How to Replace Wood with Glass in Kitchen Cabinets – Glass panels in kitchen cabinets can be a stylish way to refresh the look of your kitchen. The wooden center can be replaced by glass in cabinet doors that have a frame and a wooden panel in the middle. This method can not be used on doors that are a whole piece of wood. You can use opaque, textured, sandblasted or transparent glass, depending on the look you want, or whether or not the contents of the cabinets are exposed.
How to Replace Wood with Glass in Kitchen Cabinets
Remove the wood panel
- Unscrew the kitchen cabinet doors and remove their hinges and handles. You can also unscrew the hinged door, leaving it locked in the cabinet, making it easier to replace the door afterward.
- Make sure there are no nails or screws on the back of the door where the panel meets the frame. If any, they should also be removed.
- Adjust the cutter depth to remove the flap securing the wooden panel to the frame, put on your goggles, and thread the cutter along all four sides. You may need to move the cutter on the panel to remove it from the door. Make sure there is a flap in the frame to secure the glass.
- Measure the length and width required for the glass panel, leaving about 1/4 inch of leftover around the edges to make sure the glass will fit.
- Buy panels of glass in the right size in a glazing. If the cabinets are up to 1.5 m from the floor, it may be best to use tempered glass, made to order. You can take the doors to the glazing so that the glass is cut properly.
Installing the glass
- Attach the glass clips equally around the four sides of each frame.
- Place a small drop of silicone around the flap. This prevents the glass from shuddering and reduces the risk of breakage.
- Using gloves to protect your hands and glass, place this in place.
- Secure the glass in place with the glass clips and wipe with a soft cloth and window cleaner.
- Replace the knobs and hinges on the door and fasten it back into the cabinet. Replace the doors on the hinge if you have left them in place.