DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover: How to Install New Glass Inserts

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Enhancing cabinets with decorative glass inserts will bring an entirely new look to kitchens without the expense of a large-scale renovation. With beautiful glass, homeowners can add depth, texture or color to the kitchen. Cabinet glass inserts come in a wide variety of styles, colors, patterns, and safety options. Best of all, they can be installed by the homeowner, without the help of a contractor.

“Replacing old or plain cabinet glass with new, fine decorative glasses can be a great way to enhance the entire kitchen,” said Robert Jayson, President of Bendheim. “This design-savvy and budget-friendly project can be a relatively simple do-it-yourself endeavor.”

The process begins with correct measurements of the cabinet openings. According to Bendheim Cabinet Glass, for standard square and rectangular cabinet openings:

  • From the back side, carefully measure the maximum width and height of the opening where the glass insert will be placed.
  • Deduct 1/8″ from the maximum width and height measurements of the opening. For example, if the opening measures 14” x 24” – the glass insert would measure 13 7/8” x 23 7/8”.

When the cut-to-size glass inserts arrive, homeowners can select from several installation methods: retainer clips, glazing points and putty, or silicone caulking. These methods are detailed and illustrated in Bendheim’s “Do It Yourself Installation Tips.”

Installing cabinet glass inserts with retainer clips takes just a few simple steps:

  1. Remove your cabinet door and all hardware from the door.
  2. Lay the door, face down, on a flat, stable, non-abrasive surface.
  3. On the back of the door, pre-drill one or two evenly spaced holes on all four sides of the opening to receive the retainer clips. Select a drill bit that is a smaller diameter than the retainer clip screw.
  4. Clean both sides of your Bendheim decorative cabinet glass using a non-abrasive glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.
  5. Insert and center the glass in the door opening. Note: The textured glass surface can face in or out according to your preference.
  6. Using a screwdriver, screw in the retainer clips in their pre-drilled holes.
  7. For large glass inserts, insert one or two additional retainer clips on each side of the opening.
  8. Your cabinet door is ready for re-installation.
About Bendheim

Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City