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Ask the Expert – Locks & Pulls

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Locks & Pulls:

Simple updates for a fresh home facelift


  1.  My house is 20 years old. What can I do to make it look better?
  2. One of the best anti-aging processes a home can undergo is the replacement of antiquated hardware. It is relatively inexpensive to complete, and by changing out the visuals (cabinet knobs and pulls, door hardware and hinges), you can refresh the entire home or any particular living space. Most Realtors will advise updating to maximize the sales price. If that will eventually help the sale of your home, why not do it now and fully enjoy the facelift today!!


  1.  I want to update my hardware with current styles and finishes. What information do I need to know before 

I begin the process?

  1.  If you’re replacing existing hardware, particularly on the front door, the existing holes, or door prep dimensions, are needed to find a suitable replacement. Actual dimensions are best, but pictures of existing hardware and door hinges are always helpful. When replacing cabinet hardware, the center to center dimension of a cabinet pull is a must. Because of the numerous sizes and styles of cabinet hinges, bring one with you to make sure the match is correct. In regard to finishes, the most popular today are oil-rubbed bronze, satin or brushed nickel, polished nickel and satin brass. Ultimately, each individual has their own style and taste and should follow that to conclusion to make their home comfortable and a place they want to be. HLM


BIO: Locks and Pulls opened its doors 30 years ago as a supplier of door and miscellaneous hardware to area contractors. Today, with more than 1,500 selections of cabinet hardware and 40 options for door hardware in stock, as well as two locations to cover the metro area, they have become the largest decorative hardware distributor in a multi-state area. The clientele consists of builders, designers and remodelers as well as the general public. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Overland Park location and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday in North Kansas City.