Installing an etched glass door panel can be a difficult process because it requires the knowledge of how to install the door itself, as well as how to install the glass. To make things easier for you we’ve made this step-by-step guide that will walk you through every part of installing an etched glass panel. Follow these steps and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it was! If you are installing an etched door on a pre-existing entryway, here are some tips to get the job done faster.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
A pre-existing door
A measuring tape
Drill bits (a smaller diameter bit is needed for the frame, while a larger diameter bit is needed for the glass)
INSTALLING THE DOOR
The first step with installing an etched glass door is to measure the opening size. To do this, take your tape measure and find the center of the door. Measure in from both sides of the center point and make a note of how much space there is between each side. An example would be if your measuring to install a 24″ door: 20″ on one side and 23″ on the other.
Using your measurements, you will be able to figure out where to drill your mounting holes for the hinges and latch. When figuring out where to drill these holes, make sure that they are near the top corner of the door so that you won’t need to worry about drilling through any walls or within any structural members. Next, use a level to ensure you have a level door when it’s installed. Check at all four corners of the glass panel for straightness before continuing with installation.
CONVERTING THE DOOR TO AN ENTRYWAY
The first thing you will want to do is determine what the best way to convert your door into an entryway is. If you have a pre-existing entryway, there are a few things that could be done to make it better:
- Make sure that it is big enough for your doorway
- Build walkways on either side of the doorframe
- Make sure that the doorframe has ample clearance in order to accommodate the glass panel
If you don’t have an existing entryway, then you’ll need to come up with a plan before installing your etched glass panel. Here are some ideas:
- Install a new, larger door and frame
- Add doors on either side of your current entryway
- Install a railing so people can use the stairs instead of having to go around!
INSTALLING THE GLASS
-Lift the door off the hinges, so you can access the screws that hold down the hinge plate.
-Remove the screw on one side of the hinge, then use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the other screws on both sides of the hinge.
-Use your wire cutters to carefully snip off enough of the hinges to allow you to slide in and out of them a rod or a piece of wood.
-Insert a flathead screwdriver into both ends of the rod or piece of wood, then tap it gently into place so it will stay in place while you work.
-When installing glass on top of an etched panel, make sure that your glass is securely mounted onto your frame before starting installation.
ROUTING THE HINGES
First, route the hinges on the panel to the top of the door. This will make it easier to install once you have installed the panel. Then, use a saw to cut around the edges of the holes you routed out. This way, you will be sure not to accidentally drill into a cable or wire running underneath your door.
Installing a glass door panel is a high-maintenance project, but the final product will be well worth it. With an etched glass door panel, you can make that old, boring door look brand new and modern.