Wood Stains: Water Based

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Water Based Wood Stains.

 Corner China cabinets in General Finishes Tobacco Water Based Stain. Next up: crown, finish, glass panels & knobs. These are becoming my favorite pieces to date.

Custom entry table in General Finishes Brown Mahogany Waterbased Stain and Arm-R-Seal Semigloss.

"When you get free furniture you create! Painted General Finishes Basil Milk Paint. Glazed using General Finishes Graphite Water Based Stain. Top is stained with Graphite too. Clear coated using Aqua Coat water base clear lacquer." - Tara Lou Designs   Learn more about how to create custom glazes with GF water based products here: https://generalfinishes.com/faq/how-can-i-create-...

"This beautiful walnut dresser needed lots of love; the frame was cracked and completely separated in the back, it reeked of cigarettes, the drawers were falling in, and it was covered in layers of lead paint. I never thought I'd get around to painting!! But it was beyond worth it to save this dresser. Painted in the softest grey, the drawers, top, and legs were given a whitewash using General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain, and the original hardware was cleaned and painted. I love how...

"I made this stain sample board. It has 8 different options for a client, and it's designed to give them a good idea of how the stain will look on their project. This piece of wood is cut from the same board that went towards the drawer fronts, so it should be a good representation of how the stain will take when applied to the final piece."

"This beautiful mid century dresser lasted less than an hour in my inventory before a client dropping off a custom piece snagged it up for her son's room! The top and bottom two drawers were stained in General Finishes Espresso Water Based Stain while the rest was painted in one of my favorite grays, GF Queenstown Gray. New brushed gold hardware completed this update!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations

"Another 90’s orange oak table renewed and refreshed, these tables are quality made and so worth updating! This table was stained in Graystone from General Finishes and the base was painted in Seagull Gray, a beautiful combination!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations    

Sacred Sage by Fusion Mineral Paint and GF Whitewash Water Based Stain

 

 

"This beautiful oak buffet has been transformed into the perfect height to be a media console simply by removing the feet! The top was stained in General Finishes water based stain in Antique Brown which pairs beautifully with Coastal Blue and new brushed nickel hardware!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations

"The top was stained using General Finishes Water Based Stain in Graystone while the bottoms were painted in pure white followed by an Empire Gray color wash to achieve this light and airy beachy vibe!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations    
"Here’s the final version of this custom desk that we recently wrapped up. I added some more metal hardware on the top to tie everything together and think it turned out really cool! All ash hardwood, General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain and Enduro Clear Poly Satin." - Rustic Valley Woodworking    
"It's a keeper! This Mid-Century Johnson-Carper dresser got a complete makeover, all the way down to the awesome hardware. Painted in...
"Old dresser turned Farmhouse Coffee Bar!! I love this so much! First, I sanded the top down to bare wood and used my favorite General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain. Then I removed the bottom 3 drawers and created one storage shelf and one large open space to store all the things. I left the top two drawers for silverware, utensils or your favorite stash of coffee and tea. Then to hide all your junk, I added a cafe rod with fabric. Keep it open or closed... it’s up to you! I also...

I always use natural oil finishes but when a client request some stain, I use General Finishes each and every time. Water based so clean up is a breeze, especially when running it through my spray gun. I love this stuff and you should try it out!

These pieces are part of a bedroom set we did for a custom work client. We painted the bottom “Perfect Gray” by General Finishes and stained the top in a mix of General Finishes “Provincial” and “Graystone” Water Based Stains." - Moses Restorations    
"Ok I am OVER THE MOON with this makeover!! The back was completely warped and broken and every joint was loose. I took the time to re-glue and clamp every single joint on this desk and cut a new, maple back for it. After taking care of the structural issues, I sanded it down and painted it in General Finishes Lamp Black and after removing the veneer, stained the front piece in GF Whitewash water based wood stain. I top coated the entire piece and added dainty new knobs even adding one on the...
"This beautiful dresser was refinished in General Finishes Antique White and distressed. The hardware was refinished in an antique bronze and white gold. The top was completely sanded down and stained with General Finishes water based Provincial stain and top coated for added protection." - Estrella Design    

"This antique buffet was refinished in ...

Desk, Nightstands and Headboard   Wood: Red Oak Stain: General Finishes Provincial Water Based Stain Finish: General Finishes High Performance Topcoat
"These end tables were completely sanded down, primed and painted in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint. Since I wanted to highlight the inlay on the top, I stained it in GF Whitewash Water Based Stain and sealed the whole piece in the General Finish High Performance Topcoat to protect them for years to come!" - Upcycling by Amy    
"We just finished up this stunning custom order table. We stained it using a mix of General Finishes Graystone and Walnut water based stains." - Belle Maison    
"The pressure was on when Holly came to me with a Pinterest picture of a custom built dining room table but to make it even harder, she is my old boss at work! Big props to my hubby Jim for constructing this baby. The legs were first painted in General Finishes Empire Gray and then painted over that with Alabaster so that when I distressed the edges that grey peeked thru. The top was stained in GF Graystone Water Based Stain and then top coated in High Performance Topcoat." - Upcycling by...

"This dresser was completely sanded down, primed and painted in ...

"This solid maple boho beauty made by Willet Furniture in the 50's was a diamond in the rough and I had so much fun shining her up.  She was stripped down to raw wood, bleached to lighten up the spots where the hardware and keyhole covers were, and white washed using General Finishes Water- Based Whitewash Stain. Re·Design with Prima furniture transfer in Folk II was applied, each area laid out a little different and unique than the next. And those solid antique brass drawer pulls really...
"This 70 year old, Mid Century Modern sideboard has been modernized. Our customer was so kind in insisting I refinish this family heirloom for her, so I wanted to make each detail perfect. I stripped it bare with both a furniture stripper and several steps in hand sanding. Once the piece was brought to bare wood, I stained it with General Finishes Antique Brown Water Based Stain and gave the wood four coats of General Finishes Satin Polyacrylic varnish. The drawers and cabinet doors are primed...
"This beautiful dresser and table have been given a new refreshed look and will be heading back home. Refinished with Fusion Mineral Paint Casement and General Finishes Onyx Water Stain with Arm-R-Seal Satin." - Just By Happenstance   Learn more about using water based and oil based products on the same project in this video: http://bit.ly/VideoGFOilAndWaterBasedFinishesTogether
"This “docking station” was custom made to hold specific items that usually end up in their drop zone. Phone, wallet, keys, watch, work lanyard, wedding ring, loose change and pens from his pocket. This wood was stained in General Finishes Tobacco Water Based Stain and was accented in Cherry wood around the edges to make it pop. I think that’s my favorite detail that Bill snuck in there, and I also love the subtle name. Nice and organized!" - Sweet VanJoy        
"Meet Roger D...yes, a nod to The Who. He's classic with a twist! The blue and gray in Joe's new rug gave us the color inspiration for this groovy blend and everything came together beautifully. I started at the base with Dixie Belle Paint Company Midnight Sky, faded to Antebellum Blue and capped it with Hurricane Gray. The drawers and top have been re-stained with General Finishes Onyx Water Based Stain and still sport that gorgeous woodgrain. New hairpin legs and wavy raised-stencil accent...
"This transformation is hard to believe when you see the before. She was covered in brown gel stain and her legs were all broken. Fast forward and now she’s pretty much a new dresser. I added new flat black metal legs. Sanded all the drawers and white washed them (General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain) to accentuate that grain that you never knew was there. The body was sanded and filled to make everything nice and smooth. I sprayed it with my Beachy Chic White chalky paint and...
"I gave the chest at the foot of our bed a little "lift" with gorgeous turned bun feet from Osborne Wood Products, Inc.. Stain is General Finishes Antique Brown Water Based Wood Stain with Semi Gloss High Performance Topcoat." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.    
"My client had this planter custom built, and I finished it using General Finishes Whitewash. I’m super into the whitewash wood look lately, anybody else?" - Flipping Unbelievable    

Hand painted in a 50/50 mix of ...

48” custom built oak table stained in Graystone

"Let's start at the top, because why not? A beautifully refinished wood top is a hope I have for each charm when we begin. It's a gem in a crown, a feather in a cap...a piece of history shining through. For Daphne, the path to restoration was clear: Sand away the crystalizing varnish to reveal that stunning grain. For the next step...choose that complementing color stain. I went with General Finishes Water Based Onyx to deepen the tone and leave black within the cavities of the trim. Finally I...
"This unique ornate Buffet has been refinished in General Finishes Reverent Gray and lightly distressed. The top and the legs have been refinished in General Finishes Provincial Water-Based Stain and topcoated for added protection. The stunning original hardware has been waxed in an antique bronze and white gold. This is an absolutely incredible centerpiece for any dining room, living room or entryway." - Estrella Design    
"This piece is GREEN with envy! This cabinet was my Granny and Gramps from my dad's side of the family aka my OWN family heirloom. It was in ROUGH shape from years of use. Missing veneer pieces, piece of the ornate feet had fallen off over the years and the top had multiple water rings. Lastly, the cabinet door was cracked and would no longer hold the screws in the hinges. It may have been in a sad state but it was DEFINITELY worth saving. I gave it a VERY good sanding and cleaning. Then I...
"This large solid wood refinished antique sofa table has been primed and painted in General Finishes Antique White and lightly distressed. The top has been completely sanded down and refinished in General Finishes Provincial Water Based Stain." - Estrella Design   Learn more about how to apply GF Water Based Stain by hand in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEy3AvC36Gk&t=156s
"Introducing our new Zander bed. This rustic-modern design is crafted with high quality Douglas Fir lumber. What makes this bed different from our other styles is that it has a low profile footboard giving it that added modern touch. This bed would bed perfect for any home decor style and goes great paired with our Cleveland dresser and nightstands. Finished in General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain." - Meli-D Creations   Do you usually use oil based stain? Watch this video,...
"Another client owned pedestal table revived and to think, I almost passed on doing this table! I was concerned about it getting too cold in the garage, but thankfully we experienced above normal temperatures and lots of sun in November which helped greatly as well as my husband's graciousness to let this table sit inside our home for several days while I sealed it. I did use a water-based stain by General Finishes in the color Walnut rather than my typical oil-based stain, which dried so much...

"Melina came to us in the spring, but took quite some time to tell us her vision for this transformation. She appeared often as we repaired her dovetails and sanded her wood fronts, but it wasn't until fall when she chose vintage glam refinery. Her tiger oak top and fronts had to remain a part of her, so I stained them in General Finishes Provincial stain and sealed them with semi-gloss top coat for durability and shine. What better color to accentuate that woodgrain than Dixie Belle Paint...

"Who doesn’t love a bit of Mid Century sleek and clean lines? The top and sides are done in General Finishes Coastal Blue and the front in Antique Oak Water Based Stain with some great geometric gilding in keeping with the lines of the piece....and finally not forgetting the sweet gold legs." - Emporium K Designs    
"We just finished up refinishing this heirloom 54” antique table. This beautiful walnut table was completely refinished using General Finishes Espresso Water Based Stain and High Performance Satin Finish."   
"This piece was once the bottom of a kitchen hutch. I removed the top and just refinished the base. The top was refinished using Graystone Water Based Wood Stain by General Finishes. The base was painted in their Perfect Gray Milk Paint."     

Antique Oak Water Based Wood Stain applied to raw wood. 

"This combination is one of my very favorites on oak! This set was painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray while the tops were stained in Graystone Water Based Wood Stain. New hardware from D. Lawless Hardware complete this beautiful transformation!!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations    

"For this piece, it was taken from all over red wood tone and sprayed in General Finishes Black Poly. The massive top surface was stripped and stained with GF water based stain in Tobacco. But let’s talk about the details on those legs?? They were accented using Rub n Buff gold accent wax"

Completely restyled vintage pine furniture. Cleaned and sanded then painted in a lovely soft cream mineral paint, the tops were sanded and stained with General Finishes Antique Oak water based wood stain and then finished with Dixie Belle Company's Gator Hide for a water resistant finish and the insides treated with DB Big Mamma’s Butta in orange grove.
"Lawyer bookcase stripped down to natural wood and stained using General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain Cabernet then topcoated with satin polyurethane. Insides was freshened up with Wise Owl Paint furniture salve lemon verbena. New hardware and this baby is like NEW." - Repurpose 4 A New Purpose    

"The top was refinished using General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain, the base in Enduro White Poly, we also changed out the hardware for an updated look!" - Moses Restorations

"After a good sanding the wooden top was stained in General Finishes Whitewash wood stain and sealed in GF High Performance Top Coat. The base was painted in Rust-oleum Chalked in Costal Blue and sealed in a matte top coat for durability!!