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.

"General finishes Java gel stain gave this 1920's secretary a whole new life!" - Brushed by Brandy    

"I am so pleased and excited about how beautifully this table set turned out! I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain and a gray paint then used their High Performance top coat to seal it in. It's so amazing how easy their products are to use and the results are always phenomenal!" - Vineyard Designs

You can achieve this light gray by using General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint.

"Just finished up this awesome mid century dresser. The body was finished with General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Flat Topcoat. The drawers were sanded down and stained with their Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed with the Satin Topcoat." - The Distressed Gentleman    

WOW - we can't get over this fabulous transformation by West Shore Farmhouse Design Co! The top was restained with GF Java Gel Stain while the bottom was painted in Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk.

You can achieve this light, crisp gray by also using Seagull Gray Milk Paint.

"This beautiful coffee table was painted in Millstone Milk Paint, stained with American Oak Gel Stain and protected with High Performance semi gloss top coat. I love how easy General Finishes products were to use and I know that their top coat will give it years of use!" - Vineyard Designs    
"I have done another great piece using your GF stain.. I used a mixture of Java, Georgian Cherry and Brown Mahogany for the variation.. and sealed with poly satin.. I love your stains.. and products!! Thanks GF's!!" - Vintage 180  

Flipping with Color completed this bedroom set using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the drawers, Fusion Mineral Paint Soap Stone for the body and Flat Out Flat Topcoat to seal the pieces.

You can achieve this brilliant gray by also using General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint

"Love the way this Drexel Server came out! The entire piece was sanded and stripped down to raw wood and stained with Java Gel Stain by General Finishes. We then finished the whole thing off with GF High Performance Topcoat in Semi-Gloss. Simply gorgeous!" - Painted Paradise - Antiques, Vintage, and Repurposed Furniture

Absolutely gorgeous secretary refinished by Pendulum Designs & Restorations with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain.    

Tattered Tiques revitalized this table with GF Java Gel Stain and Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

You can also achieve this crisp, white color by also using General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint

"Restored this beautiful 100+ year old accent table for a client. Delivering this morning! Refinished in General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain." - Pendulum Designs & Restorations  
"This beautiful military dresser was painted in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. The drawers were stained with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. The piece is top coated in General Finishes High Performance satin topcoat!" - Just Chic  
"Here we go!!! These two barstools have a brand new look and are ready to rock your bar. They've got gorgeous copper legs and chunky java tops with just enough turquoise to make them pop." - The Copper Elm    
"We had the privilege of refinishing some family heirloom pieces for a client. These pieces were sanded down and refinished using General Finishes Java Gel stain and sealed in their Gel Topcoat. Love how it highlights the wood grain!" - Painted Paradise - Antiques, Vintage, and Repurposed Furniture   Learn more about how to apply GF Gel Stain and Gel Topcoat to raw wood in this video:

We are loving Fresh Paint's latest project. This vintage dresser was decked out with Antique White Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain.

In With The Old Furnishings gave this petite vintage coffee table a makeover with GF Linen Milk paint with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. The top was stained with Java Gel Stain. Lastly, the entire piece was sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin.

"Look at how beautiful this claw foot table turned out for my client! It had some wear and tear on it so we sanded it and applied General Finishes Java Gel Stain with several coats of their High Performance Top coat. Their products are top notch!" - Vineyard Designs    
"This piece was found just down the road from where I live. I plucked it right off the curb and saved it from the trash! It's been given a new life thanks to General Finishes Java Gel Stain and their Flat Out Flat Topcoat." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.    
Redesigned Frame of Mind turned car jack stands into unique stools and finished it all with General Finishes Gel Stain in Java.    

Vicki of Entri Ways gave this dresser a fresh look with General Finishes Black Gel Stain. Read more about this fascinating project at

Who doesn't love Tiger Oak dressers?! Painted Paradise - Antiques, Vintage, and Repurposed Furniture gave this beauty a fresh look with GF Java Gel Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint.

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.

"This vintage 100+ year old paw foot table is complete and ready for delivery! The base of the table was painted in General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint and topped with Pitch Black Glaze for contrast. This table is made of quartersawn oak. So to not lose the beautiful grain of the wood we opted for General Finishes Black Gel Stain for the top. The gel stain darkened the look to suit the clients color preferences while preserving that lovely tiger oak grain we love!" - Twig & Thyme Design...

Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations finished this custom farmhouse table with General Finishes Linen Milk Paint and Black Gel Stain!

"The piece is made completely from salvaged dock timbers from a Coast Guard station; it is dense yellow pine. After cleaning decades of salt, oil, and grime off the wood, I left the surface in its natural state to show it's beautifully weathered and rugged profile." - Tobias Olsen of Cascade Pacific Woodworks   The following products to were to refinish this lovely project: Java Gel Stain, High Performance Topcoat, Driftwood Milk Paint, Argentine and Tawny Pearl Effects.

Check out this gorgeous Roll Top Desk refinished by ReFind Design by Coco Clare!

They explain, "We maintained some wood elements by refinishing them and the chair with a custom mix of General Finishes Brown Mahogany and Java Gel Stains. The body was hand painted in CeCe Caldwell's Seattle Mist with an antique finish. And to complete this transformation we added stunning new hardware from D. Lawless Hardware."

Obtain this white color by using General Finishes Snow White Milk...

"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.    
"Have you tried Gel Stains? Look how this dining table turned out after a little sanding, paint and General Finishes Gel Stain in Java. I seriously love how easy the Gel Stain is to use. If you haven't tried it yet, you need to!" - Tattered Tiques   Visit Tattered Tiques at 22029 N Pepper Rd. Lake Barrington, Illinois to purchase your favorite GF Gel Stains!    
"I just had to share this wood grain! Solid cherry piece and the top has now been stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. ❤️" - Boxwood & Brass   Learn more about how to apply GF Gel Stain here:    

Loving this MCD dresser refashioned by Bee's Knees! The body was painted with Antique White Milk Paint while the drawer fronts were stained with Candlelite Gel Stain.

Check out this federal sideboard refinished by Sandy Dog Studios! This lovely was refinished with General Finishes Lamp Black and Georgian Cherry Gel Stain.

What a classy stunner this dresser is by Bee's Knees! The body was painted with General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint while the drawers were stained with Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Awesome work!

"I have been wildly busy, but I wanted to share this beautiful custom antique chest... We gave this family heirloom a gorgeous new look with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and soft Antique White Milk Paint base. Simple and elegant!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare

3s a Charm Wood Decor brightens our day with this lovely table set makeover! The top was sanded down, then restained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The bottoms were refinished with Annie Sloan Old White with dark waxing.

To achieve a similar color, we suggest using General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint.

"This beautifully refinished sewing machine table would look awesome with any rustic farmhouse decor. I used Java Gel to stain the whole thing. I love all the different finishes that can be achieved with Java Gel! Sealed with Satin GF HPTC (High Performance Topcoat)." - Painted Pieces    

Love the fresh look Bee's Knees gave this MCM dresser! General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Antique White Milk Paint were used for the painted areas, whereas the bottom drawers were stained with Antique Walnut Gel Stain.

What a gorgeous kitchen makeover this is by ThriftyDesigns! The cabinets were stained with GF Java Gel Stain. Photography was taken by Caron Tolystka Photography.

"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  

We absolutely love this table by Colleen Kendall of 58 Water Street! Such a beautiful rich color stain.

"I played with a combination of General Finishes Gel Stains colors: Brown Mahogany and Java," Colleen explains. "This was a test project - I wanted to see how it would turn out, tweaking the colors and adding details along the way."

Read more about Colleen's innovative process by going to her blog at

"Beautiful piece just finished using all General Finishes products. This unique sideboard, circa late 1800's is a beautiful piece of furniture! Painted in General Finishes Lamp Black, lightly distressed and top coated in a satin finish. The top, doors and drawer were sanded down, leaving some of the imperfections to show the age and character of this piece. It is stained in Brown Mahogany (Gel Stain) and sealed with Arm-R- Seal. This beauty is solid wood, heavy and will last another 100 years!...
"These super cute all wood pieces have just been refreshed with a farmhouse look! Both stained in Java and painted in a distressed Antique White." - Nap Time Creations  
"This unique desk is gray-on-gray-on-gray with a General Finishes Gray Gel Stain top, a custom light gray exterior and Queenstown Milk Paint on the inside of the drawer - with a geometric color pop! First time using this gel stain color and I love it!" - Daylily Custom Design    
"This restyled 1950's dresser was given a stunning new modern look with Lamp Black Milk Paint and Nutmeg Gel Stain. The drawers were given varying shades of light and dark stain to create a varying tone pattern... so sophisticated!" - Jubilance    
Vintage rocking horse makeover with General Finishes. This piece used Java Gel stain, Coral crush and Linen milk paint, for a Wonderful makeover.
"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    

"The perfect combination of antique walnut and soft light gray, this sturdy dresser is built with solid wood. Featuring a two-tone finish, classic lines and modern styling, this dresser can be the perfect accent in any room!" - Flipping Unbelievable

This project was completed using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. You can achieve this soft gray color by using Seagull Gray Milk Paint.

"This sweetheart was showing her age before she was given a head to toe makeover. Refinished in Java Gel Stain to accentuate the beautiful oak grain, sealed with High Performance Top Coat, and the rest is painted in Antique White Milk paint to complement perfectly. General Finishes products never cease to amaze!" - Patina by Patty    
"This was my 1st time using General Finishes Gel Stain. I used Georgian Cherry on the base of this Cedar chest. it turned out remarkable." - Broken 2 Beautiful    

"I love the clean, sleek lines on this dresser! The frame has been refinished in GF Lamp Black Milk Paint and HPTC in Satin. The legs and drawer fronts have been stained in Java Gel and Arm-R-Seal." - Ashley Olson of Eden Elyse Design Co.

"Remember this chair?... It was caked when with 100 year old dust and old led paint. Let's just say I would've walked right past it if I ever saw it for sale... At the end of the day I was satisfied with the end result and I hope the client loves it too! Finished with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and HPTC Satin." - Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations