Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
A touch of glass: ideas for glass refacingby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Refacing your cabinets with glass can really go two ways. You can pick the clean, ultra-modern look of tempered glass doors, or the beautiful, antique look of panes in cabinet doors. Either way, refacing with glass can brighten your kitchen and give things a classy look.
Tempered glass is glass that's been strengthened through a chemical or heating process. It's a lot more difficult to break, which makes it ideal in a kitchen situation that could occasionally include slamming doors. You can go with big, framed panels of glass or throw wood out all together and just have panels mounted in place of cabinet doors. Either way, wood frames and drawers should be updated to match the modern look with crisp angles and lots of natural grain.
Choose a glass that isn't perfectly clear to hide a little messiness in the cabinets.
Think about using tempered glass shelves to allow light to pass through your cabinets. And for even more light, add LEDs to the inside of your cabinets. They're small enough to fit almost anywhere, and with glass-front cabinets, you can use them as a nice, ambient light for your kitchen.
The antique look
Got a set of beautiful old windows you don't know what to do with? Old stained glass? Put that character on display in your cabinet facings. If not, use tempered glass for longevity and durability.
This look is less about the large panels and more about ornate use of smaller panes of glass. Think about older, antique windows -- that's what you're going for. Try one of these ideas:
Specific glass might require custom doors. Talk to your contractor first about what you've got in mind.
About the Author
Karl Fendelander cut his teeth on web writing in the late nineties and has been plugged in to the newest technology and tuned in to the latest trends ever since. With an eye for design and an ear for language, Karl has created content and managed digital media for startups and established companies alike. When he unplugs, Karl can be found biking about town and hiking and climbing throughout the West.