Kitchen Painting Guide.

Kitchen remodeling is no joke! But you can do it yourself for fraction of the price you'd pay a contractor! Our One Hour Enamel Paint also known as OHE, is an incredibly tough, tenacious, fast-drying acrylic enamel for interior and exterior use on surfaces that require a quick return to service and an abrasion-resistant finish. Our One Hour Enamel (OHE) is a total game-changer for both professionals and DIY’ers alike! Our water-based enamel formula made primarily for Kitchen Cabinets and Front Doors, has a stone-like Satin topcoat built-in. It is a great choice for painting cabinets, trim, or updating exterior and interior doors. This quick cure formula knocks out projects in record time.


Here's step by step process from Vanessa at 56 Vintage Market:

Day 1: remove all hardware and doors. Label the doors in a method you can remember. I leave everything with a T or B and the number indicating top and bottoms. 

Then I use a degreaser to clean all the cabinet boxes. I use Green EZ degreaser full strength in a spray bottle for cabinets and 1/2 strength for furniture. I scrub all of the cabinet boxes with the green scotch brite scrubber. Then rinse with clean water and microfiber cloth. Next, I use a 220 grit sanding sponge or my hand sander and scuff all the surface. Then rinse again two times. After this, you are pretty tired. But, I get the first coat of Wise Owl Primer on the cabinet boxes. 

Day 2: I paint the second coat of Primer and then start on all the cabinet doors and do the same steps. Most doors around the stove are pretty bad, make sure you scrub them good. Do the fronts and backs. Then scuff sand and rinse several times. I always hand paint the first coat of primer on the fronts of the doors and then I use my sprayer to spray 2 more coats of primer on the front and back. 

Day 3: I paint the first coat of Wise Owl One Hour Enamel on the cabinet boxes and by the time you finish the first coat, you will be able to go ahead with the second coat. I RARELY have to do a third coat of paint. I then spray my second coat of primer on the cabinet doors. (I didn’t mean to mislead that I did both the day before) because I wait at least 4 hours after first coat of primer to put second coat. Then I let the final coat of primer dry really good for about 6 hours or overnight. 

Day 4: I spray the first coat of One Hour Enamel on the doors and then wait 2 hours and spray the second coat then leave alone. 

Day 5: Hardware goes back on the doors and then rehang all the doors and clean up and done!


Wise Owl Paint™ Wisdom for PRO Results


Do not overwork. Lay down enough paint so that it has enough product to self-level but avoid drips.

Do not use Wax over Enamel.

The recommended recoat time is 2 hours.

Use our Stain Eliminating Primer before for superior adhesion.

Use a microfiber 3/16 inch roller. If spraying, you may thin with water if needed but not more than 10%.

If using Glaze over Enamel, no need to use Varnish first. Apply glaze right over enamel. Must seal the glaze with Varnish or Clear OHE.

Do NOT use clear shellac as a primer with One Hour Enamel! It will cause the paint to crackle.


Check out this before and after by Emily at Thirteen79Design. Colors used: Snow Owl and Carbon.