Glass Door Knobs

Glass Door Knobs

The new house comes with satin nickel door knobs. I’m not a fan.

The Rose Gold Lever door knobs on the log cabin - Project Small House
The Rose Gold Lever door knobs on the log cabin

They have some very nice options you can choose instead, but I really love the rose gold door knobs on the log cabin. I decided I would move the satin nickel ones to the log cabin, and bring the rose gold ones with me. Satin nickel would go well with the cabin. It can kinda go with some of the galvanized metal things I have here.

Then I found out I can’t get any more of the rose gold door knobs. They have been discontinued and the new house has way more doors than the log cabin.

Glass Door Knob - Project Small House
Glass Door Knob

So, I started looking at options on-line and YOU CAN GET GLASS DOOR KNOBS!!! They aren’t even expensive! There are a lot of options, but this is what I picked.

Glass Door Knobs - Project Small House
Glass Door Knobs

They look just like the door knobs in really old houses I have rented over the years.

Glass Door Knobs Instructions - Project Small House
Glass Door Knobs Instructions

It looks really straightforward to change them. For Cliff to change them… See? Just two steps.

Glass Door Knobs package - Project Small House
Glass Door Knobs package
Front of the Glass Door Knobs package - Project Small House
Front of the Glass Door Knobs package
Back of the Glass Door Knobs package - Project Small House
Back of the Glass Door Knobs package
Glass Door Knobs picture off the package - Project Small House
Glass Door Knobs picture off the package

The doors will still have stainless steel hinges. Not sure I can live with that. But I have to wait and see what size the hinges are before I do anything.

I’ve gotten used to levers. I open the door with my elbow all the time when my hands are full. I might really miss that. But door knobs are easy to change. If I can’t get used to them, I will come up with something else.

If you go to order these, make sure you get the ones that come with all the parts you need. Some are made with just the knobs. That only works if you have really old parts in your door. Other ones just screw on. Like for a cabinet door.

These have the parts you need. When you click through, they show you even more options, but these are the best deals I found. I put in one that locks, but you can see it is way more complicated to install. All the other ones will go right into the holes you already have in your door, but the ones that lock require you to cut the door.


They don’t lock. They make ones that lock, but I decided I would rather use some kind of latch for the bathrooms and not bother for the rest of the doors.

For the bathrooms I would love to have something like they put on the bathrooms in airplanes, so you don’t have to knock on the door to know it’s in use. Not with a light, just some kind of indicator.

I found these on Pinterest.

ZLW-DK291 Antique Brass Finish Sargent Privacy Latch - Project Small House
ZLW-DK291 Antique Brass Finish Sargent Privacy Latch

Circa 1900 Occupied/Open Bathroom Surface Privacy Latch from Vintage Hardware & Lighting out of Washington State.  www.vintagehardware.com

It also comes in Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish, which might match the door knobs better.

VE13-3102 Privacy Bolt latch in cast brass - Project Small House
VE13-3102 Privacy Bolt latch in cast brass

The Victorian Emporium carries this Privacy bolt latch in cast brass. But they are out of Bedfordshire, England. www.thevictorianemporium.com

The next options would work, but they really don’t make me as happy.

Schlage B571 One Sided Deadbolt with In Use Indicator in Oil Rubbed Bronze - Project Small House
Schlage B571 One Sided Deadbolt with In Use Indicator in Oil Rubbed Bronze

This is probably more practical. Cliff works for Schlage, so he really prefers their products. Not nearly as appealing, though.

Schlage B571 One Sided Deadbolt with In Use Indicator in Oil Rubbed Bronze - Project Small House
Schlage B571 One Sided Deadbolt with In Use Indicator in Oil Rubbed Bronze


Perhaps I could paint these? They sure are less expensive.

Isguin Engaged Indicator Bolt
Isguin Engaged Indicator Bolt
Saim Vacant Engaged Indicator Bolt
Saim Vacant Engaged Indicator Bolt

They could be made to work, but they don’t come in finishes I like.


Since I wrote this, two days ago, I found two more options. They are both by Ironmongery World and available on Amazon. It looks very like the cast brass one from England, but it is cast iron. I ordered the one that has the red and green. That part can be replaced or printed over and it can say whatever we want. The seller was a little less expensive than the other. I will let you know what I think when it comes in. And it’s Amazon. If I hate it, I send it back!

Ironmongery World WC Vacant/Engaged Toilet Bathroom Door Lock Indicator Bolt

  • Material: Malleable Cast Iron With Epoxy Black Powder Coating
  • Suitable For Left Or Right Handed Doors
  • Comes Complete With Fixing Screws And Spindle
  • Indicator – Red and Green