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.

What lovely end tables these are by Airdrie Furniture Revival! Distressed with Lamp Black Milk Paint and stained with Antique Walnut Gel Stain.

Check out this fabulous table with a matching pair of stools by Flipping Fabulous! The pieces have been restained with Minwax Honey and General Finishes Java Gel Stain, then sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Flat.

"This clawfoot map coffee table was needed some love... So we gave her a custom stain and glaze finish. This took lots of love, creativity and patience but she's finally finished and looks better then ever before!" - Kayla of Heavenly Chic   Kayla used Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain as well as Dark Chocolate Milk Paint to complete this project.
"I haven't done much painting lately, but this little cutie was calling my name. Painted in Antique White with freshly stained drawer fronts with one coat of Candelite (Gel Stain) and one coat of Java Gel Stain and new hardware". - Refined Relics        

Jess DiNuzzo Furniture Designs DBA Chicago Farmhouse livened this table with General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat Satin.

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"This 7' farmhouse table and 6' bench are a custom build. The chairs have been finished in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and lightly distressed. The table and bench base were also painted in Antique White. The table top and bench top have been stained with a combination of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and Black Gel Stain. The table and chairs were then finished with a Satin High Performance Topcoat." - Gigi's Hope Chest  

We're feeling festive with this lovely desk refinish by Sarah Brackenridge of Redeemed Decor! The body of the hepplewhite desk was painted in Lamp Black while the sides of the drawers and top are stained in Brown Mahogany Gel Stain.

"We Reblessed this beauty with General Finishes Java Gel and High Performance Satin on the top and bottom, and the body was freshened up with Restore finish. Now it is ready for it's new life in its new home!" - Reblessed, LLC

To achieve the textured red color, you can also layer GF Pitch Black Glaze Effects over Brick Red or Tuscan Red Milk Paint.

This dining set was given a fresh look with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat by Eight Crusty Brushes.  

"I was able to snag part of an old bar from a historic tavern in our town that was relocating.This piece was old, dirty, and layered with gunk when I brought it home. We cleaned it up and prepped it and I went to work restoring the wood. 

We used several layering techniques with different stains and added 4" metal wheels and a custom built chevron planked top for an overall industrial look. This piece came out gorgeous!" - Rebecca

This piece was completed using Gray and Java...

"This table was once light oak and outdated! The table and two captain chairs have been refinished in all GF products and transformed into a very chic and rustic Dining set!" - Kristin Forbes

The following products were used to complete this piece:

Lamp Black Milk Paint; Java Gel Stain; High Performance Topcoat in Flat; Gel Topcoat in Satin

Kristin entered this set into the DIY Upcycled Furniture category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"I can't believe how amazing this custom media center turned out! The boxed out shelves look incredible and matches perfect with the top!! This piece got the farmhouse look of it's dreams! Drenched in Bone White Chalk Style Paint by General Finishes with Antique Walnut Gel Stain top, shelves, and sides of the drawers. She is now ready to show her self off to the world!!!" - Heavenly Chic Refinishing    
Lovely GF Nutmeg Gel Stained dresser.   "Ever wonder "How does it work?" This piece is the perfect example... Mari got in touch with me and told me what she was looking for, the dimension range and her maximum budget for the piece. I found it and with her approval purchased and stored it until I was ready to work on it. She then came in to the shop to go over color sample and ideas... eventually saying "do whatever you think is best" (which is my favorite thing to hear by the way) I want...
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. "    

"A bench custom built for an entry way.  Rustic distressed wood look was achieved by distressing the wood and using Java Gel Stain.  Sealed with High Performance Poly in Satin Finish." - Roots & Wings Furniture LLC

This piece was entered into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"Custom built and finished using solid cherry, salvaged industrial parts and GF Gel Stains in Nutmeg and Brown Mahogany." - Jen of J Burns Design

This piece was entered into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"Shadow box tables created for the men and women who serve.  I mixed Georgian Cherry Gel Stain and a little bit of Antique Walnut Gel Stain in a can of Seal-A-Cell. Seal-A-Cell helps control the penetration and dark spots." - Woodytrike Creations

These pieces were entered into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"Words cannot fully articulate the meaning of this chest. 

Brought to me broken and disheveled it represented a wife's love for her husband and his strength in protecting our country." - TJ at Crow Creek Designs

Java Gel Stain was used for this project.

TJ entered this piece into the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest into the Woodworking category

"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

"In the end we will all become stories...

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.  

Antique Walnut gel stain by General...

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...