Design and DIY

How to Change a Doorknob

July 3, 2019

Do you want to know a secret? Magic doorknobs exist. The kind that transport you to another time and place. Like the wardrobe from Chronicles of Narnia minus the white witch and talking animals. Instead they bring us back to a time of lofty ceilings, cased openings, and built-in hutches. That’s the power of Emtek’s crystal knobs, they add the charm back into your home.

After updating the guest bedroom, kitchen, and sun room in the Coastal Cottage, I couldn’t help but feel like I skipped a step. The spaces were newly designed yet still donning $4 doorknobs covered in paint. It was like putting on a fancy ball gown but forgetting the underwear! (Figuratively, of course.) While crystal knobs are definitely an investment, they’re also something I’ll have for the rest of my life. That’s right – these Old Town beauties will move when I do, especially since changing them is so easy!

Changing Your Doorknobs

FYI – Door hardware (just like light fixtures) are not permanent! In fact, out of all the upgrades I’ve taught you, knobs are the easiest. Which means you don’t have to live with ugly ones (if you don’t want to) and you can take them with you if you move. Good news for renters and owners alike! Here’s how:

Removing the Old Doorknob

  1. Using a phillips-head screwdriver, loosen the two screws holding your knob in place. Remove knobs from both sides of the door.
  2. Unscrew the screws from the latch plate located on the inside edge of the door. Pull out the latch.
  3. Loosen the screws from the strike plate from the door frame.

Remember to store the hardware in a safe place if you wish to switch back the doorknobs when you move!

Installing the New Doorknob

  1. Insert new latch, with the flat side facing the door jam. Secure latch and latch plate with screws provided.
  2. The exterior knob will have a long spindle attached to it, insert this through the latch.
  3. Align the interior knob (the side with the screws) with the exterior and push them together. Screw into place.
  4. Screw in new strike plate to door frame.

Get the Look

Knob: Old Town Crystal Clear

Rosette: Rectangular

Finish: French Antique

This post is in collaboration with Emtek. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Emilyeverday up and running.

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  • Reply Gladys Tay July 3, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Thank you for sharing ???!!

  • Reply Ben November 18, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Emily, I love this tutorial! Love the new door knob that you picked, changes the whole feel of the room doesnt it?

  • Reply Usvintagewood May 11, 2020 at 9:09 am

    This doorknob will surely be a trend. Thanks for showing how it’s done. This guide makes it easier. I would love to have this.

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