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How Jenn Todryk Uses Glass To Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets For Less
In an episode of HGTV’s hit "No Demo Reno," host Jenn Todryk saved money by using prefab cabinets and making them look custom by adding glass panels to the cabinet doors.
By popping out the existing panels and making a few modifications to add the glass panel, Todryk created a unique, distinctive look for less than half the price of custom cabinets.
Todryk's contractor began by using a jigsaw to carve out each side of an existing panel. To do this, start by using a drill at each corner to guide your cuts with the saw.
Next, sand the inner edge thoroughly and cut the glass panel with about ¼- to ½-inch overlap to the frame. Glue the glass in place with caulk on the inside of the door.
Allow the glass to dry in place, then secure with screw-in glass fasteners on each side. To hide the glass fasteners, you can add trim with wood glue to the perimeter.
This DIY is a cost-effective way to get glassed-in cabinets that you can customize easily. Use clear panes of glass for a classic look, or fogged glass for a more obscure look.
Prefab cabinets usually cost between $4,000 to $6,000 to install, versus $15,000 to $30,000 for custom ones. Custom glass panels only cost between $5 and $7 per square foot.