How to add glass fronts to cabinet doors

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Glass fronts on cabinet doors can really update the look of a room. Glass cabinet fronts look great in kitchens, dinning rooms, bathrooms and family rooms. You can have glass panels put into existing cabinets for a fairly reasonable price. You can use clear, patterned or beveled glass depending on the look you are going for, what you will be keeping in the cabinets and your budget.

Some things to consider:
1) Clear glass really shows off the items that are behind the glass, adding lighting inside the cabinet will further amplify the show case aspect.
2) Patterned glass comes in many varieties and differs in opaqueness, price and style. This glass can enhance the room design without amplifying the show case effect. These also look great when lit from the inside.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Screw driver
  • Hillcrest Glass
  • A good cabinet maker (we have referrals if you need one)

Step 1
First decide what cabinets you would like to have glass fronts. This decision should be based on design and budget. Cabinet makers can remove the center panel for you, they should leave a lip for the glass to sit on (most glass is between 3/16″ and 1/4″ thick-plus leave a little extra room for the silicone adhesive), or you can do it your self if you know how to use a router.

Step 2
Call cabinet makers to see how much they charge to route out cabinet panels. They probably want size and wood type so have this info ready. The charge depends on the size and the wood type but should range from $7 to $20 per cabinet.

Step 3
Visit the showroom at Hillcrest Glass to choose glass type. Glass is sold by the square foot and can be cut to order. Again have the sizes available so you can calculate square footage and price.

Clear glass should range in price from $4 to $8 per square foot depending on thickness. Edge beveling ranges from $1 to $3 per lineal inch of the edge. Patterned glass ranges fro $5 to $30 per square foot.

Square footage = (length in inches x width in inches)/144

Step 4
Once you have all of the pricing gathered and the glass chosen, bring the cabinets to the cabinet maker to be routed, then to the glass shop to have the glass cut and or glazed in.

After the silicone has cured for 24 hours re-hang the doors and enjoy your new cabinets!


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