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Getting Creative with Antique Door Knobs

By: Inter Valley Health Plan






Antique doorknobs are often found when cleaning out boxes, in thrift or antique stores or in use in older homes. These knobs are usually beautiful and unique. They come in many metals, such as brass and wrought iron, and the glass doorknobs are made of real glass – unlike the plastic replicas available today. Some of them are carved into shapes or have stamps on them. It is not always possible to find matching antique doorknobs so you might have a collection of mismatched knobs. This doesn’t mean they have to stay in a box somewhere. Here are some fun and creative ideas for putting antique doorknobs to good use.

Make a Doorknob Coatrack
These doorknobs make excellent coatracks. They are sturdy and the wide, round base keeps delicate fabrics from stretching as they would on pointed hooks. Make a coatrack by selecting an attractive wood base for the back of the coatrack. Salvaged wood from a solid wood bed frame or wood trim works well. Screw dummy spindles into the wood at equal intervals, leaving at least four inches between them so you’ll have room for the coats. Slide the coordinating rosettes over the spindles and screw them in place. Glue the knobs onto the spindles with metal-to-metal adhesive and let it cure. Attach hangers to the back of the board.

Variations include using smaller doorknobs on a smaller board for a tie rack or jewellery rack. You can also stagger the knobs across a bigger board or add a shelf to the top for extra storage. Try altering the doorknobs with traditional coat hooks for a unique look and a variety of coat hanging options.

Curtain Tiebacks
Curtain sashes need a place to be secured when they are in use. These tiebacks are made more decorative if you use antique doorknobs. You can either attach the doorknobs using the same method as with the coatrack, but use drywall screws on drywall, or glue them to the wall.

This also works for holdbacks, where the curtains are pushed behind the doorknobs and no sash is used. Install holdbacks about three feet from the floor and five inches from the window frame – for full-length curtains.

Book Knobs
Use small antique doorknobs on the top of a handmade scrapbooking album, photo album, portfolio or other collection. Glue the small knob in the center of the cover and let the glue set. This book won’t fit neatly on a bookshelf, but it will look wonderful as a coffee table book. 

Curtain Rods
Add antique doorknobs as decorative end caps onto an existing curtain rod or the end of a long pipe. Glue the knobs on with metal-to-metal glue, or weld them off if you have welding skills.

You can also drill the entire doorknob hardware, including the plate, into a wall stud where you want to hang your curtain. Slide you curtains onto a skinny curtain rod or pipe and set it on the pipe. Tie it in position with a decorative cord or use a dab of glue to keep it in place. Make sure the pipe is several inches longer on either end so it doesn’t slide off the knobs.

For more pictures and Ideas on doorknob projects visit www.pinterest.com



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