10 unusual places to upcycle your old door locks and hardware.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Here are 10 unexpected places to put your old door knobs, levers and other hardware, adding style and function to your home.
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Door knobs belong on doors, right? Yes. And no. You might be wondering what to do with old door locks and hardware when you’ve changed your look or if you’ve found some vintage gems secondhand. Here are 10 unexpected places to put your door knobs, levers and other hardware, adding style and function to your home.
1. On the wall
One popular place to use your old door hardware is in your entryway. Mount the knobs either directly to the wall or affix them to salvaged wood or reclaimed trim, for an upcycled coat rack. You can use all matching hardware or go for a more eclectic or rustic look with knobs in different materials and finishes.
3. On furniture
If you have a larger piece of furniture, it can be tough to find a drawer pull in the right proportions, especially if you’re trying to capture a very specific feel. Expand your search beyond cabinet pulls and consider door knobs or grips as well.
4. In the closet
This storage hack uses handle grips, and you might be kicking yourself for not thinking of it sooner. Whether in a bedroom walk-in or an entryway closet, gain extra hanging space when you attach a handle either underneath the shelving or to the inside face of the door for scarves and ties. Here’s a handy variation for the laundry room from Pigskins & Pigtails.
5. On the table
Turn your old door knobs upside down, affix some coiled or decorative wire and you have the perfect stand for holiday cards and family photos. For grander tablescapes, display the table number or your guests’ names when you have assigned seating for a crowd. It’s great for holiday feasts and DIY weddings.
6. From the ceiling
Personalize the cord on your ceiling fan with an upcycled door knob. Rustique Art shows how to pull this off so that you can look as good, and as cool, as you feel.
7. In the bathroom
It seems that we always have small items – cotton balls, makeup brushes, bobby pins – running amok on the bathroom counter. For a unique way to keep everything in its proper place, upcycle some decorative containers or apothecary jars, adding a beautiful door knob to the lids. You can match the knobs to the other finishes you have in your bathroom or take advantage of those that come in colorful glass for a bit of sparkle and glam.
8. In the kitchen
Remember those grips you attached underneath the closet shelving? Use the same type of hardware as handles on a serving tray. It’ll come in handy for breakfasts in bed or at a party.
9. In the garden
Door knobs, either glass or with a particularly decorative design, attached to a stake make fantastic garden markers. When they have a bit of shine to them, they’ll reflect sunlight in gorgeous ways.
10. Inside a gift box
If you want to give someone new door hardware as a present, we won’t stop you. But in the spirit of upcycling old door hardware, try a DIY painted sign with a vintage door knob, hinges or other upcycled pieces. Include an inspirational phrase – “Open doors and embrace new opportunities” – or a sentiment about home and you have the perfect gift for the graduate or new homeowner. Love Grows Wild simply included an old skeleton key with a painted heart.