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How to Add Glass Door Insert Into Your Kitchen Cabinets

How to Add Glass Door Insert Into Your Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by John C. on 2020-06-11

If you are looking for a cost-saving DIY kitchen project that instantly gives your cabinets a modern facelift then look no further than adding glass inserts. Installing glass inserts into your cabinet doors creates a feeling of openness while giving your kitchen a polished, custom look. Removing the solid panels of each cabinet and replacing them with glass helps instantly lighten up the entire kitchen. You don’t have to redo all your cabinets with glass. Instead, you could focus on one or two cabinets, such as in corner cabinets, to provide a unique appearance. The glass inserts instantly transform dull cabinets into a decorative display that proudly showcases your treasured dishes, cups, and glasses. Cabinet Door Options When creating glass insert kitchen cabinet doors you have two options Hold Onto Your Existing Cabinet Doors: Keep your existing cabinet doors and modify them by removing the solid wood panels, and replace the panels with glass inserts. Purchase New Cabinet Doors: Purchase new cabinet doors that are designed to have glass inserts easily installed. At CabinetNow, you can purchase cabinet doors that have been designed and manufactured to securely hold glass inserts. The Tiffany Deluxe cabinet doors are available in a variety of woods such as alder, birch, beech, cherry, maple, oak, walnut, pecan, or poplar. The doors have been specifically manufactured to hold glass inserts. Purchasing new cabinet doors that are designed to hold inserts means you won't have to cut out the panels on your old cabinet doors. You can easily and quickly install the glass inserts into the new cabinet doors and then hang them directly onto your cabinets. Glass or Plexiglass Many people opt for conventional glass or decorative stained glass sheets for their cabinet doors. However, glass can inadvertently break and it is sharp. Glass is also heavy. In place of glass, you can opt to use lightweight plexiglass panels, also called acrylic plastic sheeting, which looks like real glass but does not break. Many people find plexiglass easier to work with. It is a budget-friendly alternative to more costly sheets of glass. Both glass and plexiglass can be purchased and cut to fit at most home improvement stores. Carefully measure the cabinet door frame and take the glass measurements into the store to have the glass inserts or plexiglass professionally cut. When measuring the cabinet door’s frame, remember that the glass or plexiglass should overlap the frame by ¼ to ½ all the way around. Materials Needed to Add Glass Door Inserts Into Your Kitchen Cabinets
  • Glass or Plexiglass
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Caulk -- Silicone caulk for glass or silicone caulk for plastic if using plexiglass
  • Glass Fasteners
Steps Required to Add Glass Door Inserts Into Your Kitchen Cabinets
  1. Remove the cabinet doors that are going to have glass inserts installed and all hardware from the cabinets.
  2. Place the cabinet door front side up onto a workbench.
  3. Drill a hole in the lower left corner of the cabinet door’s panel that is going to be cut out and replaced with the glass insert. Drill another hole in the top left corner. Now drill a hole in the bottom right corner and the top right corner.
  4. Place the tip of the jigsaw blade into the drilled hole in the lower left corner. Now carefully cut the panel along the frame’s outline to the top left corner hole.
  5. Stop the jigsaw and pull the blade out when you reach the top of the left corner hole.
  6. Reinsert the jigsaw blade into the drilled hole and cut to the next hole. Do this all the way around until you have successfully cut out the cabinet door’s panel and all that remains is the frame.
  7. Sand the inner rim of the cabinet door frame lightly with sandpaper.
  8. Place the frame upside down on the workbench.
  9. Run a bead line of caulk along the perimeter of the frame.
  10. Carefully lay the glass insert onto the frame and press down along the frame so the caulk adheres to the glass. The glass insert should overlap the frame by ¼ to ½ of an inch all the way around.
  11. Allow at least 30 minutes for the caulk to dry before proceeding to the next step.
  12. Affix four to six glass fasteners to the cabinet frame and the glass sheet using the tiny screws that came with the fasteners. Use a screwdriver to secure the screws into the wood cabinet frame.
  13. Re-attach your cabinet to the frame using the removed hardware.
Additional Tips Wood Trim: On the backside of the cabinet door, you can add wood trim around the edge of the glass for a more complete and finished appearance. The trim makes a frame around the edge of the glass and effectively hides the fasteners. Use silicone caulk to attach the wood frame trim pieces to the glass edges. Typically, you can see the wood trim on the backside through the glass for a more sophisticated look. Recessed panels: Some cabinet doors have a recessed area that the glass will fit into when you remove the solid panel. When fitting glass into a recessed cabinet frame, make sure that the glass measurements are exact. Apply the silicone caulk to the lip within the recessed groove. Place the glass sheet into the recessed area and press firmly to adhere to the silicone to the glass. Allow the silicone to dry for thirty minutes and then apply the glass fasteners. No matter what look you are trying to achieve, placing glass inserts into your kitchen’s cabinet doors creates an appearance of sophistication or country charm. It is a quick, budget-friendly DIY project that can easily be achieved even by a novice.