Accidents are a part of life and, unfortunately, the doors of our glass cabinets tend to bear the brunt of these mishaps more often than we would probably like. If the glass panels in your doors have been scratched, cracked or completely smashed, you may be wondering whether you can replace it yourself or if you need to replace the cabinet entirely. Fortunately, the panels can be replaced.
Step 1: Remove the door from the front of the glass cabinets by unscrewing the hinges or lifting it out of the sliding track. Lay it face down on an old blanket that you have spread on a flat surface. If your door was one that slid along in a track, you can simply replace it with a brand new one that you have purchased or constructed. If it wasn’t, continue onto the next step.
Step 2: Remove the broken pane from the doorframe. You can use a putty knife to work the putty out of the gaps or you can use a screwdriver to pry the trim away (make sure that you put aside any nails so that you can reuse them).
Step 3: If the glass was smashed, put on a pair of leather gloves and pull out all of the broken shards. Then, measure the dimensions of the panel using a tape measure and purchase or cut to size a piece of glass that will fit. Insert it into the frame.
The door is now ready to re-hang on the front of your glass cabinet or to slot back into the sliding track. Make sure that you do this carefully, as you would hate to break the new pane of glass just as you were replacing it. Give the whole cabinet a good clean once you are finished.