DIY With Vintage Glass Door Knobs

Glass door knobs are beautiful, whether they’re old or new, but there’s definitely no comparison between the two. There’s just a look and feel to the vintage knobs that make you want to linger for a split second longer to soak their sensation in.


Do you see what I mean? Isn’t this one spectacular? I love the way it’s cut… the shadow sparkles like a diamond.

They come is all shapes and sizes…


And a rainbow of brilliant colours.


They’re so pretty, so cheerful and fun… Who wouldn’t want a bouquet of them?

And since green is one of my favorite colours…


I couldn’t resist including this emerald antique gem.

I love all the DIY ideas for repurposing yesterday’s jewellery of function into décor treasures of today.

Like this practical coat rack.


Isn’t this creative? I like that the original plates are mounted with the knobs for more authentic character.

Here’s another variation without the plates…


I think this wall paper adds the perfect punch.

Here’s a similar idea for storing purses…


What a great idea to mix up the vintage knobs like this.

And this design also makes a great jewellery hanger for necklaces…


This idea might go on my DIY project list… I just need to decide where I would hang it first.

Here’s another cool idea for storing jewellery.


Did you guess that this was a cutlery organizer in it’s first life?

And how about this wine stopper?


I SO heart this! It feels glamorous in a casual chic kind of way.

The sliver of black you see here is a mini chalkboard made from an old cupboard door.


What a perfect addition to a kitchen or an office space, or wherever you would place your message board. And doesn’t the glass knob give it the perfect finishing touch?

Speaking of office spaces…


How unique is this for a message holder? It would make a great paper-weight too!

If you just wanted to leave the glass door knob as is…


It would also work for a paper-weight… or a knife rest… as long as it didn’t roll!

I saved this one for last because I think it’s so much fun.


Can you guess what this is?

If you guessed garden ornament I wouldn’t argue with you, because it really is pretty peeking out among the green. But this is actually functional too. It’s a hose guide so the hose doesn’t harm the plants as it’s being moved around the garden. Isn’t this a neat idea?

I could put pictures on here forever. There are so many amazing vintage glass door knobs out there, and a ton of great ideas for how to repurpose them… My dream would be to find a stash like this.


So I could enjoy them just the way they are until I decided what project to tackle first.

What would you do with a vintage glass door knob? Would you use it to open a door? Or would you repurpose it into something fabulous and new?

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

All photographs courtesy of linked source.

June Cleaver I Am Not!

Yesterday was all about ironing board cover candy. Today it’s ‘June Cleaver I Am Not’!


Want to say you own an ironing board? But stay in the closet about not using it? How about doing this instead.

Pick up a vintage or antique wooden board.


And then let your imagination run wild…

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Add a perky colour to the bottom…


Or the top…


And a pretty display, and you’ve got ironing board love 😉

If you like a little authenticity…


Maintain the industrial vibe by keeping the metal frame exactly as is.

Or showcase the retro in you…


With a collection of objects from the past.

If you like to garden and play in the dirt…


Your ironing board will make a great potting bench at a perfect height!

And inside a perfect plant stand.


Or how about this clever idea?


It’s a lamp brought to us by Donna from Funky Junk Interiors (Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers West)!

If you like books (and Linda and Kristie I know that you do!)…


A wooden ironing board makes a great book stand.


Or you can make a colourful statement with a metal board like this one does!

It’s all about vintage and vignettes…



With a little fun thrown in on the side.


Maybe your house number, or a welcome sign would fit in this menu’s place.

Just know you can do this…


Instead of this…


And still say you use an ironing board!

So which post would be you? Yesterday’s or today’s?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Related Posts You Might Like To Read

Got You Covered: Ironing Board Candy

Vintage Amber Glassware

Recycled Tires in Décor

Reclaimed Railway Ties

Did you enjoy this post? Click here to read more. Don’t want to miss a post? Be sure to subscribe to my RSS Feed on the sidebar. I’m also on Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn. Would love to see you there! And please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts… I always read them, and it’s nice to know what you think!

A Quiet Stroll Through Althorp…

On this day of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, we celebrate with happiness and hope for the new couple, now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.



I can’t help but notice how much Prince William looks like his eternally stunning mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales… especially in his smile, the tilt of his head, and the warmth in his eyes…

And I find myself drifting through emotions and thoughts in memory of Princess Diana. Pondering… if only she were here today… Her legacy lives on, and though sadly departed, today she is very present in the eyes of the world, and I suspect very much in her son’s thoughts as he moves through this momentous day… in fact, both sons’ thoughts, Prince William and Prince Harry.

So respectfully, I would like to take you on a quiet stroll around the Spencer family’s Althorp estate, Lady Diana’s side of life and final resting place.

Welcome to Althorp, home to the Spencers for nearly 500 years.

Sheila Zeller Photo

Althorp is set in 450 acres of Park, all of which are walled. On the grass in the background are sheep. Did you know that dating back to pre-Tudor times the Spencers were large scale sheep farmers? Robert, First Lord Spencer (1570-1627) at one time owned nearly 20,000 sheep for selling as meat, breeding stock, and wool.

Source: Althorp Postcard Pack Year 2000 – G. Bracken Photo

This aerial view of the estate captures the home, Althorp House, and in behind it the Stable Block. In the foreground is the Oval Island sitting in the middle of the Round Oval, a man made lake that was added to the Gardens in 1860.

This is a closer view of Althorp House.

Sheila Zeller Photo

The house was originally of red brick, as shown in this 1677 painting by John Vorsterman.


The brick was tiled over close to 100 years after this painting with rebate tiles, also known as mathematical tiles. Normally white brick would have been used to cover the existing walls, but architect Henry Holland substituted rebate tiles because of their precision fit, flush-mounted to look like brick.

Once inside Althorp House, the Saloon is just a taste of the architectural beauty you will see.

Source: Book ‘Althorp’, A.H. Jolly (Editorial) Ltd.

The magnificent staircase, once referred to as ‘imposing’, is made out of oak, and at one time was stained to look like walnut, then covered over with white paint. As you can see it has since been returned to its original state. The stairs are covered in a Smyrna carpet purchased by Frederick, Fourth Earl Spencer (1798-1857). If you look closely to the top centre-right, you will see a painting of Princess Diana. Just to give you perspective, this portrait is near-life size!

Here is a close-up of the painting by artist Nelson Shanks.

Source: Book ‘Althorp’, A.H. Jolly (Editorial) Ltd.

And here is a look from the top of the stairs to the opposite end of the Saloon.

Source: Althorp Postcard Pack Year 2000

Can you believe the Saloon was once the inner courtyards of Althorp House? Now there are nineteen generations of Spencer family portraits displayed in the Saloon! Amazing.

The Stable Block: massive, impressive, and abundant in presence…

Sheila Zeller Photo

The stables are believed to have been built in 1732-33, and at one time accommodated up to 100 horses and 40 grooms.

Ada Brown Photo

This is my Mom and me. I included this photo just to give you an idea of the scale involved in what some believe is the finest piece of architecture at Althorp. Where we’re standing is off to the far right in the first photo of the stables.

Sheila Zeller Photo

And this is my Auntie Ada and my Mom. If you thought the gate posts were impressive, what do you think about the stable now? Can you see the person in the background beside the inner column on the right?

The stables now house the 6-room exhibition celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and honouring her memory after death. The exhibition is open to the public from July 1, which is Princess Diana’s birth date, to August 30 each year. Once inside you are not allowed to take photos, but what you will find is a true celebration of an incredible woman.

Encased behind glass is the famous silk bridal gown worn by Lady Diana Spencer, and which was designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. Did you know the train was 25′ long?

Source: Althorp Postcard Pack Year 2000 – Nic Barlow Photo

And featured here are some of Princess Diana’s haute couture clothes…


Notice the stable floors and columns? It’s hard to believe this floor that was intricately laid by hand, a little uneven to walk on in places, is hundreds of years old! A true testament to the craftsmanship of the time. In the photo below you will see the screen in the centre has two overlapping translucent images of Princess Diana.

Source: Althorp Postcard Pack Year 2000 – Jon O’Brien Photo (imaged cropped)

The opening below the screen leads you into a room filled floor to ceiling with hundreds of books filled with condolences signed by people from all over the world. It’s very overwhelming just to stand there and absorb the depth of sadness and sense of loss expressed by literally thousands, and thousands, and thousands of people.

You will also find audiovisual displays in four of the rooms, along with a range of photographs and personal items illustrating Princess Diana’s life. And you will see the work clothes and protective clothing she wore when visiting land mine sites…


A reference to her work, a testament to her true passion for helping others…

As you move through these rooms from one exhibition to another, you can’t help but find yourself moved to a deeper place…

Then strolling slowly along the pathway through the gardens and trees, lost in quiet reflection, trying to absorb all that you have just taken in…

You find yourself here, at the edges of the Round Oval.

Source: Althorp Postcard Pack Year 2000 – Alec Jolly Photo

And there in the middle is the Oval Island.

Standing back and looking at the Island, you have the sense that it’s looking back at you.

Sheila Zeller Photo

Isn’t it beautiful? So lush, with a sense of calm, a feeling of tranquillity and serenity.

The monument, visible here, was created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is not Princess Diana’s grave as many would believe. That is hidden in an arboretum of specimen trees on the island, some of which were planted by Diana and by her sons. The burial site of Princess Diana is only open to the public once a year, on the anniversary of her death – and then only by pre-booked, free tickets.

And here, the ‘Temple’. Now standing beside the Island in the Round Oval, it was moved from London in 1926 and once served as the lakeside summerhouse…

Sheila Zeller Photo

Now, the Temple is dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, where visitors are welcome to pay tribute when Althorp is open to the public.

This is a close-up of the tablets in the Temple.

Althorp Blog Post

Sheila Zeller Photo Collage

To the left is a quote from Diana, and to the right, the conclusion of Earl Spencer’s Tribute to his sister at Westminster Abbey. The central silhouette is made of black marble upon white marble.

There is so much to say, and yet what more can be said?

Diana, Princess of Wales… truly the Peoples’ Princess. At rest, at peace, at home.

Source: Althorp Postcard Pack Year 2000 – Nic Barlow Photo

In Althorp.

If you’re interested in visiting Althorp, please visit the website for more information. I encourage you to look through the website for more amazing photos of the interiors, or click here for additional historical information. There is a gift shop with Commemorative and Althorp House collectibles, which you can also purchase on line. All profits from visitor activity at Althorp are given to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

 Thank you for stopping  by…

Signature 100x47 b&w

Comment on sources: ‘Althorp’, the book I gathered some of the information and photographs from was purchased from the gift shop at Althorp in 2000. This book pre-dates ‘Althorp Living History’ © Charles Earl Spencer, 2006

Antiques and You

I was asked a great question by a friend the other day. She wondered how I felt about painting out antiques. I don’t know about you, but I knew my answer right away –  I am a lover of antiques, but not an antique collector.

I am not opposed to altering antiques in the form of refinishing, repurposing or re-anything to make them work for me. With that said, I do value the integrity of an antique so what I would always ask myself first is, where do I place my value in this antique? Is it for its ‘appraised’ value, or purely for its style and flair? If it’s a piece I’ve inherited, what is my emotional investment in the piece, and in its history? What is my motivation for altering the piece in the end?

I am invested in enjoying the pieces in my home for what they bring to my home, what they mean to me, and how they tell my story. So if that means giving an antique a new look, I am all for it. If inheriting a piece means it’s something I have to ‘live’ with because altering it will offend others, then I believe it’s better that the piece be passed on to someone else.

Your home is a collection of memories, and it’s in the objects of your home where the stories are told. So if you paint out an antique, or if you opt to leave it intact, that choice becomes yet another part of your story…

How do you feel about altering antiques? I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

If you have one or two photographs you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to post them along with your comments about the piece – why you would or wouldn’t alter it. Please email your photos and comments to me at:

If you’d like a basic overview on how value is placed on an antique click here.

Not sure how to showcase an antique in your space? Maybe we can help. Contact us to schedule an introductory consultation.