Adding glass to your cabinet fronts

To be honest, we did this the easy way — by ordering cabinet fronts that could accept a thin (1/8-inch) panel of glass.

However, it could probably be done with most 5-piece shaker style fronts if you’re careful, as the floating center panel could be removed and the following process could be followed with some modifications — we don’t really know, we didn’t do it that way!

We got our shaker style frames from The Cabinet Face, which made this project super easy because they include everything you need except for the glass, which we got custom cut from an online glass vendor.

We made sure to verify the measurements and tolerances with both The Cabinet Face’s technical staff and our glass vendor, since glass that doesn’t fit is a non-starter. Thankfully, our glass fit perfectly with ~1/4-inch of play in both the horizontal and vertical directions. The Cabinet Face included a length of white rubber glass retaining strip that was more than enough for both doors — hooray for vendors that think of everything and don’t skimp on material!

The process for installing the retaining strip was to cut the stripping to length for each side with ~45-degree miters and then wedge the stripping into the routed out gap that remains between the frame and the glass.

It does take a bit of force to get the stripping properly seated. This is easiest to do with the assistance of a thin putty knife, but make sure not to gouge out any of the frame veneer!

The installation of the glass took right around 30 minutes and we are happy to report that our glass did not break! We love the customization options and the flexibility of finishes offered by The Cabinet Face. If reeded glass ever goes out of style, its an easy process to remove the stripping and put in something else!

This post was written for the  Collected Eclectic blog.

Collected Eclectic was a passion project focused on recording the process as Grace and Michael van Meurer transformed their builder grade home in to something special.

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