Sometimes what is popular on the blog and what is a flop surprises me. The most visited posts on my blog aren’t even project posts, it’s the followup posts I do a year or more later showing how a project or item has held up over time.
I get why these are popular, people (myself included) don’t want to spend time and money on something if it’s not going to hold up. So today I have a followup post about something you may have been wondering about…oil rubbed bronze hardware.
Now oil rubbed bronze is a “living finish”, which means that (unlike a metal that is its natural color or something that is painted) the finished will change over time. That doesn’t matter so much when it’s a light fixture or something that doesn’t get touched frequently, but it certainly matters on door hardware. I knew going in that my oil rubbed bronze knobs would change over time, but I honestly had no idea what exactly that would look like. We went ahead and installed them throughout the house anyway, which was about a year and a half ago. (We have these.)
So what do they look like now?
The door knobs that see a minimal amount of action look the same as they did a year ago.
The ones that get touched the most are showing a bit of wear.
There is one door though, the mudroom door that leads out to the breezeway and garage, that looks completely different.
This door is by far the most used one in our home… it’s used by us, by guests, and by grimy handed little boys that are coming in from playing outside (and then are told that it’s not time to come in yet, followed by them coming in and checking every 42 seconds to see if its “iPad time” yet.)
The wear on this one has made it through the brown stage, right past the orange stage, and is now in bright yellow territory. I’m guessing that in a few years a good percentage of our doorknobs will look like this, which I can’t decide if I’m okay with or not. I actually really like the wear when it peaks through as orange, but the bright brass yellow is a bit much. The knobs we chose (these, by Schalge) are less than $20 each and function beautifully, so I may just throw a new one on the mudroom door every few years.
We have the same knobs inside and out, and the weather seems to have zero effect on how they look and wear. Here is the front door, still looking brand new (except for where we ran into it with some metal scaffolding, that part is chipped.)
Also, I can’t end this post without telling you about our keypad deadbolt.
Adam and I designed and built our dream home, and out of all the things I love about our house, this $99 item is at the top of the list. I’m not even kidding, this deadbolt and our crazy amazing dishwasher are tied for making my life easier. No more keys, no more fumbling around in the dark with my hands full of four kids trying to get the door open. Family and friends know the code, the kids know it, and it’s just super convenient for everyone. These keypad deadbolts can get pretty fancy (with apps and alarms and all that) but ours is bare bones and works for us. I highly reccomend getting one…keys are so 2008.
Anyway, that is how our door oil rubbed bronze hardware is wearing… hopefully this information makes someone’s decision easier!
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