11 + ways to repurpose a vintage door knob – Rustique Art
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11 + ways to repurpose a vintage door knob

door knobs, vintage door knobs,

how many ways can I use thee

…let me count the ways;


#1 ~  My all time fave….the “photo holder”, this is my version; rustic of course, but their are some wonderful things being done with a simple piece of wire and a door knob.

Rustique Art's Door Know Photo Holder
A few little twists and loops and some vintage charms and a touch of lace…viola! You’ve got a Victorian like the amazing designs from Petite Michele Louise shown below, and some paint and chip it up, you’ve got Shabby French Country. I’ve even made one with the industrial look and feel…loved that one to pieces.

#2 ~  Display as a collection in a beautiful bowl. With the wide variety of door knobs available in the salvage yards and flea markets these days, it won’t be hard to build your own collection of vintage door knobs.  Ceramic, embossed metal, glass, even the occasional wood door knob.  Let the hunt begin!

#3 ~  Curtain Tie Back…this one is by Susan at Meridian Road, but I’ll be giving this project a try later this month.  Hope mine turns out as awesome as hers.

#4 ~  Towel hooks!  I love it.  I’m sure this would work as a coat & hat rack in a mud room too.

#5 ~ Fabulous as lamp  finials.   My “duck egg” lamp needed a finial, but it needed to be junktified, so I sat this rusty door knob on top and called it done.

#6 ~ Landscape design? You betcha! Check out these door knobs set in the ground for a cobblestone effect! Click image for the full article and source.

#7 ~  Wine Stopper…awesome idea.  These make great gifts with a wonderful bottle of wine of course! This one is available at Casanovas Cabinet on Etsy.

#8 ~ This vintage door knob serves a dual purpose; first;  to add charm to the headboard re-purposed out of door and second; the door knob turns on the book light! Now that is clever!

#9 ~  Pie Tin Cloche!  Why not?  these are so cute and the tutorial can be found in the Flea Market Style Magazine Fall/Winter 2011 edition, page 133

#10 ~ Vases…Adorable. Found these over at Chipping with Charm

#11 ~ A ceiling fan pull!  I whipped this little ditty up yesterday.   It was pretty fun and turned out great, looks pretty funky hanging from my ceiling fan.

whew!   I’m worn out and would you believe there’s a lot more ideas out there?   I saw vintage door knobs in Bridal Bouquets, as yard art, on bird houses, wall art…the list goes on and on, but I stopped here because I’m hungry.  Time to fix dinner.  But I’d like to leave you with one more nugget of goodness, a link to a tutorial on how to add screws to the door knobs and turn them into drawer knobs or anchor right into a piece wood. Read about that here.

Do you have any ideas to add to this list of super duper door knob ideas?

If ya do, let me know in the comments.  I’d love to hear your ideas.

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  • kathy roloff

    Somewhere I saw that a blogger had used both sides of a doorknob set and used them as a toilet paper holder. It looked awesome. I can’t figure out how to accomplish this without using a screwdriver everytime it was time to change the roll. I need some of you crafty people to make this happen.

    • Cindi Albright

      That sounds awesome, I’m trying to picture that one in my head. I’m sure I’ll loose some sleep over this one. 🙂

    • Cindi Albright

      Thank you Diane, I love using the vintage door knobs all in my decor. They’re quirky and fun 🙂

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  • Dee Jowder

    I love the idea of the photo holder using a vintage doorknob. Can you point me in the right direction as to what kind of wire to purchase and how you attach the wire to the doorknob? I would love to make these as Christmas gifts. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! All the best, Dee

  • Ann Pulley

    Here is my idea for a lamp made with glass door knobs. I just did that recently and it turned out great. My tutorial is at the same website.

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  • Lynn

    I have seen glass knobs used as cane handles. This I need to do. I have everything to do it but have no idea how to make it happen. Please help!

  • Karrie

    I use doorknobs in my art pieces. I make a starburst wreath using aged clothespins and the doorknob is the focal point which also doubles as a hanging fixture. I ?? Vintage doorknobs! I have a Facebook page. Get the art out.

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