This dresser was ugly, drab and boring. Can you imagine feeling ugly, drab and boring and then you add a little lipstick, mascara, gloss and Nars bronzer (gold leaf) and just be walking around looking sunkissed for all the world to see? Yup...calling this piece Nars. Clean, sleek and artsy fartsy.
2018 GF Design Challenge - Upcycling Merit Categories›Barnwood Chic›Runner Up
This stunning Media Console will be the perfect focal point in your home! Painted in a gypsy teal with hand crafted brown stained barn doors. The barn doors slide, giving you several looks in one. What once was a dresser has now been transformed into a modern console table. The dresser drawers were removed on each side and open shelving was created. The top of the piece has also been stained in a dark Java stain, coordinating with the barn doors. A wonderful, functioning, rustic piece...
"I think this is our best one yet! Top side is finished with General Finishes oil based Arm R Seal and the bottom has a coat of Odie's Oil. We can cast epoxy in almost any tabletop application! If you are in the market for something absolutely one of a kind, please visit our website and reach out to us to discuss your next dream project!" - Mountain Heart Woodworks
"Before and after with one coat of General Finishes Arm R Seal on the book matched ash slab island. This is truly going to be the centerpiece of the kitchen." - Lakeside Woodworks
"So here he is all done up and ready for a fresh start. When I picked this piece up it was left out on the curb and hours away from being scooped up by our bulk trash pick up (before pictures towards the end). I saw this sad dresser sitting in the rain and looked passed all the imperfections and saw potential! Since this Mid century modern dresser is a Heywood Wakefield it’s made of all solid wood, no veneer here which is why I was able to work a miracle on the top. I used a customs mix toner...
"This was stained with General Finishes American Walnut then got a light coat of Black Gel Stain- I say light because I was impatient and didn't wait the recommended time & my first coat of Arm-R-Seal took quite a bit of the black off. The tops then got 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin, my favorite topcoat!" - Flipping Fabulous
"This gal was a GF project from start to finish. I used the Medium Brown Dye, the Nutmeg Gel Stain, Lamp Black Milk Paint and finished off with the Arm R Seal. I even purchased the hardware from D. Lawless Hardware with the gift card I received from GF in my prize package. Thank you all at General Finishes for the stellar products you make for us." - Designs by Dee
"Getting ready to send home this custom job soon. It was completely refinished and given several new coats of Arm-r-Seal, it’s now ready for another 30 years of use as the owner said. That’s one of the things I love about re-doing furniture, instead of them ending up in the landfill they get a new lease on life." - Hidden Treasures Refinishing
"I mean seriously!!! How cool is this card catalog/apothecary cabinet??? We completely stripped and refinished this special piece that belonged to our clients grandfather. General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Arm R Seal gave it the perfect worn hand-rubbed finish that suits this piece so perfectly! Before you couldn’t even see the wood gain under the dirt, grim, and old finish now it’s the star of the show!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare
"I could not be more proud of this chessboard. The Ash and Bubinga woods turned out great and I think the contrast is just right. We used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal to get that beautiful finish. I wish I could keep it for my self but this one is going off to a very luck member of the family!" - Gatta Ro.Am.
"As soon as I saw this dresser I knew I wanted to give her gold accents and show off her beautiful wood grain drawers and I love the finished look. General Finishes Queenstown Gray is definitely my favorite gray! It’s so rich and I love how the gold gilding wax just pops off of the dark gray. The drawers were stripped and sanded then re-stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain then several coats of GF Arm R Seal. The rest of the piece has several coats of GF poly and Annie Sloan...
"I completely stripped this dresser to the original oak, sanded with 5 grades of sandpaper, sealed the wood, applied Gel Stain by General Finishes in Colonial Maple and top coated with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. We made new drawer bottoms and I stained, painted and stenciled the insides and sides of the drawers and then finished with Wise Owl Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve. Added new hardware. Repaired and new backing on the mirror. Cleaned up and painted the casters and mirror...
Hutch by restored with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil based topcoat.
"This family heirloom is finished in General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal for a super durable finish that will last another 100 years." - Wood Junkies
"How sweet is this darling little desk?! We completed this look by fully stripping this baby down and smoothing out the imperfections. We used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for that rich brown color and Charles Neil Woodworking blotch control to keep the color nice and even. We coated everything in GF Arm-R-Seal for some extra sheen and durability." - Twig & Thyme Design
"This coffee table is part of a custom painting project that just so happened to match up with the products that I won from the General Finishes in the Painted Furniture Before & After Facebook group earlier in the year. I used Lamp Black Milk Paint and HPTC in Flat for the base. Java Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal were applied to the top. Cooper highlights were applied using a paste wax. All hardware replaced with new hardware from D. Lawless Hardware." - Rhona Dalton of This Life Goes On
"My client's nearly 100 year-old antique dresser got an updated look! Frame in Driftwood Milk Paint and HP topcoat; dresser top and drawer fronts in Antique Walnut Gel Stain with Arm-R-Seal topcoat. It's looking pretty for the next 100 years!" - Trillium Park Designs
"This is a General Finishes custom mix of Nutmeg and Antique Walnut Gel Stain finished with their mega durable Arm-R-Seal Polyurethane. Knotty Pine never looked so good!" - Wood Junkies
This darling dresser was given a fresh, farmhouse look by The Shabby Shack. Painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and sealed with Arm-R-Seal Topcoat.
This project is a combination of a tile top table and a portable coaster. The tile was custom made at a local pottery shop. The table was inspired by the splay-legged table by Garrett Hack. The top and aprons are natural cherry. The legs are stained cherry. General Finishes products were used to complete the project. The wood conditioner and stain were straightforward and easy to use. For the topcoat I found applying the finish with a foam brush and wiping the excess off with a cloth...
"Awesome mid-century dresser refinished with General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint, Flat Out Flat Topcoat, Java Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal Topcoat." - Virginia Vintage Interiors
A local Sawyer saved this sequoia tree from being disposed of in a chipper. I bought a set of book matched slabs and made a big dining table or conference table out of them. I stored the slabs for a while until they were dry enough to work with.
Using a circular saw, I made sure the joint in the middle was straight and met up nicely. I used a Festool Domino to align the two halves and glued them together. There was quite a bit of work to do with a router flattening jig on both...
This coffee table is made of Modesto Ash, that was destined to become firewood. I grew up with this Ash tree, it watched me and my brothers grow up. Unfortunately the tree was diseased and had to be taken down. I talked to the arborist and made a deal with them to leave me the trunk as a whole piece. They dropped it, my dad and I spent the next few days clearing up all of the brush and cut the limbs into manageable pieces of firewood. The next day I spent a few hours using an alaskan...
Beautiful Empire dresser with delicate veneer, so a careful refresh was in order. A light sanding and some Antique Walnut gel stain along with Arm R Seal to protect and its true beauty was brought back to the surface.
The top is stained with General Finishes Danish Teak after using GF Wood Conditioner, & sealed with GF Arm-R-Seal.
"My client's table set has been given a new life! While the set she inherited has great bones, the pale green factory finish wasn't doing much in her beautiful kitchen. General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint was just what was needed. Finished with Arm-R-Seal in Satin." - GarageMama Vintage
"Every year for my birthday I try to do something for my mother. It is usually something I make. This is the one for my 31st birthday. She “hinted” she had to have a new coffee table she could rest her legs on and something that is slightly lower than her current one. She actually requested knots aka something with character. 100% solid walnut 21”x46” coffee table with stainless steel hairpin legs. Love how the semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal from General Finishes turned out." - Shane Wyke
We created this wild eye popping bench using a 6" thick highly figured live edge big leaf Maple slab that we've ebonized and paired with custom i-beam chevron legs. The slab top has been finished using Seal A Cell and Arm R Seal. The i-beam legs were created using reclaimed salvaged steel and finished in an iridescent gold powdercoat.
This was my first big project using dovetails and it turned out really well, especially for being built entirely with hand tools.. I found this amazing board of curly birch hiding under boring boards at Home Depot. I wanted to really highlight the grain in this box so I used Arm-R-Seal. This was my first time using it and I was super happy with how well it worked. I put 5 coats on and sanded inbetween coats with 600 grit sandpaper. Taking my time with the finishing gave me glass smooth...
A local hospice organization (Hospice Support of Fauquier County, Virginia) contacted me to design and make a wall display for their office. Their desired theme was the Tree of Life, and the display would be used to recognize volunteers and contributors to their organization. We began a collaboration that led to making a scale model to verify the design, and then the final product pictured here.
The display consists of 3 large panels decorated with hand-cut marquetry to portray the...
"Another finely hand crafted game headed to it's new home for many hours of family fun and entertainment" - Wood Magicians
Loving how GF Arm-R-Seal brings out the natural beauty of the wood!
So incredible - A Good Turn Colorado gave their merchandise table a fresh look with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil based topcoat.
Arm-R-Seal topcoats are made with only the highest quality urethane resin. They penetrate the wood deep down and give you that "natural look" finish that is extremely durable and long-lasting. Learn more about Arm-R-Seal topcoats at http://bit.ly/2w6VsN2.
How neat is this custom bottle opener by Nick's Woodshop! Ambrosia curly maple finished with Arm-R-Seal oil based topcoat.
"This antique Chest of Drawers had an awful stain job on it. It has been stripped to raw wood and lightly sanded. I then added General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and dark wax to seal it and bring out the beautiful wood grain. New, updated drawer pulls were added. This piece is in excellent condition. Antiqued Pine has a wonderful ability to fit in with any home decor or style." - The Shabby Shack
"Finally our table is done and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! This gorgeous table was built by Patick Beck of Yorkville, IL.... I asked him to leave the table unfinished for me so that I could put my personal touch on it. I stained the table and bench in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed with their Arm-R-Seal topcoat for super durability." - Nap Time Creations
Loving this table set by Jackie Prosser! This commissioned piece was refinished with Nutmeg Gel Stain, Lamp Black Milk Paint, and sealed with Arm-R-Seal in Satin.
"I love Gel Stain and Arm-r-Seal! I refinished my vintage bankers chair in a custom blend of Java and Candlelite Gel Stain and finished with Arm-r-Seal." Eden Elyse Design Co.
What a beautiful custom piece this is! The American Woodshop applied six coats of Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat to achieve this shiny and durable finish.
"I am very pleased to share with you all The Randall Rocker! The chair is made up of solid and bent wood laminations more than 170 pieces in all. For those who don't know, bent laminations are thinly sliced strips of wood. By making them thin they become pliable. They are then placed in a form with glue between layers and left overnight. Once cured the pieces are stronger than the original wood and very sturdy." - Fedor Woods
The Randall Rocker has been finished with General Finishes...
"I can't say enough good things about Arm-R-Seal! My latest farm table with GF Antique White Milk Paint base and chairs, dark stain, and Arm-R-Seal on top! Thank you for making my job easier!" - Lynn Maxwell Garcia of Farmtastic Furniture
"This farmhouse hutch exterior has been refinished in Antique White Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain with Arm-R-Seal. The drawer interiors have also been stained and sealed to match the top. I absolutely love all of General Finishes products!" - Ashley Olson of Eden Elyse Design Co.
What a stunning butterfly bench this is by Mike Schwing of Schwing Woodworking! This is so creative!!
"For the bench, I finished with one coat of Watco danish natural, followed by one coat of shellac," Mike explains. "After lightly sanding with 220 grit, I applied three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal... Arm-R-Seal is my go-to finish and the one I recommend most for my students as well. Love the stuff!"
"Beautiful piece just finished using all General Finishes products. This unique sideboard, circa late 1800's is a beautiful piece of furniture! Painted in General Finishes Lamp Black, lightly distressed and top coated in a satin finish. The top, doors and drawer were sanded down, leaving some of the imperfections to show the age and character of this piece. It is stained in Brown Mahogany (Gel Stain) and sealed with Arm-R- Seal. This beauty is solid wood, heavy and will last another 100 years!...
"This Jacobean buffet is our first General Finishes Lamp Black piece and we are in love. We can't say enough good things about General Finishes Milk paint line. It goes on so smooth they have so many wonderful colors to choose from. The entire piece including the drawers have been sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. There are some special details including fabric lined drawers and a fun stencil on the side. ." - Joni Wauhop of The Furniture Fairies
"I love the clean, sleek lines on this dresser! The frame has been refinished in GF Lamp Black Milk Paint and HPTC in Satin. The legs and drawer fronts have been stained in Java Gel and Arm-R-Seal." - Ashley Olson of Eden Elyse Design Co.
This desk features a beautiful burled veneer top that has been completely refinished with General Finishes Water Base Dye Stains. It is a custom color mix consisting of Medium Brown Dye Stain with a touch of Dark Brown Dye Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal. The base of the desk was hand painted in a custom off white and then perfectly aged using General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze.
"Stools completed. These pieces were finished using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in satin. It really makes the grain of both the walnut and the honey locust pop. It was my first time using this product, needless to say I'm a fan." - District 14 Woodworking Company
"My first time around with General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint was a great success! But really, starting with a dresser as darling as this one (which happily required no repairs) set me up for a great start! The dresser top and drawer fronts were stripped and refinished in two different stains to set off the varied veneers and top coated with my favorite wiping varnish, General Finishes Arm-R-Seal." - Trillium Park Designs
Beachum Woodworks sealed this stunning live edge floating hall table in a few coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal! Be sure to check out other custom furniture they have created at http://bit.ly/2mofPQq.
See more custom furniture people have completed with GF products at the Design Center at http://bit.ly/2bQnxiw!
Check out this delightful end table by Vintage & Varnish. She painted the frame in GF Lamp Black Milk Paint, then sealed the entire piece with Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat.