How to Frost Your Cabinet Glass

Cabinet glass is an important part of your kitchen. Whether you want to elegantly display fine china, hide your old plastic cups and bowls, or create beautiful patterns, frosting your cabinet glass is an easy project whose results will last a long time. Here are a few things to think about when picking texture and design.

Clarity or Obscurity

Before you buy a texture for your cabinet glass, consider how much you want to see behind the coating. Do you want to show off a neat arrangement of china? Do you want to hide your messy stacks of cups and mugs? Or is your priority the glass itself, and what intricate designs you want to create?

The texture you pick should either be clear, allowing the contents of the cabinet to be seen, or obscure, which hides any messes or less than fine dinnerware, and also provides a sharp contrast to designs.


After you’ve decided how clear you want the frosting to be, you can select a texture pattern. Here are a few styles you can choose, and an explanation of their benefits and functions.

1 - Glue Chip

Glue chip, which comes in both clear and obscure textures, resembles ice crystals on glass in winter. You can put glue chip on the entire surface of the glass or only in certain areas to create a design. This method is a good complement to glass etching, because you have to etch the glass during the process. Glue chip is a good light reflector and will obscure glass while creating a bright sparkle.

2 - Textured Flutex

The flutex texture in cabinet glass looks like a fluted champagne glass, with long, narrow convex strips of glass. The overall effect of flutex blurs the contents of the cabinet. Within the long strips, the texture can be clear, obscure or patterned.

3 - Feathered Glass

Feathered glass looks more like leaves than feathers, and is iridescent when the light shines on its surface. This texture can be as light or heavy as you desire, and is a good option for breaking up a heavier, darker wood scheme in a kitchen.

4 - Clear Frost

If you want to slightly obscure what’s behind your cabinet doors and add a subtle motif to the mix, choose clear frost. It has a matte finish, so light will not reflect off it, and a slightly cracked look that resembles spider webs or snowflakes.

5 - Sandblasting

Due to the different levels of sand coarseness used, sandblasting gives your cabinet glass more variation and an embellished finish. The light will reflect inward, rather than outward, and create a warm glow.

6 - Frost Spray

Frost spray may be the easiest and quickest method for those looking to create a pattern or design by themselves. You can find design stencils at most home décor stores, or you can create your own. If you buy a stencil, it should come with adhesive that keeps it in place while you spray the frost around it, so you don’t have to worry about your hand slipping.


Each of the textures available to frost your cabinet glass have their own unique and creative benefits, and it is up to you to choose which one will complement your home the best.