How to Add Glass Inserts to Your Cabinet Doors

How to Add Glass Inserts to Your Cabinet Doors

Are you looking to give your kitchen a new look, but you don't want to paint or start a remodeling project? Installing glass panels on your cabinet doors can be a great way to update your kitchen's style without taking on a major project. One great benefit of glass panel cabinet doors is that they help to open and brighten your space. 

You should focus on a section of your cabinets to add glass to, rather than the whole kitchen. In addition, you also want to consider what will be stored in your new glass-front cabinets. This is because an overstuffed cabinet will give your space a cluttered and cramped feeling instead of an open and bright one. In this blog, we are going to look at a step-by-step guide for how to install glass panels on your existing doors. 

 


Options for Adding Glass-Front Doors

If you want glass-front cabinet doors in your kitchen then you have a few options. Of course, you can buy doors with glass already installed. While this may be the easiest option, it doesn't leave a lot of room for personal touches. If you are interested in keeping your current cabinets or have a more unique plan in mind, then the DIY route is likely best. 

Aside from buying the door with glass already installed, you can remove the center panel on your door yourself or you can buy doors open for glass. If you chose to order with us, almost all of our doors can be ordered cut for glass. 


Glass, Plexiglass, or Getting Creative?

Whether you decide to buy your doors open for glass or you do the cutting yourself, you will need something to be the panel. Typically, people opt for clear glass, so that you can beautifully display the contents of the cabinet. However, there are as many options as you are creative. 

Just as glass can be cut at most hardware stores, so too can plexiglass. Plexiglass is a lighter alternative to glass, and it can be a good option if you are worried about the glass insert getting broken. 

If you are looking to make more of a statement with your door, then you should explore options like stained glass or even decorative tile. Glass shops can also do custom work, so the possibilities are truly endless. Choosing the creative option for your glass-front doors is a great way to create a unique, personal touch to your space. 


Materials

  • Glass or Plexiglass
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Caulk
  • Glass Fasteners

Steps

  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 Options 

Wooden Trim: On the back of the door, you can add wood trim around the edge of the glass to give it a bit more of a finished look. The trim makes a frame around the edge of the glass and hides the fasteners. Use caulk to attach the wood frame trim pieces to the glass edges.

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 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.

 


Finishing Up

A shaker kitchen with glass-front cabinets.

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 by anyone.

If you are ready to start ordering or if you have questions about your project, feel free to give us a call at 1-844-326-6680 or an email to info@cabinetdoormart.com. Our trained experts would love to help with everything from questions to measuring to ordering!