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Use a Vintage Doorknob As a Curtain Tieback

Add vintage elegance and style to your windows by repurposing old doorknobs as curtain tiebacks.

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Materials Needed:

  • vintage or salvaged doorknobs
  • plastic drywall anchors
  • screwdriver
  • drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • grinder
  • 1/2-inch metal screws
  • 3/4-inch washer
  • measuring tape
  • marker
  • hammer

Remove Knobs From Bolt

Depending on where vintage doorknobs are found, they may come as single knobs or as a set of two attached together with a bolt (Image 1). To separate the set of two, use screwdriver to loosen sunken screw near the head of the knob (Image 2). Once removed, set decorative flanges aside (Image 3). Note: Decorative flanges will be used to fasten the knobs directly to the wall.

Add Anchors to Backs of Knobs

The back of each knob has an opening which a bolt is attached to in order to be secured to a door. Insert drywall anchor into this opening using screwdriver.

Trim Anchors

Due to the shallow opening along the back of the knob, each anchor will have to be cut down to sit flush with the knob and also hold the decorative flange in place. To do this, use grinder to cut directly through the top portion of the anchor.

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