How to Install Frosted Glass in Kitchen Cabinets


Replace wood or clear glass in kitchen cabinets with frosted glass for more sparkle, while still concealing the interior's contents. Most kitchen cabinet doors are made with a frame around a central wood or glass panel, and this is the easiest style in which to install frosted glass. Obtain frosted glass from your local stained glass or hardware store, where employees can cut it to size and smooth the edges for you for safer handling.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Safety glasses
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw or router
  • Sandpaper
  • Measuring tape
  • Mirror clips, caulk or wood trim
  • Screws or nails
  • Remove the cabinet door from the cabinet using the screwdriver.

  • Remove the wood or glass center panel from the cabinet door. This may require the use of a router or jigsaw to cut the center panel of wood out. A glass panel may be held in by caulk, mirror clips or wood trim.

  • Router a lip on all four sides of the center edge on the back of the cabinet door in which to install the glass panel. This may not be required if the router was used to remove the wood center panel, or a lip was already in place for the current glass panel.

  • Sand any cut edges that are visible from the front to smooth them. Paint or stain the wood, if required.

  • Measure the opening and order a piece of frosted glass that will fit.

  • Set the piece of glass in place on the back of the cabinet door and secure it in place using mirror clips, caulk or wood trim. Do not hit the glass with any nails or screws used to secure the mirror clips or wood trim in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check local building codes to make sure glass is allowed where you wish to install it. Lower cabinets may require tempered glass, if glass is allowed, to reduce the hazard of broken glass.
  • Wear safety glasses when drilling or cutting the wood.

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