Topcoats: Water Based

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Water Based Topcoats.

"This hall table top is made from 3/4" solid walnut and the legs are 2" solid maple. The side aprons are maple and the front and back aprons are walnut with a band of maple. The beefy legs were rough cut with a bandsaw then shaped by hand. All wood is natural with a clear finish of GF High Performance Satin Top Coat." - Ann of Annie's Impressions

Ann entered this piece into the Woodworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"The Compass Rose Coffee Table is made primarily of Macassar ebony, with an inlaid compass rose of holly and etimoe.  The compass rose is encircled by a 16-sector pie-matched grain pattern, with a waterfall edge.  The outer edge is beveled to reveal a jet black gaboon ebony detail.  The legs are ebonized poplar.

Macassar ebony is a stunning wood that is most impressive when displayed with a high-clarity mirror-like finish.  The 1920's Art Deco masterpieces by Jacques Ruhlmann are the...

We are LOVING this kitchen island countertop! Cask Woodworking custom-designed and finished this lovely in High Performance Topcoat Satin.

To learn more about this project, go to Cask's blog at http://bit.ly/2bj4KjY.

See more amazing custom-designed projects at our Design Center at http://bit.ly/2bQnxiw.

Trillium Park Designs thrill us with this charming dresser! They painted the shell of this piece in Antique White Milk Paint and High Performance Topcoat Satin.

They explain, "The top pic shows this American of Martinsville dresser in her "as found" state surrounded by the usual estate sale chotskies. The frame and drawer back panels were painted and the rest left as is. That little bit of white on the drawer fronts and frame edge make that diamond veneer pattern pop!"

Find...

Andrew Bishop of River Bottom Restoration Furniture shocked us with this astounding custom-designed island! He used HIgh Performance Topcoat Semi-Gloss to give it that natural sheen!

Andrew explains about the project, "It was incredible to have been a part of this amazing project by Tana Hergenraeder, Realtor, Century 21 Hometown Brokers. I can't believe how good my Russian Olive Waterfall...

"I'm just stopping by to say thanks for your great products: Java Gel, and High Performance Top Coats in Satin and Flat to help restore this striking sideboard! It was imported from England and designed by a respected designer of mid century pieces...Peter Hayward. It's ready for another 60 years of love and life! :) " ~ Robin of RPK Interiors   Find your favorite GF products at Rockler, Wood Essence, Klingspor, Amazon, or Lee Valley in Canada. NOTE: Woodcraft stores carry all of GF’s...

Gorgeous custom made stools finished with General Finishes Enduro-Var Varnish.

"The birdseye maple veneer was in great shape, not perfect, but pretty enough that I couldn't paint over it all. The frame and top were painted in General Finishes Lamp Black and then sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in flat. A classically pretty piece of furniture." - Modern Day Vintage  
This MCM Sideboard by Phoenix Restoration of Seattle, WA was refinished with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and satin High Performance Topcoat. Get all the details of this project at http://www.phoenixrestorationseattle.com/before-after-mid-century-modern...   Find your favorite GF products at Rockler, Wood Essence, Klingspor, Amazon, or Lee Valley in...
"I am so happy with how this gorgeous antique dressing table/vanity/dresser turned out! The General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain was exactly what was needed to bring this Eastlake style piece back to her glory. The wood was protected with their High Performance Polyurethane in a soft satin finish. As would be expected with an antique, this piece has it's marks of time, and are part of the wonderful charm. There a few nicks in the body, and the tilting mirror has a few shadowed areas, all of which...

This beautiful hand-crafted console was built by Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking and sealed with General Finishes Enduro-Var Top Coat.

This magnificent skeleton chair was built by Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking and sealed with General Finishes water based Enduro-Var Top Coat!

Enduro-Var Top Coat ambers increasingly with time and should never be used with oil based products.

Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking is a true master of his craft! Jason built this beautiful desk and sealed it with General Finishes water based Enduro-Var Top Coat.

Jason Bedre built this beautiful end table out of poplar and sealed it with General Finishes Enduro-Var Top Coat! 

Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking is a true master of his craft! Jason built this beautiful desk and sealed it with General Finishes water based Enduro-Var Top Coat.

Everything Jason Bedre touches is a work of art!

This solid cherry craftsman style vanity was built by Jason and sealed with General Finishes PreCat Urethane. 

MFG Note:
Pre Cat Urethane has been discontinued.

We recommend using High Performance as a water based sealant that dries clear, or Enduro-var as a water based sealant that ambers.

Let oil based finishes dry for 72 hours before adding High Performance. We do not...

This outstanding hand-crafted perfume maker's desk was made by Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking and sealed with General Finishes water based Enduro-Var Top Coat.

This beautiful piece was built by Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking and sealed with General Finishes water based Enduro-Var top coat. 

GF's Enduro-Var ambers increasingly with time and it should not be combined with oil based products.

This stunning hand-crafted bed by Jason of Bedre Woodworking was sealed in General Finishes Enduro-Var Top Coat.

This beautiful dresser was refinished by Evolution of Style using General Finishes Walnut Water Based Wood Stain and High Performance Satin.

"Heres a tip when painting stripes  I used a bit of the General Finishes top coat to seal the tape down so that paint doesnt bleed through. Even though Im a big fan of my Edgelock Delicate Surface Tape, I didnt want to take any chances, given the amount of work I put into this piece."

For more design tips and pictures of this project,...

"The frame of this beautiful Henredon Campaign dresser was sanded, primed, and painted in Antique White Milk Paint and sealed with several coats of High Performance Top Coat in satin. The drawer fronts were sanded and stained in Antique Walnut (Gel Stain) and finished with multiple coats of Arm-R-Seal. This classic dresser went from a heavy, dark 70s look - with quite a few dings and scratches - to a much lighter, modern feel." - Trillium Park Designs   Watch this video to learn more...

"Hey GF! Antique Walnut and HPTC in Gloss was used to restore this midcentury beauty. Thanks again for creating such an great and easy to use product."

Jason Bedre installed this custom-made bathroom counter and used Enduro-Var Waterbased Varnish as the finish.

Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking used Enduro-Var Varnish as the topcoat for this custom made entertainment center.

Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking created this custom chair and used Enduro-Var Varnish as the topcoat.

David MacIver of MacIver Carpentry and Remodeling located in Russell, MA hand crafted these built in shelves from locally sourced American Black Walnut. No stain was used! Just GF Flat Out Flat Topcoat. That natural color is amazing! David says, "Your water based products are easy on odor, dry fast and really highlight the depth and beauty of natural wood. I've only recently discovered your products, and so far love them."   Check out this video from GF to learn more about how to apply...

This magazine-worthy bed was hand-crafted by Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking and sealed with General Finishes water based Enduro-Var Top Coat.

MFG Note:
We do not recommend mixing Enduro-Var satin top coat with oil based products. 

This magazine-worthy table was crafted by Jason of Bedre Woodworking and sealed with GF Enduro-Var Top Coat.

MFG NOTE:
Enduro-Var water based top coat ambers increasingly with time. We do not recommend using Enduro-Var over an oil based product. 

Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking sealed this beautiful hand-crafted box with GF Enduro-Var Top Coat.

MFG NOTE:
We do not recommend using Enduro-Var on the same project as oil based finishes.

This fantastic solid maple entertainment center was transformed by Adam Nowicki of Empire Woodworks using GF products.

Adam's Approach:
1) Applied a trans tin and water mixture for an initial layer of color.

2) Sprayed a toner created by combining GF's Enduro-Var Top Coat diluted by 20% and mixed with trans tint.

3) Applied GF's Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects over the entire piece and wiped away with a paper towel.

4) Sprayed Enduro-Var...

This outstanding buffet was hand-crafted by Jason Bedre of Bedre Woodworking and stained with General Finishes Medium Brown Dye Stain sealed with Enduro-Var Top Coat.

MFG NOTES
-Enduro-Var ambers increasingly with time like an oil based top coat.
-We do not recommend using Enduro-Var on the same project as an oil based finish.

 

Rusty Revival completed this lovely dresser with General Finishes Java Gel Stain, Lamp Black Milk Paint and High Performance Topcoat.
River Bottom Restoration Furniture builds gorgeous furniture out of trees that are considered noxious weeds! He sealed this beautiful table with General Finishes High Performance Semi-Gloss top coat. "Western Red Cedar is to Texas as Russian Olive is to Montana. Just finished up this outdoor table made out of Western Red Cedar. I wish I could always have the smell of cedar in my shop."
We adore Andrew's custom built furniture! "Another piece of my "noxious furniture" finished with your terrific Water Based Poly. This is a Russian Olive bench to go with one of my previously built tables. Check out my other furniture at River Bottom Restoration Furniture." Product used: High Performance Semi Gloss Top Coat River Bottom Restoration Furniture: http://on.fb.me/1O2Z5UM
The Uppity refinished this handsome buffet named "Evan" with General Finishes Candlelight Gel Stain and flat High Performance Topcoat.
"I LOVE your water based polyurethane's! I have a furniture business called River Bottom Restoration Furniture where I used your polys to create unique furniture out of a tree that is a noxious weed! Here is some of the work I do. Thanks so much for making such an amazing product!" This project was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Poly - Semi Gloss.
We were wowed by this stunning table! River Bottom Restoration Furniture says, "I LOVE your water based polyurethane's! I have a furniture business called "River Bottom Restoration Furniture" where I used your polys to create unique furniture out of a tree that is a noxious weed! Here is some of the work I do. Thanks so much for making such an amazing product!" General Finishes High Performance Poly Semi Gloss was used on this project.

"There is nothing quite like the look on a client's face when you deliver their custom piece! It makes it even better when they tell you it is everything they imagined and more! We are delighted at how happy the client was and how fantastic the table looked in her dining room. This 8' table and 7' bench were constructed of hand selected maple. The finish is a multiple stain finish of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and Black Gel Stain. The table was then finished with a High Performance...

The Umbrella Bird: House of Furniture created this custom barn door from cedar and finished it with General Finishes water based High Performance Topcoat in flat.
Joe Acquisto-JMAwoodworks custom built these absolutely stunning cabinets from Ambrosia Maple. He then used a sprayer and sealed them with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin.
Gorgeous transformation from Christine Schmidt Spitz! Christine says, "I found my new passion! I purchased this piece and stripped, sanded, and repaired. I used GF Java Gel Stain first and then wiped on Georgian Cherry for added warmth. I followed the instructions for stain on raw wood. The trim was painted with GF Lamp Black Milk paint and HP topcoat to finish. I'm beyond pleased with the end product."

Carve pumpkins that will last a lifetime! Woodcraft's Woodworking Adventures blog has created this helpful tutorial: How to Make Wooden Pumpkins in Ten Easy Steps with Rex Kenyon (http://bit.ly/1XE7NQV) General Finishes Enduro-Var Top Coat was used to seal this project. GF's Dye Stains could also be mixed to create this look!

Is this table magazine-worthy or what!? It was refinished by Susan of Saw Nail and Paint_ of Seattle, WA.Company_. " I spotted this vintage oak draw leaf table at my favorite Goodwill a couple of weeks ago and I thought it would be perfect for my dining room. This table was a steal at just $60. The top had some pretty bad scratches and water stains, but even so, this is one of those rare finds that I could have just used as is. I stripped the old finish off the top, let it dry for a day and...

This stunning table was made from scratch by From Evija with Love and stained with General Finishes Gel Stains. From Evija with Love says, "...Then came the star of the show – Java Gel Stain by General Finishes. This would really bring the table together. I used some frog tape to get the lovely crisp lines and stained the top as I went along. To achieve the lighter shades I used beeswax and General Finishes Gel Stain in American Oak. As the letters were slightly damaged when they were sanded...

Bedre Woodworking built this beautiful bench and protected it with the help of General Finishes Enduro-Var top coat in Satin. Enduro-Var is an extremely durable water based top coat which ambers like an oil based finish.

Crush-worthy Midcentury credenza upcycle by Crystal at Team Sutton Designs​ using Lamp Black Milk Paint and High Performance Top Coat! To recreate the look, we recommend our Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Crystal says, "I sprayed the base using 2 coats of General Finishes "Lamp Black" and sealed with 3 coats of High Performance Top Coat in Semi-gloss... Spray painted coats dry quicker than hand painted coats." See more beautiful photos and read her review of the Earlex SprayStation​ Hv5500 at...

Vermont Modern Furniture Collection refinished this Pommele Sapele table in GF's Enduro-Var Gloss finish!

This kitchen makeover by George Moloyannis from CM Carpentry was completed using General Finishes Enduro Ready to Match (RTM) Water Based Stain topped with Enduro Pre-Cat Urethane. The Enduro line is part of General Finishes Professional Products! To learn more, visit:http://bit.ly/1tLDXcw #GeneralFinishes #Enduro #WaterBasedStain#KitchenMakeover

This gorgeous wooden drum was sealed with General Finishes Enduro-Var Top Coat.

This beautiful handmade console was built by Jason of Bedre Woodworking and sealed with GF's Water Based Enduro-Var Top Coat.