If your kitchen feels small and cramped, then inserting glass into your cabinet doors could help it. By removing the wood panel and replacing it with glass, it can make your kitchen look and feel bigger. Inserting glass into your cabinet doors can be tricky but it’s definitely DIYable.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cabinet doors that have a panel insert
- Plastic cutting knife
- Clear silicone
- Carpenter’s square or straightedge
- Circular saw or jigsaw
- Painters tape
- Trim molding (optional)
- Remove the Center Panel
- Measure for the Glass
- Cut the Plexiglass
- Attach the Glass
- Add Trim Molding
- Reattach Your Cabinet Doors
To remove the center panel of your cabinet doors, you’ll have to take them off the hinges first. Once that is done, use the carpenter’s square, a pencil, and painter’s tape to mark where you need to cut out the panels. If you’re using a jigsaw, you’ll need to drill holes with a drill bit to have a place to put the jigsaw blade. Once you have the tape lined out so you know where to cut, cut out your center panels.
You need to know how big to cut the plexiglass. Measure the area you cut out plus the edges that are left so you have somewhere to attach the glass too.
Use your plastic cutting knife to cut the plexiglass to your measurements. Use a board or a yardstick as a straight edge to make the cut perfect.
Apply the clear silicone to the front inside edge of the cabinet door where you cut out the panel. Insert the plexiglass in and let it dry.
If you used a jigsaw then there may be edges that don’t look smooth with the glass added to your cabinet door. To fix this, use trim pieces to hide it. Cut the trim to frame around the inside edge of the glass panels. Then cut another set in reverse for the backside of the cabinet doors (since you’ll be able to see inside them now). Prime and paint the trim molding pieces to match your cabinet color. Use the silicone to attach the pieces.
Once everything has dried and is set, reattach your cabinet doors and enjoy your updated kitchen!
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