Classic White Kitchen Upgrade with Glass Front Cabinets
My dream kitchen is all about the aesthetics. The appliances, the counter tops are all importance but I love a kitchen with leaded glass doors. Call it Victorian, call it bungalow charm, whatever the architectural style you are going for even modern, to my mind, every kitchen needs a leaded glass door front on a handful of their cabinets.
A whole wall would suit me just fine in my over indulgent personality but as the photos showcase, a little bit goes a long way.
This is a project for any kitchen - large or small. It is a fantastic way to add character and charm without breaking the bank. Is it cheap but of course not but all architectural details and extreme delights in life come with a heavier price tag.
It is a great DIY project. Replacing some of your cabinet fronts, adding lights doesn't require the non-commissioning of your kitchen for months on end.
Journey with me as we explore some amazing kitchen ideas from Art Nouveaux bunaglow charmer to a modern kitchen with a few vintage details including the leaded glass cabinet fronts. Stay tune with us til the very end and learn what makes a glass cabinet charming in any size or style kitchen.
Kitchen Cabinets with Leaded Glass Doors
Leaded Glass Kitchen Doors
Modern Kitchen with Glass Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen with Glass Cabinet Fronts
This bungalow kitchen completed their leaded glass windows in a very distinctive style - Art Nouveaux. The details in the glass are accented by complex mill work around the exquisite customized windows.
This brings us to the secret of the successful design - it is the mill work that frames the windows that is important. Match the mill work to the style design you are aiming for and you will have a professional looking kitchen. The extreme of all mill work designs is shown below with furniture quality mill work combined with wood grain counter top along with wine bottle storage sets this one cabinet apart. Imagine a cabinet doing triple duty - adding architectural details, adding multiple types of storage and added visual height to the room.
The other item I especially love is the glaze that further accentuates the cabinet mill work. You will note, the traditional to the country charmer all have a glaze to add further definition to the depth of the cabinets. With the exception of the Art Nouveaux charmer and the modern kitchen, all cabinets with the leaded glass have had a glaze that softly highlights the depth of the mill work.
So the items to consider are not just the design of the leaded glass, it is the mill work and the visual height. Adding height draws the eye up and helps add that feeling where a room actually hugs you when you walk in.
White kitchens are timeless and if you are looking for resale value, quite frankly white/cream is the safe choice. But the world is filled with color so please don't limit your design ideas to only white. Check out the subtle colors of green below - one in a deep sage green and the other in a soft green - both work beautifully without being "white".
Art Nouveau Bungalow Kitchen with Leaded Glass Windows
Furniture Quality Mill Work Does Triple Duty in the Kitchen
Did you hear my passion throughout this hub? I adore glass kitchen cabinets. Yes, they are distinctive and while clear glass would not work for me (I would NEED the tinted glass or the textured glass). I actually find the textured glass the pinnacle of all glass fronts - unfortunately, the Internet translates allot of things very well but the breadth of Mother Nature and the depth of textured glass are two areas where the photos do not do them justice.
What are your thoughts and experiences with glass cabinet fronts in a kitchen? Have you already done this? Are you considering it and gathering ideas? Please share with us in the comments below.
Which of the above kitchens fits your style and why? Did you find your dream kitchen?
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on July 07, 2012:
Thank you so much! This was simply pure fun. Oh, you make a good point, the lower cabinets can be a hazard for little ones and would not be recommended. I didn't think about the grandchildren visiting my kitchen so I must take that into consideration.
Your two favorites you mentioned are very unique. I currently gravitate to the first one - pure classic elegance but you will note the lower glass would be problematic for the grandchildren's visit.
You are always helpful and insightful - I am honored that you stopped by. Thank you very much!
jenubouka on July 07, 2012:
Very beautiful and innovative ideas! I will have to bookmark this one for when the day comes to buy a home (hopefully soon). As well as when I know my toddler son won't look at the glass cabinets as a target...
I personally love the last one as well as the stained glass look...Awesome!!