Make This! When is an old doorknob not a doorknob?
by Deirdre Long
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Doorknobs are used to create a by-the-door hanger. Photo: Deirdre Long/The Anniston Star
Doorknobs are used to create a by-the-door hanger. Photo: Deirdre Long/The Anniston Star
Do you know what the most glorious sound is? The click of the door shutting on our master bedroom.

That sound means a few seconds of privacy, a few moments of hiding in peace before I hear the rattle of the knob and two young voices asking, “Mommy?”

I finally got around to replacing two sets of doorknobs in our house — the master bedroom and the kids’ bedroom. As I wrote a few weeks ago, the doors and the hardware were all pretty old, and neither door shut completely, or locked at all. The master bedroom didn’t even have a knob; the door just stuck shut — most of the time.

As is sometimes the case when it comes to home improvement, the seemingly simple task of replacing a doorknob was a bit more complicated. The hardware with the old doorknobs were massive chunks of metal, and the holes cut to fit in the doors were too big to use with modern doorknobs.

So we had to buy two new doors.

And a set of chisels to fit the hardware on the new doors.

In one morning, my husband and I installed our new doors and new hardware, and now our home is a much more peaceful place with rooms that are off-limit to the kids.

The door replacement left me with two beautiful glass knobs, and I immediately knew how to put them to good use — install them in a door. But this time they would actually be functional, as hangers for the kids’ jackets and bags.

I found a tutorial for making the knobs into hangers at (search for “How to Turn Old Door Knobs into Wall Hangers”). It’s pretty simple:

Use an epoxy resin to fill the hole in the knob, let it cure for 24 hours, drill a hole in the hardened resin and insert a hangar bolt, which has a screw on one end and a bolt on the other. Then you have a knob that can be screwed into just about anything.

We have a door at the entrance to our house that doesn’t open — yes, the knob had fallen off years ago – and it’s just not a very convenient door to use. Instead, that recessed area is used to hold our bags and jackets.

I installed a store-bought hanger awhile back, but it wasn’t big enough for all of our stuff, plus it hung low enough that the kids could get into my purse. I installed the new doorknob hangers in the mid-section of the door, so the kids can easily hang up their own stuff, and I re-installed the old hanger at the top of the door, where my purse can hang well out of reach of tiny toddler hands.

I have an idea to build a little bench with cubbyholes at the bottom, too, but that’s another project for another day. For now, I’m happy with extra storage, and a couple more places in my house that are child-free.

Deirdre Long blogs about her creations at
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