How To Remove A Doorknob (and then put one back in its place!)

We decided to change out some of our door knobs with some ($13) oil-rubbed bronze ones from True Value yesterday…

We shot a little video tutorial about the switcheroos, too:

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Over the next few months, we plan to install several 5-panel doors like the one below…


But what I’m really looking forward to this coming year is lots of laughing

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That’s my favorite part about DIY.

This post is part of our 2011 True Value DIY Blog Squad series.

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Disclaimer: We were selected by True Value to work on the DIY Blog Squad and have been compensated for our time commitment to True Value-related blog posts. We’ve also been given a gift card to purchase the materials needed for our True Value-related projects, however, our opinions are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive reviews. Boom!

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  1. KFowler says

    Earlier this year, I decided I also wanted to change out my shiny brass “contractor” knobs for some oil rubbed bronze ones. However, after calculating the cost (which came out to be well over $400 total), it became clear that we couldn’t afford it. Not deterred, I set about trying to figure out how to get the look I wanted on a budget. The solution? SPRAY PAINT! Seriously! The hard part was taking all the knobs off and sanding them down to get that shiny finish off so that the spray paint would adhere properly. But, once that was done, I just took them outside, set them on a piece of styro-foam (this helps to keep them standing up and in place) and sprayed away. I splurged to get the good Krylon paint with the trigger instead of the push botton thingy on the top. The added bonus was the Krylon had the primer already built in which meant saved time for me! If you go this route, I warn you ahead of time that you WILL have to wait about 24 hours before putting the knobs back on to let them cure properly otherwise they will nick and scratch. But if you allow the proper curing time, you can have “new” oil rubbed bronze doorknobs in your home for about $8 a can. The end result – they not only LOOK great but they’ve held up wonderfully! And our door knobs get quite a bit of use! 😉

  2. Barbara Martinez says

    Boy-wish I had seen this a couple of weeks ago. Just replaced the doorknob in our bedroom because the door wouldn’t catch so the cats and dog could open the door but I couldn’t teach them how to close it. Our house is a little over 100 years old but I think the old knob was from the 60’s. I see some mistakes I made from watching your video. My removal included a hacksaw and a rasp to file the hole down some since it was too small to fit the new (also oil rubbed bronze) knob. It was a learning experience and I’m happy to say I did it myself and didn’t have to hire a professional. Much better outcome that the time I tried to change the toilet lid and had to buy a new toilet! Love your blog.

  3. says

    my question is similar to another one, what about your hinges? Is it home fashion faux pas to have hinges in a different color?

    • Layla says

      Hey Dana!

      We’re slowly but surely switching out all our brass hinges for oil-rubbed bronze ones, too! 😀

  4. says

    Love them! We are currently in the fix this house up for us now as we want to sell and move closer to the country in the next few years. We went with a Lowes hollow core door, really wanted the 5 panel, but with 4 door in a 6 foot hallway we were worried about it being way too busy. Anyway, we got a call the next day that a new promo started so our new hollow core doors were being upgraded to duracore (basically solid) doors for free. SO excited, we currently have no trim and super flat honey oak hollow doors with bright brass hardware. Thanks for all the inspiration (and who am I kidding, motivation)!! -Amanda

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