Installing Glass Cabinet Doors

What You'll Need
Measuring Tape
Grease Pencil
Masking Tape
Light Hammer
Glass Panels
Small Nails
Wood Glue
Corner Round

Install glass cabinet doors on new cabinets or to replace existing or old wood doors. This article covers the full procedure, from cutting the glass to caulking it into place.

Step 1 - Cutting the Glass

First, cut the glass to the size you need. When measuring, remember to leave at least a 1-inch frame in place around the glass panel.  If you are experienced cutting glass, you can do this step yourself.  It may be easier, however, to order the pre-cut glass from a glazier. 

Step 2 - Marking the Cabinets

Take off all the doors from the cabinet and remove the hardware. On the inside of the cabinet doors, determine where the panels will be placed using a measuring tape. Use a grease pencil to mark these spaces on the inside of the door, or place masking tape on the spots.

Double-check your measurements by placing a piece of the glass on the markings. It should line up exactly.

Step 3 - Removing the Panel

Drill 4 wide holes at each corner, just inside your markings. Then use your jigsaw to cut from corner to corner, drill hole to drill hole.

Step 4 - Moldings

Once the panel is removed, attach molding to the front of the cabinet to frame the new glass panel. If you like, stain or paint the molding before fixing it to the cabinet.

The molding must be cut to 45 degree angles with a mitre saw. To determine how long the moldings should be, take the length of the outside edge of where you will place it. There must be a sufficient inside overlap to hold the glass panel in place once the panel is removed.

Attach the moulding with wood glue. Wait for it to dry, caulk the joins and paint or stain as desired.

Step 5 - Install Glass Panel

Once the paint is dry, insert the glass panel. Fit corner rounds to hold the glass in place on the inside.The corner round should be cut as 45 degree angles, the same as the molding. Use small nails and a light hammer to attach them to the cabinet. Be very careful!

Use a small hammer and protect the glass by placing a piece of cardboard over it. When that’s done, caulk the joins of the corner round, and paint. When it’s dry, replace the hardware and put back your cabinet doors. You’re finished!