Kitchen Cabinets: Glass Inserts

First, this is pretty easy. Next, this was pretty scary. Hahahaha! I’m a bit more of a demo and paint/stain kind of gal. Both tile and trim work are my least favorite and worst skills when it comes to reno.

I priced glass insterts way back in the day and it was going to cost something like $350 or more. No thank you. I have the tools, I just didn’t have the confidence to get it perfect. I chatted with a friend and asked for his help. He has tons of gorgeous furniture pieces that he posts about and I thought he’d have the perfectionist skills that I felt I was lacking. He told me that I could do it and his methods were exactly what I’d thought myself. Okay, Okay, I gave it a whirl.

First, Drill a hole so that you can get your jigsaw in there.


Next, line up a board that acts as a guide for your jigsaw. I sucked at this because my clamps sucked. I ended up jigging a bit wobbly.

Oh, here’s the before!


And here is the after. I hung them to get a feel for it, but I still had to add trim, fresh paint and glass…


You guys. I’d made it this long without having to learn how to use my miter saw. I can’t explain this, but that saw and the math that goes into figuring out angles is something that my brain isn’t wired to do. I bought extra trim because I knew I’d fudge up a few times, and I did. Once I got the pieces cut, I used wood glue and set blocks on them while they dried. I don’t have a pin nailer, so I drilled tiny holes and then nailed tiny nails into the trim, too. There were gaps in the corners that I filled with wood putty and then sanded.

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Don’t get wood glue on your fingers. I didn’t know that and used my fingers to spread the wood glue around on the trim work. It’s really terrible to try and get off of skin.


So now that I had my framed cupboard doors, I needed glass. I was clever enough to not purchase the glass ahead of time, knowing that my cuts may be “custom.” 😀 I had a lot of ants in my pants once the trim was done and called a few local shops to see how fast I could have my custom glass cut. They obviously didn’t understand that I needed it immediately because they kept telling me it would be a few weeks AFTER I stopped in with my doors so that they could measure.


I headed to Menards and purchased big clear plexiglass sheets. I knew I’d need a special tool for cutting and found a helper there that let me know how to use my circular saw using a special blade (blade turned inside out to not rip the plexi). Genious! Thank you Menards helper!!

I touched up the paint on the cabinet doors and applied clear silicone inside the cabinet doors around the frame just before dropping the plexi onto the wet silicone. This is a picture of the inside of the cabinet door. You can see the wavy jigging that I did. If you click the picture, you may be able to see the silicone that the plexi is adhered to.


Once dried, the plexi is secure and looks exactly like glass.


Total Cost:

Plexi Sheets: $60

Trim: $8

Silicone: $3



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