How to add glass inserts into your cabinets

~Hi Friends~

Over the weekend my hubby installed the glass into our upper kitchen cabinets.  This literally saved us hundreds of dollars by completing this simple task ourselves.  The cabinet maker wanted to charge us close to $100 to PER CABINET for each glass insert. Having done this ourselves in our last kitchen remodel we asked for the cabinets to be delivered glass ready.  You know how much it cost us to have 4 pieces of glass cut?   $14.40, We saved about $400, CRAZY!

How to install glass into your kitchen cabinets


Take your door to a glass shop, and have the glass cut to fit the door.

Add a bead of silicone on the back of the cabinet door around the entire groove where the glass will lay.

Carefully insert the glass into frame, pressing glass firmly. Wipe excess silicone off of glass.

Add another bead of silicone ontop of the glass around the outer edges and smear with finger and wipe off excess.

 Allow to dry and hang your door back up.install glass into your kitchen cabinet

How to add glass to your kitchen cabinet

****If you are adding glass to a larger cabinet I would suggest securing the glass with clips placed 12 inches apart.

 How to install glass into your kitchen cabinets

With these easy step-by-step instructions, anyone can quickly and inexpensively add  glass inserts.  If you would like to see how we added glass to our original kitchen and cut out the panels you can find that post here.

How to add glass

Meanwhile our quartzite is being fabricated right now and we should have it installed next week.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am!

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  1. Great job on the glass inserts! And your quartzite looks gorgeous! I’ll be following this closely as we start our kitchendemo next week! Yikes! Love your cabinets!

  2. I love the look of glass front cabinets. I may have told you this already, but I’m working on adding glass to a few of our cabinets. I lucked out with the first set, and a friend did it for me at no cost.

    Now I have another set of doors I want to do, and I’m wanting to find a way to DIY it. I’m nervous about the cutting. I need to get brave and do the cutting myself.

  3. Crazy is right (wow, you guys saved a LOT)! The glass inserts look amazing … your kitchen is over-the-top gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see a full reveal!

  4. I love these glass front cabinets! We’ve done this ourselves to our bar cabinets and it is amazing how much money it saves. I can’t wait to see your ‘new’ kitchen. Did you change anything with the layout or did you love your layout just the way it was?

  5. Love the peek of your kitchen Kristin! It looks gorgeous! I know it’s been quite a process and long road for you. Must be so nice to have a kitchen again! The glass is a nice touch and wonderful you saved so much money doing it yourself.

  6. Okay lady….for the day when I finally tackle my kitchen…..I am bookmarking this post so I remember to install our own glass and save $$$$. Thank you Kristin & Ray! Also your new countertop is GORgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Unless you are linking to an archived post, I think someone has hijacked your blog, at least part of it – check the link you posted to the “… see how we added glass to our original kitchen and cut out the panels you can find that post here.” The link goes to a location that does not look like your blog, and the title of the blog is “My Uncommon Slice of Surbibia” – note the misspelling. Just a head’s up.

    Amazing savings on adding the glass yourself! Good thing you and hubby are handy!

  8. Hi-

    In one of your pics, the silicone looks a bit green — at least on my screen. Is it actually clear?

    Thanks. We’re about to attempt the same thing, but I’m hoping to use some old wavy glass.

    Thanks for the tips!

    1. It came out looking a little on the creamy side. Since it is on the backside thought you can’t see it 🙂

  9. Love this look! We are about to order new cabinets and I just came across this post. We have 9 foot ceilings and were going to do a stacked cabinet with molding to bring them to the ceiling. As you know, doing the glass up top is not cheap so I will definitely consider doing something like you did!

  10. thank you for posting
    Can’t wait to do this
    I’m going to start with just one to see how I do

  11. My wife and I are always looking for family home projects that we can do and things that will improve the overall aesthetics of the home. Like you mentioned, to do it on your own you have to have the glass individually cut and the cabinets with the centers missing. It seems like a fun project, however with our young children wanting to be involved I don’t trust letting them play with glass. I think that we will have a professional install it for us and we will look for a more kid friendly home project.

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