Walk into a model home and give it your full attention. You’ll see all the focus of the designers is in showcasing a stunning kitchen and living space.
While the living space is a wonderful secondary option, it is the kitchen which serves as the centerpiece of a home. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of options for you when considering how you want to improve your home’s centerpiece.
New appliances are great, but there’s no saving your wallet when you pursue them. Countertops consistently rank as one of the most desirable upgrades, but if you’re looking for a good DIY option, these are sure to require professional help.
A great choice is to observe your cupboard doors and consider a move toward upgrading them to include glass inserts. Doing so can be a project for the average weekend warrior, so grab a few tools and follow along with us!
Grab the Correct Tools and Materials
To upgrade your kitchen by adding a glass insert to each of your cupboard doors, you’ll need the following tools and materials:
- Philips Screwdriver
- Utility Knife (A plastic cutting knife will also do the trick!)
- Measuring Tape
- Painter’s Tape
- Carpenter’s Square
- Wood Chisel
- Jigsaw (or an appropriate combination of saws like these)
- Power Drill using a 1/4″ drill bit or smaller
- Safety Glasses
- Wood File (sandpaper can be used as well)
- Cupboard Doors with wood inserts
- Clear Silicone Sealant
- LEXAN Glass Sheet (or custom-cut real glass panes)
- Wood Trim Molding (optional, for looks only)
Tape Your Path
You’ll want to utilize your painter’s tape and create an easy guide for your cutting path. Your cupboard doors are likely to use a very thin insert in their current form, so the saw you’ve chosen is sure to make quick work of the cutting.
Don’t let that fast action hinder your ability to make a clean cut by trying to eyeball it. Using tape or marking your path by pencil is an easy way to keep things on the right track.
Drilling Your Guide Holes
The power drill and drill bit are only being utilized to help the saw move from point to point. Without these guide holes in place, sawing your cupboard doors is sure to be far more difficult.
On the stock insert, drill a hole in each of the four corners. These holes should be as close to the edge of the insert as you want your lines to follow.
Cut the Stock Insert out of Your Cupboard Doors
Place the blade of your jigsaw at the edge of one guide hole, following the marked line you’ve made with your painter’s tape. This path should send your blade from one guide hole to the next – “connecting the dots”.
There is no rush while the saw is in use. It’s far easier to make many slow correct cuts than it is to attempt to correct fast cuts that went badly.
When an error is unavoidable, or you must bail on the line of your cut, push the blade toward the middle of your cupboard doors. Remember, the stock insert is being removed anyway, so there is no harm done by sending the blade that direction.
With the stock insert removed, you’ll want to grab your wood file or the equivalent sandpaper. Take the file to the edges you’ve just cut and smooth them out. Make the lines as precise as possible to allow for a perfect fit for your new glass inserts.
Measure and Cut Your New Glass Inserts
With your measuring tape in hand, you’ll need to find the exact dimensions for the glass inserts. Be sure to grab a grease pen or dry erase marker to then mark your cutting lines on the LEXAN glass sheets.
Put your carpenter’s square to use here, making absolutely certain each corner is cut to fit like a glove!
Marrying Doors and Glass Inserts
The glass insert will need to be cleaned up and the edges smoothed over before securing it within the door frame. The clear silicone sealant should be applied generously, as this sealant is going to keep your beautiful new glass inserts in place for years to come.
When placing the glass into the frame, it is critical to be certain things are lining up correctly. The sealant can be redone if things aren’t sitting correctly, so feel free to be critical and hold yourself to a high standard of work.
Add Wood Trim Moldings
The seams of work like this can always be a sore subject for the DIY enthusiast. To avoid the issue altogether, simply apply a thin molding strip to the outward facing side of the door, covering up the joining of glass, sealant, and door frame.
There are many different designs available for trim moldings. Whether you choose to go with something classy and traditional or new and exciting, you’ll most likely find your choice only set you back a few extra dollars.
You can even take things one step further and use the wood trim moldings you’ve gathered to create a window-pane effect. It will require another dollar or two in material, but this move is an instant success with many traditional home buyers, should you ever choose to sell your home.
Clean Up, Mount, and Enjoy!
All that’s left is to mount the doors back on the cabinets and enjoy the entirely new look you’ve created! Every cupboard door you’ve redone here is now fresh and updated, bringing new life to your kitchen and doing so on a relatively light budget.
If you’re looking for other great ideas for upgrading the cupboard doors or cabinets in your home, we’ve got a great selection to read! Our in-house team of expert DIY and professional home improvement specialists is constantly jotting down their ideas for helping weekend warriors like you make their dreams come to life.
For those questions you’ve got, we’re extremely receptive to questions. Send us a contact request and you’ll have an answer in a hurry. Otherwise, get to work on turning your house into the home you’ve always desired!