Except for the bathrooms, which don’t lock at all, every door in the house has a deadbolt. We’ve been here long enough to not notice them, but when you first walk down the hall there’s an unnerving tap on your midbrain because your subconscious would really like to know why you’re in a house where the weird people can shut you away forever.
I’d like to emphasize that these are very old locks, definitely, positively, and absolutely installed before the previous owners bought the property in the mid-90s. I mention this because anyone who knows anything about child molestation laws looks at the deadbolts and their eyes get extremely wide, extremely quickly. As these deadbolts are locked from the outside and as they predate such laws by several decades, it’s almost certain they were installed to protect the Jarrells’ private rooms when they had parties.
But we don’t want them. The “Deadbolts! Deadbolts everywhere!” connotation is not … well, we want nothing to do with that for eye-widening reasons. So somewhere on the Neverending List of Things to Do is remove a crapload of deadbolts.
Leaving, of course, a crapload of holes in doors. My question to you is what we should do with these holes. The doors are solid wood – oh, the joys of old houses – so I can cut wooden rounds and patch them with no problem. But does anyone have any suggestions for something clever to do in the space instead? I was thinking stained glass inserts, or decorative metal that doesn’t look or function like a lock, but I’ve never seen anything like these. Any advice?