Gel Topcoat

"Love the way this piece turned out! This one was chosen out of our current inventory and customised with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. The top was finished with Java Gel Stain and Gel Topcoat. The whole piece was slightly distressed to fit in with our client's farmhouse decor!" - Painted Paradise - Antiques, Vintage, and Repurposed Furniture

"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  

"Stunning beautiful Dining Table refinished by Eternal Life Furniture in GF Milk Paint colors Millstone, Basil, Buttermilk Yellow, Glaze Effects in Pitch Black, and finished with Gel Topcoat and High Performance Topcoat." - Sarah Mcdougall of Refabulous Eternalife Furniture

"Wanted to share a table I just did for a customer. She wanted a dark base and light painted top. I used all General Finishes products for this one. Java Gel and Gel Topcoat wipe on urethane for the base. The top is a base of Linen Milk Paint with a wash of Antique White and then glazed in Van Dyke Brown and sealed in High Performance top coat flat." - Home Sweet Vintage Painted Furniture    

"Antique solid oak dresser painted in General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Summertime Blue. This is a unique color; it's a very faint blue.. This is perfect if you love the farmhouse/shabby chic style. Paint was sealed with GF Flat Out Flat and the top was stained with GF Java Gel and sealed with GF Gel Topcoat." - The Shabby Shack

Check out this gorgeou Drop-Leaf Pembroke Table refinished by Woodcraft of Orlando patrons, Tim Fuller! Finished with Sand Shadow Shading and General Finishes Gel Topcoat! Great work Tim!

"I can't stop looking at how unbelievably gorgeous this kitchen and master bath turned out! I'm calling it 'Farmhouse Chic.' We painted, distressed, added picture molding to the ends for added detail and finished it off with new hardware." - For The Love of Furniture and Home Design

This phenomenal makeover was completed with General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint and sealed with Gel Topcoat.

"This one is on hold but I thought I would share photos of her anyway. She's another beauty! When you paint (perfect) lines on furniture, it really doubles the time of your work, but the time it takes can be well worth it. She looks black but this one is a custom colour of General Finishes Coastal Blue and Lamp Black which turned out to be a dark navy colour. I really love it. Reminds me of ink and navy always looks dazzling next to brass. As a topcoat I used GF's Oil Based Gel Urethane Topcoat...

"Antique desk Refinished in black, with light distressing and a dark stained top! Original pulls with gorgeous aged patina! This desk was inspired by similar pieces that I've seen in high end furniture stores. I wanted to show that your home can be stylish and on trend for a fraction of the price by upcycl ing great pieces of furniture!" - Kristin Forbes

The following products were used for this project: Lamp Black Milk Paint; Java Gel Stain; Gel Topcoat in Satin; High Performance...

"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

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
"I had had my eye on this dresser for a few months. I could never get ahold of the seller so I gave up. Then a few months later it showed up for sale by another seller. I was so excited and snapped it up. It is a HUGE dresser! It would make a beautiful entry piece, or entertainment center. Painted in General Finishes Somerset Gold, glazed with Van Dyke Brown Glaze and finished with a polyacrylic. The top has been stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and finished with GF gel...

"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.

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."

These 1970's Heritage side tables were freshened up with GF Chapin Gray Chalk Style Paint, Java Gel Stain, & Burnt Umber Glaze Effects by Suzanne Bagheri - The Painted Drawer Collection.   Check out for all the details.    
"Painted with a pop of color in General Finishes Lime Green Milk Paint (box). The lid was refinished using Java Gel Stain (top). The body was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat (satin sheen). We sealed the top lid with General Finishes Gel Top Coat." - The Shabby Chicas located at Homestead Handcrafts  
"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...

Mel & Mar Creations restyled this vintage cabinet with Lamp Black Milk Paint and Gel Topcoat with light distressing.

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Michelle Bennet Warner of the Pallet Shed share this tantalizing hutch using the lovely Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. They finished the piece with Oil Based Gel Urethane Topcoat.

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Find your favorite GF products at Rockler, Klingspor, Amazon, orWood Essence and Lee Valley in Canada. You can also purchase GF products from any of the 31 Illinois JC...

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!"

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"Your products are superior. Lamp Black Milk Paint for the body, High Performance Topcoat in flat for sealing, Antique Walnut & Nutmeg Gel Stains for the top, followed by 3 coats of the Gel Urethane. It turned out so beautiful, I had to keep it for myself!" 

Dan Deering completed this fantastic kitchen transformation just in time for his girlfriend to return home from Florida. What an amazing surprise!

GF Products used: Java Gel Stain and Gel Top Coat

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DeDe of Designed Decor, GF's April 2016 Blogger of the Month, completed this amazing upcycled headboard turned bench! DeDe says, " I love the final results and I am now a HUGE fan of General Finishes products. "   The seat was stained with GF Gray Gel Stain and sealed with GF Gel Topcoat. The rest was sprayed with GF Queenstown Gray Milk Paint, accented with Winter White Glaze Effects and sealed with High Performance Topcoat in flat.   Get all the details of this project at...
DeDe of Designed Decor is GF's April 2016 Blogger of the Month and she created this amazingly beautiful decoupaged wallpaper dresser!   "I stained the top of the dresser using General Finishes Black Gel Stain and sealed it with the Gel TopCoat sealer. This was the first time I used the Gel TopCoat sealer and I really like how easy it was to use. I will be using it again. I covered over the stained top and sprayed the dresser using General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Black Pepper. Once...

George Baumgartner refinished this lovely oak desk using one coat of General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain topped with three coats of Gel Topcoat Satin.

Stunning kitchen transformation by The Mix : M&MF by Tara K using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Gel Top Coat. To learn more about the project, click here:

A great before and after from Dragonfly & Lily Pads! This curvy side table was refinished with GF Prairie Wheat Gel Stain and Gel Topcoat. The stenciling sure adds a little extra special touch! Get all the details of this project at

Time to rise and shine! Start the day off with some beautiful inspiration - we're loving this piece shared by The Shabby Chicas located at Homestead Handcrafts! "We used several of our favorite products by General Finishes to refinish this 9-drawer dresser by Huntley. We applied a 2 color distressed technique by painting General Finishes Driftwood over Lamp Black Milk Paint on the body and drawers. We then slightly distressed the Driftwood so that the Lamp Black could show through. We then...

Stunning transformation from Studio Paint_ of Fonthill, Ontario! The night tables were re-stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. All surfaces were in pristine condition so I started by preparing them for the Gel Stain. As recommended by the manufacturer I cleaned all the surfaces with a 1/2 water 1/2 denatured alcohol solution with an extra fine sanding sponge. I applied 3 coats of the Java to achieve this rich colour. After these surfaces were good and dry (I usually wait at least...
The Painted Drawer_ refinished this classic yet stylish table. "I used General Finishes Dye Stain in Amber as a first coat. After the dye stain dried, I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg over it. The result is really lovely. The amber dye stain peeks out from under the nutmeg and gives the wood dimension and a great play of color. After it cured for a few days, I used the GF gel topcoat, wipe-on urethane in satin. I love this product! It provides a fantastic durable finish and...

This lovely table top was refinished by Studio Paint_ of Fonthill, Ontario. The pine table was sanded and stained with GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain. For added durability it was then sealed with General Finishes Gel Topcoat.

Can't get enough of this drop dead gorgeous tiger oak dresser top! It was refinished with GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Gel Topcoat by Studio Paint_ of Fonthill, Ontario.
Just finished this desk for a client - she picked it up off the curb. Who throws out Bassett furniture??!! Used Java Gel for the top with the GF Wipe On Gel Topcoat. The rest of the desk is protected with HPTC in satin. - Paige of Yappy Dog Designs
Can't get enough of this stunning refinished table by Studio Paint_ of Fonthill Ontario! I used General Finishes Gel Stain in the Antique Walnut colour!! The perfect brown ever! I then tried a product I’ve never used before but have heard great things about, the General Finishes Gel Topcoat in Satin. It went on beautifully! I applied enough to make it look wet, let it dry and applied another coat! I really like the way it turned out!!
Goodbye, honey pine! Maria Anne restyled this charming coffee table with Java Gel Stain and Gel Topcoat in Satin for a sleek finish. Learn how to apply Gel Stain on bare wood vs. previously finished wood here: and Gel Top Coat here:
Laughing Abi Studio​ refinished this beautiful Mid-Century Modern Dresser with the help of General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Gel Top Coat. This project however was not without it's trials and tribulations. After staining, the drawers turned out splotchy. Abi figured out the issue and it sure turned out great! Learn the spot solution and get the details of this project at http://www....
Just wanted to share this buffet with you. Lamp Black, Nutmeg Gel Stain, High Performance in flat on the black & Satin Gel Top Coat on the top and sides. I can't thank you enough for the case of paint heading my way for runner up on Artistic Merit Award. Can't wait to play with my new colors! - Marcia Barrale DeSpain ~~ Three Painted Drawers​
Can't get enough of the rich, dark tone of this table top! The Purple Painted Lady​ of Macedon, NY refinished it with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and sealed it with our Gel Top Coat.
Brepurposed​ transformed this $8 octagon table garage sale find into a awesome piece! That rich deep color was achieved with the help of GF's Java Gel Stain and our Gel Top Coat in Satin. Get all the details of this project at

This is Monica Farno's FIRST project and FIRST time using General Finishes products! Black Gel Stain, Gel Top Coat and a little gold gilding wax were great choices for this piece.

Serendipity Refined says, "Java Gel Stain and Gel Topcoat: My "go to" products for professional looking results on furniture makeovers as well as new wood."
This handsome antique highboy dresser was given new life with Java Gel Stain and aged details with Van Dyke Brown Glaze, courtesy of Shelley at Fresh Patina! The details were painted with Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams. Shelley says, "Don't forget the top coat...Wipe On Gel Top Coat from General Finishes is so easy to use!" Thanks for sharing, we love it! Learn how to apply our Gel Top Coat in our video tutorial!
We're loving this darling letter tray transformation by Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule! Nancy used Corinth Blue Milk Paint on the tray before custom mixing a glaze using Java Gel Stain and Wipe On Gel Topcoat to tone it down and add character. Nancy says, "I love, love how it toned the color down perfectly AND settled into all the grooves in the wood tray... What do you think? Do you LOVE this color as much as I do? It’s so easy to work with and I love the Stain and Topcoat too." See the full...

Tammy Folk Edwards refinished this dining table top with General Finishes Java Gel Stain & Gel Topcoat. "This was my first time using this stain and took a few try's for this big of an area to get it right but LOVE the way is looks. I can't wait to try the other GF stains. Best of all, my client LOVES her new dining room set!!" Fantastic work Tammy!! To buy Java Gel Stain, find a retailer near you!: #GeneralFinishes...