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Updating Kitchen Cabinet Doors

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Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don’t even need any tools!

When I was painting our kitchen cabinets almost exact two years ago, I was planning on replacing two of the kitchen cabinet doors with glass inserts. But when I finally got down to that last step, I was so tired y’all. I’d been working on the kitchen for over four months and I just didn’t have it in me to paint the inside of those cabinets, cut the doors and get the glass inserted. But that project has never left my mind — for years! I finally looked at Chris last week and said, ‘That’s it…I am updating those kitchen cabinet doors!’ 

Last month marked three years that we have been in this home. And when I think back to what the kitchen looked like on move in day…it kinda blows my mind. 

Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don't even need any tools!

We have already done so many improvements to this space. But I just new the glass inserts would be a big improvement. Here’s a picture from our summer home tour that shows what the upper kitchen cabinet doors were like before this new little update…

Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don't even need any tools for this tutorial!

And now with the new glass inserts…so much better, right?!

Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don't even need any tools for this tutorial!

I just love the new look and I’m so glad I finally moved this project to the top of the diy-list. I feel like the glass instantly gave the kitchen a more classy look. And who could be sad about that?! 😉 

Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don't even need any tools for this tutorial!

For this simple change I actually hired out. Say what?! I know what you’re thinking but let me explain. 

To complete this project, I knew it would require me to buy a few tools, most importantly — a router.  Most routers cost around a $100. So it would cost me, at least, that amount. But once I had the router, I would still need to learn how to use it. And of course, figure out how to cut the center of the kitchen cabinet doors without ruining them! Another thing for me to consider about buying a router is–  would I ever use it again? I wasn’t really sure.

So I started thinking. What if I could find a carpenter who would do this for me? I phoned a local cabinet maker in our town and asked if they could help. They said no BUT referred me to a local carpenter who might. I called him and long story short — I paid $55 for two cabinets doors to be cut perfectly! 

Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don't even need any tools for this tutorial!

Once the doors were cut, my next issue was getting the glass inserts. I first went to Lowes’s because I knew they can cut glass and it wouldn’t cost much at all. But once there, I learned that glass is much too thin for kitchen cabinet doors. So that was a no go!

I remembered a local glass company that I drive by almost everyday. So I stopped in there and discovered they could do both doors for $32.50. And I discovered a bonus! They not only made the custom glass, but also glued it in as part of their services. Fantastic! One less thing for me to do!

Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don't even need any tools for this tutorial!

So the grand total for our two new glass kitchen cabinet doors was $87.50. Not too bad, right? And the impact it made on the kitchen was priceless. That may be a tad over kill but to me, it was totally worth it. Because now I don’t have the project haunting my mind anymore! Instead I get to walk into my kitchen and open my new glass kitchen cabinet doors and think… ‘Yep…I was totally right!’

Updating kitchen cabinet doors doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Heck, you don't even need any tools for this tutorial!

Do you have glass inserts in your kitchen cabinet doors? Love or hate ’em?

I have already talked to Chris about putting some glass inserts in another set of our kitchen cabinet doors. Just one more set…I’m not going crazy with the glass here. Trust me,  I have some stuff behind those doors that no one wants to look at everyday….including me. 😉

Want to know how I painted these kitchen cabinet doors? Click here or the image below for my complete tutorial — including tips, tricks and supplies needed!

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9 Comments

  1. What is the paint color you used for your kitchen cabinets? I love them and would like to use the color in my kitchen.

  2. Your kitchen looks amazing and now that I have so much time on my hands you’ve inspired me!
    Would your happen to have a tutorial on how you added the door/drawer hardware? Also, I noticed that in your garage your cabinet doors were lying on the floor (maybe on boxes) but did you spray them lying down like that or did you spray them upright? I’m worried about the sprayer clogging.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Nicole! I’m so happy that I’ve inspired you. 🙂 I don’t actually have a tutorial on installing the drawer and cabinet hardware. But I can share with you a link to the the tool I used to install mine here: https://amzn.to/2QAYKED It was really helpful! About spray painting the cabinet doors…yes they were laying flat on my garage floor the whole time. I never had any problems with clogging. The paint comes out nice and even. And as long as you keep moving steadily, it should turn out great! Good luck and if you have any more questions — I am happy to help! 🙂

  3. We put glass doors in a cabinet, but decided to order clear safety film. We installed the film on the back of the glass, so it the glass breaks, it prevents anyone from getting hurt. If someone leaves anything in the cabinet sticking out too far, and closes the door the glass is less likely to break. If the glass does break, it stays together, so less worries about injuries.

    1. I have been wanting to do the glass cut out in the kitchen for years now and even bought a router that I don’t have any clue as to use one and haven’t!
      I think I’m going to try it your way.
      It sound much safer as well!
      Now I can return the router or hire someone who knows how to actually use it! Thanks

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