"It's all about the details... We used General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain to make the grain of the wood the star and it is absolutely gorgeous. Lamp Black Milk Paint on the base is the perfect backdrop. Everything is protected with High Performance Flat Poly." - Rundown Rustics

It's all about the details. The hardware really makes this piece stand out. We used Candlelite gel stain to make the grain of the wood the star and it is absolutely gorgeous. Lamp Black milk paint on the base is the perfect backdrop. Everything is protected with High Performance Flat Poly. 

"Who knew that Coastal Blue and Lime Green GF Milk Paint could make such a deep, stunning color?! Add a little Candlelite GF Gel Stain and you've got a Garrison hutch with a hint of some Boho vibes." - Daylily Custom Design

Two-Tone Waterfall Dresser

The 80 something year old waterfall dresser was in serious need of some love.  Candlelite Gel Stain warmed up the oak and Lamp Black provided the perfect backdrop for the warm tones of the drawers.

"I love Gel Stain and Arm-r-Seal! I refinished my vintage bankers chair in a custom blend of Java and Candlelite Gel Stain and finished with Arm-r-Seal." Eden Elyse Design Co.    
"So excited to move this into my bedroom. Custom order for myself. Loving gel stain in Candlelite! First time using Gel Topcoat, love the sheen it provides. Frame painted in GF Milk Paint in driftwood. It's little brother is already inside the house patiently waiting." - Lily Pond  

This petite and bright end piece was completed by Woodcraft Furniture, GF's April 2017 Retailer of the Month! The top was layered with GF Candlelite Gel Stain with distressing, while the body was painted with Patina Green Milk Paint with dark glazing.

If you live in the greater Cincinnati/Dayton OH area check out Woodcraft Furniture at They offer fully custom...

"Presenting the most amazing piece ever!!! I completely refinished this piece. Broken veneer, completely stripped and sanded!! Pre conditioned 50/50 denatured alcohol/shellac. Stained with a custom mix of Candlite Gel Stain and Brown Mahogany. I absolutely love tiger oak, and this baby looks more amazing then I could have ever dreamed of!!!" - Heavenly Chic Refinishing    
"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        
"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...

I'm so in love with this Empire Dresser painted in Annie Sloan Home Napoleon Blue and stained with @generalfinishes gel stain in Candlelite. I added new lion's head knobs and handles for the perfect finishing touch. This piece is perfect for any room!

Turning Leaf Crafts share how wonderful some Gel Stain and HP Topcoat can revitalize a beaten chest of drawers!

They explain, "Before and after of the hope chest. General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain and coated with High Performance Topcoat Satin!"

Learn How to Apply Gel Stain to Raw Wood and Apply Topcoat -

General Finsihes Gel Stains - top to bottom, left to right

Antique Walnut, Brown Mahogany, Java

Gray, Black, Candlelite

The right side of each board is one coat wiped back, the left side is multiple coats for a more opaque look.

The Uppity refinished this handsome buffet named "Evan" with General Finishes Candlelight Gel Stain and flat High Performance Topcoat.

We're loving this upcycled vanity by Dressers and Jujubes made with Linen on the shell and Antique White on the drawers and the top is stained in Candlelite Gel Stain. Finally, everything is sealed in High Performance Top Coat.

Check out this amazing hand crafted table from Marion Lovett! It first got a got of GF Amber Dye Stain, then a coat of Candlelight Gel Stain (shown in the second picture). Then 2 coat of Antique Walnut Gel Stain were applied and the entire table was sealed with 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal Topcoat. Marion says, "It is 8' in diameter and made of old barn wood (oak). The bottom was timberframed in the traditional fashion with mortise, tenon, and pegs. I was aiming for an old medieval look. I used...
Megan of Vintage Back Roads says, "Fabulous farmhouse table and chairs! Gorgeous General Finishes Antique White with a Candlelight Gel Stain top. Perfect for family meals, morning coffee, game night or anything else! Just fabulous! Available at Vintage Back Roads in Old Town Katy, Texas. We offer the complete line of General Finishes Products, stop by today!"

Brightleaf Interiors of Raleigh, NC says, "Beautiful day for a garden party on this lovely mid century modern dining table refinished with General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain."

The Shabby Chicas located at Homestead Handcrafts​ refinished this serpentine dresser with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and a custom mix of GF Candlelight and Antique Walnut Gel Stain on top. The entire piece was sealed with satin High Performance Top Coat.
This buffet was brought back to life with GF Candlelight Gel Stain by Eyesores to Heirlooms​ of Leander, TX. Awesome transformation!
Boo Boo the Bear's Makeover
Can't get enough of this vintage waterfall dresser from Saw Nail and Paint​! I stained the top and drawers with General Finishes Gel Stain in Candlelite. I love how this color looks with the black paint. I sanded the sides smooth and then painted it with 3 coats of GF Lamp Black Milk Paint. I sealed the entire piece with 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in satin, sanding lightly between coats. Full details here,...

Recreated Creations Furniture upcycled this adorable desk with Antique White and Persian Blue Milk Paints, Van Dyke Brown Glaze, and Candlelite Gel Stain - what a gorgeous piece! "I am so pleased with this Recreated buffet! I painted the body in General Finishes Antique White, the doors and drawers are a 50/50 mix of Persian Blue and Antique White, then I gave her a light distressing and glazed the body with Van Dyke Brown Glaze and the top was renewed with Candlelight Gel Stain. I am loving...

Rebecca from House of Aster shaded the rose on this table using Java and Candlelite Gel Stains from GF. Next, the table will be gifted to Habitat for Humanity! Remember: Every stain needs a top coat - especially Gel Stain! The topcoat is essential not only for protecting the piece but also for sealing in the color. GF suggests using High Performance Topcoat for a water based option, and Arm-R-Seal or Gel Topcoat for oil based options. If you choose to use High Performance, make sure that...

Meredith Jones Leider gave this dresser a bright and cheery makeover. She used General Finishes Candlelight Gel Stain on top and the rest was layered with GF Patina Green and Antique White Milk Paint.

Jenny from Clarksville's A Place To Remember says, "I have to say General Finishes products did a great job on this vanity... Lamp black milk paint and Candlelite gel stain were the stars here, I'm very happy with the outcome, the paint went on like butter and the gel stain brought up the beautiful lines of the wood for the top."
Lillian Meade rescued her old 80's honey oak cabinets with Candlelite Gel Stain! She sealed her kitchen restyle with High Performance Topcoat in Satin, and even stained the knife block to match! You can stock up for your own kitchen makeover with GF products at Woodcraft, Rockler Woodworking stores or Wood Essence in Canada. You can also use your zip code to find a retailer near you at
Before and after pictures courtesy of Connie of Renaissance Lady. This antique Tiger Oak desk was beautifully refinished using General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain and top coated with waterbased High Performance in Satin."
This beautifully crafted console table was made by John Capo / Art to Life Productions. It was finished with General Finishes Candlelight Gel Stain. It's absolutely gorgeous!

"I love these products. So easy to use, and all of my clients love the look and feel. They say it seems like they were factory finished, and I have never sprayed any of my pieces. Amazing products!" -Thriftique Boutique: Thrifty, Antique & Unique Isn't this beautiful?! We think so! The outside of this showcase is painted in General Finishes Holiday Red Milk Paint with Pitch Black Glaze Effects and High Performance Top Coat on top. The inside is done in GF's Candlelite Gel Stain, the...