Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba
LOL @ Ataturk, I think less of these doors knobs would be an improvement. I may switch to handles as I've yet to find a simple doorknob that looks nice. I think crystal knobs look nice, but this obviously isnt the house for it. The doors themselves will likely go, but I plan to do one floor at a time. I started with the basement because I can make it a departure from the rest of the house without it seeming out of place.
Hmm, yeah. I really wanted to reuse those knobs. They're solid brass (or at least some are, some weren't original) and the ones on the outside of the house actually had a really nice patina from 20 years in the weather. I seriously considered stripping the lacquer off, tarnishing them a little, and putting them back on. Problem is that brass globes aren't very sturdy and some where damaged, plus about half the outside knobs had been replaced piecemeal with non-matching replacements. It just wasn't worth it to deal with them. I ended up getting a good deal on some old stock, bronze-finished, mushroom-shaped, Weiser-branded knobs.
That sounds like a PITA, funny enough the bones of this house are very solid and I'm actually surprised at how well most of it is done, but the finish work is terrible at best. I enter every project assuming I cannot reuse anything. How old is your house?
It's just 20 years old. As you probably know, nothing that was put into houses 20 years ago is worth keeping. Fortunately this one was custom built by some wealthy eccentric for himself [he also built 2 other houses on the cul-de-sac for family], so there are some high-end touches. The master bath has a 20-foot ceiling, for example. That's nice--glad it's not cold down here, though. It's a weird house. That's fine as long as you only pay weird house prices for it [and I did].