This Etsy Find Dresses Up Any Plain Glass Cabinetry — No Power Tools Needed

published Mar 20, 2023
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Looking for a few simple updates you can make to your kitchen to make it feel new without breaking the bank? Totally understandable. After all, a full-on kitchen reno often costs thousands of dollars — sometimes tens of thousands of dollars — but that doesn’t mean making small changes here and there won’t make a difference. (If you need proof, here are six small-but-ingenious upgrades that’ll make your kitchen more functional and space-savvy.)

Here’s another high-impact upgrade to add to the list. In her kitchen redo, DIYer Roxanne Flett made a big change (adding glass upper cabinetry) that she supplemented with a small one that’s worth calling out. Rather than leaving those glass doors as-is, Roxanne ordered mullions (aka separators between panes of glass in a window) from Etsy to add a custom touch.

Roxanne owns her place and was looking for a budget-friendly way to add a little more charm to her pre-fab cabinets (her mullions cost around $100), but mullions are also a great product for renters who have cabinets that could use a little zhuzhing up. The mullions come with clear tape strips that you use to stick them straight onto the glass, but some DIYers have attached them with clear silicone caulk, too. Either way, you won’t have to dig out any specialty tools to install these.

Best yet, mullions come in many shades, shapes, and sizes, so your look can be totally custom. For example, you could order diamond-shaped mullions for a more old-school leaded window look, or create a grid pattern for a more industrial look. If you’re going for more of a farmhouse look, you can choose a white mullion like Roxanne’s.

Credit: Erin Derby

And mullions can add flair to not only glass-front cabinet doors, but also exterior and interior doors as well as windows. Thanks for the great DIY tip, Roxanne.