Topcoats: Oil Based

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Oil Based Topcoats.

"A little over a week ago this old lady walked in after being in Loft storage for over 40 years! She had years of dust and grime, and a darkened old lacquer that didn’t do her deep grain structure much justice! We carefully stripped and thinned her down, unable to truly sand, but cautious enough to reveal her glorious burl again! Sealed in General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, after some stain filling on the previous damages- we’ve got all that old character and a brand new sealed surface for years...
"I worked on another diamond in the rough last week! This custom job turned out soooo good! Sanded to bare wood, and top coated with Arm-R-Seal from General Finishes" - A Life Refurbished    
"I hardly recognize this piece. This was a complete revival from head to toe for this jam cupboard. I just love the interior shelves and how the rough sawn markings are now exposed. It took a can of stripper and several sanding pads but I could not be more surprised and pleased with the final results. Good bye to the “big green giant”. Hello soft and natural wood tones. General Finishes oil based Gel Topcoat." - Paint and Hammer    
"Vintage Mid Century Modern High End Marden Walnut Coffee Table, Long and Lean with solid wood construction. Stripped down revealing some fantastic walnut grain and beautiful multi-tones! Sealed in General Finishes Arm-R-Seal." - Restoration Reserve    
"What a spectacular specimen of Maple! I'm not usually a huge fan of Maple, but the graining character in this piece really changed my heart here! She's stunning. The construction is impeccable. The four Mid Century style peg legs! Look at the way that top is assembled! Stripped down naked and sealed in our absolute ONLY favorite General Finishes Arm-R-Seal for a beautiful glow." - Restoration Reserve    
"Bassett mid century dresser refinished to natural wood and sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. Gorgeous brass handles, feet caps, and lower accent bar make this piece a stunner." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
"This custom beauty needed very little work, except refinishing the top and touching up the rest, along with polishing the handles to get that brass shine back. Gorgeous mid century piece. Top sanded and sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
"Custom Bassett mid century dresser ready for its new home. Refinished with General Finishes oil based Arm-R-Seal Topcoat on the drawers and Lamp Black Milk Paint on the frame." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
"The table top was sanded to raw wood and sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. The base and chairs were painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint and sealed with High Performance Topcoat." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
"Lane Perception nightstand refinished to natural wood and sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. Two toned wood give this mid century piece a unique look." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0  
"This gorgeous Bassett dresser is ready to find a new home! Refinished to natural wood and sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, this mid century piece has unique legs and handles featuring a two toned wood design." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
Absolutely stunning walnut veneer MCM dresser! There's no stain on this beauty! Sanded and topcoated with GF oil based Arm-R-Seal and accented with GF Lamp Black Milk Paint.    
"Another custom request out the door. Lynn wanted a Walnut log slice end table for her daughter so we made it happen! After removing all the bark we sanded it, epoxied the cracks in the wood and sealed it in General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in Semi Gloss. The customer got to pick the legs and the specific height she wanted and that's it!!" - Upcycling by Amy    
"General Finishes Arm-R-Seal made this wood look amazing! No stain needed. This beauty is finished and sold." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    

"Walnut build. This is probably my favorite table due to the incredible grain. This table will see many years of family gatherings, and has plenty of room in its 9 foot length to seat extended family." - Mack Wood Worx

"Classic mid century dresser redesigned in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint with drawers sanded to a gorgeous wood grain and sealed in GF Arm-R-Seal." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    

"I had some time last week and this 1957 Drexel Campagna drop leaf table had been sitting around the shop since last year, so I figured now was as good as time as any!! The apron, legs and chairs are all finished in General Finishes Enduro White Poly and as I was sanding the top down I noticed that it was a beautiful Walnut Veneer with Pecan accent so all that needed was to be sealed with GF Arm-R-Seal to make it pop! Reupholstered the chairs in a cool check pattern and it was complete. This...

"Benjamin Moore Avocado on the outside, and stripped down to the bare base of MCM Walnut. We've brought these ladies into the modern world and haven't asked them to give up any of their originality in the process! With beautiful grains like that, why would we need anything further than General Finishes Arm-R-Seal over the drawers and tops! Beautiful original sweeping brass pulls." - Restoration Reserve    

Made this walnut coffee table and finished it with Seal A Cell and Arm R Seal.

"Vintage Mahogany Chest of Drawers. The top and all the drawers were sanded down and clear coated with oiled based polyurethane which is General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. The exterior perimeter was painted in black chalk paint and then distressed and sealed. I actually kept the original hardware only because I didn’t want anything flashy that would draw your attention away from that wonderful veneer. So I just sprayed it with hammered black satin spray." - Steener's Attic Refinished, Repurposed and...
"Solid Cherry, she has an amazing top we just couldn't get over- so we bleached the red tones out and were left with a fabulous neutral! No stain at all, just clear coated in our absolute favorite hand applied General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. Base has been refreshed in Persian Blue with Pitch Black and light grey glazes for detail." - Restoration Reserve    

First coat of satin ARS on walnut cabinet top. Nothing compares to the look of walnut hardwood. Arm-R-Seal, visibly drives home the point. 

"This solid mahogany antique chest of drawers (circa the late 1800s/early 1900s) is by far the most beautiful piece of furniture I’ve ever had the pleasure of refinishing. The quality of the wood speaks for itself, so it’s no wonder mahogany furniture is so difficult to find these days. In addition to the rare Knapp Joints on the drawers, each one has a functioning lock with the original key. I sanded off the existing finish and stain, conditioned the natural wood and sealed it with my...
"A Repaint Job turned Original Restore.... This client had done this desk once awhile back..... unfortunately, she was a bit disappointed in the way the paint looked and decided maybe we should give it a shot in our studio! We started stripping it down again, and found ourselves some beautiful walnut... and I don't just mean veneer..... Those grains match the entire depth of the wood. Soooooo she loved the aging in the legs which weren't painted previously and we decided a timeless look...
"Finished up this live edge, locally sourced Black Walnut coffee table today. Tapered brass legs, maple and purple heart bow tie keys. Finished with several layers of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal." - Kamarka Makerworks    
"Classic style mid century dresser redesigned in General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint with drawers sanded and left natural with GF Arm-R-Seal." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
"Every inch of this one was sanded down and sealed. No stain. That’s all the natural wood shining. Sometimes I use stain, and others I don’t because the woodgrain is often so pretty as is. Sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal." - Amost Simple Home  
"Modern, streamlined maple end tables. These are a perfect addition to a bedroom, guestroom or livingroom. These are built by my husband and sealed in General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin finish topcoat." - Upcycling by Amy    
"Y’all say ‘hey’ to Ben. He’s that guy standing in the corner of the room…… Filled with Utilitarian bulk and gorgeous eyes. Hefty and strong this old Empire guy has the bones of an ox and the mahogany burl veneers of a model. Top is a solid piece if chestnut toned walnut that makes all the brunette ladies out there jealous. One single swirled curl in the middle. He’s trimmed out in General Finishes Twilight, a rich deep navy with hardcore midnight blue-purple undertones- which agree with...
"The Annika Set. Annika reminds me of a beautiful blond hair, blue eyed Sweed. She's got strong features but gentle in stature and grace. Earthy and versatile, light and airy. Annika here is a modern dresser and nightstand combination set. She had some fabulous graining that we absolutely HAD to pair with a perfect white. Couldn't you see this literally ANYWHERE? Clean lines and ultra durable finish in a simple crisp white by Benjamin Moore. Drawers and base have been sealed in General...
"I call her Clara. Because our objective here was to "Clear" her up. You know what I'm talking about..... that old aged Lacquer look that tends to 'cloud' over all the wood grain. We could see the imprints of the fine woodwork below, but it was hard to distinguish the grain patterning below that thick old finish. Honestly I'm not sure I've ever had a buffet with THIS many different wood species in it! She wasn't in terrible shape. A little moisture damage here and there, a few pieces of...

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"A Mid-1800's Empire redesigned into a kitchen cart, coffee or liquor bar or hallway storage. We removed two drawers and shiplapped inside to create a fabulous storage nook. Add some old wire baskets, or perfect for bottle storage! Inside finished in General Finishes Lamp Black for that slightly industrial feel. Outside has been fully stripped to reveal some pretty fantastic grain patterning even with a few pieces missing, and sealed in multiple coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin.... because I mean......
"This gorgeous live edge Walnut Desk and moveable riser is the perfect size space to get your work done without taking up too much space! This would also make an amazing sofa table or coffee bar. The wood is really the showstopper here and was completely sealed in General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in a Satin finish to protect the look for years to come ." - Upcycling by Amy        
"I must say the transformation of our den has been wonderful with the addition of the hand hewn beam. Finished with General Finishes Seal-A-Cell and Arm-R-Seal products." Aron Roberts    
"Thank you General Finishes for such great products. I designed and built this custom closet for a house in Palo Alto, CA. Figured sapele, all finished with Seal-A-Cell and Arm-R-Seal. The pictures don't do it justice, the panels feel like silk and absolutely glow. Arm-R-Seal for the win! The finishing took ~150 hours, and ~4 gallons." - David Zaret of Curl and Burl ( in Ann Arbor, MI.   L
"I can’t get over all the beautiful details on this tall boy. From the weaved cane drawer fronts to the coolest brass pulls I’ve seen, this one is just. I sanded off the original dark finish then sealed it with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. No stain needed to make this one shine." - Amost Simple Home   Learn more about GF oil based Arm-R-Seal Topcoat in this video:
"Sven took me a little out of my comfort zone as I realized his hardware measurements are virtually impossible size to find nowadays. He looks to me like a beautiful blended piece between likely the 40's and late 50's as the decorative veneered waterfall style turned into the more moderne MCM style. His walnut-veneered body is fully stripped down to naked grain and sealed in General Finishes hand applied Arm-R-Seal in satin. No stain, no frills. Just the tones of the bare wood beneath! I...
"General Finishes in for the win! Lamp Black Milk Paint, Seal-A-Cell and Arm-A-Seal turned this project back to its former glory. The pulls are original solid brass. How cool is that!? Added legs to make it a little more modern and lighter and removed the dated glass. Overall very happy with the outcome. Thanks GF!" - Dianne Hunter    
"If you've ever wanted a statement piece in your dining room or large foyer, this is her! We like to call her Sunflower around here, but this beautiful 60" pedestal table has a circular granite center, surrounded by inlaid Walnut burl and Pecan veneered pieces. We painstakingly and cautiously stripped all the cracked old lacquer off, and recoated the top in a hand applied Arm-R-Seal Finish by General Finishes, that will last for years to come! Dark wood base." - Restoration Reserve  
"I picked up this hope chest so many months ago and it sat all alone in our garage. I felt so bad not giving it any attention but I had so many other projects to focus on. Luckily last week one of my favorite customers asked if I had a Hope Chest on hand....DING! There it is. So I pulled this poor lost soul out and started cleaning her up! The top and all four sides were completely sanded down. The veneer looked like it had amazing potential so I knew I had to do my best to preserve it....
"Just completed this Vintage Seven Drawer Solid Mahogany Federal Desk & Chair. The beautiful wood surfaces were all sanded down and clear coated with General Finishes Arm-R-seal. This is a lighter mahogany which isn’t as much red as it is golden. The remainder was painted in black chalk paint and heavily distressed and then sealed. I just had to keep the original vintage brass hardware but decided to spray it in black gloss."   
"The massive maple round coffee table is finally at home! The customer came to us with a rustic “stump” base in mind, and a maple cookie top, so we rummaged around and found a burled ambrosia maple crotch outside and went to work with the chainsaw! Love the flow of the entire piece! As we had this in the shop,I kept thinking, man,this is a giant coffee table, but it fits like a glove in this beautiful mountaintop home!!"     
Fun, unique table finished with GF Arm-R-Seal    Learn more about how to apply General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in this video:
"Made a box to hold all my Hanayama metal puzzles. Using the Rockler Woodworking and Hardware box joint router jig to make the box joints and also using hinges from Rockler. The box is made from padauk and curly maple from Ocooch Hardwoods and finished with General Finishes Seal-A-Cell finish. Now the puzzles all have a home."  GF's Seal-A-Cell is an unusual combination of oils, urethanes and waxes, and has served craftsman for decades as the best wipe-on clear coat to get that "natural"...
"Twenty eight feet of perfectly spalted live edge Red River Pecan joined together to make a conference table. We finished this with General Finishes Arm R Seal Satin."   Learn more about how to apply GF Arm-R-Seal in this video:
" 'The Caroline' OH Sweet Caroline. The update she desperately needed... including the salvation of some rare and amazing burl. This lady has been in my shop for over 6 months. I didn't know how I wanted to refresh her until I gently thinned that old lacquer off one door, to reveal a naked natural grain I KNEW we needed to preserve! Since the legs were what I felt was dating it I decided that would be the best place to add some painted details to bring her up to today's standards, without...
"Couch caddy! This beautiful piece is 10” wide 24” long made from solid walnut and African paduak. Finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss" - Check out out video to learn how to apply Arm-R-Seal at
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Stunning serpentine bathroom vanity finished with General Finishes oil based Arm-R-Seal Topcoat