According to glass insert manufacturer Bendheim, refacing your cabinets costs about 20% of what replacing them would cost. Plus, it’s a project you can do yourself over a weekend without losing the use of your kitchen. There are plenty of options besides plain clear glass: you can choose from etched (shown), fluted, crackled, colored or patterned glass, and set off your new look with interior cabinet lighting.
Age your glass doors. The homeowner worked with Seattle designer Judith Wright Sentz to create the leaded glass windows in the cupboards of this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winning kitchen, but premade glass would have the same stylish effect. For an even cheaper and simpler fix, faux stained glass craft kits and window films can be found through online retailers for under $40.
Use beadboard to line a cabinet with glass doors or even open shelving to create instant, old-fashioned appeal, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The book features this 18th century farmhouse kitchen in Alabama.
“Designed for wine lovers who enjoy entertaining often, this wet bar was installed in the dining room where they host dinner parties, holiday meals and entertain most of the time,” says designer Nathan J. Reynolds. “Next to the kitchen, it’s a convenient place for additional counter space for mixing drinks, plating desserts, or serving coffee and after-dinner drinks.” The design includes a Kohler sink, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, and a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator. “Glass cabinets above the wet bar distinguish it from the rest of the workspace and showcase handsome glassware and collectibles,” he adds.
As seen on Rock the Block, HGTV star Jasmine Roth built a huge island covered with Dolomite marble and Northern California Dark Walnut with seating for eight, and floor to ceiling custom glass cabinets, to transform the kitchen of her house and “rock” it to the highest increase in market value to win season one of Rock The Block.
In this beautiful modern kitchen, rippled glass makes for a stylish and efficient cabinet door, offering both texture and visual interest and an easy way to see what's inside. Deep countertops offer up the maximum prep area for the relatively narrow room.
White cabinetry in this traditional kitchen provide ample storage space to keep the kitchen bar organized. Glass door cabinets display glasses and china above a gray and blue mosaic tile backsplash and granite countertop. Green paint brings a light color to the well-lit, lovely room.