Update Kitchen Cabinets With Glass Inserts
With these easy, step-by-step instructions, anyone can quickly and inexpensively transform builder-grade cabinet doors into beautiful, custom-looking glass insert doors.
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- cabinet doors with panel insert
- LEXAN glass sheets, 1/8" thick
- utility knife or plastic cutting knife
- clear silicone
- Phillips screwdriver
- measuring tape
- carpenter's square or straightedge
- circular saw
- wood chisel
- safety glasses
- hearing protection
- painters' tape
Remove cabinet doors, place existing hardware in a plastic bag and label doors and cabinets openings with painters' tape, numbering them to make re-assembly easier. Note: This tutorial is for replacing cabinet door panels with LEXAN glass. The cabinet must be constructed with a frame surrounding a panel, like the cabinet in the diagram.
Remove doors from the cabinet and inspect top edge of the door. Each door will have a tongue-and-groove joint. First, measure width of groove on inside of cabinet then measure depth of groove on the cabinet. In example shown, depth of groove is 1/2-inch and width is 1/4-inch.
On back of cabinet, mark doors in from the inside of the frame the depth of the groove. Use carpenter's square to mark all sides.
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