Wood Stains: Water Based

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Water Based Wood Stains.

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...

This table is over 100 years old but built solid and in great shape and will probably last another 100 years, which is what I love about antique furniture! This particular piece was brought to me from a client who had it in their family from generations and at one point was covered in linoleum! Stripped down to its natural state, refinished in Pecan water based stain and then multiple layers of top coat brought this table back to life!

 

This hutch received an update while staying true to the client's decor.  Refinished in Black Stain with the doors and drawers done in Antique Oak, a two tone combination challenging the outdated stigma that black and brown can pair well together.

GF's new Graphite Water Based Stain

This beautiful piece features a worn General Finishes blackish finish, natural legs, with black and white floral lined cabinets and drawers. Full of original character and mixed with a modern finish, this piece will undoubtedly make a statement in your home!

  • 50:50 mix of General Finishes Antique Oak and Black Cherry Water-Based Stains (top only)

2018 GF Design Challenge 3rd Place Winner - Upcycling Category - Roll Out the Burl-El

Oh I love the flame burl and the inlaid on this federal style buffet.  I loved it from the moment I saw it.  I picked it up from a woman who was moving out west to go work at our national parks.  She was emptying her townhome.  I told her I would give the buffet new life and a lot of love.

In prep I cleaned her up with dish soap and water to degrease then scrubbed with a 50/50 mixture of denatured alcohol and water.  The top and the drawers needed to have that beautiful wood grain...

"This large wood end table has been stained in one of General Finishes new water based stain colors, Graystone. It’s a beautiful soft gray that allowed for the brown in this grain to show through as well. The bottom was painted in a lightly distressed Alabaster (New GF Milk Paint color!) which really lets the top of this table standout!" - Nap Time Creations

"I started by staining the top and drawer fronts with Whitewash water based stain by General Finishes and painting the rest in a lightly distressed white. When I bought this piece the original hardware were long gone but I am really loving these iron cup pulls I added, they are the perfect addition to this farmhouse makeover." - Nap Time Creations

Introducing 9 new GF Water Based Wood Stain colors

NEW Hickory Water Based Wood Stain from General Finishes, introduced April 2019

NEW Provincial Water Based Wood Stain from General Finishes, introduced April 2019

NEW Antique Brown Water Based Wood Stain from General Finishes, introduced April 2019

NEW Graphite Water Based Wood Stain from General Finishes, introduced April 2019. 

NEW Graystone Water Based Wood Stain from General Finishes, introduced April 2019

NEW Cabernet Water Based Stain from General Finishes, introduced April 2019

NEW Sedona Water Based Wood Stain from General Finishes, introduced April 2019

"This six drawer dresser is now available! You read that right, there are six drawers! Updated to mimic the card catalogue look, but yet functional in that the drawers are larger allowing for ample storage. Refinished using General Finishes new colors, Perfect Gray Milk Paint and Antique Brown Water Based stain which prove to be a new favorite combination." - Flipping Unbelievable    

"Painted in General Finishes pigmented Enduro White Poly and stained using their Antique Oak Water Based Stain. What a classic combination!

"Refinished on all sides, this piece can be placed anywhere in a room and versatile enough to be an entry table, sofa table or even desk. This was stripped and then stained using General Finishes Espresso Water Based Stain and then sprayed with High Performance Topcoat for protection. I love the scallop detail on this!" - Flipping Unbelievable

"This custom was swooped up out of our inventory. We updated this piece with new hardware along with a new finish. The drawers were in such great shape we just went over the existing finish with General Finishes Shaker Maple Water Based Stain and the rest painted Antique White." - Painted Pieces

"This beautiful burled walnut vintage chest was refinished in a custom toner to preserve and deepen the beautiful grain. It was created using General Finishes Black water based stain and HPTC, in a 1:4 ratio. The body was painted in GF Queenstown Gray Milk Paint." Mettle Modern Design                
"Added the stainless clock hands to make them pop more then the standard black hands. Finished it with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Water Based Stain and Enduro Clear Poly." - Rustic Grain Designs    

"USMC clock done. Really happy with the way this one turned out. The natural look of the wood instead of painting the numbers and logo make this piece pop. What do you guys think of this look ? Finished it with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Water Based Stain and Enduro Clear Poly sprayed with the Fuji Spray Hvlp Q5 Platinum." - Rustic Grain Designs

"Mid century Lane cedar chest. You all know I love renewing cedar chests, and this one needed some extra love. New legs and an all new padded cushion was just the start. This beautiful wood chest was sanded down and stained with General Finishes Espresso (water based) Stain to enhance the grain and give it this dark rich color. The cushion was covered with an upholstery grade fabric in a trendy plaid of gray and off white, six tufted buttons completed this transformation." - Nap Time Creations...
Beautiful hand crafted farmhouse table by Edge Grain Wood Studio.   "Your products are top notch! For the legs, Lamp Black for base coat, 1 coat of Driftwood, distressed, sanded, then 3 coats High Performance Topcoat. Top and seat, 2 coats Weathered Gray Water Based stain. Sealed, stained with Black Water Based Stain, lightly distressed, 4 coats HPTC."    
"Get the ultimate in storage with this apothecary cabinet. This unique furniture is best known for its use in pharmacies from days gone by, but now you can own this piece in your own home. Stripped and stained in General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain and all 20 drawers received new card catalogue hardware. Both functional and decorative, this apothecary cabinet provides visual interest and loads of drawers." - Flipping Unbelievable    
"This GORGEOUS entry way console table was built by my sweet new business partner, my Dad!! Starting retirement, and finding the woodworker within!!! He did such an incredible job! More to come! This can be custom made to your measurements, and any stain color. This stain is General Finishes Walnut Water Based Stain and finished in their High Performance Topcoat in Satin." - The Broken Masterpiece    
Cool industrial style bar cart hand crafted by Reformed Wood and finished with General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain.   Visit www.reformedwood.com to see more!   Find your favorite GF products in the U.S. at Woodcraft, Rockler, Klingspor, Amazon, or, in Canada, at Wood Essence and Lee Valley. You can also purchase GF products from any of the 36 Illinois JC Licht locations or use your own zip code to find a retailer...
Incredible hand crafted banjo by Capital City Banjos finished with General Finishes Black Cherry Water Based Stain, Medium Brown Dye Stain and satin High Performance Topcoat.    

1 coat Early American Water Based Stain over 1 coat Light Borwn Dye Stain, sealed with High performance Topcoat, satin

Appy additional coats if a darker color is desired. 

 

Achieve this warm tone by layering GF Walnut Water Based Stain over GF Vintage Cherry Dye Stain. 

Shown: 1 coat of Walnut over Vintage Cherry sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin

Add additional coats to acheive desired color

6ft custom table in Farrow and Ball Wevet and GF Country Pine Water Based Stain. 

"Who wants to have a meeting? We’re game if it’s at this 18-foot conference table. With a three-part metal base and a whitewash finish from General Finishes, it’s a stunner." - Edgework Creative   This table is absolutely amazing in GF Whitewash Water Based Wood Stain    
"Looking for a one of a kind coffee table? Well, I have one available! Custom designed and refinished with General Finishes Walnut Water Based Stain and sealed with High Performance Top Coat in Satin for a gorgeous, durable and lasting finish." - That FlippinFurniture Girl    

What a transformation! Edge Grain restored this end table using General Finishes Black Cherry Water Based Wood Stain! Sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin.

See more of Edge Grain's work by following his Twitter channel at @edge_grain.

NOVA Design and Build in Sterling, VA gave this kitchen and matching wine cellar a fantastic makeover! All the woodwork has been stained with Espresso Water Based Wood Stain and sealed with Enduro Clear Poly in Flat.

NOVA Design and Build is a GF Retailer. Swing by their location to purchase your favorite products at 1334 Shepard Drive, Suite A Sterling, VA 20164.

"The transformation on this pair was amazing! I would use this awesome vintage style card catalogue pulls on all the things if I could!! These have new plank tops added and stained in General Finishes Water Based Stain in Espresso with Linen Milk Paint." - Airdrie Furniture Revival

"This beautiful, solid cherry, eleven drawer dresser has been finished throughout. The top was stained in General Finishes Walnut Water Based Stain. The variations in color are stunning!" - Pendulum Designs & Restorations    
Fantastic front door transformation with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Water Based Stain by Dan Deweese Painting and Wood Finishing   Learn more about GF's Water Based Wood Stains in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QnrhELTJkc&t=189s    

"This solid oak table set was refinished using General Finishes Espresso Water Based Wood Stain on the top and Antique White Milk Paint on the base and chairs. It was then distressed to highlight all of the edges and really give it that farmhouse look! We sealed the whole thing with GF High Performance Satin." - Painted Paradise - Antiques, Vintage, and Repurposed Furniture

Painted Paradise auctioned this set to raise money for their local church's efforts in Honduras - such a noble...

Gravity Hill Furnishings created this beautiful custom stain color by mixing General Finishes Weathered Gray & Espresso Water Based Stains.    
Said Your Way Studio & Signs, GF's 2017 July Retailer of the Month finished this Amish made cabinet with Persian Blue Milk Paint, Whitewash Water Based Stain and High Performance Topcoat.   Stop by Said Your Way Studio at 1013 W. 7TH ST. AUBURN, IN to purchase GF products and to take part in fun hands on painting workshops. Visit them online at http://www.saidyourwaystudio.com/ for more info.    
"I had the opportunity to refinish a very sweet lady's childhood bed so she may pass it down to her own daughter! Got the bed all cleaned up and retained to bring it back to life using General Finishes Brown Mahogany Water Based Wood Stain... If I may say so myself, it's pretty dang gorgeous!" - Heavenly Chic Refinishing
We delivered this amazing custom pedestal table this afternoon. We sanded it down completely and re-stained the top in General Finishes Shaker Maple Water Based Wood Stain and painted the base in their Chalk White Chalk Style Paint." - Upcycling by Amy   Check out this video to learn more about applying water based wood stain to raw wood: https://youtu.be/7QnrhELTJkc    
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.    

"I am literally obsessed!!!! This farmhouse beauty is ready to go home! I love the perfectly imperfect farmhouse look and this coffee table was screaming "make me old"! The top was refinished using General Finishes Antique Oak Water-Based Stain with a custom flat finish." ReFind Design by Coco Clare

"Did you know you can stain wicker seats? Use a firm stencil brush and find your stain! Used General Finishes Whitewash (Water Based Stain) and it's getting gorgeous!" - The Broken Masterpiece      

General Finishes Dark Cherry Water Based Wood Stain sample

This DIY Mulled Wine Kit by Danielle of Finding Silver Pennies is the perfect gift for the Holidays!   That beautiful aged wood look was achieved with General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Wood Stain. Get all the details of this project at http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2016/12/diy-mulled-wine-kit-free-pri...    

2016 Design Challenge Entry - Professionals Upcycled Furniture

"We've taken this Old All Solid Wood 48" Long Hard Rock Maple Buffet and completely Sanded and Striped the original Maple colored finish off of it..We then used General Finishes "White Wash" Water Base Stain on the Top and Body of this Piece..We Sprayed "Dixie Belle" Sea Glass on the Drawers and all interiors..We lightly distressed the "White Wash" & "Sea Glass" Then Sealed it all with General Finishes "Flat-Out-Flat...