Gray

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Seagull Gray, Driftwood and Queenstown Gray Milk Paint and Chapin Gray, Limestone, Empire Gray and Slate Gray Chalk Style Paint.

Absolutely beautiful bow front buffet makeover with General Finishes Reverent Gray Milk Paint by Art is Beauty    

Stripping this thrift-store find down to her bones, I rebuilt her to last another lifetime! Using General Finishes Weathered Grey on the entire piece, I brought out the beautiful wood grain she had hiding beneth the surface of her old garb. After allowing her to dry, I lightly sanded with a 400 grit to accent the wood grain further. To lighten the piece up even more, I used a mix of General FInishes Snow White and water to make my own white wash to place around her outside and edges, leaving...

Cerused beauty! After this rustic dresser was cleaned and stripped I applied dye stain then sealed with wax free shellac. Lime wax was applied and wiped back to highlight the natural patterns of the gorgeous tiger oak. The body was painted in a custom gray which complements the grain beautifully, then sealed with a flat topcoat. 

 

COLOR RECIPE

  • Custom mix of Paris Grey and Graphite Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan 1.5 : 1

PRODUCTS USED

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"What a difference some paint makes! The veneer was removed then finished with both General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain." - Paper Kite Creations    
"Perfect Gray by General Finishes justifies the name once again! In love with this color and the effect it has on this dresser. Sprayed with my Fuji Spray Hvlp gun for a flawless finish, and the brass hardware was polished to a beautiful finish thanks to Barkeeper’s Friend and some elbow grease." - Flipping Unbelievable of Green Bay, WI.

Absolutely gorgeous credenza in General Finishes NEW Perfect Gray Milk Paint.

These transfers are so much fun to add to furniture! This vintage sewing table has been given a cute updated vintage look using @redesignwithprima Delicate Fluer transfer. Four drawers. Painted in General Finishes Perfect Gray with Java Gel on top! 

"This beauty has been done in one of General Finishes new Milk Paint color called Empire Gray and glazed over with white to give a soft look. The top has been stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain then sanded down to give that rustic wood look. Sealed for protection!" - PNW Beautiful Finishes

"Vintage desk turned night stands! I’m super in love with these. They’ve been painted in General Finishes Driftwood, distressed, and sealed. New plank tops have been added, stained a dark chestnut, and sealed for protection." - Re-Luv'd Furniture

General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Antique White milk paints were used to create this Chalky effect on this pretty chest of drawers.  I wet blended the colors during application and then added a little DIY Paint Kissing booth for a pop of color.  The top was painted in Antique White and glazed with a custom gray glaze.  The body of the dresser was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin.  Then the beautiful IOD Transfer was applied.  I sealed again with the HP Satin...

Working with transfers is becoming one of my favorite things to do.  This dresser was painted in Driftwood Gray for the base and Seagull Gray for the drawers. I stained the top in Java Gel.  I added the transfer to the front to take the piece to the next level. It came out perfectly. 

This piece is definitely in my top 3 of favorite pieces I have ever done.  The minute I picked up the dresser I knew I wanted to use a transfer on it.  I found the new colored transfers and fell in love with the design.  I painted the base in a deep gray, Queenstown Gray, painted the drawers in Seagull Gray, light enough to make the transfer pop.  The transfer was the crowning glory.  It looks perfect with the chosen colors.  After sanding the top I felt a stain was needed to show off the...

GF's NEW Perfect Gray Milk Paint

"Another stunning custom piece. This one a Drexel from our inventory. The client had a vision of modern meets classic and I think this is it. We used General Finishes Driftwood and a custom mix of Seagull Gray and Snow White to create this master piece. Most of what we do is custom painting. We love working with our clients to turn furniture into works of art. If you are looking for that one of a kind statement piece, message us for details on how we can help." - The Charming Home    

"Talk about a before and after! I bought this antique buffet months ago and was waiting for the perfect time to refinish it. Recently, General Finishes came out with new colors for their Milk Paint and Water Based Wood Stain lines. I selected their "Perfect Gray" for the base and "Graystone" for the top." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.

"What a beauty this one turned out to be! Painted in General Finishes Driftwood. All it’s curves and details accented with black glaze. Then to tie it all together I cleaned up the hardware and let them shine. We left the inside alone and it pairs nicely." - Just picked and painted    
Stunning vintage floral cabinet in General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint by Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations    

"This oak console table has been refinished in all shades of gray. The top was stained with one of General Finishes NEW water based stain colors called Graphite and I absolutely love it! The bottom was painted in a lighter shade, Seagull Gray. New antiqued pewter hardware from D. Lawless Hardware and gray striped paper liner in the drawers complete this transformation." - Nap Time Creations

"Check out this awesome lingerie chest we customized for our customer a couple weeks ago. Loving how it turned out and can’t wait to use this finish again!" - Twig & Thyme Design   This piece was painted with Queenstown Gray Milk Paint lightened with Snow White and then accented with Pitch Black Glaze Effects.

This showstopper was custom made using the headboard, footboard & siderails from an Antique bed. 

There was no exact formula for the layered finish. A combination of paint color were layered to achieve an old world finish. The turned front legs were lightly sanded and painted washed in Dark Chocolate. Distressing added in all the right places.

The Lourdes features wood plank seat with custom 

 

2018 GF Design Challenge 2nd Place Winner - Upcycling Category...

This antique cabinet was given a fresh new look. After stripping and priming, I painted it in a custom blend to create this lovely fresh light grey. The interiors were treated to a fresh stain using Antique oak. For the stencil I used Pearl Effects in Argentine pearl, on both sides of the cabinet, and also used Pearl Effects to highlight corners and edging. The handles were brightened using silver Run N buff. To finish off I sealed with High Performance Top Coat, and this lovely Lady was...

This lane cedar trunk was boooooring and orange. I knew I needed to add a simple appliqué and some trim to give it some character. I love how it came out. Painted in GF Driftwood grey with gold gilding wax on the details. 

First I removed all the wax and dirt with a good scrub of wash up liquid and water, and then cleaned with methylated spirits and water until all the wax was removed, then sanded smooth.

I primed the piece with shellac bin primer, then 3 coats of custom grey linen:lamp black 5:1, on the body and I then added a coat of the hptc and champagne pearl effects mix, 50:50. The drawer fronts were painted in linen 

I used efex and resin mouldings, both painted in the grey and pearl...

Once upon a time this piece probably served as a potato bin but when I caught sight of it I knew it was the perfect mail station just waiting to be transformed for my mom since it also just happened to be Mother's Day weekend. I worked quickly and finished this gem using GF Queenstown Gray, stunning appliques from D. Lawless Hardware and new crystal knobs.  My mom was and still is in love with it and it has quickly become the gorgeous front door staple in her house I knew it was always meant...

"Just finished up this adorable dry sink cabinet. Painted in General Finishes Reverent Gray Milk Paint. Then finished with an IOD - Iron Orchid Designs Rose & Rogue floral transfer." - The Downtown Farmgirl

"Modern Farmhouse style set of nightstands. These nightstands had been "stained" (by "stained" I mean someone had just brushed one coat of dark reddish brown stain over them without any prep) so I had to sand them down and when I did, I thought the drawers looked pretty farmhouse amazing as they were sanded down! I painted the tops, base, knobs and feet in a distressed General Finishes Perfect Gray to give them a Modern Farmhouse style finish. These might just be in my top faves of...

This vintage buffet has been refinished in Perfect Gray by General Finishes. Java Gel Stain on the legs. Brand new hardware. Distressed. This is such a pretty piece! 

"This vintage oak secretary has a fresh new look. We completely refinished this gorgeous piece with General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint and paired it with natural oak accents. New cast iron hardware give this cool piece a farmhouse twist." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare

"We absolutely adore this versatile MCM dresser/server! This piece was finished with a custom mix of General Finishes Driftwood and Snow White Milk Paint. The legs and drawers were sanded and satined to show their natural wood grain." - Bel Harbor Design Co    
"Love love love this new buffet! Constructed from solid Mahogany, this gorgeous bow front design will last many generations! Painted in General Finishes NEW Reverent Gray, the lightest gray in the neutrals, with a top stained in Fusion Mineral Paint Cappuccino and Natural Stain and Finishing Oil in One." - Flipping Fabulous    

Nighstands in GF's NEW Perfect Gray Milk Paint

General Finishes NEW Perfect Gray Milk Paint by Drab to Fab Designs!

"This paint is so versatile. General Finishes Milk Paint is my go to for a beautiful smooth clean finish. Now it’s my go to for blended, faded and weathered finishes too. Both the Cotton Stem canvas and vanity were created with General Finishes paint and sealers and a bit of Saltwash additive. The base coat is a blended mix of GF Driftwood, Linen, Halcyon Blue and yellow. When painting the Cotton Stems I added SaltWash to my paint to create some texture. I glazed the entire piece with GF...

"This gorgeous client owned piece was updated using General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint and glazed with Argentine Pearl and Pitch Black Glaze Effects. Gorgeous!! ❤️" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration

Top: Primer

Top Left: Seagull Gray

Bottom Left: Empire Gray

Top Right: Perfect Gray

Bottom Right: Driftwood

This antique, solid wood dresser was hand painted in a custom gray made from General Finishes milk paints using a blend of Linen and Driftwood with Pitch Black glaze effects over all those details and crevices. The piece is sealed with multiple layers of High Prformance Top Coat in satin for extra protection. Silver leaf gilding wax adds the final bit of sparkle to give this beauty all the drama it deserves. 

Elegant makes a comeback with this mirror that was transformed from boring bronze to something one woud find in France using Seagull Gray Milk Paint, a wash of French Vanilla and dry brushing as well with gilding wax applied along raised areas and details in Gold Leaf, Ebony and Silver. Sealed with High Performance Top Coat in Flat. 

PRODUCTS USED

  • GF Seagull Gray
  • GF French Vanilla
  • Rub N Buff Ebony
  • Rub N Buff Gold Leaf
  • Rub N Buff...

What was once a well loved and badly worn vanity, is now a charming pair of long legged nightstands. We began this project by separating the side portions of the vanity from the center to form two separate nightstands. Extensive repairs were completed to fix wood and veneer damage as well as molds being made to mimic missing trim on the draw fronts. Once this lovely pair was structurally solid, we cleaned and prepped our surface for paint and stain. The body of each was hand painted in...

How could you cover up that beautiful wood grain?  Their were some pieces of trim that were missing from the doors.  So, after careful reconstruction the doors and frame received two coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood followed by Van Dyke Brown Glaze and High Performance Top Coat in Satin.  The wood grain drawer fronts and top surface were sanded down and stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain followed by GF Arm-R- Seal.

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"My most recent transformation that has been given a glamorous modern makeover with beautiful layers of General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Antique White Milk Paint. Practical but yet sophisticated. From its ornate details to its elaborate original hardware, it is sure to be the centerpiece of any room!" - VannJean Designs

"This pair of end tables were refinished for my sweet friend! We used a custom mix of General Finishes Perfect Gray and Antique White, and then distressed all the edges to tie them into her home decor. I used my HomeRight Finish Max sprayer for a beautifully smooth finish!" - Designs by Birdie

Beautiful custom mix of General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Lamp Black Milk Paint by Why Not Redesign.

This beauty recieved a dramatic update in classic colors... but we added a bit of a twist by starting with a dark base then using the white glaze & silver accents to create a unique, regal finish!

Hand painted in General Finishes Queenstown Grey, lightly distressed, glazed with Winter White to accent those incredible details and sealed with High Performance Top Coat, she is ready for a whole new life!

Wow!  Vintage transformed into modern!

You can’t go wrong with this weathered messanger dresser.  Perfect for your office or bedroom!

GF Driftwood 

1 oz each color dry brushed:

GF Antique White, Choc Brown, Snow White, Buttermilk Yellow

Those curves just said “armour” to me, so I went with it! A fantastic faux finish to look like galvanized metal. Layers of Driftwood Gray, White Glaze Effects, and Van Dyke Brown bring this dirty, rustic metal feel to life. This end table became the center of attention in a modern farmhouse living room and completed the look with perfection!! 

The elegant curves of these quaint end tables is contrasted by the rustic look of the faux barnwood tops, creating a versatile charm perfect for any decor.  

Custom Mix of equal parts Driftwood+Basil 

Read blog for all the details. 

Perfect Gray with aging wax. 

"This beautiful buffet went home today! This piece was painted in General Finishes Seagull Gray and glazed in silver and black. What a statement it makes!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration

"I am so excited about the new General Finishes colors! Meet Perfect Gray, with fresh fabric on this sweet gossip chair." - Flipping Fabulous