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.

"I'm in love with this set! We refinished these with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. I used High Performance Top Coat in flat on the black and satin on the stain and it looks amazing!" - Painted Pieces    

Keepsakes Redefined gave this desk a sleek makeover using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the drawers and legs and Seagull Gray Milk Paint for the body.

"This walnut mid century modern style dresser has been updated and is perfect for those who like modern/minimalist style decor. Drawers were sanded and stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black, enhances the body. Original brass hardware cleaned that goes perfectly with the look." - Redhead Refinishings

"Our latest handmade piece is complete! If you dig Rustic Farmhouse Style, then this X-style coffee table will be right up your alley!

"This is very well constructed - quality wood and assembled with craftsman touches. Every inch of the piece has been stained with General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and coated with Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat." - Kristin's Krazy Garage

"Heritage (Drexel) Mid Century Modern Credenza from the Perennian Collection

The original top was scratched and faded, so we restored using several colors of stain. The body was sanded bare, stained General Finishes Antique Walnut, Mahogany and New Oak Gel Stains to get the color combination that best matched the original color. Drawer fronts also stained a combination of General Finishes Antique Walnut, Mahogany and New Oak, to restore the pieces brilliant contrasting colors....

"This gal was saved and refinished with General Finishes Java Gel and Snow White Milk Paint with a Flat Out Flat top coat!" - Ever After Unique Home Decor and Furnishings    

"We used Java Gel Stain and a matte finish to create this beautiful driftwood appearance. The white paint has a teal saltwash beneath exposing the teal as if left in the coastal salt air. The Java Gel Stain was the perfect choice to compliment this coastal piece. So easy to work with and never disappoints." - KT Lyons Design

"Newly reupholstered Queen Anne style chair, completely restored using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and wipe on polyurethane.    

"This is a General Finishes custom mix of Nutmeg and Antique Walnut Gel Stain finished with their mega durable Arm-R-Seal Polyurethane. Knotty Pine never looked so good!" - Wood Junkies

"Trash to Treasure! We found this little tray while out hunting for treasure. We sanded and stained it with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. It will be the perfect addition to our ottoman." - Fine Flipping   Learn more about how to apply Gel Stain in one of GF's tutorial videos:    
Absolutely loving this MCM dresser in GF Gel Stain and a custom color mix of Patina Green, Halcyon Blue & Costal Blue by Painted Pieces!   Check out General Finishes YouTube channel at for tutorial videos.    
"Sharing a gorgeous curved front chest refurbished using General Finishes Lamp Black and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Thank you for making our favorite gel stains!!!!" - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats  

Check out these two farmhouse bar stools - Simply Inspired by Mil completed these with Java Gel Stain with grain sack strips.

"This Sliding Door Media Console has been hand built with quality rustic alder wood throughout the entire piece (base, top, and doors). The top and doors have been stained with Java Gel Stain and the body is painted in Seagull Gray Milk Paint all by General Finishes. Of course, it also has multiple topcoats for protection! The natural wood features show beautifully on the stained wood as well as the painted wood." - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC

"We refinished this beautiful but well loved table using General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint with Van Dykes Glaze plus completed their new Burress Amish chairs to match." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    

Such a handsome mid-century dresser refinish by Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC.

Kristin explains, "Using all quality General Finishes products, the drawers were stripped and restained in Antique Walnut Gel Stain and the body is painted in a custom color mix of Lamp Black and Coastal Blue Milk Paint to create a deep 'midnight blue.' Body and drawers given protective topcoats as well."

This pedestal-style table was refinished by VintagelessJules who restained with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain.

"Early 20th Century oak commode restored to perfection using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Wipe-On Poly in Satin finish." - Vintage Amour    

Loving these stunning tables refinished by Designs by Willow Farms.

"These Mid Century Modern Henredon Nesting Tables have been beautifully painted in General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint and stained with Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Sealed all over with HPTC in Flat." - Designs by Willow Farms

"I have renewed several cedar chests over the years but none like this beauty. This extra long mid century modern cedar chest is simply stunning! I refreshed this gorgeous wood chest with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain, it allowed the beautiful wood grain to come back to life!" - Nap Time Creations   Check out more projects completed with GF products in the General Finishes Design Center at   #generalfinishes #gfgelstain #antiquewalnut
"Queenstown Gray you are my new fav color!! This desk looks so handsome in these colors by General Finishes. Painted in Queenstown Gray and the top was stained with Java Gel Stain. Sealed all over with HPTC in Satin!" - Designs by Willow Farms    

"Awesome mid-century dresser refinished with General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint, Flat Out Flat Topcoat, Java Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal Topcoat." - Virginia Vintage Interiors

This Basset Credenza was given new life with Snow White & Java Gel Stain, sealed with High Performance Satin. 


2nd Place Winner - MCM Makeover - 2017 GF Design Challenge

Have you been thinking about refinishing your own piece for the first time?  Maybe you inherited a wooden table, but it has seen better days.  Using the right tools and high quality products, you can transform that old table into a piece that naturally fits in to your home.  Today is the day to start that project, and here are the tips to help you succeed.  Grab your brushes, put down a drop cloth, and open your can of General Finishes - here we go!

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"Early 20th Century oak commode restored to perfection using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Wipe-On Poly in Satin finish." - Vintage Amour

I thought the drawers for this dresser were a perfect candidate for something bold, like a colorblock. Unfortunately the dresser needed a lot of work before I could carry on with my vision. I rebuilt the top and sealed the body with General Finishes Stainblocker before painting it with Antique White Milk Paint. I used Lamp Black Milk Paint on the bottom drawers and refinished he rest of the drawers with Antique Walnut Gel Stain. I loved how it turned out and I can't wait to recreate this...

These cabinets original finish was a pickled whitewash. We completely changed the look of the entire kitchen by applying 3 coats of java gel stain and three coats of General finishes satin polyurethane . This kitchen went from dated to modern and gorgeous !! These products never let me down.


Winner- Runner Up in Cabinetry(Paint or Stain) Category of 2017 GF Design Challenge

I knew that this piece was going to "get it" because the flat surfaces would allow me to really add so many extras I hadn't tried yet! I had just got a new color in, Abyss, by Wise Owl. I also ordered textured rollers from Artistic Painting Studio, along with some chrome foil and adhesive.  I started by stripping the top and sanding it down so I can apply General Finishes Java Gel stain.  The bottom of the piece got two coats of abyss chalk paint.  I then tried using the texture roller to...

Beautiful Empire dresser with delicate veneer, so a careful refresh was in order.  A light sanding and some Antique Walnut gel stain along with Arm R Seal to protect and its true beauty was brought back to the surface.  

"I recently finished this gorgeous Indonesian Buffet. I painted this one Black and stained the top, with Java Gel by General Finishes. I had to sand this one down to the bare wood and remove the pink paint the original owner had applied that was pealing off. "

You have to check out this Farmhouse Style Table makeover with GF Antique Walnut Get Stain and a custom mix of GF Driftwood and Persian Blue Milk Paint by Art is Beauty 

"This bookcase has been darkened with General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut and the back wall is painted with Burnished Pearl Effects. The gossip bench was given a complete overhaul. From blonde to deep java... yum!" - GarageMama Vintage

Douglas Fir Table, Live Edge, Java Stain,

I love how Douglas Fir looks after applying GF Java stain.  The reddish undertones from the Douglas Fir really blend well with the Java colour.  This table was created by taking a full Douglas Fir slab, splitting it down the middle and splicing in another Douglas Fir slab to reach the clients desired width.  

"This is just the most incredible buffet! The gorgeous quarter sewn oak had been stained in General Finishes Java, a rich warm brown. New vintage style knobs, a black and white floral papered interior, and the velvet lined drawers make this truly one of a kind." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    

What a transformation! Brass Tacks Resale repurposed this old hutch into a modern entertainment center. Refinished with General Finishes Java Gel Stain.

"General Finishes, Antique of my favorite stain colors." - Farm Fresh Vintage Finds    
Take a look at this Java Gel beauty from A Ray of Sunlight! Loving this rich gorgeous look!    
"Shawna brought us this very special, well loved Mid Century Dresser to refinish. In fact, Shawna’s Grandmother used to put her to sleep in one of the drawers; as a baby❤️. But with all that love, this dresser was in desperate need of work. The top had burn marks from candles, the drawers were missing hardware, and it had a bulky black base that Shawna wanted to change. We completely transformed this dresser with General Finishes Java Stain for the drawers and Antique White for the body. We...
"This is a total beauty! This solid walnut mid-century dresser is in pristine condition, & will last for another 50 years easily! Stained with Antique Walnut & General Finishes Black Gel Stain, sealed with High Performance Satin." - Flipping Fabulous  

How beautiful is this dresser by our October 2017 Retailer of the Month, Farm Fresh Vintage Finds!?

This gorgeous color is GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain. 

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"This stained beauty was all the rage last weekend and sold within minutes of opening our doors on Saturday! Dubbed the "Cocoa Coffee Bar", the wood grain really pops with the Java Gel Stain finish from General Finishes! Now if I could only find 5 more like it!" - Daylily Custom Design  
"Just the first coat (Java Gel Stain). The second coat will even it out a bit and then the third makes it look flawless. Love this stuff. (And it smells strangely delicious. I should probably wear a mask but it just smells so good...)" - The Copper Elm    

"Finally our table is done and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! This gorgeous table was built by Patick Beck of Yorkville, IL.... I asked him to leave the table unfinished for me so that I could put my personal touch on it. I stained the table and bench in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed with their Arm-R-Seal topcoat for super durability." - Nap Time Creations

Loving this table set by Jackie Prosser! This commissioned piece was refinished with Nutmeg Gel Stain, Lamp Black Milk Paint, and sealed with Arm-R-Seal in Satin.

"Couldn't wait to share my latest transformation with you! I am in LOVE with this! All the character and beauty in an Antique Cupboard modified for a modern look. Refinished in General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The inside shiplap has been painted in an antique white. Original antique glass and copper hardware. Tons of storage and you can display your favorites!" - KT Lyons Design    

Angela Daniels revitalized her staircase using Java Gel Stain. Sealed with General Finishes Pro Image flooring Topcoat for total protection.

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Vineyard Designs refinished this table top using GF Java Gel Stain.

They comment, "I'm so in love with how it turned out - General Finishes Java Gel Stain is the best!"

"After you've tried General Finishes Gel Stains, you'll never want to use anything else. The rich pigment stains so well in one application." - Chairy Picked - Vintage Furniture and Accessories

Loving this table and chair set by Jess's Mess Designs! The top was refinished with GF Java Gel Stain while the body was painted in Persian Blue Milk Paint.

"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