I hope you’re all having a good week! In my last post, we talked about how updating your old flush mount light fixtures can really create a major impact with minimal cost and timeframe. So today, I’m sharing another quick tip on how to give your home that desired modern farmhouse vibe just like Joanna. If we can’t get her to come remodel our homes, there’s still lots of things we can do ourselves to create that awesome Fixer Upper look. And one of those things is changing out your interior door knobs (and exterior too if you’re feeling really ambitious!)
Raise your hand if you have those lovely brass door knobs from the 80’s.
Yeah. Not really the look we’re going for these days. But that’s ok! For a few hundred bucks and a couple hours this weekend, you can change them out and be that much closer to rockin’ the modern farmhouse style just like Jo.
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Personally, I prefer to use a simple round ball style knob (not egg shaped) in either flat black or oil rubbed bronze for interior door knobs in all our remodels and flip houses. It’s just my personal preference, and I do think the black/orb color lends itself well to the modern farmhouse design style. If you prefer chrome, or brushed silver / nickel hardware, that’s fine too. Even the unlacquered brass door knobs can look gorgeous in the right setting against the right door and paint color. So whichever your preference, pick something you love and you won’t regret it!
And for even more information to make your head spin, there’s several different kinds of interior door knobs for you to consider:
Privacy (Bedroom/Bath) – these knobs come with a locking mechanism and like the description says, you can install these on baths, bedrooms, or anywhere you’d like an interior door to lock. These are not designed for exterior use though, as these locks can easily be picked with a hairpin or penny. See example here.
Passage (Hall / Closet) – designed for doors that need fully functional knobs on both sides – these do not have lock mechanisms. See example here.
Dummy – this is a single door knob that does not turn, and does not have a lock mechanism. For use on doors where a push/pull function is required. See example here.
Keyed Entry – these knobs are for use on exterior doors where keyed entry and security is needed. See example here. And here’s another great option from Amazon for only $16 that also comes in 5 finishes. I like to use these for side entrances, garage doors, and back patio doors. You can also use these on front entrances, but I prefer the look of a full handleset w/ deadbolt on the front door for a little more impact and wow factor.
Front Door – I like to use a full handleset on front doors, which includes interior & exterior knob plus a deadbolt for added security – this is my favorite one for only $65.
Affordable interior door knobs for the modern farmhouse:
*** To make sure we’re comparing apples to apples price-wise, all of the knobs listed are privacy knobs (they have a locking mechanism.) Privacy knobs tend to be more expensive than passage and dummy, so if you choose one from these lists – it’s a pretty safe bet that the matching passage & dummy knobs will be much cheaper. Also, most knobs on this list come in multiple finishes. So if you prefer chrome, polished silver, brass, etc… just click on these links to be taken directly to the shopping pages to see the full range of finish options.
A. Gobrico Round $12 (available in 10 pack)
And if you’re looking for something a little different – here’s some fun specialty interior door knobs I found. Super good looking, but more expensive.
Affordable exterior door knobs for the modern farmhouse:
Now that we’ve found some affordable interior door knobs, I’ve also rounded up some exterior door handles that would look great on most front doors. We recently used this $65 Kwikset handle purchased from Amazon (seen in the above front door of Mouse House.) It’s really great quality for a very inexpensive price. Believe me, I’ve searched and searched for these things and you can’t find a better exterior door handle for cheaper than this one (or at least I couldn’t find one – if you find one, let us know in the comments!)
If you’re building from scratch or starting a whole house reno where you’ll need to replace all your door knobs, here’s an easy guide of exactly what to buy for every door in your house (and these are totally affordable!)
Whew, that’s a lot of info! I hope this helped you out in choosing your interior and exterior door hardware. All these little decisions can be overwhelming, so I’m hoping to put several of these shopping guides together for you to help get the Fixer Upper modern farmhouse look for your home. Check out my Fixer Upper lighting guide, outdoor lighting guide, flush mount lighting guide and also my kitchen hardware guide.
What are you shopping for these days? Are you building or remodeling? Let me know in the comments!