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How to replace door knobs with Kwikset Levers

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On Monday, we talked to you about how we updated our flat panel doors with molding. They look amazing, but we needed to finish them off with something crucial- knobs! Upgrading your doors with Kwikset levers is an easy way to add some flash to an area often overlooked! Knowing how to replace door knobs with Kwikset levers is easy and stylish.

How to replace door knobs with Kwikset Levers

So take a look at our knob situation before. This is something that has bothered us since the day we moved in.

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Nearly every knob in the house was different! Some were round, some where cylindrical, some were bronze, some were silver, some had keys, some had nothing. Nothing made sense. One door even had two different knobs on each side! 

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We have no idea how this knob situation happened, but we were going to replicate it once we made these boring flat panel doors into something beautiful.

The first thing we did was remove all the old knobs and putting them straight in the trash.

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We opted for Kwikset Halifax levers in iron black with a square backing. This is a little more modern than usual and we wanted to change things up. We loved the look of these levers.

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I had a bit of a time deciding what color finish to go with. A chrome-toned color would have been a safer choice. But, we decided that we wanted the levers to pop and not blend! Plus, metal finishes go in and out of style pretty quickly. I think that the black will hold up and be classic and timeless. 

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In addition to the levers, the square plate that attaches the knobs to the doors really makes a big statement. I love how it echoes the lines of the new molding and think that it really makes the doors look more high end and custom. 

We needed some “passage” levers that don’t have locks and some “privacy” levers for bedrooms and bathrooms.

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How to remove an old door knob

  1. Use a drill or screwdriver to remove screws on the door jamb side of the door. Remove plate.
  2. There should be screws on one side of the knob. Unscrew them as well and the whole knob should come off with one piece on each side. 
  3. If your new knob is smaller, you might need to sand or touch up paint behind where the old knob used to be. 
  4. Remove the old strike plate on the doorjamb. 

Upgrading your Doors with Kwikset Knobs - Charleston Crafted

How to install a new door knob

  1. Add the internal latch components and plate and screw into place.
  2. Add the knob or lever on both sides and screw into place.
  3. Install your new strike plate into the doorframe.

These Kwikset Halifax levers were super easy to swap in. They come together quickly and easily screw together.

Our old flat panel doors now look amazing! Upgrading your doors with Kwikset knobs is simple and easy. This was a project I wish we had done years ago!

This post was sponsored by Kwikset. All opinions are our own and our opinion is that we love Kwikset knobs. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Charleston Crafted possible!

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