All of the original door knobs at Flip 5 were original which sounds like it would be an asset. However, the door knobs weren’t in good shape- they had paint on them, some had discoloration, they had varying finishes (chrome, brass, and copper), and not fully functional. I wanted to update the vintage door knobs with new door knobs that felt vintage but offered a more cohesive design & finish. Updating door knobs is a very easy DIY project that typically only requires a screw driver to get the job done! I’ll be sharing how to update your door knobs in 7 easy steps…with just a Phillips screwdriver!
How To Update Your Door Knobs In 7 Easy Steps
This post was sponsored by Emtek. The beautiful new door knobs I installed come from their quality selection, but the thoughts & opinions are my own. I’m always grateful for companies that support this blog.
After you’ve removed the existing door knob, you’ll need to measure to make sure the existing opening in the door is large enough. If it’s not, don’t worry! You can easily drill a new hole with my easy tutorial.
Step 1: Install Latch
This is a very easy step! The latch is one piece and slides directly into the side of the door. It’s important that if it’s a privacy door knob that the key hole side of the latch faces the interior of the room.
Step 2: Attach Latch Face Plate
The latch comes with a separate face plate that sits directly on top of the face of the latch. Using the provided screws, screw the face plate directly on top of the latch.
Step 3: Attach Interior Door Knob
I chose Emtek’s Old Town Clear Privacy Door Knob with the rectangular rosette in a French antique finish. The knob has a privacy pin for locking. I found it easier to install the interior knob with the privacy pin first as it screws into the key hole. It was difficult to install the privacy pin after both door knobs were installed. The door knob has a center prong that slides through the middle of the latch.
Step 4: Tighten Mounting Screws
Emtek’s door knobs are secured with two mounting screws. One of the door knob face plates has two screw holes. It is your preference if you want those screws visible on the inside or outside. I chose to have all the screws on the inside of the rooms. You won’t be able to do the final tightening until the exterior door knob is installed in the next step.
Step 5: Install Exterior Door Knob
I chose to install the exterior door knob after the interior knob. It allowed me to align the door knob with the two mounting screws. Once I had those aligned, it was easy to do the final tightening of the mounting screws.
Step 6: Install Strike Plate
Each Emtek door knob comes with a matching strike plate. The new strike plate should easily slide into the notched opening on the door frame. Using the two screw provided, attach it to the door frame. If the new strike plate doesn’t slide into the notched opening, you may have to trim away some excess.
Step 7: Make Any Final Adjustments
After you have the door knob installed, inspect the interior & exterior of the door knob to make sure it is level. If the door knob is slightly unlevel, loosen the screws slightly and adjust and then tighten the screws. Also try closing & locking the door. If it doesn’t close properly, you may need to adjust the strike plate.
Replacing door knobs can easily add charm & character to your home. If you live in a builder grade home and you’re itching to add some personality to your home, choosing from Emtek’s variety of door knobs in numerous styles, colors, and finishes is an easy way to do that! This is a great beginner DIY project that requires virtually no skill but offers a big impact!
Emtek Door Hardware
Swapping out builder-grade door knobs can be such an easy DIY project that can add a lot of charm to a home. From modern finishes, to traditional or classic, Emtek allows you to design the exact door knob you want– they aren’t just one design fits all! So each time I’ve used them (remember these cuties from Flip 8?), I pick a different design that fits perfectly with the home!
- Emtek allows you to mix metals
- Choose between privacy or passage knobs
- Easily installs with just a screwdriver
- Each piece is very heavy & screams high quality
- They also can provide coordinating cabinet hardware & passage door hardware
- Choose custom keyless smart locks & exterior door hardware kits
- Creates a custom one-of-a-kind look which buyers will notice!