Antique Walnut

"After some solid sanding and repair work it was painted inside and out in...

"This was more restoration than refurb! Sometimes you aren’t really sure what you are dealing with until you get started. I originally thought I was dealing with severe veneer issues but I am beyond pleased with how much of the natural wood I was able to salvage. The body of the buffet was spray finished in General Finishes Enduro Black Poly in Satin and the wood was stripped, sanded and stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stains. Look at the beautiful spindle legs that were lost...
This table is just an instant classic, am I right??? We were approached by a larger business to create a farmhouse style with a traditional twist sofa table. We custom built this table from the ground up just for them! We used General Finishes pre-stain wood conditioner and followed with the General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain and sealed with their Arm-R-Seal in a satin finish.
"TA-DA This beast is all done and back at his home! This was Maria's grandparents piece and she wanted to just give it a good refresh to bring it into their home. After wrestling with the doors more times than I care to admit to try to get them off the tracks, only to have come to the conclusion that they were built into the piece. This did complicate things a bit but I worked around it. Sanded down inside and out, primed and painted in General Finishes Snow White and stained in General...
"Refinished in Antique White Milk Paint by General Finishes. Antique Walnut Gel Stain on feet. New wallpaper and a vintage knob. A great way to up-cycle hutches into a functional smaller pieces." - Sage Furnishings    

These mountain scenes are becoming a hit! Love the Idaho bags as well! General Finishes Black and...

"Can’t say enough about these! That grain pop, compliments of General Finishes Antique Walnut…so original and downright cool!"

This design is becoming a fave as is that GF Antique Walnut gel stain!

Making a color palette for all my favorite gel stains from Maple plywood cut outs

GF Gel Stains: Java, Gray, Black, Nutmeg, Georgian Cherry, Prairie Wheat, Candlelite, New Pine, Antique Walnut


Video on making this set:

Ram done in General Finishes Java, Antique Walnut, Colonial Maple Gel Stain



Every once in awhile I’ll make a set that I can’t help but shake my head at and say I can’t believe I made this. This is one of those sets.  Using 5 different shades of stain and several layers of stencils I was able to create a piece of art with depth.

From darkest to lightest
General Finishes Gel Stains in Java, Antique Walnut, Minwax Aged Oak and General Finishes New Pine Gel Stain mixed with a little Varathane cherrywood.

When you can’t decide if you want to live the dune life or the mountain life you can take a little bit of both wherever you go. General Finishes Antique Walnut and Black Gel Stain on this set.

Shout out to General Finishes and mixolusa for having top notch products to helpme achieve great colors and execute designs like this!!

Set in GF Candlelite, Antique Walnut, Colonial Maple and American Oak Gel Stain

"The River Wedding set. Enjoyed creating this wedding set with a desert river theme. Used General Finishes Java, Antique Walnut, Prairie Wheat, and New Pine Gel Stains for this desert mountain scene. Paint over stain for the letters and cactus." - PhilsBoards    

"From stripping lead paint to repairing the top that was cracked in half this one was a challenge. Once all the prep was finally complete I let you guys vote on which color to paint her. The winner was...

It’s been quite a journey for Beatrix. She originally started as a record player, then gutted and kicked to the curb. Now she’s a bold and beautiful TV stand with storage where her speakers had once been. Her top was damaged beyond repair, so It got replaced and stained in...

"These end tables were once a vanity that was taken apart. I knew I wanted to add some height to them so I purchased some wood legs and sanded them down along with the tables themselves. Painted in Mélange Artisan Mineral Paints Basalisk and the drawers and legs are stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and the entire piece is sealed. The handles got a deep cleaning to remove the tarnish and have been clear coated." - Upcycling by Amy  
"This baby has been with Renee and her family for generations and had a run in at one point with some nail polish remover (see before photo) After a good sanding, I painted it in General Finishes Lamp Black and stained the top and drawers in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The entire piece was lightly distressed and sealed." - Upcycling by Amy    

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Perfect Gray, Empire Gray, Seagull Gray, Reverent GrayThak, Antique White,Snow White

"The body was painted in General Finishes Reverent Gray. Top was sanded to bare wood and stained in GF’s Antique Walnut Gel Stain. High Performance Topcoat and new antique bronze hardware complete this total package." - Ray's Refurbishing    
"WHEW!! This beauty really started as a beast (see the original "knobs"- can you see the bolts ) This piece was clearly handmade in someone's home to use in a workshop. It was dirty and makeshift when it came to me from Habitat for Humanity ReStore Racine. I sanded it down completely, painted inside each 54 drawers in General Finishes Lamp Black, stained each drawer and the new wooden surround in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain, each of the 54 drawers got a new antique brass knob...
Another before and after! It’s amazing what a little paint can do for a room. We updated this room by white washing the brick fireplace with General Finishes Snow White and Alabaster Milk Paint. The mantle piece was stained and the beams were freshened up with Antique Walnut Gel Stain! Looks like a brand new room!! So beautiful! " - Duke Interiors and Restoration    
"Using my DEWALT orbital sander, I carefully uncovered this beautifully textured grain. To ensure clean lines and that no paint mistakenly ended up on top, I use painters tape- a lot of it! I like being able to freely paint without worry. I used Annie Sloan’s Athenian Black with Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal the paint. This is my go-to paint because of how rich the black is. Carefully, I taped the stencil to the table top. I used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the design. I...
"This ash coffee table had been well loved and in serious need of restoration. The base was a bit wobbly so using The Gorilla Glue Company wood glue, I applied to the affected area. I clamped the base and removed the excess glue with a blue shop cloth. After letting the glue dry overnight, prepared to paint by cleaning the base and taping to avoid paint getting all over the underside. I painted using my trusty Annie Sloan’s Athenian Black and sealing with her clear wax. The top was sanded...
"How cute is this little nugget I redid for a custom order? This is a family piece but had seen better days and had been stored in a basement not feeling the love. After a good sanding, the base was painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Blue Moon and Lamp Black to custom match some wall art the customer had. The top has been stained in a custom mix of General Finishes Java and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. We sealed the whole piece, added new ceramic knobs and new wheels since one of the...
"This chevron pattern came out fire. Matching dining table, bench and coffee table. Stain: Antique Walnut Gel Stain by General Finishes." - Hermanos Woodworks    
"After removing layers of yellow crackle paint we uncovered the beautiful original wood grain! Our client then chose to layer General Finishes Java Gel Stain over Antique Walnut Gel Stain to give this entryway table a show-stopping new look!" - Moses Restorations    

Millstone Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain

Original vs. Antique Walnut
General Finishes Gel Stain

"Love, love, love how smooth this piece is - done with our sprayer to give a beautiful finish. Refurbished in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain with a black wash to antique and a hint of gold decor wax on the knobs to make them a standout." - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats

The Drifting Buoy was a great success. What an interesting concept, converting a horse trailer into a mobile bar.


"Antique Walnut Gel Stain, High Performance Topcoat, and I used your Design Center to concoct a custom Milk Paint cocktail for the 2d wooden backsplash. We love your stuff."


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"Whew... this might have been my longest running project to date .Lori asked me to refresh her secretariat and honestly, from the picture, it didn't look in too bad of shape but if you zoom in you can see all the crackle texture on the finish that all had to be stripped off with chemicals and then sanded down. The outside was stained in a mix of General Finishes Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains and sealed in Arm-R-Seal. The inside was painted in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and...
"This table was a HUGE undertaking. Not only is it super heavy to move around but it is ginormous!! After a full day of sanding we painted the base in Mélange Artisan Mineral Paints Jett Black and sealed it in General Finishes High Performance Topcoat.The top was a bit tricker having to custom match the stain on the existing chairs and bench they bought off line. It took several attempts and several combinations but I think we nailed it with a mix of General Finishes Carbon Gray, Antique Walnut...
When I first started refinishing, all I knew about stain is that it is watery and messy. I did research and came across a gel stain created by...

Custom mix of...

"I’m totally in LOVE with how this table turned out!! The based is painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue distressed, and topcoated. The top of the table got a complete refresh with GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and topcoated. The new glass Top Knobs matches other hardware for this client in her new home. Love love love!!" - Soleil Furnishings    
"This table was completely sanded down with the top being stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains. The base was then painted in General Finishes Lamp Black and sealed in their High Performance Top Coat." - Upcycling by Amy    

Can’t say enough about these! That grain pop, compliments of General Finishes Antique Walnut…so original and downright cool!"

"These mountain scenes are becoming a hit! Love the Idaho bags as well! General Finishes Black and Antique Walnut Gel Stains never disappoint!" - Eason Boards    
"Lamp Black & Antique Walnut Gel Stain never disappoints. Sealed with High Performance Topcoat in satin." - Angela’s Attic    
"This gorgeous dresser that was completely stripped down, sanded and re-stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed in a satin finish." - Upcycling by Amy    
"I pulled up my big girl pants for this one guys…my client wanted to pass this 1947 Lane cedar hope chest down to her son that her husband had purchased after he got out of the military. And to increase the stress level - no paint. It was damaged almost beyond repair having sat in her garage for decades with major veneer damage, mildew, water stains and a bunch of other problems. This transformation makes me so proud. I took my Festool and was able to sand back down to bare wood on the veneer....

"Beautiful Kroehler mid century dresser redesigned in General Finishes Reverent Gray Milk Paint with Antique Walnut Gel Stain drawers. Gold accents between drawers add a little bling!" - Just a Touch of Paint

"Mid century nightstands. Perfect size and redesigned in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat to protect the top surface. Solid brass handles give these a little extra shine."     
"After LOTS of sanding, we cleaning the set up and primed the chairs and base of the table and painted it in General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint and the top of the dining table is stained in GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Since dining tables take so much punishment I made sure to give it plenty of coats of Arm-R-Seal to protect it for years to come." - Upcycling by Amy    
"This gorgeous bar just went home! I cleaned, sanded it and coated it with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and topped with satin High Performance Topcoat. It’s a completely new piece and ready for another life!" - Soleil Furnishings    

"Love a good before-and-after. The off-white is a custom mix of General Finishes Snow White and Antique White. The gray is General Finishes Gray Gel Stain with a light wash of Old Barn Living weathered stain." - Market House Restorations

"Who doesn’t love a little tea cart. What a lovely transformation she is! My client chose the colours Harvest Yellow & Snow White Milk Paint by General Finishes to compliment the beautiful Sunflower Fields transfer by Prima. GF’s Antique Walnut Gel Stain gives the top and wheels a beautiful, rich tone to the wood." - Angela’s Attic