Vintage Doorknob Hooks

This was a SUPER easy project to do… for me the hardest part was figuring out how to do it and since I have already done that for you the hardest part for you will be finding the perfect knobs… lucky you!

I bought a BUCKET full of these vintage knobs, I know… some people will hoard anything 😉 Some of them were full sets, but these were a few of the single ones, they were exactly what I was looking to use for this project. They are rather beautiful and aged and perfect for installing in the new dressing room area we are working on for our youngest daughter.

I bought a two part epoxy “Steel Stik” and some hanger bolts for wood application. Below are all the items I needed to complete this project, except for the gloves…

This is what the roll of epoxy looks like when you remove it from the tube. You just cut off a small amount, it dries super fast so just cut off what you can use in 3 minutes…

PLEASE use gloves… it’s more awkward but necessary, you do not want this stuff on your skin! You knead the epoxy with your fingers until the two colors blend into one.

I rolled it into a worm shape and shoved it into the stem of the knob. Make sure you put enough, you want the bolt to push it out some so you know you have it in there snug.

Insert / push the hanger bolt as far as you can into the stem of the knob. Then remove any excess that is squeezed out of the side or top, I used the knife to scrape it off.

Make sure your bolts are level, I just eyeballed mine and that appeared to be good enough. The product sets in 3-5 minutes and in an hour can be drilled, tapped etc..

While the product was setting I drilled a hole in the wood shelf supports. This is why we installed the supports out further than the shelves… you will need to screw these knobs into a stud or wood support of some sort!

I screwed the knob in once the product had set… this project was seriously just as easy as I’m making it sound.

Now she can hang purses, hats, scarves, robes, outfits whatever she wants from these knobs… I’m installing 6 in the closet… you never know what a girl will want to hang up… and I’m HOPING that she will want to hang up stuff on her “new” super cool knobs! I do all I can to help the girls stay organized and have clean rooms but you know the old saying “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” so it will be interesting to see what she eventually ends up hanging on these… as long as it’s something I will consider this experiment successful!

By the way if you are looking for some vintage knobs let me know… I’ve got quite a few left over Smile

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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  1. This is awesome! I have a bunch of knobs that I am going to do this to. I had seen a tutorial using the liquid expoxy, but this is SO much easier. Thanks!


  2. susan, i love the age of these and how you have incorporated them into a place to use and see their beauty.

    if you find a moment, stop by and enter my giveaway, we’d love to have you.




  3. My husband gave up on his project of creating a coat rack using vintage, glass knobs because he couldn’t find compatible screws–hoping this is the solution! Thank you!


  4. I have several old knobs like what you have, we bought a piece of property that had an old home on it and several doors with the porcelain knobs and the skeleton key locks. I just now found your site and read it and I think that is a great idea 4 me to hang a curtain over our French doors of our new home I thank you for the idea I would have never thought of that!!! I’m so excited to try it and just in time for the holidays. Thank you and merry Christmas


  5. Thank you so much for the directions and pictures! I have been trying to figure out how to do this with square “holes”. This will work perfectly!!


  6. Turned out great! Thank you for doing all the footwork. I’m ready to start my project and now I know what to buy. Very helpful!


  7. I love this!! Thanks so much for teaching me how to be able to use them in replace of hooks! I’ve got several & have been wanting to do this with them for quite awhile!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!
    And by the way, they look great! You did an awesome job!!


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