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Door knobs and door hardware issues

I am about to faint from hunger, so I'll keep this one short and sweet. A few months ago I purchased a crate full of old, glass door knobs, since we couldn't imagine ourselves living one more day with the brass horror that was installed on our beautiful wooden doors. Somebody, somewhere, sometime has decided that having those brass "things" would be a good idea. Not.

And this is how a crate of old glass knobs looks like. I can't complain too much, since we got them dirt-cheap, but still, with little elbow grease the guy who sold them to use could have made a small fortune on certain auctioning website. Nonetheless.

The little man of the House decided that he would like to get in on the action, so he helped us scrub off several decades of paint, dirt, food, rubber bands, hair, and various other things that we still don't know how to categorize. And this is the final product:

How much would you pay for it? [joking]

Anyway, for about 4 months, these knobs have been sitting on our kitchen counter, waiting to be installed. The problem? Plates and rosettes. And door openings.

All doors nowadays come pre-bored with 2-3/8" holes for hardware installation. That is because most knobs or rather backsets now are, you guessed it, are 2-3/8" or even 2-3/4". Why is this a problem for us? Well, our doors had all of the old hardware removed, the holes increased, and new hardware installed. To make matters worse, the manufacturer made damn sure that we can't use their locks and rosettes with our own knobs. That is how we spend the last 4 months searching for appropriate hardware and the knobs collecting dust and cobwebs on our kitchen counter. The idea was to get the hardware that closely matches what was there before, just larger to cover the bigger holes.

Unfortunately, as we were doing the research, we came upon some examples of Victorian-era doors stripped of all the paint that accumulated over the decades and restored to their original beauty. So, the knobs are back in the crate, safely wrapped in old newspapers, until we find the time and the tools to restore all the doors. Mostly waiting for warm weather, really, since we can't really consider taking off the doors with the winter approaching. Brrrrr, scary heating bill on the horizon...


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