How to replace glass or plexiglass to a cabinet?

I have a cabinet I used in my hallway but the glass broke. I have been holding on to with hopes of finding someone to help me but after looking at all the great ideas on Hometalk, I am hoping I can get some guidance to do it myself. It's packed away in my garage but can move things around to take a pic if needed.

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 05, 2017
    A picture at least of the area inside and out where the glass would go would help. Do you know how the glass was secured?
    • Lenda Lenda on Oct 06, 2017
      I'm sorry I don't. I will move some things around and send s pic.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 05, 2017
    There should be some sort of molding holding the glass in the door...if not you can add it. You will need to CAREFULLY ..patience is essential here... remove the molding from one side of the "window" opening in the door.. a putty knife would work here r(one side acts as a stop to keep the glass from falling thru) Note: there may be a rabbet/ notch milled into the door to hold the glass. Measure the opening and go to your local hardware (some will cut it for you) or glass and mirror place and get new glass cut to fit.. Put into your doors and replace the molding using a brad nail-er/ stapler or small finishing nails. Remember: PATIENCE
    • Lenda Lenda on Oct 06, 2017
      Thank you. I will definitely look at the way it was held in and take measurements. I'm retired and have never attempted anything like this so your word of knowledge--PATIENCE --will be strictly applied. Thanks.
  • James Williams James Williams on Oct 05, 2017
    My answer starts with a question. Is it flat glass or curved? Flat glass is pretty easy. First of course you will want to remove any remaining glass and then carefully remove the retaining hardware. The retaining hardware could be any of several types so just look and see what you have.
    Now you will have to get a replacement glass and this shouldnt be too hard. You should be able to find a place where they will cut the glass to measure. Just be sure that you measure CAREFULLY and allow perhaps 1/8”-1/4” so that the glass will slip in easily. Use some painters tape to hold the glass while you restore or replace the retaining hardware and you should be able to step back and feel proud.
    • Lenda Lenda on Oct 06, 2017
      Thank you. It's been stored back for a while. I believe the glass was flat and it was a hard plastic type glass. Therefore my assumption was it was a plexiglass. I am thinking I can do the same for plexiglass but just measure carefully.
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Oct 05, 2017
    Call a local glass and mirror place, explain what you are looking for and ask for guidance on what measurements you need to take, have them cut a piece of glass to fit. Can you tell how the glass was originally held in place? for example, was there a frame in the inside of the door? If so, carefully pry off the top and one side of the frame, put the glass in and replace the two pieces. It may have been held in place with a putty or adhesive, or there may be clips to hold the glass in place...if you still have some glass in the piece, try to see how that is held together.....I have no doubt that you can do this yourself
    • Lenda Lenda on Oct 06, 2017
      Thank you for your vote of confidence. I have just retired and have a garage full of projects and no idea how to accomplish them alone. I am going to pull the cabinet out this weekend to see where to begin. Everyone has been so helpful and I am appreciative.
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Oct 05, 2017
    You may even be able to unscrew the door hinges and take the doors to a glass store, and they can out them in for you.
    • Lenda Lenda on Oct 06, 2017
      I like this idea. It will ensure that I get the right size and maybe some guidance (hands in, hopefully) in how to complete this project. Thank you.
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