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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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Attach Flanges

Once anchors are cut flush with the backs of knobs, attach flanges with 1/2-inch screws and 1/4-inch washers.

Measure and Mark Wall

A good range to stick with for proper placement of tiebacks is 38 to 48 inches above the floor, depending on height of window. Use measuring tape to determine proper height for tieback, then mark with marker.

Secure Knobs to Wall

Referring to marks made with marker, hold flanges up to wall, then create small divots into drywall by placing metal screws through pre-drilled holes in flange. Next, use 1/4-inch drill bit to add pilot holes for plastic drywall anchors. Insert anchors, then tap with hammer until flush with wall (Image 1). Hold doorknob in place with holes of flange lined up with drywall anchors, then secure to wall with screwdriver and metal screws (Image 2).

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