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.

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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!

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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…

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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.

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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.

Nope.

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.

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

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Total Cost:

Plexi Sheets: $60

Trim: $8

Silicone: $3

 

 

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