Knob Exchange

When we moved into the house and I noticed that there were a lack of dead bolts in our house and if you’re going to install new deadbolts, you may as well get new knobs to go with them (they usually come in a pack any way). We chose the Kwikset locks, more on why tomorrow, in the darker bronze finish. I didn’t really want to write this post, because I just followed the instructions that came with the lock and every lock is different, but Ash insisted that I needed a post about knobs to go with tomorrow’s post about deadboltย installation. So because I’m a good husband, here it is.

Step 1. Remove old nob. Use your drill and remove the screws from your old knobs. For ours the knobs just popped out without the screws.

You’ll also want to unscrew the latch on the side of the door as well.

Step 2. Install new latch. It’s as simple as just putting the screws in the holes and drilling.

Step 3. Install new nob according to directions. You’ll also want to make sure that the lock is positioned the right way. On our previous locks some were upside down so you had to turn the key a different way for each door, which is just annoying.

Step 4. Install the face plate. Again the screws go in the holes. Easy.

And there you have it, a new, pretty knob in a matter of minutes. Unlike the deadbolts, which took me several hours each.

Have you changed the locks in your house? What type of finish do you prefer? Brass? Nickel? Bronze? By the way this is Jesse’s first post!


  1. Welcome to the blog world – Jesse!

    They look great! A million times better than the old ones!
    I’m not sure what finish I’d go with, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Welcome to blogging Jesse!

    Love the finish you chose. I would love to switch out all our knobs (they are that beautiful shiny brass) but there are more pressing issues at the moment. : (

    • My wife mentioned something about paining the interior ones with some special paint and saving lots of money. She’ll prolly do a post on it sometime in the future.

  3. I really like the dark bronze finish. Nice choice. Glad it went well and didn’t require any crazy repositioning.

  4. Heyyy Jesse! Great job!

    We chose satin nickel for all of our knobs, but I’m mixing some aged bronze and other finishes into our house with mirrors and hardware on buffets, consoles, etc. I like eclectic looks!

  5. way to be, jesse! both in fixing the knobs AND blogging. true accomplishments!

  6. FUN! And I love the brushed bronze choice! And this was a very informational post for those of us who have zero experience changing out knobs! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family

    Way to go Jesse! Welcome to the world of blogging. I have yet to get my husband to write a post. Although he has been the star of a few of my posts. I think the new door knobs work great. Our knobs are satin nickel finish… they came with the house thankfully.

  8. For someone who has never blogged before, you have done an incredible job! Thanks for the tutorial on the locks.


  9. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    Isn’t it amazing what a big difference such a little change can make?

    Great first post, Jesse!

  10. I’d love to join your blog, but you have no way to link up besides Facebook and Twitter. You should add a join by e-mail or use Network Blogs to add people to your following. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck, sounds like fun!

  11. Jessica@HomewithBaxter

    Changing the knobs was one of the first things I did when we moved in last July. Well, at least I tackled the knobs in the rooms we painted. I’ll bother with the rest when I finish my painting ๐Ÿ™‚ I chose a brushed nickel, but I’m kind of regretting that decision. They look nice, but your bronze looks awesome!

  12. Looks great! We did satin nickel in the last house and ORB in this one. I like them both!

  13. Diana @ Boy + Girl

    The new knobs look great!

  14. We changed out one brass deadbolt with an oil rubbed bronze one recently. The ORB looks so much better!

  15. Yay for your first post, Jesse!

    We just moved in, so we haven’t had to switch anything out here. We went with chrome/polished nickel which leaves/shows fingerprints but it’s like “door jewelry” so I love it:)

  16. Stephanie @ Horse Hound and House

    “So because I’m a good husband..” That made me laugh. Great first post, Jesse! I love the finish y’all picked. We never replaced our locks.. oops!

  17. Those look way better! We rent, so they’ll be no changing of locks happening here… I’m not to worried though considering we’re the first residents since it’s been built & we have an alarm system ๐Ÿ˜›

  18. For some reason I really love getting new doorknobs. Old doorknobs are always so out of style and they just seem dirty. Sometimes a new door knob really makes a difference ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looks good. I like the finish you picked ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. Ashley, looking at all the projects you are about to tackle makes me wonder if you are familiar with the William Morris Project that Jules over at Pancakes and French Fries has going. Several of us link up each Th. to show the project we have worked on that week. We are simplifying and beautifying our homes one project at a time.
    It has been running all year. It’s a great motivator. You want to get your work done by Th! Plus all the support is great too.

  20. Looking good. I’m a nickel or ORB fan!

  21. Welcome to blog land Jesse. We dudes need to stick together.
    Amazing what some simple door knobs add to the look of a door!

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