Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fun with Chippy Wood and Door Knobs

It's been a while since I created one of these accessory/coat racks from old door knobs and chippy molding.  At one time I was known as The Door Knob Lady.  Yep, that's what they used to call me.  I made these by the dozens back in the days when vintage door knobs could be purchased just about anywhere for a few dollars each.  Rising prices, sawdust, and assembly line production got the best of me, but I still love using old door knobs in some of my projects.

I found some chippy white boards at the salvage yard a few weeks ago and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  The best part is that they were the perfect length; I didn't even have to drag out my saw to cut them.

I held each door knob spindle in place with a vise while I cut them down to 1/2" with a hacksaw. (You can cut them longer depending on the thickness of your board).  Then I drilled a hole for each spindle using a 5/16" bit.  It's a tight fit which is what you want, but with a little twisting and shouting you really can fit a square peg in a round hole.  If you use a door knob that's lost its spindle, a wooden dowel is a good alternative.

I used 5 minute epoxy to glue the spindles in the holes.  I like 5 minute epoxy because it stays workable long enough to get all the knobs glued in, still leaving time to make sure they're all straight.

A little embellishment with part of an old drawer pull.

When I spotted this fabulous vintage shoe rack at the salvage yard, I knew it would be marrying one of the chippy boards I was carrying around.

A perfect match.

I know it's naked, but think of the possibilities!

How about a door knob board blast from the past.....
I can tell from my price tags that this picture was taken around 1995.  I used to buy my chippy wood at the same salvage yard back when it was a whole lot cheaper and much easier to find.  I still really like these, but what was I thinking with that pegboard display?  I made two sets
 of folding panels and never thought about how big, heavy, and awkward they'd be to carry around.  My back was much younger and happier then.

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  1. Ooooh, oooh, the naked shoe rack is so beautiful, I would fill my entire craft room with those! I love the mismatched knobs, what a great way to use individual finds in a cohesive way. Your poor back - now I blame the pegboard for everything.

  2. These are lovely Betsy! Love them both and all your others in the last picture too! So fun! Have a great weekend!! xo Holly

  3. Love your door knob projects.

    I have one old glass door knob that we found in a drawer when we moved into our house. Why would they removed a beautiful glass knob and replace it with brass? I keep it on display in a vignette most of the time.

  4. Wowza, I can see why they called you the doorknob lady and loved the "twist and shout" tutorial. We have a Habitat for Humanity store not too far from here and I really need to get in there and see what they have to offer.

  5. So pretty, I always love the clear glass knobs. And you're right, the possibilities are endless for the "shoe" rack. Might look pretty with scarves hanging from it? Or necklaces....or belts....I would have no problem finding a use for it! I'm with you on the ol' back, friend, believe me!

  6. Wow Betsy, I can see WHY you were "The Door Knob Lady"! Those are wonderful, I also love the key ones. Yes, it seems that in the past few years prices have gone up on all this kind of stuff - even thrifting has jumped in prices!

    Your newest creation is just beautiful!

  7. Betsy these are still awesome creations! Love the shoe rack thingy!

  8. I wish I had your nerve and skill with things like saws. Last time I used a saw it was a hack saw and I was cutting the plastic molding (I think it's plastic) for my counter tops and my poor arms and shoulders and hands tingled for weeks.

  9. Love those old glass knobs! Always love seeing what you have been up to. I am not as brave as you with the saws and drills - still intimidated by the dremel. :-D
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  10. Great Projects~~~Past, present and futuristic!!! like them all. I've been haunting the Restore store for boards for months - no luck in finding these kind of cool boards.

  11. That reminds me I have some beautiful old faded blue boards I got out of a dumpster about 8 years ago I could do that with one of my boards
    I like seeing all of your previous creations back in 1995

  12. Fabulous! I am like you only I use hooks. Have them all through the house! I went into a thrif shop today and was floored by their prices! 40 for a mirror, 18.00 for an old book, 100.00 for an old theater chair!?!?!


  13. Beautiful racks, Betsy! Wow, you've been repurposing and creating with vintage items for a long time. Back in 95 nothing chippy, faded or rusty would have entered our home. I've changed so much and I'm so glad about it.
    Have a great Sunday!

  14. Great post! I still have glass door knobs in our home. They are coming with us when we build the new house!!

  15. Oh , I love glass door knobs!!!! Sweet architectural pieces there also! Like your jewelry pieces also!I guess my eyes like everything I see! Thank you so much for visiting my blog on my new adventure. I really appreciate all the kind words! The best to you!


  16. Gorgeous! You are very talented!

  17. Lovely projects, Betsy! Those old door knobs are getting hard to find here, too. Glad you found a few for your project! That shoe rack is very it!

  18. Betsy, I adore the glass knob 'hooks'-they look so great together with that salvaged board!!

  19. Well, as one Doorknob Lady to another, your Creations are fab. Yes, it used to be a breeze to Hoard Old Knobs and Hardware, 'til everyone began desiring them! And alas, great old Molding and Boards aren't readily available anywhere around here since they rarely Salvage them and offer them for Sale... so unless you see an old Home being razed and get permission to Rescue some of the building materials and Architectural Elements, they'll all be Lost to a Landfill! *Shudder* You Inspire me to get the Creative Juices flowing as Spring approaches.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  20. Oh how pretty! I just love your vintage knob accessory rack. Pinning this for future reference. Thanks for the how to info.


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