DIY: Replace the Rubber Seal in the Glass for China-Cabinet Doors

China cabinets provide a focal point for the decor in a dining room with clear glass panes that make it easy to see the contents inside.
Secure glass panes in china cabinets with rubber inserts.Secure glass panes in china cabinets with rubber inserts.
The glass panes are secure inside the cabinet doors with the help of notched rubber seals or inserts that fit inside grooves in the doors. Whether you’ve inherited a china cabinet from your great-grandmother or purchased it new, over time, the rubber material may deteriorate and need replacing. You can easily replace the rubber seal in the glass for china-cabinet doors with minimal fuss over the span of an hour or two.

Step 1

Take the cabinet doors off the hinges and lay them down on a flat surface. Use a screwdriver or a hammer to pry the pins from the hinges.

Step 2

Remove any hardware and clear plastic clips holding the glass in place. Slide the glass up or down slightly, and remove it from the door.

Step 3

Pry the old rubber seal or insert from the cabinet door with a utility knife. Carefully cut the deteriorated seal and pull it out of the groove.

Step 4

Insert the new notched rubber glass or panel insert, or seal, into the groove in the cabinet door. Press the rubber seal into the groove until if fits snugly inside the channel.

Step 5

Replace the glass in the doors and attach any plastic clips to hold the pane in place. Reinstall the hardware and hang the doors back on their hinges.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber glass or panel inserts


  • Rubber glass or panel inserts come in brown or clear at home-improvement or hardware stores. Choose the color that best suits your china cabinet. For example, use clear on china-cabinet doors made with light-colored wood.

About the Author

After attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, Stephanie Rempe worked as a documentation manager in the finance industry 10 years before turning to her first love, writing, which she's been doing professionally since 2008. She currently divides her time between Missouri and her fiance's hometown in Oregon. In addition to her freelance writing, Rempe is working on a romance novel and short stories.