Happy Friday! Got any special plans for the weekend? Will you be doing any DIY projects around the house or maybe decorating for the holidays?
Speaking of DIY projects, about a month ago I completed a small upgrade that I’m super excited to share today. I’ve noticed from time-to-time over the years that my doorbell was looking pretty decrepit. I tell ya, doorbells get no respect. lol They get installed when our home is built or maybe when we first move in and the only folks who ever notice them from that day forward are the friends and family who visit our home.
You can just see my old doorbell in this picture of my front porch decorated for Christmas a couple of years ago. (Christmas Porch Decorated With Triple Wreaths)
Here’s an up-close view…pretty ugly, huh? About a month ago I was standing here looking at this pitiful thing thinking I really should replace it and preferably before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were here. I may be hosting a cookie party this year for Christmas and I thought how nice it would be to replace it before then.
I found the prettiest doorbell in the Michael Healy collection! Have you heard of him? I had not until I started shopping for doorbells. The quality is amazing! The only problem is, this doorbell is so pretty I was a little worried folks stopping by wouldn’t even know it’s a doorbell. It’s about as un-doorbell-like as you can get. I needn’t have worried though, the 70+ trick-or-treaters who stopped by Halloween night this year had no trouble finding it. 🙂
The installation was a little tricky since the old doorbell had been in place for 145 years. That may be a slight exaggeration since my house is 30 years old. 😉 I was able to get the job done, though and I’m pretty crazy about the difference this little transformation made to the front of my home.
I’m sharing all the details of the installation from start to finish over at True Value. In the process of removing and installing my new doorbell, I discovered the neatest little tool, one I wish I had know about years ago! Have you ever used an offset screwdriver? They are awesome for tight spaces as you’ll see in the installation post here: How to Replace A Doorbell
Let me know how you like the new doorbell! I think it’s a pretty big improvement over the old one!