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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.

Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon

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.

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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