3 sources for midcentury modern door backplates aka escutcheons + a DIY idea

midcentury-door-escutcheons2Midcentury modern front entry doors tend to have a simple, minimal design. To make them pop, and to give visitors a lasting first impression, consider adding a decorative escutcheon. Just like jewelry finishes off a nice outfit, a stylish escutcheon can dress up your front door — and we have three sources for them, plus a DIY option.

1. Rejuvenation front door backplates

mid-century-escutcheonRejuvenation offers six styles of reproduction midcentury door escutcheons, including two squares, one circular style, two different starburst designs and a large, brutalist style backplate. Each design is available in lacquered brass, polished chrome or brushed chrome with optional deadbolt. The door sets are manufactured to fit 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ thick doors and start at $200 for the smallest, basic square design.

mid-century-modern-star-door-backplate-from-rejuvenationSee our stories about Rejuvenation’s escutcheon offerings here:

2. Liz’s Antique Hardware entry door escutcheons

mid-century-escutcheonsWe recently discovered Liz’s Antique Hardware, a company that makes two styles of reproduction midcentury modern door escutcheons. Each style is cast in brass and available in three metal finishes: chrome, polished chrome and satin bronze. The escutcheons are made to fit most Schlage and Kwikset door knobs and cost $95 & $145 each.

Read our story about Liz’s Antique Hardware:

3. Retrofit vintage door backplates

vintage-door-escutcheonVintage escutcheons can be found on Ebay, Etsy and even sourced from estate sales, antique malls and salvage yards if you are lucky. Vintage backplates come in many different styles, shapes and sizes and can be found for a steal, but it could be tricky to get old escutcheons to work work a new door set. If you have the time, tools and know how however, taking the vintage route can be very rewarding.

See our coverage on vintage escutcheons:

 4. Make your own front door decorative hardware

Shortly after creative reader Sarah purchased her Gilbert Spindel Geodesica, she completed an exterior makeover that included making her own midcentury style door complete with DIY escutcheons.

DIY door escutcheonFrom the story:

The round escutcheon is just flat cut steel that a local metals shop cut for us then cut in half. The diameter is 22 in and we spray painted it bronze. The handles are appliance pulls that mimicked the design of the tiles. The door is either open and may swing open with the wind or is shut and locked. Not the most practical, but we must suffer for beauty, and we have learned to live with it.

With a little ingenuity and some creative use of materials, making your own decorative door escutcheon like Sarah did, is a great option for those with a limited budget.

Read about Sarah’s front porch makeover:

Readers — does your house have a front door escutcheon?


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  1. Diana says

    Still mad at the former owners of this house for taking out cool things like escutcheons and the neat panel in the living room. Grrrr! Their ideas of modernization were ruination. Trying to find escutcheons today.

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