Fast Fix: Kitchens

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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White Cabinets With Glass Inserts

Materials Needed:

  • 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 Doors

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.

Measure Doors

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.

Mark Doors

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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