Adding Glass Inserts to Kitchen Cabinets
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Corrine_Dolezal/401674]Corrine Dolezal
Are you tired of the way your kitchen cabinets look and ready for a fast, economical way to spice up the way the room looks? One of the methods you can use to do this is by replacing some of the panels in your cabinets doors with glass. Glass will alleviate the sameness of your kitchen and give you a place where you can show off some of your prized possessions. The best part about using glass is that it's a really economical answer to your remodeling problems, and it can open up your kitchen a little giving it the look of being larger and brighter.
You will find three specific kinds of glass you can make use of when renovating your cabinets. They are:
* Clear like window glass - This is the perfect type of glass if you'd like to show off fancy glassware or china.
* Obscure with patterns in the glass distort images of what's inside the cabinets. So even though you'll still be able to see what's inside the cabinet, the image won't be clear.
* Opaque is frosted or stained glass that you aren't able to see through. If you want glass inserts in your cabinet doors, and you'd rather that no one be able to view the interiors, opaque glass will be a wise choice that will block keep anyone from seeing inside.
Keep in mind that you don't want to go overboard in installing glass panels in your cupboard doors, because a few of them will suffice and look nice. Since they will appear to be different from the rest of your cabinets, they will naturally turn into the focal point in your room. Prior to beginning to change wood door panels to glass, give yourself some space to try and picture different cabinets with glass inserts. If you have a relatively small kitchen, you'll be able to choose the cabinets where you feel that glass could be used to the greatest advantage.
Once you know which cupboard fronts you want to replace with glass, stop and analyze the contents of those cabinets. Are the items inside something that you would prefer to hide behind opaque glass, or is this a spot where you want to set up displays behind clear glass. The more you try to visualize prior to installation, the better you're going to like the finished results.
Adding glass to a cabinet door is a job you can easily do yourself to keep the cost down. Start by getting together all the materials you will need. Tools will include drill bits, a jigsaw and blade, a screwdriver, clamps, and wood glue. You will also need to buy new wood trim to hold the glass in place as well as 1/8" mirror hangers and wood screws.
Start by using your jigsaw to remove the part of the door you are planning to put glass into. Once this has been done, and you've removed the hardware, you can do any refinishing you want to do, then add your glass insert. Are you going to be refinishing your cabinets or just adding glass fronts? In order to refinish them, you will need to sand off all of the existing finish down to the bare wood. If you're planning on painting them, all you will need to do is sand them a bit so that they will hold the paint well. Then, when they're finished, you can insert the glass panels.
When you've finished, you can put the hardware back onto the door and rehang it. You'll find that just this simple amount of work and small expense is going to make a world of difference in the way your kitchen looks. You will have kitchen cabinets you can be proud of.
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