Gel Stain

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Gel Stains in the following colors: Antique Walnut, Black, Brown Mahogany, Candlelite, Colonial Maple, Georgian Cherry, Golden Pine, Gray, Java, New Pine, Nutmeg, and Prairie Wheat.

"It's here! This set has taken me forever but I absolutely love it... Refinished with all premium products, which you notice I use this brand all the time because I love it. Top sanded down and stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The table body and chairs have been painted with GF Antique White Milk Paint and then lightly distressed - which is great to mimic normal wear and tear. Entire set sealed with multiple coats of GF High Performance Top Coat." - Brushes To Beauty

"In between working on our custom orders for this week we decided to finish up this cute entryway table. Stained in Java Gel Stain, painted in Black Lamp Milk Paint and sealed with High Performance Satin Sealer by General Finishes. To finish the look we picked these super cute cow head knobs from Hobby Lobby. We sure love how this turned out!" - Mel & Mar Creations

"I made this table at the request of a customer to fit between two swivel chairs in a small space. The table was finished with one coat of General Finishes Nutmeg Gel stain, allowed to dry, then a coat of General Finishes Java Gel Stain, and finished with two coats of Gel Satin Topcoat." - John of John Harryman Designs

This piece was entered into the Woodworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest and won 3rd place.

"This beautiful antique dresser is now available! It is a 100 year-old dresser restored and refinished with General Finishes Milk Paint in Linen and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain." - Rancho La Flor

This is the first time I tried GF gel stain in black. It's a super dark and rich color. I applied it in broad thick strokes using a paper towel. I used a loose gestural motion in the application. The end result is a subtle yet dramatic texture on the surface of this art deco dresser. The drawer fronts were sanded to the raw veneer and sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat in satin.  

"We finished up this beautiful dresser for a client! It's going to go perfectly with the adorable bed set we painted to match it!! This antique dresser is painted in Antique White and stained in Java Gel by General Finishes We custom made the reclaimed Oregon sign that is also stained in Java Gel!" - Mel & Mar Creations    

"Beautiful solid oak sofa table with 2 benches. Painted in medium gray (Driftwood Milk Paint) with dark stained top (Java Gel Stain). Beautiful new fabric has been added to the benches to complete the look. Sealed in flat out flat by General Finishes." - Kolie's Home Kreations

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Pro Upcycled Furniture

2016 Design Challenge Entry- Pro Upcycled Furniture

"Cute four drawer dresser painted with GF linen milk paint, stained top using nutmeg gel stain and finished with high performance semi-gloss top coat "

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Pro Upcycling Furniture

"MCM Chest painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. "

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Professionals Upcycled Furniture

"A few handmade items stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The arrows were painted with General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood and Coastal Blue."

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Professionals Upcycled Furniture

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Missing drawers, layers of filth, a rotting leather top, and a rusty, pieced together sheet metal back were no match for me!

The leather was taken off.  Rusty back peeled away.  Empty shelves sawed out.  Hardware removed.  Thoroughly cleaned. Body completely sanded.  Drawers lightly sanded to preserve some patina.  

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This cool MCM piece got a fresh new look with General Finishes Gel Stain by Creative Moments! It was first stained with Antique Walnut Gel Stain followed by Java Gel for dimension.   Check out for all the details.    

"Refinished this table this weekend. Stained the top in Java Gel Stain by General Finishes. The bottom is painted white. Then everything is sealed for protection." - Build Like A Chick

"I am really in love with the colors and contrast of this desk and had to share! The desk is made by Drexel and designed by John Van Koert- a furniture designer who was very influential in bringing Danish design to America in the 1960's. I applied a coat of General Finishes's Antique Walnut Gel Stain to the top and used Queenstown Gray Milk Paint on the body." - Liz Christensen of Possum Hollow Designs

Check out this awesome transformation by Gina Zastany! She livened up this staircase using the oh so charming Brown Mahogany Gel Stain

"This gorgeous antique Tiger Oak chest with amazing beveled mirror. I couldnt cover up all her amazing wood grain, it made her who she is. So I stained her down and restained her. She got drenched in a custom gray with highlights throughout. To top her all off, she got all her sides of her drawers some beautiful flower decoupage!" - Heavenly Chic Refinishing

Heavenly Chic used Brown Mahogany Gel for the stain. To achieve the gray color, you could use GF Driftwood Milk Paint

This classic look was brought to you by VintagelessJules. GF Linen Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain are a timeless duo.    

"I stripped all the material off the sides down to the frame, sanded the feet, and added the new siding... I did the best I could with the alignment and then filled in any gaps with a stainable wood filler, which worked great! I stained everything (feet and sides) in General Finishes’ Java Gel Stain (because I’m obsessed with the stuff) and finished with a couple coats of a Minwax Polyurethane. This chest is heavy-duty now!" - Restored Living

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"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.

"Finished for a client. Boy were these chairs a hot mess, had to be former bar/restaurant chairs. They have been used and abused, covered in greasy, grimy nicotine gunk. I ended up having to strip and sand them back to bare wood- not the initial plan, but sometimes the furniture itself throws in its own curve balls into your project. They were then stained with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. After staining and sealing, two of the chairs were painted in a custom creamy blend. The...
Modern color combo of GF Java Gel Stain and Driftwood Milk Paint by The Goodie Girl Shoppe. n
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  

Lee Ann of Creative Moments used Fusion Paint in Midnight Blue and layered Java and Antique Walnut Gel Stains to finish this gorgeous bar buffet!

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"Loving this new Industrial Table & bench! Custom stools can be added (or another bench)! Need a different size? We customize! This table was stained using General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain, with Java Gel Stain rubbed in, sealed with High Performance Flat Topcoat. We find that Gel Stains are really effective in working color into soft woods like Fir. Letting one color dry, then using a rag to work in a darker color on top helps create this look, which is a total "wow." " - Lush•Paint...
"This light maple desk is boring no more! The top was sanded down to bare wood, exposing beautiful birds eye maple. With a custom mix of several General Finishes gel stains, layers of this beautiful and rich color were applied, before sealing in their High Performance Topcoat in satin. The body was prepped and painted with General Finishes Milk Paint, in Coastal Blue, before sealing with their High Performance Topcoat in flat."- Once Upon A Window   Find your favorite GF products in the U...

"I decided to sand down my kitchen table and restain it with General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut, the same can I used on my fiberglass front door posted a few weeks ago...then 4 coats of their Enduro topcoat. The sanding took the most time but still only a half hour...I worked on it off and on throughout the day for a total of maybe an hour. It was done by the time the kids got off the bus and we still ate dinner on it. I wish I had a pic before sanding but I just jumped in and...

"This secretary was stained in General Finishes Brown Mahogany gel stain. I just love the way the stain brought out the character of this piece." - VintagelessJules


Loving this truly one of a kind table by Hello I Live Here!   The top was stained with 4 alternating colors - Antique Walnut (Gel Stain), Black (Gel Stain), Empire Gray (Chalk Style Paint) and Java(Gel Stain) followed by a coat of brown glaze then top coated with High Performance Topcoat in flat. The legs and skirt are Empire Gray followed by Van Dyke Brown Glaze.   Linda of Hello I Love Here says, "I sand to the original wood, condition it, then start working one stain at a time...
"After a short break we were both itching to start on a project and get to painting. The project had so much character so it made it that much more exciting!! This is the final look. We are loving it!!! ♡ Again, the mix of Antique White and Gel Stain Antique Walnut by General Finishes did not disappoint!" - Mel & Mar Creations        

"Broken and left to weather, this wash basin is now anything but. " - Jess of Crow Creek Designs

This was an exempletory piece that was submitted to the Cinderella Story of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest. She used a mix of Nutmeg and Java Gel Stain to achieve this rich color.

Melinda of Crimson + Oak Designs submitted this dashing desk to the Cinderella Story category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest.

"A true trash to treasure - this vintage desk was rescued from the curb after it had been sitting in the rain!

The finish was chipping, cracking and peeling. The wood on the feet was soft and spongy. It took several days of stripping off old finish and then drying with a heater to get it back to a point where I could even apply the gel stain...

Check out this awesome repurposing! Stephanie of Rehab to Fab found a unique way to save an obliterated chair and submitted this to the Cinderella Story of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest.

She explains, "When I got this chair, it was in pieces. I knew I could do something with it though. After browsing Pinterest & not seeing anything I liked I decided to 'wing it.' After totally dismantling the rest of the chair I started cutting, glueing & bondo'ing. Used Nutmeg &...

Just finished this beauty in Antique White and Java Gel. Thank you GF for making such amazing products for us to work with! - Katy McHolm    
Awesome stair transformation by Lauren Otto! She used GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain for a fresh modern look.   Learn more about GF Gel Stain in this video:    

"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.

"This dresser had a damaged top problem...just turn it into a shelf! The body is painted with Brick Red Milk Paint and topped with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. The drawers were sanded and stained with Java Gel. Thanks to General Finishes products, you would never know this was once a plain blond dresser!" - Seasoned Style

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!"...

"This gorgeous piece was brought back to life with a custom chalk paint blend and GF's Java Gel Stain and Van Dyke Brown Glaze. The entire piece was finished off with HPTC in flat." - The Goodie Girl Shoppe   Check out all of GF's Chalk Style Paint colors here:
"This sweet little bench is heading with me to The Barn’s Fall Flea and Fair, as well! If you haven’t checked out The Barn ( yet, please do! It is an amazing event filled with talented vendors in Iowa that will take place 9/16 and 9/17!! The bench was refinished using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and finished with GF’s wipe-on satin poly for an antiqued patina." - Vintage...

"Look at this gorgeous early 20th Century solid mahogany and cherry music cabinet! It looks absolutely stunning with the help from General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The shelves and drawer were painted using Tuscan Red Milk Paint and lined with Spoonflower Arts and Crafts style rosette paper." - Vintage Amour

"My client's 7 foot mahogany bench was brought to me in sad shape, requiring some significant repairs before I could even think of refinishing it. I painted the frame and rungs in a neutral "greige" then sealed it wth GF High Performance topcoat in flat. I sanded the seat down to bare wood, and stained with GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain, and sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat in satin. LOVE LOVE GF products." - LaBelle Maison-refashioned furniture    

"A little MCM on this lovely Sunday afternoon. Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! These gorgeous nightstands were refinished using some of my favorite General Finishes products: Snow White Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain" - Boxwood & Brass

"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!

Debbie of Refresh Restyle used GF Java Gel Stain to give her front door a face lift. Debbie says, "It faces the west and the sun beats down on it really bad. I used General Finished Java Gel Stain and I loved it! I ended up putting two coats on. I love the wood door and it looks great now."   See all the details of this project at   Check out GF's YouTube channel to...
"Just finished my railings using GF Gel Stain in Brown Mahogany. Did you know that WD-40 removes gel stain splatters and spills from carpet! Don't ask me how I know that. LOL" - Sharyn Meisner Ross   Check out this video from GF to learn how to prep existing finishes for stain or paint -    
"The perfect stain for my build was GF Antique Walnut gel stain, finished with GF High Performance topcoat in satin. I am totally hooked! Thank you General Finishes for making such awesome products!" - Lily Pond  

"This map cabinet nightstand set missed it's debut last week with the other sets due to back ordered handles. Done in Java stain and lacquered for durability. Classic map drawer effect appears to be six shallow drawers when in truth it offers two deep drawers lined in vintage atlas paper." - Reclaim + Relove

Be sure to stop by the Umbrella Bird for other projects Reclaim + Relove have refinished! Their retail store can be located at 10600 W State Street, Star, ID 83669!

Bethany of Restored Living was jiving with Java when she was saving this antique tiger oak dresser!

She adds, "In person, the top is so smooth and the color is so rich. I used my favorite gel stain on this piece and it worked wonderfully on the porous grain!"

To learn more about her adventure in refinishing this piece, go to her blog at

We are loving this simple yet stylish coffee table by Angela of Number Fifty-Three! She used Antique White Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain for this restyle.

Angela explains, "I stained the top with GF's Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Gel stain was the perfect choice for this table because, even after sanding it down, there were still some water rings evident. This is so frustrating sometimes, because you won't even see these imperfections until you start working with the...