Updating all of the doors in our home was one of the easiest DIYs and it made such a big impact. It’s a simple fix but can seem a little daunting if you haven’t done it before. I’m thinking of starting a new “how-to” series on the blog and sharing all of the things I personally didn’t know how to do before, like how to change a doorknob. If I had to google how to do something, then I’m sure there are thousands of others that need to know too. Plus, I’ve also rounded up 9 of my favorite matte black doorknobs! (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
HOW TO CHANGE A DOORKNOB
- new doorknob kit and hardware
- Start by removing the screws from the existing doorknob with a screwdriver. They are pretty long, so it takes a couple of minutes, but they should come out easily. Once the screws are removed, you can pull apart the handles on both sides of the door.
- Then, remove the latch plate by removing the screws and pulling it out of the door.
- To install the new doorknob, you simply reverse the steps. Push the new latch plate into the edge of the door and screw it in place. Remember that the beveled side of the latch faces the door jam, and the flat side is on the swing, that way the door can close easily.
- Then, insert each side of the door handles and screw them in place. The hardware kit will also include a new strike plate that is easily replaced with a couple of screws.
When choosing new doorknobs for our home, I knew I wanted levers. They are easy to open and close, even when your hands are full, and have a modern sophisticated look. Black was also a must, so the Latitude collection from Schlage was perfect. I ordered privacy (locking) knobs for the bathrooms and passage (turn, but don’t lock) knobs for the bedrooms and closets. Then for our entry/exit garage door, I ordered an entrance lock lever. And I would still love to update our front door with this beauty eventually. Luckily, for each design series, Schlage offers a variety of doorknobs for every room or need.
Another quick update to the doors was using our existing doorstops, but spraypainting them black. I also did the same to the door hinges, but over time some of the paint is coming off. I found this 18 pack of black hinges on Amazon and I’m anxious to try them out instead!
When we installed our new Pergo floors, I also updated the baseboards and door trim throughout the house. Joe’s only request during the process was that the doors weren’t white anymore. And I actually love that I painted them a beautiful gray – Filtered Shade by Valspar. It’s amazing how just a few updates can change the look of the whole house!
Now that you know all the details on how to change a doorknob, I’ve rounded up 9 of my favorite matte black door hardware from levers to knobs. Ps, this post is not sponsored by Schlage, I just love them!
MATTE BLACK DOORKNOBS
one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | The levers in our home are my favorite, and I love them with the added trim kit on number nine. If I had to choose a round knob, it’s definitely number seven or number five. But number four is super cool too!