Wood Stains: Water Based

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Water Based Wood Stains.

Paint: Lamp Black Milk Paint Stain: Antique Oak Water Based Stain Hardware: Gold Pulls from Wayfair

"Look at this vintage tall dresser. The wood on the top is stunning. Here is a little more about this solid wood piece:
* Hand painted in General Finishes Lamp Black
* Sides of drawers stenciled in a vintage boho
* Distressed evenly to capture the beautiful details
* New vintage hardware
* Top refinished in GF Tobacco Water Based Stain
* Drawers salved to smell delightful
* Sealed for extra protection" - Butterfly Creations


Cherry wood stained with...

Mid Century thrift store find sanded down and stained with General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain     

Table top was refinished to match the existing apron. Sanded and then stained in Antique Oak by...

"What a difference a new paint and stain color can make! This set was painted Lamp Black by General Finishes and the table top was stripped and stained in GF Whitewash Water Based Stain. A winning combination!" - Flipping Unbelievable    
"Another classic charm is ready to leave the nest. Meet Mallory! Black and gold never gets old…and when wood tones get in the mix you’ve got a recipe for timeless elegance. This three drawer serpentine chest boasts interesting wood grain veneer and colonial style straight lines. After a full sand, I stained the top and drawer fronts with General Finishes water-based Antique Brown and sealed with their HPTC in semi-gloss. The trim and base was painted in Dixie Belle Paint Company Caviar and...
"Adorable antique chest sanded to raw wood, refinished in a soft antique white and paired with bleached drawers that got a soft weathered stain. New champagne/crystal like handles give this beauty the perfect farmhouse glam. This gal is definitely old and has all her tweaks and character but doesn't stop her from being a show stopper." - Heavenly Chic Refinishing   Products: General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain and Enduro White Poly    
"MCM 4 drawer dresser. All General Finishes products used on this project. Lamp Black Milk Paint on the case. Antique Brown Water Based stain on the top and drawers. Satin top coat on everything." - The Furniture Fix   J

Beautiful Dixie Bell In The Navy. Top was refinished in General Finishes Onyx Stain. We popped the original knobs back on, they were gorgeous "as is". Loving the final look!! 

Some things just look more amazing from the side!

Our newest release is a twist on Black and Tan, a deep green Victorian twist that is. This 8-drawer chest catches the light and your eye adorned in a full-length ghost stencil courtesy of...
"Closet/wardrobe in maple stained with General Finishes water based Pecan. A couple goals of this was to try to match the existing bamboo hamper color and to make sure the hamper would fit inside. I made it in sections to maximize inside dimensions vs tilting one tall cabinet which would have cost about 3” in usable height." - Flannel & Sawdust      

Obsessed with this new color combo...

This stunning piece embodies the perfect harmony of natural wood and crisp neutral paint tones. I stripped, sanded and stained her in General Finishes Provincial then trimmed her in Dixie Bell Paint...

"Love how this dresser picked for customization turned out! General Finishes Antique Brown Water Based Stain and Arm-R-Seal Semi-Gloss are perfect!" - Flipping Fabulous    

Custom Cedar Chest in Fusion Mineral Paint Raw Silk, Ageing Wax, G...

"Check out the transformation on this waterfall dresser. Stripped and stained the drawer fronts in Provincial and then painted the rest Alabaster by...
"Good-bye orange oak, hello modern gray. This armoire was a lot of work to strip it completely, but so worth it! I’m glad my client picked Graystone Water Based Stain by General Finishes, it’s a beautiful warm gray color that compliments almost any decor." - Flipping Unbelievable    
"I am personally very familiar with the orange ok look that was so popular in the 90s. It’s a very durable wood though, and can last forever so changing it up is a good option! This desk was stripped and stained in General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain. New hardware also made this piece look more modern. Doesn’t it look like one of the desks you would find at Restoration Hardware now?" - Flipping Unbelievable    

Drawers and top in GF Pecan Water Based Stain

Paint: Underground House and Canvas

Cool small humidor that I refinished recently. Was pretty rough when it came in but it went back looking like new!! Finished in...

"My client didn’t even recognize his table at first when he saw a picture after it was refinished! Painted table bases and stained tops for tables is my favorite color combination. I painted the base in General Finishes Lamp Black and the top was stained in Whitewash Water Based Stain diluted with water for more of a subtle look. Everything was sealed with High Performance Topcoat in satin for durability." - Flipping Unbelievable        
"This was a custom table and chairs refinished in General Finishes Provincial stain and Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black. There were 4 chairs and table with 2 leaves. May look simple but took forever!!!" - Estrella Design    

Top was sanded and stained in...

Even small tables can have a big impact with paint and stain. This end table was painted in...

Y’all, if you haven’t tried toning, and use pine in your work, you need to watch the General finishes videos on toning now!

How do you turn cheap pine furring boards into a finish that rivals Pottery Barn? TONING!!! 

2 coats of Toner:
25% Walnut Stain
To 75% HPTC in Satin



A fresh new look whether it's new decor and accent furniture from...

"My client convinced me to leave the drawers stained, even though there were a lot of chips in the veneer. I’m glad she did, because I love the wood grain! I did my best to fill in any missing veneer and match to the wood tones, then stained in General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain. The rest was painted Coastal Blue Milk Paint." - Flipping Unbelievable    

Paint color: Deep River BM
Vanity: Custom build, stained with General Finishes Black...

I removed the veneer front the drawer fronts and stained them using...

This is water-based Walnut stain on Alder with 3 coats High Performance Topcoat Satin sprayed using the $15 Harbor Freight HVLP. Extender was used on both the stain and HPTC and the wood was preconditioned. Started with rough cut 4/4 and milled it down. The drawer boxes were Baltic birch, drawer faces were alder ply and solid alder frames. 

"This 9 drawer mid century modern dresser by Hooker Furniture has been totally transformed and is ready to live its next life in a new home! The mahogany was stained in General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain and beautifully complimented in Lamp Black. A combination of new and original hardware adorn the spacious smooth sliding drawers." - Nap Time Furniture Creations  


"General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain for the top, and Antique White Milk Paint for the base. The chairs also got a makeover with some fresh black paint." - Moses Restorations    
Stripped to raw wood and stained with GF Whitewash Water Based Stain. Grooves painted black and drawer fronts decoupaged.    

"It’s very common for my clients to want their existing table refinished, but to the same color it was before “but in new condition”. I still do the same pre work, clean and then strip but then I do my best to color match usually with mixing stains together. This was done in a mix of General Finishes Onyx and Walnut Water Based Stain. The table looks like it did when they first bought it!" - Flipping Unbelievable

The table is stained in a custom mix of...

“Black & Tan” They spoke, I listened: Good, quality bones were looking for a fresh look. This set possessed great curves and fine knob detailing; I knew General Finishes Lamp Black & Antique Brown Water-Based Stain would deliver." - Coat of Charms    
"Stained in General Finishes Provincial Water Based Stain and accented with lovely Re·design with Prima muted sunflowers, this tray gives off all the rich chocolates and signature colors of harvest time." - Coat of Charms    
"Coffee table and end table done! Single piece of 30"x60"x2" piece of solid maple. Took some work to undo 35 years of age. I was also able to turn an offcut into a cutting board as a momento for the woman that donated the table. Some specs: - steel hairpin legs 16"H (coffee) and 20"H (end table), rated at 300lbs - General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain & HPTC (spray application) - Walrus Oil Cutting Board oil" - Goose Woodworking    

General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain on White Oak Backer
Houston Acrylic Mirror Gold Acrylic & Silver for Martini accents
Rust-Oleum Ombré paint on Gilded

"I was able to get a simple but nice looking coffee table knocked out today! Solid oak top finished with General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain and Enduro Clear Poly. Looks pretty sharp against the black metal hairpin legs!" - Rustic Valley Woodworking    
"It is absolutely gorgeous. We stained it using a mix of Graystone and Walnut Water Based Stains by General Finishes." - Belle Maison    

Delivered these beautiful chairs this morning. I can’t get over the richness of the wood with stain from General Finishes. 

I am in awe of how gorgeous this dresser turned out! It is marvelous how painting and staining a piece can give it new life and bring it back to the modern world. My client knew that she wanted to keep the top unpainted and we decided to stain the insides of the middle drawers to match the top and give it some contrast as well as accentuate the angles of the piece. She decided to go with the color Mink by...
Created with General Finishes water based dye stains in Pewter & Blue and Water Based Stain in Onyx & Walnut.      
I love the way General Finishes Graphite stain turned out on this display case. It also has adjustable shelves with room to add another if needed! Another new type of build in the books! I love being able to take a clients design in their head, put it on paper and bring it into existence!