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Ideas for Glass Panel Cabinet Doors

Ideas for Glass Panel Cabinet Doors

Posted by John C. on 2021-09-30

You don't need to paint your kitchen or change out cabinet doors if your kitchen is feeling drab and in need of an update. Instead, consider adding glass fronts to some or all of your cabinet doors! This will give any space in the house that open feeling that brightens everything up at once while still working well in your space without making major changes.

You don’t have to do a major remodel to install glass inserts, and you don’t even need to install them on all your doors. Instead, you should focus on a single area. You should also take the contents of the cabinets into consideration as you plan. In this guide, we will take a look at some considerations for installing glass panels.

Modify or Buy New?

A kitchen with glass panel upper display cabinets in the shaker style.

A lot of people are interested in adding glass inserts to their cabinet doors, but there's not one single best option. The first and most obvious approach is buying new cabinets already cut for glass; however, if you are looking for a more cost-friendly DIY option, it is possible to remove the door panel and add glass. It might seem daunting at first since it requires removing or cutting away some material from the door itself. However, with some patience, research, and the right tools, it can be accomplished by a skilled DIY’er.

Purchasing new cabinet doors that are designed to hold glass inserts means you won't have the hassle of cutting out panels on your old cabinets. You can easily and quickly install glass into these newly purchased door frames, then hang them where needed!

Panel Material Choices

Before you can start the project, you will need to decide what kind of material you want to use for the panel. While traditional glass panel cabinet doors are not going anywhere, there is a lot of room for creativity. Stained glass panels have become a trendy option to opt for when choosing glass panel cabinets. In addition, there are also custom glass shops that will make designs unique to you. Either way, stained glass and custom options are a great way to add a personal element to your design.

Plexiglass is a budget-friendly alternative to more costly sheets of glass. It's also easy to work with, and there are other possibilities for creating patterns or designs with paints or stencils. In addition to plexiglass, another great option that is often overlooked is using tiles.

You can purchase glass and plexiglass to fit your cabinet doors at most home improvement stores. Be sure to carefully measure your doors, and don’t forget to double-check your measurements for verification.

Wood Trim for a Polished Touch

A large kitchen with French lite glass panel doors.

You can achieve a more finished and flush appearance by adding wood trim around the back of the glass panel. The material hides all those pesky fasteners for an easy look that will be sure to impress! To do this simply, cut the trim pieces to the correct sizes, then secure them in place with silicone caulking.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, adding glass panels to your cabinet doors can be a great way to add personal accents to your kitchen. Things like stained glass, plexiglass, and custom glass give you the freedom to find individual style. 

A large, bright kitchen with white shaker cabinets that have glass panels.

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