Updating Interior Door Hardware

Updating interior door hardware is a simple and super fast fix for anyone to do. It can add so much character and an elevated look to any home!

farmhouse hallway

This house came with brushed nickel all the things. Brushed nickel knobs, hinges, light fixtures. Which, is a step up from the 80’s gold knobs, but I have always wanted black hardware and faucets. As we’ve been upgrading things, I always looked at the existing knobs and knew they were here on borrowed time.

Brushed nickel hardware on door

The house I grew up in had amazing vintage glass knobs (which I didn’t appreciate until now – go figure) on every door, and they were so pretty with an antiqued bronze plate. So fancy! It did cross my mind to go that route in this house, but that style I didn’t think would jive on this newer house, that doesn’t look at all vintage.

Black knobs it was.

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The simpler the better, so I set off on my course for what felt like 50,000 knobs. The front and back door hardware (which were also brushed nickel, and also peeling) were already updated, so we were all-in. Those 2 updated door knobs staring at me from the front and back doors set me on a course to Black Knob Village.

Swapping a knob is an easy update. To keep with the simple farmhouse slash craftsman look we love, I opted for a basic, non fancy (read: inexpensive) knob, like this. Updating the brass or silver hardware for black, an updated gold, or glass is a simple job and really adds an elevated look, that I totally am in love with.

Stand back and admire your hard work and funky-angle drilling.

Then realize you forgot to get matching hinges for the doors. Go to the store and weep, realizing each door has 3 hinges. By the way, I speak from experience when I recommend you bring a hinge with you to the store.

Botched hinges on farmhouse door

Replacing the hinges is a bit more time consuming than the knobs, because of the adjustments you probably will have to make to ensure the doors close and open smoothly. Totally worth it!

farmhouse hallway black door hardware

I am loving the elevated look the knobs and hinges give, and I am plotting a course to Black Faucet Town next!

Hardware Pinterest Photo


  1. I can’t even believe how this gorgeous hardware update made such a huge impact! Your house looks so farmhouse/boho and I am in LOVE! Can’t wait to see your black faucets, too, once you get them! 😀

  2. Can you change just the knobs without changing the mechanism? Love the look of black but really liked the nickel too. I have wood doors with Old brass knobs. I was thinking of just painting them until I realized I’d have to paint the hinges too and then maybe they wouldn’t work!

    1. Hi Ann! When you get the knobs, they come with both handles, the inside mechanisms, as well as the strike plate to match. Depending on the color of the wood doors, I would think a nickel door would look pretty, and it depends on the look you’re going for! My mom’s new house has brass, and she was thinking of spray painting the knobs too, and decided to not because of the hinges! She is going for a rustic/primitive look, and loves the black hardware on her shade of wood door. You could always get one of each and see what they look like, before you go all-in. If you spray them or swap them, I’d love to see!!

  3. I love the black hardware! Our house came with the 90’s brass everywhere. We just start adding new knobs in…..brushed nickel, sigh. When I first saw the black I immediately wanted to change them all again, lol! The hubs said no way…so I will bide my time 😉

  4. I’m considering matte black hardware and am wondering how your finish has worn through the last year. I’ve read some comments on other blogs that it wears over time. Your choices were spot on! So pretty!

  5. Love the look of your place! We are in the middle of a remodel and I was wondering what color is your front door? Thank you!

  6. Are your doorknobs actually black or are they venetian bronze? The link is showing black hinges with the bronze door knobs. I am wanting to replace ours and liked the look of yours. Thanks.

  7. Hi Kim. Love what you did with the new hardware. Did I miss where you got the hardware from or is it from Amazon? Is it bronze or is it actual black? Thanks for your time.

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