As time goes on, our homes can get tired and worn down looking. I love to do a little DIY now and again to spruce it up a bit. We rent, though, so there aren’t a lot of things I can do to really change our house up. I’m allowed to paint the walls. I can always change out window dressings and blinds. And I can change the homes door hardware. As long as I give the landlord the keys when we move, or change it back to the old set, I can change it up as I see fit. You probably wouldn’t think about it much, but you can really improve the look of your home with new door locks!
And ladies, this is something you can do all on your own. It is so easy!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Master Lock Dual Point Locking Security Set for an honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
I recently changed our door locks, changing out the main door knob and the deadbolt. When we moved in, only the doorknob lock had a key. So we weren’t able to lock the deadbolt when we went anywhere, only the doorknob. I wanted to added security of locking it when we left the house, plus they were this ugly dingy gold color so I changed our existing set to a Master Lock Dual Point Locking Security Set. It took me, like, 10 minutes to change them both out. So easy.
To improve my home with new door locks, all I had to do was:
- Remove the two screws on the knob.
- Remove the two screws on the face plate.
- Then I took both the inside and outside pieces of the door knob off and slid the latch out.
To install the new one you basically do the same only in reverse.
- Slide the latch into the side of the door into the preexisting hole.
- Place the inside door knob into the existing door hole.
- Slide the outer door knob into the same hole from the outside, making sure the screw holes line up and making sure the key hole is in the correct position.
- Insert two screws into doorknob screw holes, tighten.
- Place face plate on door latch on the edge of the door and secure with two screws.
- Change the strike plate on the door jam by unscrewing the two existing screws and putting the new one in its place.
Your done! Gosh that was easy!
I also changed the strike plate to match the doorknob.
For the deadbolt, I did the same thing with the exception of the face plate. It’s made on. I am so in love with this door lock set. It is a Biscuit Style Knob Entry Door Lock with Single Cylinder Deadbolt in a Satin Nickel finish. One key works both locks. I’m finding as I get older that I really love the brushed nickel and bronze looks versus polished chrome. I used to be a chrome girl but I guess my taste is changing as I mature. I’m adulting!
Anyway, I think it’s really pretty on our door. It looks so much better than that ugly gold finish that the old door knobs had. bleh!
Here’s some product features if you’d like to learn more about this particular door lock set:
- Keyed alike entry door lock and single cylinder deadbolt
- Knob – six-way adjustable latch fits all doors: 2-3/8in (60mm) or 2-3/4in (70mm) backset, square, rounded corners, or drive-in
- Deadbolt (thumb turn inside) – four way adjustable; 2-3/8in (60mm) or 2-3/4in (70mm) backset, square, or rounded corners
- ANSI GRADE 3 performance
- For exterior locking applications, Entry door – KA4
I was pretty excited at how easy it was to install these door locks. I’d been waiting on Clay to do it but his work schedule is so hectic, he was either too tired to do anything when he got home and conked out in his recliner right after supper, or he was working and just didn’t have time. So I looked at everything and thought, you know what? I can do this! I do a lot of the fixer-upper chores. And what a difference it made. I’m going to be painting and then changing all the outer door locks this weekend and give them all a little revamp. And I can’t wait! I’m so ready for a change in this house.
So what about it, ladies? Have you ever changed your door locks? Do you tackle the chores on your “honey-do” list?