What to Paint (and NOT paint!) with One Hour Enamel

Did you see my blog about our sign that is coming soon? In that blog, I shared that we are using our Wise Owl One…

Did you see my blog about our sign that is coming soon? In that blog, I shared that we are using our Wise Owl One Hour Enamel. Turns out, that’s NOT a good idea. Upon further research, I found out that this paint is not for wood that is going to be outside. It is a super hard enamel finish that doesn’t shift with weather conditions. Because of the expansion of the wood fibers during rain or humidity, it will crack and chip off. So that’s not a good thing. What is a good thing after all is we didn’t finish that project, yet.

One Hour Enamel Paint is Perfect for Indoor Projects

This DOES make One Hour Enamel Paint perfect for wood INSIDE that gets a lot of use. I used the example of kitchen cupboards and dining tables in the blog as well. Those really are what you should be using this awesome paint for. Bathroom vanities also come to mind.

Another use we found that is ideal, is a furniture piece that already has an enamel finish on it. We acquired this cutie with a pink paint job.

Actually, it doesn’t look that bad in this photo, but the paint job wasn’t that great. I really should have taken a picture of the top. It was pretty bad. Plus, it is enamel.

This time, we really did use this color on this project. This is “Antique Villa” which is almost identical to our signature “creamy white” paint color that we have been using for years. Antique Villa is also available in our chalk paint.

Here she is after her new paint job.

Unfortunately, it was a very overcast day when I took this photo and it’s not the best light. Hopefully, you get the idea.

They just don’t make ’em like this anymore! Such beautiful detail!

All of the keyholes are still intact, too.

If you know anything about vintage furniture, you know that it is HEAVY. That’s because it’s solid wood and not particle board. That’s also the reason we have vintage furniture. It’s well made and stands the test of time. People were smart back in the day, too. They put this super heavy furniture on casters.

Did you notice the hardware in the “before” picture? If you did notice the hardware, you may have noticed that it is the original hardware. Someone painted that, too. Instead of replacing the hardware, we decided to paint it black. I love the way it looks with the creamy white.

We have started using our furniture salve inside all of our dresser drawers. Not only does it give them a beautiful, clean look, but they also smell wonderful! Check out all of the scents available. I know you are going to want to try more than one.

I also love the way it looks with this striped runner that is available in our online shop.

Runners aren’t just for tables! Fabric adds warmth to any space

Not only is the runner in our online shop, the tulips and other accessories are available there as well. You can find the dresser right here in our “local pick up” section. Dimensions are listed there if you need to measure your space.

Let me know if you have any questions, thank you!!

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  1. I would love to paint my mom and dad’s bedroom set.
    It’s 1944 tiger wood, dressing table and chest of drawers. I would love to use Wise Owl enamel paint, color white, and wipe it off to show to the grain, but would I have to strip it first? If I painted it a color and not whip it off, paint 2 coats, would that be enough? I’m trying to make a hard job a little easier. But I want to do it right.
    Thank you, Sandy Crotty

    1. Hi Sandy, thank you so much for asking! Enamel is a great, durable choice if you don’t want to do a distressed look. You wouldn’t be able to wipe it off to expose the wood. 2 coats would be perfect. If you DO want a distressed look, the chalk paint is definitely a better choice for that. You can use a wet piece of sand paper to expose the wood. You would, however, need to seal the paint with a wax or salve. Hope that helps!

  2. Need some advice in paint and varnish or stain stripper. There is a soy gel from Blue Behr that is supposed to healthier and better for environment. Have you tried it? Would love your thoughts on best product to use for best results please.

    1. Hi Sharon, so sorry that your comment has gone unanswered for so long! If you are still in need of advise, I can tell you that we have NOT tried that particular product. We have been using the stripped by Wise Owl. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t seen much a difference in any products that we have tried over the past 20 years or so! Stripping furniture is tedious. End of story.