Furniture Flip: How to Replace a Glass Door on a Piece of Furniture

by Rhettsrefinishes

Hey there, DIY enthusiasts! Welcome to my step-by-step tutorial on how to replace a glass door on a furniture flip. I bought a piece of old furniture to flip and accidentally broke the glass. In this guide, I'll walk you through the process I followed to give my piece a stunning makeover with a brand-new piece of glass. So, grab your tools, and let's dive into this exciting project!

Supplies You'll Need

  • Old furniture piece with a glass door
  • Large frame with glass
  • Glass-cutting tool
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Marker or pencil
  • Safety goggles
  • Work gloves
  • Measuring tape
  • Soft cloth or paper towels
Furniture before the flip

Step 1: Assessing the Situation

I bought this amazing furniture piece from Facebook Marketplace, and while cleaning it, I accidentally cracked the glass door. No worries, though – this setback turned into an opportunity for an awesome makeover!

Using glass from the glass frame

Step 2: Finding the Perfect Glass

For the replacement glass, I headed to Hobby Lobby, where I snagged a large frame at a whopping 50% off! This frame would serve as the source of my new glass door.

Step 3: Getting the Right Tools

To cut the glass to size, I made a trip to Home Depot and found a suitable glass-cutting tool. Having the right tools is essential for a successful DIY project.

Removing the glass from the frame

Step 4: Removing the Glass From the Frame

Using a flathead screwdriver, I carefully removed the glass from the picture frame. Patience is key here, as you don't want any more broken glass.

Tracing the template on the glass

Step 5: Tracing the Template

I used the original glass insert as a template. Placing it over the new glass, I traced around its edges using a marker or pencil. This ensures that the replacement glass will fit perfectly.

Cutting the glass

Step 6: Making the Cuts

Using the glass-cutting tool, I followed the traced lines, applying steady pressure to create the cut. Remember to wear safety goggles and work gloves to protect yourself from glass shards.

Tapping along the cut lines of the glass

Step 7: Refining the Edges

With the cuts made, I used the opposite rounded end of the cutting tool to lightly tap along the cut lines. This helps refine the edges and ensure a smoother finish.

Removing the excess glass

Step 8: Removing Excess Glass

To remove the excess glass, I gently pulled up against the outer edge of the glass. Be cautious and gentle to avoid any accidental cracks or chips.

Step 9: Installing the New Glass Door

With the custom-cut glass ready, I carefully inserted it into the frame where the old glass used to be. A perfect fit!

Furniture flip

Step 10: Finish it off and Admire Your Handiwork

Once you have replaced the glass you can paint the wood and replace the hardware. Now you can stand back and marvel at your accomplishment! You've successfully given your furniture piece a new lease on life with a beautiful glass door replacement.

Furniture flip

And there you have it! With a bit of creativity, resourcefulness, and determination, I was able to turn a mishap into a stunning makeover. I'm thrilled with the results, and I can't wait to see what you all think. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, and don't forget to follow me for more exciting furniture flips and handy DIY tips. Happy crafting!

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  • William William on Aug 16, 2023
    Looks great. Cutting glass does take patience and sometimes practice. Cutting the top rounded part takes some skill. You did an amazing job and a perfect tutorial.