"This Jacobean buffet is our first General Finishes Lamp Black piece and we are in love. We can't say enough good things about General Finishes Milk paint line. It goes on so smooth they have so many wonderful colors to choose from. The entire piece including the drawers have been sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. There are some special details including fabric lined drawers and a fun stencil on the side. ." - Joni Wauhop of The Furniture Fairies

"I love the clean, sleek lines on this dresser! The frame has been refinished in GF Lamp Black Milk Paint and HPTC in Satin. The legs and drawer fronts have been stained in Java Gel and Arm-R-Seal." - Ashley Olson of Eden Elyse Design Co.

This desk features a beautiful burled veneer top that has been completely refinished with General Finishes Water Base Dye Stains.  It is a custom color mix consisting of Medium Brown Dye Stain with a touch of Dark Brown Dye Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal. The base of the desk was hand painted in a custom off white and then perfectly aged using General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze.

"Stools completed. These pieces were finished using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in satin. It really makes the grain of both the walnut and the honey locust pop. It was my first time using this product, needless to say I'm a fan." - District 14 Woodworking Company    

"My first time around with General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint was a great success! But really, starting with a dresser as darling as this one (which happily required no repairs) set me up for a great start! The dresser top and drawer fronts were stripped and refinished in two different stains to set off the varied veneers and top coated with my favorite wiping varnish, General Finishes Arm-R-Seal." - Trillium Park Designs

Beachum Woodworks sealed this stunning live edge floating hall table in a few coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal! Be sure to check out other custom furniture they have created at

See more custom furniture people have completed with GF products at the Design Center at!

Check out this delightful end table by Vintage & Varnish. She painted the frame in GF Lamp Black Milk Paint, then sealed the entire piece with Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat.

"Today I bring you the most gorgeous buffet. Farmhouse meets chic with a lot of love! Crystal jewelry and gold leafed hardware!! 
I cant get enough of this baby!!"
-Heavenly Chic Refinishing

Products Used: 
Top: Brown Mahogany Gel Stain & Arm-R-Seal Topcoat
Legs: Medium Brown Dye Stain & Enduro-Var Topcoat
Body: Farmhouse Milk Paint (not a GF product)

"This was painted with a custom mix of Emerald, Klein Blue and Seagull Gray, then glazed with Pitch Black. The top was stained with General Finishes Black Gel Stain and sealed with Arm-R-Seal. The body was finished with High Performance Top Coat in Semi-Gloss." - J&P Designs   Check out more custom color mixes in the General Finishes Design Center at   #generalfinishes #...
"Here is my latest creation! My kitchen island! Used GF products...Patina Green Milk Paint & Arm R Seal top coat! This paint covered my dark oak cabinets in only 2 coats & was super easy to apply!" - Americana's Treasures   Learn more about which topcoat to use on your project in this video:    

Lumbertown Woodworks shares this neat custom-made walnut slab table! Sealed with Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat.

"I finished up this beauty! It's headed home today and is ready to be a kitchen island. The top was restained in General Finishes Espresso water-based Wood Stain and sealed with Arm-R-Seal. Case painted in Seagull Gray Milk Paint." - Roots & Wings Furniture

What a custom beauty this coffee table is by Chris Sowa of Lumbertown Woodworks! The live edge slab of Walnut was coated in Arm-R-Seal topcoat.   See more custom pieces such as live-edge pieces by going to the Design Center at
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. "    

"This used to be a tree stump...Might have been destined for a wood chipper or used as firewood. Now it is a hand-carved dining chair. About 30 hours was spent creating this chair and finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat. I love this product and use it on almost every project I do." - Dallas Gara of Garawood

Dallas entered this into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

These Demilune chests are made of African mahogany with satinwood inlay.  Demilune is a word of French origin meaning ‘half-moon’.

"Each chest has three dovetailed drawers.  The brass drawer pulls are from White Chapel Hardware.  The tabletop, curved panels, and drawer fronts, feature grain-matched crotch mahogany.  The crotch grain pattern occurs within a tree trunk where the trunk splits in two.  The sequential veneers used for these chests are carefully aligned for a beautiful...

"42" diameter honey Mesquite local grown reclaimed live edge 2" thick end grain slab finished in 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss with 10" tall angled lucite acrylic legs." - Ryan of LumberLust Designs

Ryan entered this awesome piece into the Woodworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest.

"A coffee table made from a live-edge piece of spalted, curly maple and 3/8 inch metal rebar." - Sean Fouse of SF Woodworking

General Finishes Seal-A-Cell sealer (clear) and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil and urethane topcoat (Satin) were used for this project.

Sean entered this piece into the Wooddworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"This coffee table is made out of solid pine lumber with mosaic tile inlaid on the surface." - Sean Fouse of SF Woodworking

Products used:

General Finishes Seal-A-Cell sealer (clear)

General Finishes Arms-R-Seal oil and urethane topcoat (satin)

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

"This is a Walnut Rocking chair with curly maple accents. I spent over 100 hours building this rocker and finished it off with an oil mix containing  General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. This oil makes the wood grain pop-out beautifully and provides a smooth durable finish. I love this oil!!" - Dallas Gara

Dallas entered this into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest and won 2nd place!

"Natural edge ash bowl, approximately 10" by 5" tall. Sealed in Arm R Seal." - Robert Love

Robert entered this charming piece into the Wood Turning category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Professionals Upcycled Furniture

"Secretary desk painted in General Finishes Black Pepper, Rembrandt Red & Chalk White Chalk Style Paint. Sealed with Flat out Flat & Arm-R-Seal in High gloss. I used antique pocket watch faces as backplates."


"Antique theater chairs I purchased from a church in Denver. I purchased a few sets and slowly refinishing and painting them. I embraced the imperfections! Here's a set of 3 I did today. General Finishes Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint & Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat. The seats & backs were sanded. 50/50 pre-stain & Polyvine Walnut Stain & Seal. Dead flat wax finish was used to seal the seats & backs." - Stephanie of Rehab to Fab

"The Ash live-edge slab bench/coffee table is complete! Thanks again to @mattcremona for the inspiration. Finished with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. Fun project to work on and I'll probably have to do it again soon!" Lumberjack Luke

A big congrats to Scott Brooks on his Best In Show award at the Michigan State Fair for his hope chest finished in GF Arm-R-Seal.   Scott says, "Thanks again for making my projects stand out from the crowd!"    
Sophisticated bookcase refinished in GF Lamp Black Milk Paint on the body and Antique Walnut Gel Stain on top, all sealed with Arm-R-Seal Topcoat by Rehab to Fab.    

Check out this table by RISE Woodworks! This rustic piece was custom-designed with brass inlays and then finished with Arm R Seal.

See more of RISE Woodwork's project at their Etsy page at

These handmade Cherry and Red Oak coasters by Chroma Woodwork have got us wishing summer wasn't almost over! They've been sealed with GF oil based topcoat Arm-R-Seal in gloss.   Learn more about Arm-R-Seal in the FAQ section of our website -   #generalfinishes #gfarmrseal   #generalfinishes #gftopcoat #armrseal #oilbased    

"Maleficent is finished! This china cabinet was a crazy amount of work but so worth it for the end result. It is a stunning, whimsical piece. I am in love!" - Pretty Used Things

They refinished this piece in Queenstown Gray Milk Paint and Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat.

This fabulous Antique Jacobean dining set was refinished by Rehab to Fab. The table top is a mix of General Finishes Light Oak & Spiced Walnut Oil Based Stain was used to achieve the color & 5 coats of GF's Arm-r-Seal.    

Scott Brooks is at it again! This time, Scott decided to custom-build a display for his grandmother's teakettles!

He explains, "I needed a way to display my beloved grandmothers tea kettle in a more dignified manner than on my stove or a shelf. I saw a version of this in a magazine a year or so ago and made my own variation with a lower shelf to stabilize the fragile tapered legs and also to reclaim that space…

The finish is in several coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (...

JW Woodworks shares how durable Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat is with this unique table.

They explain, "A year has passed since I delivered this solid walnut slab dining table. It is used everyday by a family 4 (and holiday parties). Other than some minor surface scratches, it looks just as good as it did a year ago!"

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Anastasia Vintage blew us away with this gorgeous kneehole desk makeover! Snow White Milk Paint was used for the base. After a few more details, she coated the top with Arm-R-Seal and the rest of the desk in High Performance Topcoat Satin.

They explain, "For this piece, I used Snow White Milk Paint. Once the base layer of paint was done, I gave the drawers a lace overlay treatment, per my friend's request. Just a simple lace valance from the thrift store, some silver spray paint, and...

Stunning custom barn doors finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil Based Topcoat by Lake Erie Woodworks.   Check out these videos from GF to learn more about topcoats-   How to Choose a Top Coat:   Can Oil and Water Based Products Be Used Over One Another?:

Stephanie of Rehab to Fab says:

"This sophisticated grain sack table set was married together with General Finishes products. The antique table was sanded down, wood conditioner was used and a mix of Antique Walnut & Java gel stain was used. Top was sealed with 7 coats of satin Arm-R-Seal for heavy duty durability. The base is 1/4 sawn oak but need some repair. So General Finishes Lamp black milk paint came to...

We're so in love with this dining room table makeover from The Tattered Rabbit!   "I painted the base of the table (and chairs) with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. I love, love, love this color and this paint and by far it’s the easiest paint I’ve ever work with."   The top was stained and sealed with Java Gel Stain and sealed with satin Arm-R-Seal Topcoat.   See all the details of this project at...
"The frame of this beautiful Henredon Campaign dresser was sanded, primed, and painted in Antique White Milk Paint and sealed with several coats of High Performance Top Coat in satin. The drawer fronts were sanded and stained in Antique Walnut (Gel Stain) and finished with multiple coats of Arm-R-Seal. This classic dresser went from a heavy, dark 70s look - with quite a few dings and scratches - to a much lighter, modern feel." - Trillium Park Designs   Watch this video to learn more...

Rockford Retiqued calls General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Topcoat an "awesome and tough as nails topcoat".  They also say, "General Finishes Arm-R-Seal will stand up to the use and abuse my little family will show this!" 

Learn more about how to choose a topcoat for your project in this video -

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"Some things you just look better in wood tones! This dining set has gone through many phases but it's finally done! Table base is a 1/4 sawn oak antique that has a wash of GF Lamp Black & Arm-R-Seal. Top was sanded and I left the natural wood color with just GF Arm-R-Seal. Chairs were cleaned up & got a good coat of GF Satin finishing wax." - Rehab to Fab
Urban Patina says, "I love your Arm-R-Seal Top Coat on all my interior furniture! Love it! I used it on this piece of Butternut. Highlights the character amazingly!"
"MY Furniture Creations LOVES your products. We used your Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal Topcoat to turn this Mid-Century side table into a beautiful piece my client can once again use in their home."
"General Finishes Satin Arm-R-Seal topcoat was the perfect choice for my kitchen island made from old barn treasures!" - TatteredGypsy
Edmund Haremski made this beautiful modern hall table as a wedding present for a friend using cherry, red oak and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss Top Coat!
"This oak dresser had been in the family for over 50 years when my client decided to give this work horse an update. I stripped the top and refinished both the drawer fronts and top with Java Gel followed by several coats of Arm-R-Seal. The frame was lightly sanded and painted with three coats of Lamp Black and sealed with Arm-R-Seal as well. Hopefully this latest round of furniture TLC will give this sturdy little dresser another good 50 years of life!" Trillium Park Designs of Olympia, WA
Can't get over this amazingly beautiful antique secretary desk by Rehab to Fab! Stephanie of Rehab to Fab says "I sanded, stripped & cleaned the exiting finish off. Once it was a clean slate I used General Finishes Antique Walnut on the drawer fronts & their Java Gel Stain on the rest of the piece. I could of stained the entire piece in one or the other but I can't help to be different. I then sealed it all with GF’s Arm-R-Seal in Satin. The inside letter compartment is painted in...
"This table had been previously stripped (you can see the old paint underneath) The top needed a coat of stain and top coat. I could have painted it but sometimes you just need listen to the piece. So I cleaned it really well, lightly buffed with fine sand paper and added a coat of General Finishes Light Oak Oil Based Wood Stain. A couple coats of Arm-R-Seal & its look beautiful again." - Rehab to Fab
Rehab to Fab says, "I loved the natural color so much but wanted a hint of color. So I did 2 coats of 50/50 Shellac/D-Natured alcohol. Then several coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal for durability."
"I was happy to recently finish up a pair of MCM end tables for our family room! I originally thought I would paint the legs and frame white and refinish the drawer fronts, but the finish came off so easily and the grain so stunning, I decided to let the wood shine! I used GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and did several top coats Arm-R-Seal for a beautiful finish." - Trillium Park Designs
Hail to the Queen! Queenie Bee at Restoration Freak sealed this little dining set a Union Jack Upcycle using Arm-R-Seal Topcoat for a durable finish. To recreate the look, we suggest our Klein Blue, Holiday Red, and Snow White Milk Paints! Queenie shares, "I am extremely pleased with the durability of this product. I am from England and drink A LOT of tea and have not had to use a coaster at the table with my china teacup. It has been a year and we have not had to use tablecloths, or place-mats...
Scott Brooks built this stunning chest and sealed it with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal gloss Top Coat. Made of Maple and Walnut, with the bottom of aromatic cedar. Scott says, "This was my own design and I pretty much made it up as I went along for the most part. It's Made of Maple and Walnut, with the bottom of aromatic cedar. This particular chest is a gift for a young male, so I was going for a somewhat masculine design." This project has received rave reviews from woodworkers around the...