Old door knob replacement for a thin closet door that won't close properly...and stay closed.
We've lived in our 1946 stone cottage for 5 years now and we've slowly been updating all of the old, worn-out door hardware.
We had beautiful old glass door knobs but many were broken and not in working order. Not only that but most of the door hinges have been painted over with many coats of different colored paints.
We debated on updating with refurbished old glass knobs but in the end we decided to go with new.
The first room to get done was the bathroom.
Recently I worked on the last room, the master bedroom and closet. Both doors were in desperate need of new door knobs, as well as hinges and door stops.
All of the doors were challenging, to say the least, but 2 of the closet doors required a bit of cheating.
So...the bathroom closet door and bedroom closet door are thinner than a standard door. What I quickly learned was that a standard door knob just wouldn't work on a door that is only a little over an inch thick.
After a bit of thought I decided to try a double dummy door knob for each closet. It was an easy installation and I didn't have to drill a large hole in the door.
Once I installed the door knobs I worked on getting the door to close...and stay closed. Both doors have never really stayed closed since we moved in, which drove me crazy.
My little idea to fix the problem was to use an adjustable ball catch latch.
Supplies to replace vintage door knobs on a closet
- double dummy door knob
- screw driver
- adjustable ball catch latch
- wood glue
Installing Glass Door Knobs
The way it works is that the ball catch latch catches on the strike plate and keeps the door closed. The nice thing about it is that it can be adjusted by twisting the ball to the length you need.
It was the perfect solution for our thinner doors!
After I chiseled the door I had to fix the screw holes. Remember our cottage is 80 years old so the screw holes have seen a lot of action.
To fix the holes I just used our tried and true toothpick trick.
Next I trimmed the toothpicks with a pair of nippers and hammered in the toothpick stubs.
Now I was ready to install the ball catch latch.
I know...the latch doesn't really line up with the bathroom door knob but I wasn't going to repair the old holes to make new. I chalk it up to the quirks of living in an older home.
Once the door knobs and latches were installed I moved on to the door hinges.
After all was said and done I have 2 closet doors that close tight, and stay shut.
And after 5 years, all of the doors in the cottage are completely done and in working order. Ready for the next 80 years.