• Eric

Why not restore your door hardware rather than replace it?

Updated: Mar 15, 2019



If you have the original antique hardware, consider having it restored rather than replaced.  There are several benefits that come antique hardware restoration.

  • The original set maintains the authenticity of your antique home.

  • Most hardware restoration can be completed at a fraction of the cost of replacing with new cheaper hardware from big box stores.

  • Labor to remove and reinstall for hardware restoration is a much less than the labor of removing the old hardware, filling in holes, patching, and re-painting and then installing the new hardware.

  • It is difficult to find new hardware that will cover the ghost of the old.

  • Antique hardware stands the test of time.  If you still have the original 100 year hardware, with restoration, there is no reason why it won’t last for many generations to come.

  • It can often be completed by DIY homeowners.

Hardware removal need not be difficult.  Here are the steps.

  1. Locate the doorknob set screws.  Each knob will have one set screw that holds the doorknob to the spindle.

  2. Take a sharp blade or tap the slot with a new screw driver to remove any paint in the groove.  

  3. Remove the doorknobs.

  4. Next remove the trim.  The round rosette or rectangular or decorative back plate is removed by exposing the screw head slots as above.  Take a sharp blade and go around the outline.  This will prevent the paint on the edges from chipping.  

  5. Remove the trim.

  6. Next remove the lock.  If there is a keyed cylinder in the lock, it is removed by loosening the two screws on the face of the lock.  These are not the screws at the top and bottom, rather they are two side by side about ¼ down the face plate of the lock.

  7. Once they are removed or loosened, the cylinder will rotate counter-clockwise.  Insert a key half way into the cylinder and use is as a handle to remove the cylinder.  Alternatively a plumber’s wrench can be used but will scar the cylinder.  Plan on replacing it if this method is used.

  8. Once they are removed or loosened, the cylinder will rotate counter-clockwise. Insert a key half way into the cylinder and use is as a handle to remove the cylinder. Alternatively a plumber’s wrench can be used but will scar the cylinder.  Plan on replacing it if this method is used.

  9. lock where the doorknob spindle came out.  Pull both sides of the screw driver toward the edge of the door, pushing the lock out.


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