We have been slowly remodeling our home since the day we moved in, about 5 years ago. Our home had good bones, but needed modernizing and brightening up. I’ll admit, when we walked in for the first time and I saw dark red and brown walls, I knew we had our work cut out for us. Many layers of paint later, our home looks completely different from the neglected short sale we purchased just before our daughter started 1st grade.
One of the areas of our home that I really disliked was my private bath; we are each fortunate to have our own bathroom. It was SO dark – charcoal grey tile, dark red vanity, black sink and beige walls. Over the past year, I painted the walls white to offset the tile, replaced the brown Formica with granite and added a white vessel sink and modern faucet.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the kind and adventurous owner and creator of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint, Karen Chouinard. Wise Owl recently released a product for cabinets and beyond, called One Hour Enamel. This amazing product dries hard as a rock in ONE hour. I have never painted cabinets before and this was the perfect product for a novice.
My first step was to remove all the hardware, doors and drawers. I wiped everything down with hot, soapy water to remove any traces of hair spray or any of the other many products you can see under my sink that don’t work on my hair type, ~sigh~ I opted not to sand, although that is recommended by other regular users of this product.
My cabinet took two coats of primer. I wanted to be sure the red tone of the wood was completely covered. The hard part of this process is waiting for the primer to dry, which takes 4 hours in between coats. I am terrible at waiting! This is not a quick project and you have to be willing to give up your bathroom for a couple of days – oh, so hard to do!
I chose Wise Owl One Hour Enamel in Carbon to give the vanity a modern, sleek upgrade. One Hour Enamel is incredibly easy to use. It glides on smooth and covers imperfections. It took two coats of Carbon to give me, what looks like, a brand new vanity!
I couldn’t be happier with how that outdated cabinet turned out! What’s old is new again and for less than 100 bucks!