Custom Colors on Furniture

Furniture Design Ideas featuring custom color mixes from our customers.

This season, cozy up your home accessories with General Finishes Water Based Paints! General Finishes has the perfect color and shade for any occasion. Colors featured in this palette are as followes:

• Custom Mix: 1 Part Seagull Gray Milk Paint and 10 Parts Snow White Milk Paint

• Custom Mix: 10 Parts Snow White Milk Paint and 1 Part Lamp Black Milk Paint

• Custom Mix: 1 Part Persian Blue Milk Paint and 4 Parts Coastal Blue Milk Paint

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"Solid, sturdy, beautiful and definitely UNIQUE! This one of a kind piece was refinished in General Finishes products! This is a custom color I created using Seagull Gray, Antique White, Linen, Coastal Blue, and Lamp Black Milk Paints! Then I used a light coat of Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects and dry brushed with Antique White! I love how versatile General Finishes products are!" - The Shabby Project

Heather of the Modern Farmhouse refinished this dresser and entered this piece into the DIY Upcycled Furniture category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest. Her process in finishing the project was as follows:

  1. Sanded entire dresser
  2. GF Java Gel stained the top
  3.  Hand painted With Custom mix of Patina Green and Snow White Milk Paints
  4.  clear wax / Gf Gel Topcoat
How gorgeous is this table by Handy Dandy Mandi?!   Mandi says, "Using a mix of Java and Black Gel Stain by General Finishes (of course!) 2 coats, then sanded back down lightly with a 320 grit, to let the grains pop. I used about 10 thin coats of Arm-R-Seal in Satin. I am super proud of the way it turned out, and the easy use of the products. "    
Great bath vanity transformation by Artsy Chicks Rule! It was painted with a custom mix of 1 part GF Snow White and 1 part Persian Blue Milk Paint, glazed with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects and sealed with High Performance Topcoat.    

"WOW...check out the legs and details on this stunning buffet! Painted in a custom color with a dark wood top and gorgeous legs. Everything about it is music to my ears!" - Reclaim + Relove

This buffet's beautiful color was created by mixing General Finishes's Corinth Blue and Driftwood Milk Paints.

"A custom blend of Coral Crush, Persimmon and Brick Red ... how stunning is this color, y'all!! Just revived this pair of oversized nightstands for an exceptional customer to match a vibrant hue in her duvet cover!" - Southern Revival by Christin    

"This buffet was finished in a deep indigo blue that I mixed using Klein Blue and a bit of Lamp Black GF Milk Paint. The end result was a sophisticated blue that enhances the beautiful shape of this vintage piece. It was distressed then sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat in satin." 

"Restyled & Delivered! My client wanted to create a softness to this dresser that has been in her family for 100 years. Had great structure, just needed a new, fresh look for her guest bedroom! Hand painted in General Finishes products. Custom blend of Java Gel Stain and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain on top. Body is a custom blend of Halcyon Blue Milk Paint Coastal Blue Milk Paint and Driftwood Milk Paint. Glazed with Champagne Pearl Effects to give it a shimmery sparkle along with new crystal...

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Pro Upcycled Furniture

Custom Mix of GF Evening Plum and Holiday Red Milk Paint sealed with flat High Performance Topcoat. 

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Pro Upcycled Furniture

"This beautifully layered buffet was accomplished by using only General Finishes products. I created the base coat by mixing the farmhouse green color that consists of GF Milk Paint in Basil, Dark Chocolate, Emerald, and Linen. I then dry brushed on some Buttermilk Yellow. The last coat of paint was a 50/50 mixture of the farmouse green and Antique White. I used the vaseline method of distressing to achieve the chippy look and many...

2016 Design Challange Entry - Professional Upcycled Furniture

GF Antique White on the outside and custom mix of Driftwood and Seagull Gray on inside.  Sealed with High Performance Topcoat.

Bob Bordelon stunned us with this lovely staining project! He mixed Black Walnut and Coffee Bean Exterior 450 water-based Wood Stains to create this rich, dark color. He sealed them with Exterior 450 in Semi-Gloss as well.

"I went with a 50:50 mix of General Finishes Snow White and Antique White Milk Paint. I first started with two coats of their new Stain Blocker (which I absolutely love, by the way). It sands nicely and covers beautifully. The sides and drawers only needed 4 coats of the custom mix. That may sound like a lot, but I sand in between each coat which does remove some of the paint. I like for my finishes to be silky smooth and have found sanding is the key to that process. The top, on the other...

"The second buffet is on its way home. Everyone is happy. It was a good busy day! Back to painting! This custom mixed color is in high demand!" - Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations

Katie & Co. glorified this piece in the lovely Java Gel Stain. For the custom color, she mixed Queenstown Gray, Dark Chocolate and Lamp Black Milk Paint.

This unique vintage buffet was refinished with a custom mix of Antique Walnut & Georgian Cherry Gel Stain as well as Lamp Black Milk Paint by Restyle & Renew  
We can't get enough of this custom mixed color of GF Persian Blue and Driftwood Milk Paint by 2nddoorontheright!   Check out more custom mixed colors in our Design Center at   #generalfinishes #gfmilkpaint #customcolormixes

"This is a European TV cabinet that was left out for the trash. We made some repairs and added a shelf. Then, restained the inside. The outside is painted in a custom mix of Halycon Blue and Seagull Grey Milk Paint. I restored the beautiful inlaid wood front with some stain and sealed it. The body is waxed and the top sealed with High Performance Topcoat Satin, then waxed over that." - Rebecca of Best Designs of Rebecca

"So jealous of these long mahogany wood legs! A perfect mix of General Finishes Driftwood & Antique White Milk Paint on the top and finished with GF HP Topcoat in Flat. Pull the drawer out for a sweet-colored surprise!" - Daylily Custom Design    

"Beautiful and unique antique Roos Cedar Chippendale Chest. Drool-worthy for certain!" - Junie Byrds

This delightful piece was painted with a custom color of Halcyon Blue and Coastal Blue Milk Paint and the top was layered with Java Gel Stain.

"I needed an eye-catching display set up for my smaller items at Vintage Markets. I came across this French provincial China cabinet that was screaming for a makeover. Using a combination of Java Gel stain and A custom mixed Tiffany blue using Patina Green And Snow White milk paint, I transformed her into this!" - Jessie of Airdrie Furniture Revival

Jessie entered and won FIRST PLACE in the Cinderella Story of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest.

"Once again your products amaze me. I have been loving your Chalk Style Paints but really wanted to do a deep navy piece. After seeing one with the color I loved, of course the products used were yours, but they were Milk Paints. Now I had not used your Milk Paints yet and really shied away from them for reasons I really don't know. After being told what two colors to mix I went to my local retailer and got input from her. After finding out I could mix Chalk Style and Milk Paints, I bought some...

"Here is another piece redone with your awesome products! This is a European-style TV cabinet that was left out for the trash. Can you believe it? ...The outside is painted in a custom mix of Halycon Blue and Seagull Gray Milk Paint.... The body is waxed and the top sealed with High Performance Topcoat Satin, then waxed over that. Now it's a bar!" - Rebecca of Best Designs by Rebecca

"Love your stains. Recently did a dresser in an Annie Sloan mix but the top is the show stopper. I created a faux burl effect with a couple of your stains. It worked out fabulously. I used the water-based Orange Dye Stain first, then proceeded to use Candlelite and Java Gel Stains to aid in the burl effect!" - Tammy Sue of The Uppity

To achieve the teal-blue that has been created for the base, GF would recommend mixing Coastal Blue and Patina Green Milk Paint.

Kirsten McKee of That Flippin Furniture Girl restyled this dresser with a sharp, custom color!

"The stain is a custom blend of Antique Walnut and Georgian Cherry Gel Stain - 5:1 ratio," Kirsten explains. "This piece had veneered drawer fronts that I removed, then sanded like crazy and stained with two coats of the custom color, followed by High Performance Topcoat Satin. The top was also sanded to remove the old finish and stained as well. My client was thrilled with the results!"...

Claudia from Vintage Soul Barn here. Well again I'm testing new waters and used General Finishes products to update our vintage camper or "glamper" inside and out! I used a custom mix of 2 parts Persian Blue to 1 part Patina Green Milk Paint. Holiday Red for the stripe, Snow Thite and finished the whole camper with 3 coats of High Performance Poly in semi gloss. I love the durability of your products and the fact that they are UV resistant."   Visit Vintage Soul Barn at Tru-Finds...
Amazing little planked side table by Angela of Number Fifty-Three!   Angela says, "I mixed my two favorite General Finishes paints, Antique White and Patina Green and came up with the most gorgeous aqua. (I mixed approximately one half cup white with two teaspoons green.) Isn't it the most perfect cottage/farmhouse color!?! In all the years that I have used GF products I have always stuck to their gel stain. I've totally missed out! This piece was finished in their Spiced Walnut Liquid...

Carver Junk Company stunned us with this subtle green buffet! They combined Slate Gray Chalk Style Paint and Emerald Milk Paint to create this custom color.

"Finished this beautiful kitchen cabinets for one of our clients in a custom mix color (50/50) of General Finishes Antique White and Snow White. They look so beautiful now. Our client added granite counter tops to match the color we did and they look gorgeous . We used a custom mix (50/50) of Driftwood and Seagull Gray for the beautiful island as well." - Divine Treasures by Love's of Memphis, TN        

"I LOVE this look! I recently finished and dropped off this chest and some succulent wall planters at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis. Painted with Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint and stained with a custom color mix of GF's Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stain." - Bee's Knees

See more of Bee's Knees pieces by stopping at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis at 4748 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55407!

Beautiful custom mix of Brown Mahogany and Java Gel Stain.

"I had a client who wanted a "dirty gray two toned look" so I mixed Driftwood & Millstone for the darker shade, then Seagull Gray & Millstone for the lighter. I enhanced it all with Van Dyke Glaze and 3 coats of HPTC in flat! Perfect! Everyone who saw it loved it so I carried that look onto these 3 tables for another client. I love everything about GF products." - 4 Heaven's Sake    

Reclaim + Relove share this stunning set of nightstands! They revisioned these two using a custom blend of Antique White and Snow White Milk Paint, then detailed with Pitch Black Glaze Effects.

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Can't enough of this custom mixed color by Carver Junk Company! It's a combination of GF Emerald and Coastal Blue Milk Paint.   Visit Carver Junk Company in person at 108 4th St E Carver, MN or online at to purchase your favorite GF products!  

Anastasia of Anastasia Vintage blew GF away with this stunning accent table!

She explains, "Once all the structural repairs were done, it was time to make her pretty! First, I stained the top with General Finishes Gel Stain mix of Antique Walnut and Java. Gel Stain was the perfect choice to cover the Bondo-ed areas on the bottom and edges, and blend them right in with the rest of the wood. Then, I layered some dark blue and teal chalk finish paint I had in my stash on the table base...

"Finished up my very first vintage roll top desk! Painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood and Snow White, then distressed, black waxed and sealed with poly. Love!" - Brushes to Beauty    
" "Espresso" table using a custom mix of General Finishes Dark Chocolate and Lamp Black. Newly upholstered chairs finish the look." - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats    

This gorgeous color is a mix of General Finishes Persian Blue and Antique White Milk Paint. 

"Entire set was recently refinished for my home, including new fabric on the chairs. The top is stained with a blend of General Finishes stain in Java and Spiced Walnut, and sealed with multiple coats of Gel Topcoat. The base is painted with General Finishes Tuscan Red Milk Paint. The chairs are a gorgeous shade called Mannered Gold by Sherwin-Williams for Your Home that perfectly complements the fabric seats." - emme by design (For a similar color, try GF Buttermilk Milk Paint)    
Quite the transformation from Little House Of Four! Out with the plain boring carpet and in with gorgeous stained steps with a custom mix of GF Java and Black Gel Stain. Get all the details of this project at    
Can't get enough of this stunning custom color mix of GF Emerald and Coastal Blue Milk Paint by Bees Knees Boutique!   Find your favorite GF products at Rockler, Klingspor, Amazon, or Wood Essence and Lee Valley in Canada. You can also purchase GF products from any of the 31 Illinois JC Licht locations. NOTE: Woodcraft stores carry all of GF’s retail and professional line EXCEPT Chalk Style Paint. You can also use your zip code to find a retailer near you at...
Loving this fun and dramatic makeover from Saw Nail and Paint!   "I applied 3 coats of a custom mix of General Finishes Antique White and Snow White to the entire dresser. I let it dry for a day and then applied a really fun scalloped design Shape Tape to the bottom. Once dry, I applied 3 coats of another custom paint mix to the bottom. I added a small amount of General Finishes Key West Blue Chalk Style Paint to the existing custom white paint until I had a pale watery blue green shade....
"Paint color is a custom mix of Snow White, Evening Plum & Klein Blue. I was going for more of a pale pink, but added too much blue and couldn't back my way out of it. :) love it though! Wish I had a baby girl for this piece." - Phoenix Restoration   Find your favorite GF products at Rockler, Wood Essence, Klingspor, Amazon, or Lee Valley in Canada. NOTE: Woodcraft stores carry all of GF’s retail and professional line EXCEPT Chalk Style Paint. You can also use your zip code to find a...

Phoenix Restoration saved this delightful Art Deco dresser using a custom blend of Lamp Black and Snow White Milk Paint to create this beautiful gray color. They left the top drawer as its original finish to give this piece that extra flair it needed! To learn more about their process of restyling this piece, go to their blog at

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Here's a set of night stands that we painted in all sorts of blues. We were using up some leftover cans of paint, and just mixed colors (Coastal & Klein Blue plus Fjord Blue CSP & Key West Blue CSP plus Patina Green. So many pretty blues to choose from - and they all mix beautifully! HPTC Flat and some copper gilders paste gave this a complete transformation.

"Out with the trendy white and back to the traditional classic cherry. (original cabinets were honey oak) I used equal parts of Brown Mahogany and Georgian Cherry to get the exact color I wanted. Loved the results so much, I am currently updating my railings as well. Easy to use, clean up was easy. Topped off with High performance top coat. Loving my new kitchen!!"

This lovely vanity was refinished by Rustic Charm Creations, our June 2016 Retailer of the Month!   "This antique dressing vanity was transformed with a custom mixed color from General Finishes Key West Chalk Style Paint and Antique White Milk Paint and a hint of Moroccan Yellow Chalk Style Paint. I applied the paint with a chip brush. I distressed by sanding along the detailed edges and lines of the piece, highlighting the beautiful detail. It was sealed with General Finishes' Flat Out...

Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations livened up this chest of drawers with a custom blend of Basil and Emerald Milk Paint! They also used GF's jiving Java Gel Stain for the top.

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Can't get enough of this dresser painted with a custom color mix of GF Queenstown Gray and Snow White Milk Paints by Rose and Bee Furniture! It was also sealed with General Finishes water based High Performance Topcoat.   See more custom color mixes on Pinterest at   #generalfinishes #gfmilkpaint #gfhptc...
"Hello to this cutie! Transforming old sewing desks is not really my thing, but this had great bones, so I dove in. This great, solid accent table is painted with General Finishes Patina Green, Queenstown Gray, & sealed with High Performance Flat Topcoat." - Lush•Paint Designs located inside Flipping Fabulous in Salina, KS. Stop by and purchase your favorite GF products!