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How to Make Your Own Decorative Glass Front Door

  • 8h
  • $200
  • Advanced
Instead of buying a new fiberglass door, we ordered a decorative glass window to transform it. I have to say, the thought of ordering a new door, knocking out the old frame and installing a new door and frame was more work than we wanted to do together. So that is another reason we decided to fix up the old door. Plus the cost of cutting out the door and adding decorative glass was a lot less.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
I am happy with the result. My intention was to add more natural light to the area. Adding the decorative glass window and painting the door white tied the entry together nicely.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
Here's a look at our plain 6-panel fiberglass door.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
We picked out a Tuscan style decorative glass window that was a special order: Mastercraft 22" x 36" Decorative Glass for Exterior Door TU-106. Cost: $327.25 at Menards. They often have 11% discount days so our cost was $291.25. It is actually a replacement window for doors that already have a window. However, this glass window kit comes with all the directions and list of tools you need to install the window. Since we had never done this before I was a little nervous. If something went wrong, then what? Nevermind that, we hauled off and just did it.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
Measured, marked and taped off the area to be cut. Before cutting the door we scribed a line for a nice clean cut. Fiberglass will splinter, so adding masking tape is a smart precautionary measure.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
Next step we did was drilled holes in opposite corners to start the cut with a jigsaw. It's very important to use a dust mask when doing jobs like this, especially fiberglass.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
Here is the door all cut and ready for a decorative glass window.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
We recommend installing the door before inserting a glass window. It was at this point that we precisely followed the directions for installation of a window replacement that came with the special order decorative glass window.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
It was actually easier to install than we thought.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
Removed the door hardware and taped off the window area to paint the door white.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
A nice close up of the Tuscan style decorative glass insert. It is hard to take a photo of the door and window because of all the light.
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
New door hardware dressed up our entrance beautifully and is a quick and easy home improvement to do yourself. There are so many choices for door hardware it is hard to decide. I second guessed myself and thought perhaps I should have picked the color black, but the silver color and style look elegant. I could not be happier.

  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
  • how to make your own decorative glass front door, diy, doors, how to
Never in my dreams did I think the door would turn out as beautiful as it did. We love how easy it was to transform it into something brand new. It feels good to finish this project. If you liked this, see a few more photos on the blog at Housekaboodle link below. Thank you so much, Sue

To see more: http://www.housekaboodle.com/add-decorative-glass-window-fiberglass-door/

  • Rick Boyd

    GREAT JOB!!! Much more inviting!

    • Sue @ Housekaboodle

      Thank you Rick for the great encouragement. I appreciate that so much.

  • Robinhansen

    Beautiful job!!

  • Sue @ Housekaboodle

    Hi Robinhansen, hope your summer is going well. Thank you for such a nice comment.

  • Irene
    Irene Littleton, CO

    The difference is unbelievable! Fantastic job!

    • Sue @ Housekaboodle

      Hi Irene and thank you for the compliment. The door is a breath of fresh air for our home now. Hope you have a nice day.

  • Fkomsa

    Love the door and would love to know the paint color on the walls.....soft blue.....very pretty

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