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.

Learn more about General Finishes Gel Stain: http://bit.ly/GFProductOilBasedGelStain

"This console/sofa table was built using all Alder wood, stained in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and then added some brackets and bolts for some industrial style detailing! 

"I know I say I’m in love with all the pieces we finish, but I am so in LOVE with this piece! The wood sanded down so beautifully!! We used General Finishes Java Gel Stain on the frame and Persian Blue Milk Paint on the inside of the cabinet. Absolutely gorgeous!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration  
"I had fun creating a different look with this dresser. The frame is painted in General Finishes Antique White and the drawers are stained in Brown Mahogany. You may not guess but this dresser actually has a total of four drawers!" - Flipping Unbelievable    
Antique Tall Boy refinished in GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Flat Out Flat Topcoat by ReFind Design by Coco Clare.    
"I mean seriously!!! How cool is this card catalog/apothecary cabinet??? We completely stripped and refinished this special piece that belonged to our clients grandfather. General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Arm R Seal gave it the perfect worn hand-rubbed finish that suits this piece so perfectly! Before you couldn’t even see the wood gain under the dirt, grim, and old finish now it’s the star of the show!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    
"These incredible Eastlake Chests were refinished using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain with a wax-like finish. Now they make the perfect oversized nightstands." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    
"Decided to do away with the dated carpeted wood stairs and go with a modern jet black and and white look. For the black, we used General Finishes Gel Stain with the General Finishes High Performance flat as the top coat, which gave the treads a painted look while allowing the natural wood grain to show. The white was Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic Semi Gloss. As first timers using General Finishes Gel Stain, the products were great to work with and the results speak for themselves!" - Burge...

1 coat Java Gel Stain, dry brushed

Learn how to dry brush gel stain in these videos: 

http://bit.ly/VideoGFDryBrushGelStainCabinets

http://bit.ly/VideoGFUpdateExistingCabinetsGelStain

1 coat Nutmeg Gel Stain, dry brushed.  

Learn how to dry brush Gel Stain in these videos:

http://bit.ly/VideoGFUpdateExistingCabinetsGelStain

http://bit.ly/VideoGFDryBrushGelStainCabinets

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based...

1 coat Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, dry drushed, sealed with High Performance Topcoat satin

Learn how to dry brush Gel Stain in these videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgX5yE5rUbo&t=272s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jin60_yOEGM&t=22s

When layering water-based and oil-based products...

1 coat Java Gel Stain applied over 1 coat Yellow Dye Stain, sealed with High Performance Topcoat satin

Apply additional coats if darker color is desired.

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hrs
  • Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hrs

1 coat Java Gel Stain over 1 coat Amber Dye Stain, sealed with High Performace Topcoat, satin

Apply additional coats to acheive desired color. 

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hrs
  • Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hrs

2 coats of Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, dry brushed, sealed with High Performance Topcoat in satin

Learn how to dry brush gel stain in these videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgX5yE5rUbo&t=272s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jin60_yOEGM

 

2 coats of Nutmeg Gel Stain, dry brushed, sealed with High Performance Satin

Watch this video to learn how to dry brush gel stain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jin60_yOEGM

Add 1 additional coat if a darker color is desired

Layer GF Nutmeg Gel Stain over Amber Dye Stain for a warm look

Shown: 1 coat Nutmeg over 1 coat Amber, sealed with High Performance Topcoat, satin

Add additional coats to achieve desired color

Custom made corn hole boards in GF Black, Gray, Prairie Wheat and Georgian Cherry Gel Stains by Burly Bags.    
"Custom MCM dresser in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Fusion Mineral Paint Natural Stain and Finishing oil." - Flipping Fabulous    
"I love the simplicity of this antique dresser and the original glass knobs. I used General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain on the drawers to bring out the beautiful tiger oak grain. The base is General Finishes Charleton Blue Chalk Style Paint. The whole piece was sealed in General Finishes High Performance Poly in Flat." - Vintage Soul Barn    
"Pretty sure this is making my top 10 all time list! Painted in General Finishes Emerald Milk Paint & sealed with High Performance Satin, this curved drawer mid-century chest is super cool. The drawers were darkened with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain, then got some Fusion Mineral Paint Hemp Oil. The top of this dresser got a coat of Fusion Ultra Grip." - Flipping Fabulous    
"Vintage nightstands are not easy pieces to locate for me. Vintage vanities, however, are never in short supply! So when I find myself in need of a pair of nightstands, I often go searching for a vanity with the intention to to split it apart and make my own set of custom nightstands! These were upcycled from a vintage waterfall style vanity and refinished with General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.    
"This sweet little farmhouse chest was hand painted in General Finishes Antique White. The top of the chest and the bottom 2 drawers are stained in Java Gel. The whole chest is completely sealed for extra protection. Perfect for an entry way or even a coffee bar." - Vintage Actually Decor    
"I am loving this color combo! This custom order was completed using General Finishes Gel Stain - Gray with a white wash and GF Milk Paint- Antique White and Persian Blue." - Sarah Paints Furniture    

"Custom Maple Desk finished here in the shop with GFBlack Oil Based stain and High Performance Satin Topcoat!"

"As soon as I saw this dresser I knew I wanted to give her gold accents and show off her beautiful wood grain drawers and I love the finished look. General Finishes Queenstown Gray is definitely my favorite gray! It’s so rich and I love how the gold gilding wax just pops off of the dark gray. The drawers were stripped and sanded then re-stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain then several coats of GF Arm R Seal. The rest of the piece has several coats of GF poly and Annie Sloan...
"I completely stripped this dresser to the original oak, sanded with 5 grades of sandpaper, sealed the wood, applied Gel Stain by General Finishes in Colonial Maple and top coated with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. We made new drawer bottoms and I stained, painted and stenciled the insides and sides of the drawers and then finished with Wise Owl Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve. Added new hardware. Repaired and new backing on the mirror. Cleaned up and painted the casters and mirror...
Cute little side table in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain  
"Look at this big beautiful dresser!! This custom piece was done in General Finishes Lamp Black and Antique Walnut Gel Stain - a wonderful way to go when you want to preserve some of the original finish. Love this one!!!" - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats    
"Another attempt at GF Black Gel Stain... this time on walnut veneer that was sanded bare. It’s not black, lol, but I love the finished product, as did it’s new owner! I’m a sucker for black, wood & brass." - That FlippinFurniture Girl    
"Farmhouse style table with bench. The top is stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut and painted in an Antique White blend." - Lucy Lu's      
"This hand built console is going home in about an hour! It’s new owner saw our other pieces we recently completed and couldn’t resist having his own piece done in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain with some hardware accents." - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC    
"More fun detail shots of the console and end tables. Check out the smoothly planked and joined tops the hubs is able to make...he does an amazing job! Not to toot our own horn, but it’s quality work for sure! I stained the entire set in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and we added some cool industrial style brackets and bolts!" - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC    
"I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous 1930's China Cabinet!!! Perfectly refinished with a General Finishes worn black gloss finish, Java stained interior, and striking original antique bass hardware. Classic and timeless, with a modern twist makes this a must have!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare   Find your favorite GF products in the U.S. at Woodcraft, Rockler, Klingspor, Amazon, or, in Canada, at Wood Essence and Lee Valley. You can also purchase GF products from any of the 31...

Stained kitchen cabinets - three coats of Antique Walnut followed by two coats of top coat (satin). Plenty of time to dry between coats.

Took over three weeks to do the project as did not have tons of space to do all the doors together.

Highly recommend the gel stain.

"We sanded this vintage Broyhill baby down to raw wood and made her pretty again with General Finishes Gray Gel Stain from my fave local store NOVA Design and Build with HPTC in Satin for her shine. That grain looks a million times better now!" - Amini Design Ashburn

"How beautiful is this entertainment center? The top of this piece has been planked, stained, and sealed to protect. The body has been refinished in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and glazed in their Pitch Black Glaze then sealed with their High Performance Topcoat." - Re-Luv'd Furniture    

Check out this amazing church pew transformation by Jenni at Roots & Wings Furniture LLC with GF Java Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat in Flat. Learn more about this project by going to Jenni's blog at http://www.rootsandwingsfurniture.com/blog/churchpew.

Stunning tiger oak quarter sawn antique dining table finished with General Finishes Black Gel Stain.   "This 100 year old table and I have been on quite the journey. A new client was in love with her recently purchased antique tiger oak table’s structure and bones, but not so much the orangish brown finish. She was hoping for a unique murky black finish with lots of pop from the figured wood. Together, my client and I learned that this oak table has a brown soul. Believe it or not, the...
"This family heirloom is finished in General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal for a super durable finish that will last another 100 years." - Wood Junkies    
Absolutely stunning table refinished with GF Java Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat by ReFind Design by Coco Clare.    
Fantastic dresser in GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain by Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats!    

"How sweet is this darling little desk?! We completed this look by fully stripping this baby down and smoothing out the imperfections. We used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for that rich brown color and Charles Neil Woodworking blotch control to keep the color nice and even. We coated everything in GF Arm-R-Seal for some extra sheen and durability." - Twig & Thyme Design

"What an amazing coffee table! I fixed this table for some friends and I'm told it bounced around in the back of a van for a while, before heading indoors to be a play table... Now it's updated and ready for new adventures!" - T-Spoon of Sugar

T-Spoon of Sugar completed this table with a fresh coat of General Finishes Candlelite Oil Based Gel Stain.

Here is a dresser painted in GF’s Seagull Gray. For the top, I used just one coat of GF’s Gray gel stain to give it a washed out gray look.
"We gave this piece a two-tone finish using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint. It has been lightly distressed and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a matte finish. We completed the piece by adding new hardware and lining the 3 drawers with a durable coordinating fabric." - Fine Flipping    
"This beautiful solid mahogany buffet is a statement piece! Top refinished in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain to bring out the wood grain. Doors and drawer display the gorgeous tiger mahogany. General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black enhances the casing and woodwork. Original hardware with beautiful unique design completes the look!" - Redhead Refinishings, LLC    
"My regal gentleman is done. He was a true labor of love. He needed a ton of TLC before he could get his new coat of paint and stain. He is painted in Driftwood. The entire piece was sanded down to bare wood and stained in Antique Walnut. He was sealed in HPTC in satin. I can't say enough how wonderful it is to use." - Vintage Jewel    
Stunning credenza in GF Java Gel Stain by Naila's Nook!    
Java Gel

Painted orange builder grade oak bathroom cabinets with Java Gel thin layers with foam brush. Applied there coats of Java Gel followed by two coats of polyurethane. We did not use remove excess using rag method instead we used dry foam brush to smoothen the surface and spread any excess. As we applied very thin layer, we did not leave much excess gel stain on the surface to smoothen. It really takes 3 coats to have solid finish. The cabinets looked ugly after first and second coat - highly...

"Love, love, love this chair and table!!! Prep work is key to any piece we work on! This chair may have only taken me an hour to stain but sanding it took us over 7 hours!!! Both the table and chair were stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The legs of the tables were painted a custom mix of Seagull Gray and Driftwood. Sealed all over in HPTC in Satin." - Designs by Willow Farms