"This was a good 10 hours of scrapping and sanding to remove all the layers of paint on this one but I’m thrilled with the results. General Finishes products were used in this project: Antique walnut Gel stain and High Performance Topcoat in satin which was sprayed for a flawless finish." - Paint and Hammer
"Sometimes pieces really put me thru my paces but when they turn out this beautiful, it is worth it! Originally discussed staining the entire piece but after painstakingly removing the top layer of veneer on the top of the dresser that was pretty severely damaged, we realized the wood underneath was not pretty and no matter how much sanding I did, it did not look good stained so we pivoted and decided to paint the frame and stain the drawers. Painted in General Finishes Lamp Black and stained...
"It’s beyond GORGEOUS. The finish was restored using General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain. I also switched out the hardware for a more elegant look. I really love how it turned out. " - ReFabulous Finds by Christina
"After LOTS of sanding and several rounds of chemicals we got down to a clean slate. We stained it in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the base and Java Gel Stain for the top. We kept the original knobs on the two drawers in the middle but picked out some new drop handles for the other drawers to really tie it all together!" - Upcycling by Amy
"Java Gel vs sanded! Thanks General Finishes for a superior product." - Sugar Creek Furnishings
"This piece was painted with General Finishes Antique White Enduro and the table top was stained with Nutmeg Gel Stain and white washed with Winter White Glaze Effects." - Duke Interiors and Restoration
"This is a Bluebird cedar hope chest from 1953 (almost 70 years old). Frame was made of solid mahogany wood and inside lined with 3/4” aromatic red cedar. Still has the original bluebirds and warranty.
Work included sanding everything down to bare wood, resecured original joints on frame and drawer, replaced lock and latch, new stain - General Finishes Georgian Cherry Gel Stain, new handles, GF Arm-R-Seal topcoat for protection." - Mathews Woodworks
"We could paint a white primer coat on our boards….. but why cover up all that beauty. Love General Finishes White Gel Stain!!!" - BooYah-Boards
"After a good sanding, I painted the dresser in...
"We just love when we get rare vintage pieces into the shop. This original Broyhill Premier buffet from the Saga series came into the shop last week, and we knew there was no other option than to completely restore it back to its original condition. Some pieces just aren’t meant to be painted!
It was stripped down before being restored with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The original hardware was refinished to give it that classic Saga series walnut/gold look. Everything was then...
"John Carpenter mid century dresser. Restored to gorgeous finish featuring beautiful wood handles. Top stained with General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and sealed with Arm-R-Seal." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0
"I posted these end tables on my page as a piece I was working on and someone asked to customize them and I took them up on it! Painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray and stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains." - Upcycling by Amy
"Gorgeous curved desk! The original finish was flaking and cracking off so we gave it a good sanding, primed it and painted it in a custom mix of Mélange Artisan Mineral Paints Mink and Khaki. The top and drawers were then stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed." - Upcycling by Amy
"Fresh out of the shop is this stunning and unique Mid Century Modern dresser set. Made in the 1960’s, this set has been restored to look like it did when it was first manufactured 60 years ago.
We started by stripping down the original walnut finish. We then stained everything with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. To make sure it kept that gorgeous finish for years to come, we then gave it multiple coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat." - First State Vintage
General Finishes Gel Stain vent hood makeover by BricksnBlooms.
This is an antique that’s been in our family for almost 10 years. She served well as an office chair that got occasional use before Covid (dun dun dunnnn) but with a new WFH lifestyle for my husband, he has to go with a more ergonomic choice. Lucky you! She got a fresh stain and paint job and is ready to be re-homed.
"Process~ Chemically strip and rinse with lacquer thinner. Sand with 150, vacuum and then 220, vacuum. Wipe down with 50/50 denatured alcohol & water to pop the grain. Sand with 320 orbital and 220 sanding pad where needed, vacuum. Apply General Finishes Gel Stain in Candlelite. Coat of dewaxed shellac. Sand with 220 sanding pad, vacuum. Coat of GF’s High Performance Topcoat in gloss. Sand with 220 sanding pad, vacuum. Final coat of GF’s HPTC in flat. Hardware~ boil vinegar and then soak...
Classic, timeless table stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain.
"This antique table consists of 4 leafs and 5 legs! And she is HEAVY! Stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed with High Performance Top Coat Satin." - Weathered Edge Furniture, LLC.
Beautiful wood grain on this Krug dining room table.
General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Enduro Black Poly
"I wanted to share some before and afters of a desk I just did for a friend. This belonged to his grandfather, and he inherited it when he passed. Sanded it down completely then used General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and Arm-R- Seal in satin. It looks like a brand new piece and he's thrilled!" - Modern Vintage Refinishing
"Solid mahogany wood buffet. All I can say is WOW!! This piece is absolutely stunning. I sanded down all the doors, drawers and the top to reveal the gorgeous wood with a little accent piece around all the edges. Gave it all a fresh new coat of Antique Walnut Gel Stain a few coats of High Performance Topcoat. For the body I chose General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint." - Ray's Refurbishing
Left to Right
Colonial Maple, Black, Nutmeg, Antique Walnut
This sweet mid century dresser will be in a new baby girl’s room....
"Talk about HANDSOME!!!
This table is a treasured family heirloom of Christina and her family. Originally belonging to her great great grandma! To say the pressure was on was an understatement!
We decided to remove all of the veneer on both shelves since it was VERY damaged. Sanded it all down, treated it with a coat of General Finishes Pre-Stain Conditioner since the shelves are made of a different wood than the legs. I needed all the help I could get to get the stain to go on nice and...
“Hannah” has been undergoing her makeover and is now ready for her big reveal. Being an older gal with good bones, this solid oak antique dresser has traded in her orange tones for an updated look while maintaining a soft vintage style. After a thorough cleaning, the work began with sanding, staining, paint, a beautiful decor transfer on the drawer fronts and a little hardware bling for that special touch. It’s all in the finishes! She’s a classic piece with a modern twist and will continue to...
General Finishes American Oak stained top - gel stain for the win!!!
5’ round white oak dining table stained with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and finished with Arm-R-Seal satin.
"Holy moly was this a big project! Stripping these babies down, getting in all the nooks and crannies, pre-stain treatment, 3 coats of stain and 3 coats of top coat... to reveal the fresh new look for this custom bed frame. Stained in General Finishes Java and Black Gel Stains, top coated in Arm-R-Seal."
"When my friend Mary approached me about surprising her husband and redoing his dad’s desk, I was so honoured. When I went to look at it in person, I was shocked with how big it was - 6 feet wide by 4 feet deep . It was going to be the biggest project I had ever taken on. While originally intended to be a surprise, Rick was looped into the process.
The desk was brought to my house and literally *juuuust* fit through my front door. There was no way that it was going to go downstairs (where I...
Nutmeg Gel Stain
**Bases is a custom mix of blues
"After some solid sanding and repair work it was painted inside and out in...
"This was more restoration than refurb! Sometimes you aren’t really sure what you are dealing with until you get started. I originally thought I was dealing with severe veneer issues but I am beyond pleased with how much of the natural wood I was able to salvage.
The body of the buffet was spray finished in General Finishes Enduro Black Poly in Satin and the wood was stripped, sanded and stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stains. Look at the beautiful spindle legs that were lost...
This table is just an instant classic, am I right???
We were approached by a larger business to create a farmhouse style with a traditional twist sofa table. We custom built this table from the ground up just for them! We used General Finishes pre-stain wood conditioner and followed with the General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain and sealed with their Arm-R-Seal in a satin finish.
"3 stages and the final product is American Oak Gel Stain by General Finishes!" - Sugar Creek Furnishings
"TA-DA This beast is all done and back at his home! This was Maria's grandparents piece and she wanted to just give it a good refresh to bring it into their home. After wrestling with the doors more times than I care to admit to try to get them off the tracks, only to have come to the conclusion that they were built into the piece. This did complicate things a bit but I worked around it. Sanded down inside and out, primed and painted in General Finishes Snow White and stained in General...
Making a color palette for all my favorite gel stains from Maple plywood cut outs
GF Gel Stains: Java, Gray, Black, Nutmeg, Georgian Cherry, Prairie Wheat, Candlelite, New Pine, Antique Walnut
Video on making this set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWEKxNveSZk
"From stripping lead paint to repairing the top that was cracked in half this one was a challenge. Once all the prep was finally complete I let you guys vote on which color to paint her. The winner was...
It’s been quite a journey for Beatrix. She originally started as a record player, then gutted and kicked to the curb. Now she’s a bold and beautiful TV stand with storage where her speakers had once been. Her top was damaged beyond repair, so It got replaced and stained in...
"These end tables were once a vanity that was taken apart. I knew I wanted to add some height to them so I purchased some wood legs and sanded them down along with the tables themselves. Painted in Mélange Artisan Mineral Paints Basalisk and the drawers and legs are stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and the entire piece is sealed. The handles got a deep cleaning to remove the tarnish and have been clear coated." - Upcycling by Amy
"Some of my clients do a better job at designing furniture than I could even imagine! This piece sat for years in my storage unit waiting for just the right home. My client saw it and then sent me a sketch of a mock up for refinishing this piece and I loved her ideas! This dresser is ready for it’s new home! Paint: Lamp Black by General Finishes Stain: Prairie Wheat Gel Stain by General Finishes" - Flipping Unbelievable
"This baby has been with Renee and her family for generations and had a run in at one point with some nail polish remover (see before photo)
After a good sanding, I painted it in General Finishes Lamp Black and stained the top and drawers in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The entire piece was lightly distressed and sealed." - Upcycling by Amy
Black Gel Stained Pine Frame
"This original Lane mid century modern cedar chest has been completely restored and is ready for another 60 years in its new home! We striped it down to its bare bones, fixed the minor veneer issues and then gave it a facelift with a beautiful coat of New Pine Gel Stain by General Finishes. Once it was dry, we went ahead and gave it multiple coats of High Performance Topcoat to protect the wood and make it shine like it was 1965!" - First State Vintage
"WHEW!! This beauty really started as a beast (see the original "knobs"- can you see the bolts )
This piece was clearly handmade in someone's home to use in a workshop. It was dirty and makeshift when it came to me from Habitat for Humanity ReStore Racine. I sanded it down completely, painted inside each 54 drawers in General Finishes Lamp Black, stained each drawer and the new wooden surround in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain, each of the 54 drawers got a new antique brass knob...
"Using my DEWALT orbital sander, I carefully uncovered this beautifully textured grain. To ensure clean lines and that no paint mistakenly ended up on top, I use painters tape- a lot of it! I like being able to freely paint without worry. I used Annie Sloan’s Athenian Black with Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal the paint. This is my go-to paint because of how rich the black is.
Carefully, I taped the stencil to the table top. I used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the design. I...
Antique farmhouse buffet was made over in Dixie Bell Sand Bar and the top was refinished in General Finishes American Oak gel stain. We love the calming color combo!!
Java and sealed with Arm R Seal satin. Scuffed sanded the veneer top. Stain applied with a foam brush and wiped it back and I did get some lines… so my final coat was a thin amount of the gel with a roller (more of a paint method) and it turned out beautiful. Some areas did pick up slight texture from the roller, but nothing offensive or anything that I would try to fix.
"This ash coffee table had been well loved and in serious need of restoration.
The base was a bit wobbly so using The Gorilla Glue Company wood glue, I applied to the affected area. I clamped the base and removed the excess glue with a blue shop cloth. After letting the glue dry overnight, prepared to paint by cleaning the base and taping to avoid paint getting all over the underside. I painted using my trusty Annie Sloan’s Athenian Black and sealing with her clear wax.
The top was sanded...