5 Handsome Entry Sets to Transform Your Front Door

Queen Anne-styleQueen Anne-styleSometimes the smallest upgrade can make the biggest impact. If major overhauls are out of your reach (budget-wise, anyway) there are a few easy DIY ways to gradually transform every part of your home. For example, a handsome entry lock set is one way you can refresh the look of your door. We've got Step-by-Step instructions to help you Upgrade Front-Door Hardware. And, here are some of This Old House's favorite entry set styles to inspire your project.

Queen Anne-Style. This stamped brass repro of a late-1800s design from famed 19th-century hardware maker P. & F. Corbin has an antiqued finish that doesn't use lacquer. -Sal Vaglica

Folk ColonialFolk ColonialFolk Colonial-Style. In the late 1700s, blacksmiths pounded hot iron into graceful, curved handles. This modern-day thumb latch set in forged brass has a flat finish that looks like wrought iron. SV

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ContemporaryContemporaryContemporary. This easy-to-grab lever is paired with a Grade 2 dead bolt. Most off-the-shelf dead bolts for residential use are Grade 2 or 3. SV

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Mountain rusticMountain rusticMountain Rustic. Sand-casting leaves tiny pits in the bronze, flaws that impart a time-worn look and make this piece unique.

Craftsman-styleCraftsman-styleCraftsman-Style. Boxy shapes are a hallmark of Arts and Crafts hardware. This forged-brass set has the look of aged hand-hammered copper.

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