Comparison of Carbon Gray and Ash Gray Gel Stain vs. Graystone and Graphite Water Based Wood Stain Vs. Driftwood Milk Paint
"Solid wood table is the perfect size for a foyer or small dining area. The oak grain was enhanced using General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain while the base was painted in Alabaster."
"I am a total sucker for a curved front buffet and I love the bold color my client chose of General Finishes China Blue! Complete with a newly refinished top in General Finishes water based wood stain in Tobacco and brand new hardware from D. Lawless Hardware, this gorgeous piece is ready for a new life!"
"This beast was snatched from my available inventory and given a gorgeous farmhouse makeover using General Finishes Reverent Gray Milk Paint on the body and water based wood stain in Tobacco on the newly refinished top! I am absolutely loving this combo!'
Top Row (left to right) Espresso, Provincial, Onyx, Graystone, Graphite, Black
Middle Row (left to right) Hickory, Sedona, Antique Brown, Brown Mahogany, Cabernet, Tobacco
Bottom Row (left to right) Whitewash, Pre-Stain Natural, Antique Oak, Pecan, Black Cherry, Walnut
Graystone Water Based stain on some stripped down blonde mahogany.
It is a very light gray (Fusion mineral paint Sterling, with Sacred Sage stripes on the slide out writing desk) & the wood is General Finishes Provincial, sealed with GF'S Arm-R-Seal in Semi-Gloss.
"Custom cedar chest in General Finishes Provincial water based stain, High performance satin and Fusion Mineral Paint Champlain."
"Inspired by Fall, this was painted in General Finishes Harvest Yellow with Van Dyke Brown Glaze. The top was stripped and stained in Brown Mahogany water based stain and everything was sealed with High Performance Top Coat."
"I refinished the drawers and top using ...
Before and After in GF Graphite Water Based Stain
"This table threw us a few curve balls but it turned out even better then originally planned! The table top and chair seats were first painted in General Finishes Seagull Gray and then I applied Graystone water based stain. I wiped the stain off and feathered it back on in some areas until I achieved this soft driftwood look. The legs of the table and chairs were painted in Empire gray, a beautiful gray that compliments the top perfectly!"
"LOOKing for something new and different? These Bassett beauties have been redesigned using a new General Finishes Water Based stain color called Graphite on the drawers and legs surrounded by a warm white frame. What a striking color combination! The brass knobs add just the right amount of shine on this mid century set."
"I just love the transformations these solid oak tables go through, from old orangey finish to a stunning updated table to be used for several more decades!
This table was striped down to bare wood and stained using General Finishes Water Based Stain in Walnut, then sealed with Enduro-Var for a beautiful satin finish and durable surface. The bottom was painted to match my clients dining room light fixture in a pure white base and light gray color wash."
"Did you know you can spray water based wood stain? I will occasionally spray stain when I plan on going darker or working with a lot of spindles. These counter stools were stained in General Finishes Espresso water based stain and then the seats were upholstered in new fabric. This set was done for my own home, my messy kids have a tendency of using the seat as a napkin which drives me crazy so I made sure to scotch guard the fabric for protection."
"The chairs were stripped and stained using General Finishes Onyx water based stain and then sealed with High Performance topcoat. The seats were recovered with a fun circular pattern fabric that the client picked out."
Check out this 7ft tall chair done in General Finishes Exterior 450 Cedar Stain and Exterior 450 Satin Topcoat by
"I was so happy to help restore this family piece. The top turned out absolutely gorgeous. Painted in General Finishes Lamp Black & sealed with Fusion Mineral Paint Clear Wax, it's a nice contrast to the top, which got a facelift with General Finishes NEW Hickory Water Based Stain & Fusion's Stain and Finishing Oil in Natural." - Flipping Fabulous
"I was working on this clock for my sister. She just graduated with a doctorate’s degree and I know she wanted a large clock so when I saw this at Hobby Lobby I knew it was the perfect size. It was the wrong color and a missing screw made it deeply discounted so I was able to get it for a good deal. I removed the numbers, sanded and stained with General Finishes Weathered Gray which is a new color in their Water Based Wood Stain. I just gave it to my sister and she was so excited and...
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.
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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