Walking into a newly built home always brings house envy to me. The fresh smell and new fixtures makes me realize that our house needs some updating. It is the little things in a house that makes it feel new or out of date. The few things I always feel makes a home feel new are door hardware, lighting and fresh carpet.
About 6 months ago we replaced our rug in our living room. It helped to freshen up the space but I was ready to get to step 2 immediately…replace the door knobs.
Our home is not that old but unfortunately came with brass door knobs. I have lived here for 6 years hating them. One day I had enough and saw a bunch of tutorials on how to spray paint door knobs. I bought the supplies. Then the supplies sat on the counter for another 3 months until I realized that I was never going to get around to painting everything.
Then I went on Amazon to see how much ORB door knobs actually cost and see if I could just go ahead and purchase them.
Here were my choices:
All of these options are about $12 – $13 a piece. I decided to purchase the first set of knobs. If I purchase the knobs in phases I can actually justify not doing this via spray paint.
Phase 1 – the downstairs interior doors
Phase 2 – the upstairs
Phase 3 – the exterior door hardware
Make sure you get a correct count how many of your doors are Hall/Closet knobs and how many are Bed/Bath. I, of course, anciently ordered the wrong amount of Hall/Closet knobs. Thanks goodness for Prime shipping. The Hall/Closet knobs turn but do not have a lock. The Bed/Bath knobs have a lock.
I ordered 5 of the Kwikset Cove Hall/Closet knobs and 2 of the Kwikset Bed/Bath knobs.
When they arrived my husband installed them in 15 minutes.
Doesn’t he look thrilled? I am cracking up about this picture.
Wow! Why in the world did this take me 6 years?? I am super happy and will do the 2nd floor doors in a few months.
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I literally am LOVING this post because I have a TON of the outdated door knobs in my home and I haaaaate them. This will make is super easy to update them! Your timing of this post is perfect!
Suzanne Spiegoski says
Ha ha ha, your husband looks soooooo thrilled installing those bad boys in! Those door knobs look great though!
I know, that photo of him just cracks me up. I am so glad he said I could post it.
Heather @ Country Life, City Wife says
HAHA I also had to chuckle at that picture of your husband. I need to do a shoot with my husband for an upcoming post and I am sure I’ll get that face, too LOL! The doorknobs look great. It’s really the little things that are bit things!
Ha, I know. I had to ask him if I could use the picture but it made me laugh.
Jena Proctor says
A small update can make such am impact! Great post and pictures!
Such an easy update! It can be expensive, but worth it. I think it even raises the value of your home.
That’s why I am doing it in phases. 🙂 It makes me so happy to look at the knobs now.
Rachel Langer says
Now you have me looking around at all my ugly, gold doorknobs. What an easy way to really give your place a face lift. I just may have to do this!
I am actually upset with myself that I didn’t do this earlier. 🙂
Terri Steffes says
Door knobs are like jewelry for the house! I love your new door knobs! 🙂
We totally did this too and it made such a difference, I love the oil rubbed bronze look!
Taylor MObley says
They look so much nicer!!! I love the updated, modern look. As soon as my husband and I are in a house, and not an apartment, I will make sure all my door nobs are updated.
How cool! I love the finish of the door knobs. I also have a brass doorknob that I hate. Thanks for the idea.
Ha I can totally see my hubby doing the same face fixing something for me.I actually had been talking to my husband about changing up some things at our house this seems like a perfect place to start.
It is a nice and easy project…or at least easy for me to place to the order from Amazon and hand the boxes to my husband. 🙂
Christine - The Choosy Mommy says
He does look so thrilled, LOL! These look fabulous and I love how a simple change like this can make a HUGE difference in the overall look of your home. Good job!
Amanda Love says
I like the look and the feel of oil rubbed door knobs! They’re perfect for that modern-contemporary look. I think it’s awesome to update the door knobs to these! Easy to install as well, perfect!
That is definitely my favorite kind of knob – I really need to re-do a bunch of stuff in my house, but perhaps starting with something small would make a great start!
These doorknobs are really nice. I think they add a touch of class to any home and they look really elegant.
Thanks so much!
Rachel at The Everyday Mom Life says
We did this a few years ago and it makes such a difference! The gold really just didn’t work. The oil-rubbed seems more timeless to me.
I agree. The gold totally dates the house.
Teresa | Simply Made Fun says
Our apartment has outdated doorknobs and it drives me CRAZY. I hate them. haha I love that you updated yours!
Dana Vento says
Wow, I love it! It really makes a big difference! A simple upgrade that turns that door knob into a fab!
Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says
These look beautiful! Our house could use some updating, now to find the time & money, but LOVE this!!
Whitney S. says
I love the new look! It’s just a simple fix, but it makes such a difference!
Amber Nelson says
I love the look of those bronzed door knobs. Those types of accents can really set the tone for a room.
I love how much something small can update a room and make it feel new again. These are pretty, much prettier than the brass ones. I also love vintage door knobs but they almost never fit! Great update.
Yes, I love vintage glass ones too. I added some to my daughters dresser and they are so fun.
That is such an awesome trick for door knobs. I could definitely suggest this to my uncle who loves these kind of projects.
Such a personal touch to your blog! And it’s so true, little updates can make a world of difference to the look and feel of a house!
Reesa Lewandowski says
I am loving the look of these! I have some like this in my house but would love to update everything to them.
Robin Rue says
These give everything such a great look. I would love to add this feel to my home.
Krystle Cook says
These definitely give a more polished look than those other door knobs. I am loving them!
jill conyers says
That is so cool. It’s a great home DIY that I would actually use. The photo cracked me up too.
Me too! I begged him to let me use it in my post. It is a classic husband look. 🙂
I wanted to update the brass ones in my old house but didn’t want to spend the money. Used rustoleum spray paint and the came out beautifully at very little cost
Hi. Did you replace or do anything with the hinges?
I didn’t at this time. I just did the door knobs and hope to do the hinges later (but they are so far down the list I may never get to them.) 🙂