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Door Knobs and Key Holes

2012 January 22

Lately I’ve had a bit of an obsession with door knobs. I have a weakness for vintage items in general, but something about the mystery behind a vintage door knob is so appealing to me. I’ve been collecting them for awhile, imagining the story behind each acquisition. Did some little girl squeal with excitement the very first time she could reach that knob and open the door herself? Think of all the people who touched them. No, not in a germophobe type of way; they’ve been cleaned and painted by yours truly! Anyway, let me show you a couple ways I’ve incorporated these knobs into my home decor:

A few months back at Goodwill, I found this metal accordion-like contraption with pegs on each joint. It seemed to have potential. When I moved into my current place and was in need of coat hooks that would not bash up the back of my door, an idea was born. Enter door knobs, a metal accordion-like contraption, some industrial strength glue and some paint. Voila! To maintain that feeling of history held by the original door knobs, I used the soap technique for an artfully shabby-chic product.


My second creation is a knock-off of some curtain tie-backs Urban Oufitters has for sale. Using crystal door knobs that could no longer function as knobs, I glued them to some metal door plates I found at Restore. When I look at these keyholes to nowhere, I’m happy.

Now I’m out of door knobs!

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  1. April 9, 2012

    Dear Justine, I love all of your posts, you are such a talented writer and photographer. I especially liked your doorknob post. I once made some garden art labyrinths using recycled stove knobs for an appliance art auction…it’s fun to use something you have on hand, or something you are drawn to and let the art create itself, isn’t it? Thank you for your inspirations, I look forward to reading your next posts.

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      April 9, 2012

      Thanks so much, Myra! Yes, it’s so rewarding to make an item others may consider trash into something beautiful and useful!

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