it!  Just a little note, as I’ve mentioned before, we went with the Kwikset hardware (arched style in an oil rubbed bronze finish) from Home Depot.  This particular installation was on our pantry door, so we only needed a hall/closet handle, which basically means it won’t lock.

For this quick and easy installation, the only tool I needed was an electric drill.  Everything else was included in the hardware set…

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I ripped open the box and pulled everything out.  The instructions are important!!!!!  Don’t accidentally throw them away.

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Here’s everything else that came in the box…

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This is when it might be easy to start panicking.  Keep Calm… just take a few deep breaths and look over the instructions.  And get your drill out.  I just used the hubby’s.

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First off I slid the opening/closing mechanism into the predrilled hole.

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As you can see below, it fit into the chiseled out area just perfectly.

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While holding it in place, I made a tiny little dot with the drill bit to get my screw started in the right spot.

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See?  That just helped me to know that when I screwed everything in, it would be in the right spot and stay in the chiseled out area.  Next up I put the plate on the outside of the door, like so…

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And you are probably wondering where the handle is?!  It comes on there a certain way.  If your door swings a particular way, you have to switch the front handle and the back handle.  I had to do that… but no fear!  They included the little wrench to do it with.  It was a piece of cake and actually kind of fun.

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With just a few turns of the wrench, the handle come off and I switched them out.  Then I attached the handles on the front and back of the door.

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On the inside of the closet door (above picture), I had to tighten everything up with two screws.  You can see one there on the left of the back plate of the handle.  They were really long and kind of hard to get started, but once I found the holes and got the screws started, I tightened everything up with the drill.  The last thing I had to do was install the strike plate on the door frame.  That was easy peasy too!

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And it passed the test folks… it opened, closed, and stayed closed, all without falling apart.  🙂

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TA-DA!!!  See, wasn’t that easy?!  I think you could do it if you wanted to!  I’ve seen a lot of houses that could really benefit from some new hardware.  It makes everything look so fresh and new.  Our old home had the original glass knobs from the 1940s that were to die for.  These handles don’t hold a candle to my beloved glass knobs, but they sure are pretty!

So, next time you go to tackle a project, remember that you’ve got “girl power.”  You can do it!!!  Is there a project that you’ve been wanting to tackle but have felt too nervous or apprehensive about it?  Don’t be afraid!  And if you get yourself in a pickle, call me.  If I can’t help, I’ll bring my hubby.  He can fix anything 🙂

P.S.  I hope to pick up the pace a little bit on blogging.  I’ve been busy and had a different schedule recently, but hope to get back to posting 3 days a week or more!  Talk to you soon!  And thanks for hanging around ♥

 

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