Philosophical nonsense aside, I had a win today. And on a greater scale it stems from a more universal win on the construction front; our plumbing paperwork at the DOB has finally gone through. The plumber has even been to our house, TWICE, and is aims to schedule the inspection within the next week. (Or so we were told, still not sure that'll actually happen). We are a gnats sack away from closing up these walls and living as the fancy folk do, with a sink in our kitchen and a stove for our cooking.
Since pictures of paperwork or plumbing straps aren't any one's idea if riveting; I give unto you - DOOR HARDWARE!
Top left will go into the two new private entrance doors for our apartment and the rental upstairs. Since the two new doors to the apartments are just that, new, they are bored for new hardware. I found a reproduction appropriate for new install. I went the crazy lady route of unlacquered brass so they would patina along side all of the other hardware in the house.
The hall bathroom door gets new privacy hardware in nickle and black porcelain to match the finishes eventually going in. The previous set up was a small hole drilled into the door, no latch, nada. Fancy update folks. We will have a bathroom door that locks. And not only that, we will have a door as opposed to the YMCA style curtain currently hanging in its place. My life is glamorous.
Bottom right are round crystal knobs with brass shanks. I can't wait to get the actual knobs in my hot little hands. After months of looking for old knobs, I bit the bullet and went with reproductions. Outfitting the old existing mortise locks was proving difficult and overwhelming by simply combing through piles of reclaimed knobs. Spindle width, length, missing set screws, and unmatched pairs all led me to reproductions. I was guaranteed that once I knew what I needed, and I need all the knobs, I could accurately order a complete house full of matching knobs. Did I mention that there weren't really any in the house when we moved in? We've got the vestibule brass knobs and one wooden knob for the basement door. Other than that, the only original hardware are the back plates and hinges which I am cleaning up. All of which are very simple and understated.
So with that in mind, the remaining hardware pictured below seems a bit out of character. But I love it, and I think it makes perfect sense.
The push/mending plates match the rosette I bought at an architectural salvage 6 years ago on a whim. The rosette works beautifully with the knob and brass keyhole cover that goes back on the basement door. The plates on the left will cover giant holes in our bedroom door which was originally the parlor. It was the first room guest would see, and perhaps only see in the house. It makes sense for it to have a bit more decoration than say, the loo.
And since I love the design, I sourced reproduction pocket door pulls that will face into our living/dining space, once the dining room. The plain pulls will go on the other side which faces our second bedroom. Budgeting, yo.
And then we have these nickel beauties that will go on the pantry door, which is painted the same white as our kitchen cabinetry. It can be seen from both the kitchen and living space so I figured I'd go fancy, but keep all the kitchen hardware nickel to tie it together. Not to mention they were 50% off.
This was probably too many words and what I should have written was:
LOOK AT THE PRETTIES! We are getting our inspection in the next week or two and then will have running water in the kitchen for the first time in over a year, and a stove!
Live and learn.