Kitchen & Bath: Upcycled

MyBell Boutique used Java Gel Stain for these kitchen cabinets and island.

Can't get enough of this bathroom makeover from Rehab to Fab! The cabinets were updated with GF Seagull Gray Milk Paint and it looks fabulous! Get all the details of this project at   Learn more about how to use GF Milk Paint in this tutorial video ~

Dan Deering completed this fantastic kitchen transformation just in time for his girlfriend to return home from Florida. What an amazing surprise!

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We love this kitchen transformation! Maria Manochio refinished her kitchen cabinets using General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint and High Performance Top Coat Satin.

Restyle Junkie made over these kitchen cabinets with custom mix of GF Driftwood and Seagull Gray Milk Paint and sealed with GF's water based High Performance Topcoat in flat. Looks great!!   Check out Restyle Junkie at Sign up for one of their amazing diy classes or see what they can do for your cabinets! You can also visit them in person at 625 W Deer Valley Rd, Ste 108 Phoenix, AZ to purchase GF...

 The builder grade oak cabinets are original to the home which was built in 2007. Solid cabinets so there’s no reason to rip them out when I knew I could transform them.

Prep is ESSENTIAL to ANY transformation! I removed all the doors, hardware and hinges. I normally use TSP but was out so I used my 2nd favorite cleaner, ‘Greased Lightning’. You name it, it gets it off!  I scrubbed them and used a tooth brush in the corners where nearly a decade worth of gunk was in. I rinsed them...

Rescued Furnishings, GF's Retailer of the Month, refreshed this kitchen with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. Quite the difference!   Visit Rescued Furnishings at 2714 Lafayette Ave, Rear St. Louis, MO to purchase your favorite GF products. Interested in a kitchen makeover of your own? Get a quote at    

"This kitchen is a show stopper. I used General Finishes custom matched color called Cake Batter and GF Enduro Poly Satin Topcoat. The cabinets were brown, so I primed first, sprayed three coats of paint and sanded back between coats and then applied 3 coats of Enduro Poly."

Matthew Shearer gave his kitchen cabinets a fantastic face-lift using General Finishes Java Gel Stain topped with High Performance Top Coat.   

"Absolutely love the result, but I had to be quite patient in between coats of the Gel Stain. It took 2-3 days for the stain to completely dry but top coat only needed two hours dry time between coats. Next time I would spend a little more time making sure high use areas of the cabinets were extra clean and prepped. -Matthew   


"What an incredible difference! It doesn't even look like the same space. We love the modern spin on farmhouse style.
Cabinets are done in our popular distressed Antique White finish with General Finishes Milk Paint." -Recycle Junkie 

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We recommend sealing Milk Paint with High Performance Top Coat on high use areas like kitchen cabinets and table tops.

This stellar kitchen transformation was completed by Andrea Worley with the help of GF's Snow White Milk Paint and High Performance Top Coat.

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Simply Loved by Julia says, "General Finishes products are the best, this kitchen was given it's face lift with Java Gel Stain and sealed with High Performance Flat. Goodbye 80's oak, hello beautiful cabinets!

A HUGE thank you to my husband for letting me run with my vision!"




Bethania Motto completed this fantastic kitchen transformation using General Finishes Millstone Milk Paint topped with 3 coats of High Performance Top Coat.

We are completely inspired by the stunning kitchen makeover completed by Donnalyn Ginther using GF's Gray Gel Stain! "I was so excited to do this project and I absolutely love the end result!!! I have had so many compliments so far and I am looking into doing the dining room table with the java gel here sometime soon. I just am thrilled with our product and honestly, the total cost of this entire project was under $100!! (I bought two of the largest cans of the grey from Woodcraft, I then...
Donna Ginther transformed her bathroom using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. What a gorgeous result!
Potentially Chic completed this superb kitchen transformation using General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint highlighted by a glaze made out of Queenstown Gray Milk Paint. Queenstown Gray Milk Paint was also used to refinish the island base.
This stunning bathroom transformation was completed by Potentially Chic with the help of General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint.
Country cottage vanity unit

This cottage style vanity unit with a swivel mirror was created from an Edwardian dressing chest. The base unit is painted in Seagull and washed with Winter White glaze to enhance the carving and finished with High Performance Satin Topcoat. We are thrilled with the result - another successful GF paint job!

Get a load of this kitchen transformation of Restyle Junkie! Restyle Junkie says, "We absolutely love using Antique Walnut Gel Stain in our customer's kitchens!"
This stunning kitchen transformation was completed by Potentially Chic using General Finishes creamy Antique White Milk Paint!

Rescued Furnishings says, "Who is ready for THIS!?!?!??!?!?! I want to jump up and down and sing from the mountains because Cynthia let us paint her kitchen in our signature color!!!! Brave and bold! Plus without the oak the back splash pops! I didn't even notice it before. And the counters (which they dislike) really do look better! Galapagos blue may not be for every single one of you but oak definitely isn't and I couldn't be happier with the outcome! I want to hug this kitchen!"


Redbriar Antiques says, "These pictures were sent to us by Heather Bartolomei. She has revamped her entire kitchen using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and what a fantastic job she did!! Amazing transformation, Heather. Great job!!"
Awesome transformation from Potentially Chic! They took these drab yellow cabinets and brightened them up with General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint. Get all the details of this project at
Awesome kitchen transformation from Natasha Sawyer! She used General Finishes Java Gel Stain to give her cabinets a modern new look!

This stunning mirror and vanity were refinished by Love to Pieces using General Finishes Java Gel Stain!

Great before and after of a bathroom vanity refinished with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain by Jenn - a traveling Wife! See more details of this project at
"Love how this two-toned kitchen out! Uppers done In Linen by GF. Bottom cabinets done in a custom blend of Dark Chocolate and Millstone by General Finishes with amazing hardware by D Lawless!" - Evey's Creations
Farm Fresh Vintage Finds says, "Super pleased with this beautiful kitchen transformation we just finished. It's painted in General Finishes Linen Milk Paint." Gorgeous!

Amazing transformation from Amy of Back To Life Restoration & Home Decor! She used GF Antique White Milk Paint, an antiquing glaze then sealed them with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin.

Valerie of Occasionally Crafty is in the middle of updating her outdated honey oak cabinets with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. Valerie says, "I am working in stages. So far I've completed the counter that looks out towards the living room, and I LOVE it. It is going to totally transform my kitchen when I'm done."

Loving this kitchen cabinet restyle from Art is Beauty! The lower cabinets were painted with General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint and sealed with High Performance Topcoat in satin. They look fantastic! Karin of Art is Beauty says, " I have to tell you, this paint is so awesome. My kids and I love to cook, and even more..make messes. This paint has withstood all of that. I love the added strength that the hard finish added. And its still looks like I JUST painted it."

Another amazing GF Gel Stain transformation!! Karen Tillinghast Painter shared these cabinet doors and says, "Love your Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, before and after two coats. So easy!!"
BEFORE and AFTER! Here it is!! I know many of you were waiting to see the transformation... Many thanks to my client Steve for having the confidence in me and making it a great experience!!! Looks so beautiful now (if I may say so!). Good luck Steve in your new home! _ Cabinets primed and then painted in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and glazed with their Van Dyke Brown Glaze. Finished in their High Performance Topcoat in satin. - Make It A Masterpiece_ of Absecon, NJ

The Vintage Chicks, Tx Antiques & Vintage Furniture updated this 15 year old kitchen with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint, Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects and High Performance Topcoat in Flat.

The Painted Drawer says, "I’m halfway done with my painted kitchen cabinets! I’ve finished the bottom cabinets in General Finishes milk paint in Millstone. I really love this color. First, let me say that painting my cabinets in this paint is a dream. It is super silky to apply and dries quickly. I painted in one direction for the first coat and the opposite direction for the second coat and it left no brush marks. Honestly, they look factory painted." Learn more about this project by...

Atlanta Decorative Finishes made this fabulous kitchen transformation a reality using 2 coats of GF's Enduro White Poly tinted to a Benjamin Moore creamy white and topped with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. Enduro Sanding Sealer was applied and everything was sealed in 2 coats of Enduro Clear Poly. We just love the end result! Before painting, Atlanta Decorative Finishes thoroughly prepped and sanded the cabinets and then applied Zinsser BIN primer. Surface preparation is an extremely...

Potentially Chic made this beautiful kitchen look and feel lighter and bigger using General Finishes products. Linen Milk Paint was topped with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects for additional dimension in the detail of the cabinet doors and drawers. To learn more about this project, visit the blog post:
Christina of The Rustic Seahorse transformed this kitchen using white paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. "It's my favorite glaze product." -Christina
Christina of The Rustic Seahorse used GF's Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects to add dimension to this kitchen! See the difference created by glaze: "It's my favorite glaze product." -Christina

Michele Roumayah Clark created this stunning kitchen island transformation with the help of General Finishes Black Gel Stain and High Performance Top Coat Satin. Reminder: when mixing oil and water based products you must increase wait time between coats! View this GF video tutorial for more information:

Check out our most recent kitchen makeover! We pulled it together just in time for wedding guests to arrive! It was finished in Antique White with a black inking line. The cabinets have a brand new look and they love it!!! - Nicole from Rescued Furnishings_

Holly and Ty at Drabs 2 Fabs_ flipped this outdated RV and transformed it into a charming country chic home! The cabinets were finished with Snow White Milk Paint to brighten up the space. Holly shares, "We have a little side hobby of flipping RV's! We refinished the cabinets in this one with General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint and glazed them. We painted the countertop and table with Rustoleums countertop paint, painted the inside of the shower with shower epoxy, tore out the floors and...

Mix and Match Fashion, Mixing in Splashes of Color says, "A few months ago, I shared that we had done a few home updates and were in the middle of a kitchen remodel. These were our goals for the remodel: 1. Replace our laminate countertops 2. Add a backsplash 3. Darker cabinets 4. Keep costs down as much as possible In order to keep costs down, we made the decision to take care of the cabinets ourselves. I’ll admit, I was terrified of painting our cabinets…neither one of us had any real idea...

Loving this cabinet update from Rhonda Donnelly! Master bath remodel complete with beautiful Driftwood cabinets and HP flat. Chrome hardware will complete the look. Driftwood is such a beautiful color to work with as the coverage is excellent and smooth. Thanks for sharing Rhonda!

We can't get enough of this magazine-worthy kitchen makeover by Holly at Drabs 2 Fabs_! Holly shares, "This is one of my favorite kitchens we have refinished! I love glazed kitchens and this one was a perfect candidate with all the bead board. This kitchen was done with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and glazed with Van Dyke Brown." Learn how to use GF Glaze Effects in our "How to Glaze" video, starring the very talented Holly! Check it out here:...
Delicious Dark Chocolate cabinet upcycle by Theresa at King's Creations_! Theresa says, "Before and After of kitchen makeover using Dark Chocolate Milk Paint and Polyacrylic by King's Creations." Check out our new video for more tips on cabinet refinishing, "A Stunning Update for Your Kitchen Cabinets Using General Finishes Gel Stain" at :)
Jenny at Rustic Roots_ restyled this gorgeous kitchen with Queenstown Gray Milk Paint and High Performance Topcoat in Flat for a chic, modern finish. Love it!
Lovely Linen Kitchen Refresh

3 quarts of Antique White and Arm-R-Seal were the winning combination for the outstanding kitchen makeover! - Theresa King of King's Creations​ of Farmington, MO.

Jen's Furniture Rehab shared this lovely two-toned kitchen makeover! Jen says, "Originally, the cabinets in this 1950's galley kitchen were a very dark wood. When the clients came into my shop for consult, they could not decide between the colors of Millstone and Linen, and after hearing that the cabinet doors were flat, I suggested using both to give the kitchen a bit more dimension. I used Linen on the doors and drawers, and Millstone on the bones. The clients chose a lovely simple new...