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"Another completed banister makeover ♥️ We used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain on the handrail and the spindles were painted in pure white." - Thrifty Designs LLC of Gibraltar, MI    
"Another banister makeover completed. I used General Finishes Carbon Gray Gel Stain. First time using on a banister and I love the way it turned out "  Thrifty Designs LLC    
"Finished up this black gel stained banister today as always using my favorite General Finishes." - Thrifty Designs LLC    
"I recently restored these staircases and their handrails in a historic building in Newburgh, NY. The handrails are a mix of old existing walnut, and new walnut where the handrails & fittings were missing. On these handrails I used GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal gloss followed by 1 coat of Arm-R-Seal satin. I really love the deep rich quality of the Gel Stain and the way that the Arm-R-Seal lays down, and how these products can be easily hand applied." 
"Banister turned out beautiful. We used General Finishes Java Gel Stain to achieve this look." - Thrifty Designs LLC    

Black Gel Stain, White spindles

General Finishes Black Gel Stain stair banister makeover.    
"The entire banister /spindles were all oak. We stained the handrail Java Gel Stain by General Finishes and painted the spindles white." - Thrifty Designs LLC    
"Creating custom stain colors with General Finishes isn’t just for furniture… the client wanted me to match her floors. To achieve this color I layered Candlelite Gel Stain with Antique Walnut Gel Stain . Painted the spindles white." - Thrifty Designs LLC    
"Your staircase is typically one of the first things you see when entering a home. The design of it can set the stage for your home. For this banister we used General Finishes Java Gel Stain and repainted the spindles in a brighter white." - Thrifty Designs LLC       
"What a crazy adventure this was ! Initially, we were contracted to only paint the white & paint the brown railings black. Once the brown upholstered carpet was removed, we discovered that the stairs were painted and the risers were covered in adhesive. Being the curios type I am, I uncovered the bottom tread, partial riser & partial post and it was revealed that there is some gorgeous wood under all of that! I really pushed to stain the risers and treads. Initially they were...
"We’ve taken this from it’s original honey oak state to a more modern look with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Brushable White Enamel!" - Goodwillhunting Lawson    
"We’ve taken this staircase from its oak state to a more modern feel with a nice pop of color! We’ve used General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Brushable White Enamel with some mild distressing!" - Goodwillhunting Lawson    
"Before & After. Painted in General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint and sealed with High Performance Topcoat Satin." - Weathered Edge Furniture, LLC.    
"We’ve taken it from its original state and refinished it in General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint with Pitch Black Glaze Effects on top." - Good Will Hunting Lawson    

Honey oak original to this more modern feel! We’ve finished this staircase in...

"Transformed this spiral staircase from it’s original state to a more modern look that really POPS! Finished in...

Stair railing makeover with GF Dark Chocolate Milk Paint.    
Staircase makeover with General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint and Brushable White Enamel by Goodwillhunting Lawson.    
"I’m so in love with this timeless Webster Groves staircase! Such a classic beauty. The railings & posts were never clear coated from the previous contractor so they were really dull and faded. The treads were failing big time and I suspect the proper floor rated clear coat was not used to protect them.   We completely refinished all the oaks treads, cleaned the railings and posts and I dyed everything with a custom blend of General Finishes Dye Stains using Light Brown, Medium...
"We’ve finished them in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Brushable White Enamel, distressed and then sealed with High Performance Topcoat in a satin finish."        
"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...
"Thank you General Finishes for creating such an amazing line of professional products! This stunning staircase makeover was created using GF Milk Paint in Lamp Black, for a smooth as silk brush mark free finish! GF Antique White was used on the oak floor boards at the landing, and top floor. Top coated for extra protection with High Performance Topcoat in flat which creates a beautiful soft sheen." - Daisy Kay Designs & Vintage Finds   Find your favorite GF products in the U.S. at...

"These have been hand-painted in General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint with the mantel having both Dark Chocolate, then washed with Seagull Gray Milk Paint for a smokey/vintage wooden feel! Everything has been distressed and sealed with High Performance Topcoat! We hope you love!" - Goodwillhunting Lawson

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

General Finishes is the first company to manufacture a complete water based wood floor finishing system for the residential, commercial and sports floor industry. Learn more about the 7 finishes GF has to offer by going to

Suzanne Bagheri - The Painted Drawer Collection gave her stairs a makeover with General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint.   Suzanne says, "It is a very deep brown and won’t show any dirt. The risers and side trim were given a fresh coat of bright white semi-gloss paint. It took three coats of the Dark Chocolate milk paint to fully cover the treads. After they dried, I touched up where the white risers met the dark brown treads. This was the difficult part because the caulk application...
Jeremy Harnish Designer Finishes used his Craftsman Finishes technique and finished this AMAZING Black Walnut staircase built by Horst Architects with General Finishes Enduro-Var Flat.   Learn more about GF's Enduro-Var water based topcoat here:    
Loving this modern beach house look by Craftsman Finishes. The doors, jambs and baseboards are gorgeous Honduran Mahogany that have been stained with GF RTM (Ready to Match) Water Based Stain System and sealed with flat Enduro-Var topcoat. The stair treads have been sealed with General Finishes Pro-Image Flooring Topcoat as well.    

Check out this awesome transformation by Gina Zastany! She livened up this staircase using the oh so charming Brown Mahogany Gel Stain

Awesome stair transformation by Lauren Otto! She used GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain for a fresh modern look.   Learn more about GF Gel Stain in this video:    
"Just finished my railings using GF Gel Stain in Brown Mahogany. Did you know that WD-40 removes gel stain splatters and spills from carpet! Don't ask me how I know that. LOL" - Sharyn Meisner Ross   Check out this video from GF to learn how to prep existing finishes for stain or paint -    

Total transformation with Java Gel Stain by DRE DESIGNS!

NOTE: The only GF topcoat we recommend using on stairs or floors is Pro Image Topcoat. Pro Image can be special ordered from a GF Retailer near you. Let Gel Stain dry a minimum of 72 hours before adding Pro Image Topcoat or any other water based sealant.

Learn more about how to apply GF Gel Stain in these tutorial videos :...

Linda of Hello I Live Here says, "General Finishes Java Gel Stain to the rescue. From builder grade to upgrade." Fantastic work, Linda!

The Painted Drawer Collection says, "My stair risers have been painted yet again – yes, yet again ;) I was tired of the stenciling and decided to paint the backs of the stairs in General Finishes Antique White. It matches my beach chic dresser that I placed in my foyer and tones the space down. I also want to show you how well the treads have worn. If you remember, I whitewashed them in Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and didn’t seal them (scared to make them slippery). They are really...

Do your stairs, banisters or railings need a more modern look? Do what Douglas Parsons did! He stained his with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and sealed them with GF Arm-R Seal Topcoat.

Super stylish stair makeover from Stakey Brown. She used GF's Lamp Black Milk Paint with our water based High Performance Top Coat in Satin to completely transform this staircase. Looks great!

This stunning staircase was stained in GF's Espresso Water Based Wood Stain and sealed with Enduro-Var Top Coat.