How to Replace a Door Panel With Glass

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How to Replace a Door Panel With Glass
Learn how to replace a door panel with glass. (Row of glass doors image by Lucid_Exposure from

If you want to add more light to a room, have a better view or simply improve the quality of a space, replacing a door panel with glass is an effective way to achieve these. When you replace a door panel with glass, you will instantly achieve a brighter interior. There are many different types of glass you can install, from safety to decorative glass, but the main principles of instalment are basically the same.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Chisel
  • Wood paint
  • Wood moulding
  • Hammer
  • Nail

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  1. 1

    Measure the door panel of your door and decide how big you want the glass part to be.

  2. 2

    Choose the type of glass you want to use on your door and have the glass cut to the right size according to the measurements that you took. Leave 1/8 of an inch extra on all the sides of the panel. This is necessary to prevent the glass from breaking due to the seasonal contraction and expansion of the wood.

  3. 3

    Remove the door from the hinges and lay it out on a flat surface.

  4. 4

    Cut the existing door panel with a circular saw. Cut along the inside edges of the rails that frame each panel. Then cut inside the profiled edge of the rails.

  5. 5

    Detach the corners of the panel with a chisel, taking care not to damage the flat surface of the door. Slowly remove the door panel, but do not remove the moulding.

  6. 6

    Check the sides of the cut area for any damage. Paint the sides with protective wood paint and wait for it to dry completely.

  7. 7

    Add a layer of silicone caulk to the inside edge of the area that you cut.

  8. 8

    Insert the glass panel into the cut area carefully and press the glass onto the moulding that was not removed. Put a new moulding on top of the glass panel. The two pieces of wood moulding will hold the glass panel in place. Try to choose a new moulding that matches the old one.

  9. 9

    Nail the moulding to the door, taking care not to damage the glass. Use decorative finish nails to fasten the moulding onto the door.

Tips and warnings

  • Always be very careful and make sure to wear protective gloves when working with power tools such as the circular saw.

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