Antique Doorknobs: How to Reuse Vintage Doorknobs

Whistle Stop Antiques store owner Dee Richardson offers three tips for reusing beautiful vintage knobs.

| May/June 2010

  • Collect vintage doorknobs to accent different areas of your home with eclectic decor.
    Photography By Barbara Bourne
  • A mid-century “Starburst” 8-day windup clock adorns a wall inside Whistle Stop Antiques.
    Photography By Barbara Bourne
  • This 1960s English Wedgwood china has a striking “Kimono” pattern.
    Photography By Barbara Bourne
  • Marilyn Clevenger, one of Whistle Stop’s 36 antique dealers, stands outside the store.
    Photography By Barbara Bourne
  • Dee Richardson sits with a bucket of vintage glass doorknobs.
    Photography By Barbara Bourne
  • Whistle Stop Antiques has an array of early 1900s rockers.
    Photography By Barbara Bourne

We found the antique doorknobs on our May/June 2010 cover at Whistle Stop Antiques in Santa Rosa, California, the oldest antique collective in Sonoma County. Partner Dee Richardson offers these ideas for reusing beautiful vintage knobs.

1. Mount on a piece of wood for a unique coat hanger.

2. Fill a glass bowl for an interesting centerpiece.

3. Use as curtain rod finials, on bed posts or to fasten lampshades.

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