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Towel Holders




Vintage glass knobs make attractive dish-towel hangers. The knobs here date from the 1850s through the 1940s. Small knobs were usually found on kitchen and medicine cabinets; the larger knobs probably came from dressers. It's difficult to find complete sets of vintage knobs unless you strip them from an old dresser; new sets have become widely available in retail stores and catalogues. But a mixed-up assortment can look just as nice, and individual pieces often turn up at flea markets and salvage yards. Attach knobs to the wall with screws at least 3 inches long, to prevent them from loosening. Screws should fit snugly and be tightened flush against the fronts of the knobs.


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Martha Stewart Living, May 1999



Reviews (8)

  • clarasmummy 16 Sep, 2009

    You need a small piece of threaded bar; one side screws into a rowplug and the other into the knob ...

  • miraclegal 15 Sep, 2009

    How do you put the screw in the wall so the threaded portion is facing out to screw into the back of the knob?

  • sunirose 15 Sep, 2009

    plastic???? it says glass

  • artist17 15 Sep, 2009

    Plastic!!! No way!

  • LauraMaria 8 Apr, 2009

    Ooh - I like the idea from MrsDiaz for the picture frames...

  • MrsDiaz 6 Apr, 2008

    Cute use for knobs, vintage or new! Another fun use for knobs - to hang a framed picture. Some frames come with length of chain or ribbon, or you can attach your own ribbon to the back of a frame with a staple gun. Unless your frame is lightweight, be sure to hang from a stud or use appropriate wall anchors.

  • Donna89 6 Apr, 2008

    Great idea! I suppose you could also use plastic or nice wood ones. The wood ones would have to have a sealer on them.

  • withattitude 3 Feb, 2008

    OH what a good idea, have been collecting glass knobs for years, Knew I would fine some way to use them.