Friday, March 26, 2010

In-Turning

P1010001d2 What can you do with old glass door knobs? Well, the obvious would be to put them on a door, however if you don’t have all of the parts and pieces it could be almost next to impossible to use them.


P1010007l1 Displaying them on a nicely tarnished silver tray is pretty. I love the contrast of the glass knobs against the silver and the old rusty patina on the fittings.


P1010005h1 Or you could take some antique pharmaceutical bottles…


P1010009d1 ..and marry the two together by using the knobs as finials on the bottles. Kind of a sweet “in-turn-ship", don’t you think? Maybe I'll add some old lace, a button and old ephemera around the neck of the bottle.


P1010010k1 But for now, should I leave them on the tray atop the bathroom counter or….


P1010012p1 … display them in our bathroom hutch with other other old bottles and jars?


Y'all have a great day and I hope that your spring is "turning" out to be a good one!

59 comments:

Into Vintage said...

Miss B - these photos are really beautiful. If I had to choose, I really like the sea-glass look of the bottles against the tarnished tray -- such a pretty vignette with the shells and sand dollars. Have a wonderful weekend! -amy

Diva Kreszl said...

I love all these ideas, you are so very clever! I shall be looking at these beautiful knobs with 'new' eyes from now on!

Lou Cinda said...

Beautiful!!! What a great idea this is!! It looks so pretty!

Have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda :)

Snappy Di said...

I've seen a few old doorknobs that were gorgeous but the sellers wanted an arm and a leg for them. Would be nice to find some for a song. Really pretty display!

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Ooh, I love these bottles you've shown, they're beautiful! Wonderful photos, so serene looking and perfect for spring.
xo~Tracie

sissie said...

Now that is a very clever idea and looks great! I just love the old vintage doorknobs and I like them against the silver too.

Lovely idea.

hugs
Sissie

Char said...

They all look beautiful.

Nan said...

I have these knobs too stored in the basement from my Mom's old house. I often wondered what to do with them. I have seen them used as coat hooks, a row of them on a board. I like your temporary ideas as they are not permanent and you could use them again in another way.

Miss Jean said...

Sitting here watching the snow fall. So much for spring! I love glass knobs, don't 'cha know!

Rochelle said...

Oh Becky I love this idea! I've got a few kicking around the house....will have to try this! Hope you are having a wonderful spring!
xoxo
Rochelle

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Hey Becky, I love the old doorknobs used in the old bottles. I'm with you, it would look cute to have some ribbon, etc. tied around the neck of the bottle. I bought the cutest arrangement one time and it was in a glass doorknob. That was a really cute idea and looked so adorable sitting on a dresser in my bedroom. Love & blessings from NC!

marie said...

I love them in the hutch the best! Both photos are beautiful!

Your peasant style tops are very cute. How fun to have a sewing date with Miss K.

bj said...

I love those old glass knobs..have never, in all my thrifting, found one, tho. Now, you must know I am having a hissy fit for some!!:)

mariondee-designs said...

What a great idea, love it! take care, Maryann

jane and the happy crow said...

They will look lovely wherever you put them, your arrangements are beautiful. Sorry I havnt popped in for a while have been watching you though! jane xx

Rose Garden Romantic said...

That's a great idea! They look lovely in the bottles!
Michelle

skoots1mom said...

tarnished silver is such a great look...i'll be using it in my new bathroom too!

Connie said...

I have some beautiful old door knobs. I put them on a board and then on the wall and hang pictures etc. from them. I also have a few just laying on the mantel. But I like the idea of putting them on a bottle. Very cute.

PamKittyMorning said...

I love that whale and pitcher. Everytime I see that whale I want it even more. Sorry. Had to get that off my chest.

Love the pretty photos. xo

Lisa said...

How really cool! My grandmothers house had those when I was young. They are so great! Your bottles are very sweet!
Hugs, Lisa

Carol said...

Beautiful photos & a wonderful idea for the knobs!!

Elsie said...

Becky~ I have a whole collection of
them in a large pottery bowl on
display. I really like your idea
for the bottles. I also have a coat rack made with them,and porcelain ones. But I really like
your idea better. I have the bottles, I'll just have to try your idea. Thanks!:O)

Vintage Sassy said...

Becky, that is a great idea with the pharmaceutical bottles. I actually got about four old doorknobs and have been displaying them but I love your idea.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

Becky love the old door knobs.But what I really think is cute is that dlittle whale:)

Atelier de Charo said...

So pretty shabby idea!!!
Hugs
Charo

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

pam kitty morning: I will keep my eye out for a whale. I saw one not long ago in a shop in Pleasanton!

bj: I will keep my eyes out for some door knobs for ya!

Thank you, ladies, for all of your sweet comments!!

xx

Rhondi said...

What a great idea. I'll have to be on the lookout for knobs now.

myletterstoemily said...

i would like to do an inturnship on
your blog. :)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This is such a great idea, and I have both the bottles and the knobs! I'd never have thought of it either, so thank you for sharing your ingenuity. I love it.
Blessings,
Marcia

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a brilliant idea! I'm going to be borrowing this idea! Thanks for the inspiration. laurie

fiberdoodles said...

So pretty! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing my sweet friend!

Maggie and Mitch said...

How very clever and beautiful too!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Good idea! The houses of my early childhood had these and I hope to own some one day, too!♥

Lallee said...

What a beautiful pairing you have made with the knobs and bottles. Along with the shells--beautiful, beautiful vignette! Mr. H brought a bottle home from one of his fishing trips in the Gulf like your aqua one. He saw it on the bottom and fetched it home for me. I'll tell him to keep an eye out for knobs too :-)
Happy Saturday!
♥Lallee
PS Photos are gorgeous!!!!

Liz said...

These are so pretty. I remember we actually had these on doors in my parents first home. My Mom loved them ...My Dad hated them... They were always loose...I sure wish I had them now. :)

~Liz

Denise said...

I have bottles I have knobs! I am going to COPY you! I am making a picture folder on my computer and putting all your pictures there for future reference! YOU ROCK!!! (just kidding about the pictures)

Have a wonderful weekend....... (we are moving a fence)

AshTreeCottage said...

I love the idea of using the old door knobs as bottle stoppers. What a great way to give them each a place in the spotlight. Have a great weekend!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Elyse said...

becky,

this is BRILLIANT! have you considered submitting this idea to someplace like somerset life? you should. it's amazing!
http://www.stampington.com/html/wanna_get_published.html#somersetlife

xo
elyse

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Hi Becky, One of my favorite items to find at sales are old glass door knobs. I have used them to make scepters with old table lets, or stair parts, but have never put them in bottles - I love that idea.

Have a great weekend.
Lynn

Kathleen Grace said...

What a pretty idea! That blue bottle is so gorgeous, I just can't seem toget enough of that color, especially in glass!

Pondside said...

Hi Becky - what a great use for these two orphan items! It's such fun to see what creative things people do. Your photos are beautiful, as always.
My spring is turning out to be a very nice one, indeed. My daughter is home for the weekend, and she shines a special light on every place she goes.

Carol said...

Hi Becky!
Come see me! You're the winner of the bunny plate!
Hugs to you!
Carol

MyJourneyBack said...

Love these. I sure would like to borrow that top one for a White Wednesday post. May I? BTW love those tops. And the kids choosing the winner. Doughall didn't you find my name? Dawng should have entered Daisy! LOL. I haven't been by in a few days I enjoyed visiting tonight.
Ya'll have a wonderful Sunday. You always make me smile when I visit. Thank you.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Becky, what a clever idea! I had never thought of displaying glass doorknobs like that... on the tray and also as bottle stoppers. I like this a lot! And I love the color of your bottles.

We were looking at old bottles today. I saw some lavender ones, a shade I'd not seen before. My favorite color is blue, but those lavender shades were so, so, SO tempting!

Hope all is well with you. Sending you warm hugs across the miles...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Dawn said...

Great idea Becky. Don't you just love it when you get an idea about something like that and the two pieces actually fit together? They are so pretty on the tray with all the other things.

We're lucky to have an old home with all glass knobs. I love the feel of them and it's like holding a fine piece of jewlery every time you open a door. It gives me a very solid connection to Hubby's family and I always wonder how many time they touched them in 60 years.
Hugs,
Dawn

Cottage Cozy said...

Hi Becky...oh my gosh...you are the winner of my Blue Monday giveaway...awesome! Pop on over and let me know your address via my email ...and I will get it right out to you...Funny thing is...my sister Diane's number was the first one to actually win but she declined...relatives do not qualify! haha

Hope you like it!

Fondly, Carrie

chasity said...

what a great idea becky....
they are beautiful.

i am so going to do this~
thanks for the inspiration.

chas

Cherry's Jubilee said...

This is genius! I love it....your pics are gorgeous! hugs, cherry

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Becky,
I love that you put the old glass door knob in the bottle. It looks so great! and your idea for some old lace around the bottle neck would be the perfect touch for sure. I finished the heart for Jack on the weekend and had to send my package over night in order of it to arrive to Kim by the 31st. We sure had a beautiful weekend! Now it's raining today. Funny weather for sure.
Take care and keep warm and dry today.
Big hugs, Elizabeth

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Becky, You are just too clever! I would never have thought to use them atop bottles as stoppers, and I love this look. I am also starting to fall for the old bottles, especially the aqua ones.
♥, Susan

JG said...

The glass doorknobs remind me of my homestead. I haven't thought of those doorknobs in a long time. :)

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Becky! What a great idea. Your creative use of these glass knobs (and cute words: in-turn-ship!!) made me smile. very cute!
Patricia :o)
Ps: I'm in CA celebrating Easter with my family. I've already been to the beach and was thrilled to dip my toes in the Pacific again. Too bad it's going to rain the next couple of days. It's so beautiful here I just want to be outside!!

Judi said...

Hi there
Where did you get those wonderful door knobs?? They are soooo nice. I think they look great on the bottles. Lovely.
Have a very Happy Easter if I don't talk to you before
Judi

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Oh oh oh what a great idea! I have both items and some sit obscurely is the corner. I'm going to put your idea to work! (:

Rae Ann said...

I love what you have done with the antique doorknobs. Very clever!
I also love your darling tops in the previous post. You are doing some fun things!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

OH~~~These are so beautiful! Glass door knobs have always had a special place in my heart. A man from my church used about 4 of them to make a coat hanger. He just got a piece of wood and place the knobs across it. The wood was even cute.
Hugs,
Ginger

nannykim said...

So cute!

Adrienne said...

I love the photos of these gorgeous, old knobs. You have put them into such wonderful settings - I enjoyed each one.
~Adrienne~

The Green Pea said...

Hello Becky, I love your pillows they are so cute. You are so talented. Have a nice week. sandi