Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vintage Door Knob Wall Hanger

I hope everyone is entering the Dremel Giveaway! You have until Tuesday to enter! 

I worked on a little project last week that I think is really fun. I've mentioned in the past that our old home was a gift that kept on giving; well even though we don't live there anymore it's still giving me supplies for projects today!

When we moved in I found several old door knobs leftover from who knows when. 

I had been wanting to make a coat/ purse hanger with them but wasn't sure how to attach the knobs to wood. It wasn't until I saw this post on Infarrantly Creative that I found the answer. She used this resin mixture to fill the holes in the knobs, luckily I had some leftover from another project I was able to use. It's easy to use but messy. It comes with two resins that you mix equal parts of, then pour in the knob holes and let it dry. 

Other materials you will need:

Vintage Door Knobs
Hangar Bolts (a screw with points on both sides- I had to ask around the store to find out what they were)
Two Part Resin
Drill and bit
Clear Tape
Disposable Cups and stirring sticks
Locking Pliers

1. Use the clear tape to cover the hole that is in the knob. Press it down and make sure it sticks well.

2. Mix equal parts of the resin in the mixing cups and stir. Pour it into the holes of the knob and fill it all the way up to the top.

3. Once the mixture has cured overnight it's time to drill. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the hangar bolts your going to use.

4. Use the pliers to screw the bolt into the resin. This was the toughest part. I had to put some rubber gloves on the be hold the knob tightly while screwing the bolt.

Once that was over it was time to ready my wood backing. I used some more of the pallet wood I had leftover from my sign projects and stained it a dark walnut.

I drilled 3 pilot holes then screwed the knobs into place.

All done!

I really like the look of the brass knobs with the stained wood. I have it hanging near the door for now to use for hanging my purse, hats, scarf, whatever!

The resin is a great technique to use for repurposing old knobs. If you don't want a purse hanger you can use them for knobs on drawers, screw them straight into the wall, whatever!

What would you do with old knobs?


Marci said...

These look fabulous. What a creative display. Thanks for stopping by at and your sweet comment.

Lindsay said...

I really like this idea! And how nice that you used different knobs to give it a unique look. Great job!

emarci said...

I love your project! However, I was confused when you said to cover the hole with clear tape and then fill the hole with resin. I went to IC blog and saw that you meant (I think) cover the small hole in the side of the doorknob with clear tape...right? Thanks for the great idea :)

Katie said...

This is awesome!! I really need to find some old knobs because this is just such a fun project!! Love how you knob hanger turned out!

Mally said...

Really cute and original idea. I love the look and the knobs are so unique. Great job.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

What a GREAT tip about the resin! I love what you did with the knobs; that would be my choice!

Courtney said...

Love it, so awesome!! How did you hang this on your wall?
I'd hang my necklaces on this...I'd see them, so I might actually wear them!!

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

I love this! So cute. :)

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Perfect ~ Thanks for Sharing...

Jill said...

I keep planning on doing something like this...yours is neat!

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Wow, this is really cute! What a great idea.


Allison @ House of Hepworths

Anonymous said...

These are so pretty!

I'm wondering if you could put the resin in and insert the hanger bolt and let it dry in there rather than drilling it after it's dry?

ItsMeMom said...

I have so many door knobs sitting in a box in my garage, because I have been trying to figure out a way to display them on my wall. This is a great idea. I had the same thought as the previous poster, just cast the screw in the the knob itself. I will try it and see what happens. Thank you for this. Brilliant.


Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

Your hard work paid off - your purse rack is fabulous!!

I'd love for you to link it up to Simply Klassic Sunday!

Christina {Designing by Numbers} said...

This is just fantastic!

I have a few old door knobs that might just be getting a new use soon, thanks to you!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Take care,

Roeshel said...

Great tutorial, Rachelle! I love your creativity and ingenuity and this is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! ;)

Unknown said...

I have done this with liquid nails to fill the knob and insert the screw while liquid nails is still wet. Hardens well and no need to mix epoxy. Nice post.

Unknown said...

That is so cute, I would of never thought of that. I am definitely making me one or maybe a few! Lolbronze door knobs

Alfred said...

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