"When I started on this 102 year old Empire dresser I would never have guessed it would end up like this! This gorgeous ribbon veneer was hidden from the world under a deep opaque cherry stain for far too long.
My client had a preferred color but also understood that wood furniture can have a mind (and color) of its own, and old finishes can penetrate so deep that sometimes you aren’t left with a lot of options. I am pleased to report that my hours of stripping and sanding paid off and...
"General Finishes Black Gel Stain on bare walnut
veneer = this gorgeous tone." - That FlippinFurniture Girl
"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
"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
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."
Side by Side comparison of GF Gray, Black, Antique Walnut, Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stains.
"Decided to do away with the dated carpeted wood stairs and go with a modern jet black and and white look. For the black, we used General Finishes Gel Stain with the General Finishes High Performance flat as the top coat, which gave the treads a painted look while allowing the natural wood grain to show. The white was Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic Semi Gloss. As first timers using General Finishes Gel Stain, the products were great to work with and the results speak for themselves!" - Burge...
"I cannot be more thrilled with how this piece turned out! This gorgeous vintage dresser was refinished using General Finishes Black Gel Stain and Seagull Gray Milk Paint. All of the details were accented with Pitch Black Glaze Effects and the original pulls were used to add the final touches." - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration
Custom made corn hole boards in GF Black, Gray, Prairie Wheat and Georgian Cherry Gel Stains by Burly Bags.
"Custom Maple Desk finished here in the shop with GFBlack Oil Based stain and High Performance Satin Topcoat!"
"This stunning solid maple buffet was stained in layers of General Finishes Antique Walnut, Black, and Java Gel Stains to achieve this beautiful top. The bottom was then hand painted in Linen with a heavy color wash of Persian Blue then gently distressed. New gorgeous hardware from D. Lawless Hardware complete this amazing transformation!" - Nap Time Creations
"Another attempt at GF Black Gel Stain... this time on walnut veneer that was sanded bare. It’s not black, lol, but I love the finished product, as did it’s new owner! I’m a sucker for black, wood & brass." - That FlippinFurniture Girl
"My first time using Seagull Gray and I LOVE it! I also created a 'barn wood' effect on the tops using GF Black Gel Stain and GF Black Stain (water based) All top-coated in GF HPTC." - Sweet Pickins Designs
You can use GF Water Based and Oil Based products on the same project, just follow these guidelines:
Water over oil: let oil dry for a minimum of 72 hr...
Stunning tiger oak quarter sawn antique dining table finished with General Finishes Black Gel Stain.
"This 100 year old table and I have been on quite the journey.
A new client was in love with her recently purchased antique tiger oak table’s structure and bones, but not so much the orangish brown finish. She was hoping for a unique murky black finish with lots of pop from the figured wood. Together, my client and I learned that this oak table has a brown soul. Believe it or not, the...
"This beautiful girl is 100% GF products! Linen Milk Paint and a custom blend of gel stains... Black, Nutmeg and Antique Walnut. And of course HPTC in Satin to protect her new finish. Why not just use Java for a deep rich color? Because these older veneers love to pull red and that’s not the look I designed for my client.
"The drawers, doors and top were sanded bare prior to staining. A quick wipe of mineral spirits was also done to help my gel stain glide on more evenly. (I learned...
"I love this walnut Bassett credenza... The frame was brightened in Fusion Mineral Paint Lamp White, sealed with non-yellowing Tough Coat. The top & drawers received Antique Walnut stain, General Finishes Black Gel Stain, sealed with High Performance Satin." - Flipping Fabulous
"These forgotten vintage pieces were made beautiful again with General Finishes Snow White, and black gel stain as a glaze and sealed with High Performance Top Coat in Satin for a subtle shine. They can't wait to be loved again!"- Amini Design Ashburn
"This is a total beauty! This solid walnut mid-century dresser is in pristine condition, & will last for another 50 years easily! Stained with Antique Walnut & General Finishes Black Gel Stain, sealed with High Performance Satin." - Flipping Fabulous
My client has a huge Harry Potter crush and wanted a dresser for her son's room that would provide storage for a growing boy but also a splash of colour. I suggested using the House colours as inspiration and here is the final result. She was thrilled and no spells were put on me! Phew!
Vicki of Entri Ways gave this dresser a fresh look with General Finishes Black Gel Stain. Read more about this fascinating project at http://bit.ly/2tUiA19.
"This vintage 100+ year old paw foot table is complete and ready for delivery! The base of the table was painted in General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint and topped with Pitch Black Glaze for contrast. This table is made of quartersawn oak. So to not lose the beautiful grain of the wood we opted for General Finishes Black Gel Stain for the top. The gel stain darkened the look to suit the clients color preferences while preserving that lovely tiger oak grain we love!" - Twig & Thyme Design...
Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations finished this custom farmhouse table with General Finishes Linen Milk Paint and Black Gel Stain!
What a creative wedding anniversary gift this is! This custom bean bag toss game was completed by Fish Brothers Board Co. and finished with GF Brown Mahogany and Black Gel Stain with Antique White Milk Paint.
They comment, "60 years of marriage - now that's awesome. This legacy set features the family brand, diamonds and the date they'll never forget!"
Check out this cool piece from Vintage Rose Home, GF's May 2017 Retailer of the Month!
It was painted with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint, accented with Pitch Black Glaze Effects and topped with Black Gel Stain.
You can visit Vintage Rose Home in person at 4762 SW 72 Ave. Miami, FL or online at https://www.instagram.com/vintagerosehome/?hl=en
This adorable vintage rocking chair was refreshed by VintagelessJules using General Finishes Antique Walnut and Black Gel Stains. The seat cushion was reupholstered in a nesting diamond designer fabric. The result is a perfect mix of vintage and modern design.
"This was painted with a custom mix of Emerald, Klein Blue and Seagull Gray, then glazed with Pitch Black. The top was stained with General Finishes Black Gel Stain and sealed with Arm-R-Seal. The body was finished with High Performance Top Coat in Semi-Gloss." - J&P Designs
Check out more custom color mixes in the General Finishes Design Center at http://designs.generalfinishes.com/
This custom cornhole set was handcrafted by Burly Bags and stained with GF Black & Prairie Wheat Gel Stains.
"This adorable vintage rocking chair went home earlier today! Refinished in layers of Nutmeg, Antique Walnut, and Black GF Gel Stains, this chair has an incredible rustic vibe now. The seat was re-upholstered in a designer navy blue fabric with a vintage feel." - VintagelessJules
"I'll be honest. I have a slight obsession with rocking chairs. Their place in the home goes well beyond a nursery. They make wonderful additions to your family room, bedroom, or that quaint little nook! The chair was refreshed with General Finishes Antique Walnut and Black gel stains and sealed with Miss Mustard Seed's hemp oil. Trendy new black and white designer fabric in a geometric print replaced the old dated fabric. This rocking chair is now the perfect mix of vintage and modern!" -...
"This 7' farmhouse table and 6' bench are a custom build. The chairs have been finished in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and lightly distressed. The table and bench base were also painted in Antique White. The table top and bench top have been stained with a combination of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and Black Gel Stain. The table and chairs were then finished with a Satin High Performance Topcoat." - Gigi's Hope Chest
How gorgeous is this table by Handy Dandy Mandi?!
Mandi says, "Using a mix of Java and Black Gel Stain by General Finishes (of course!) 2 coats, then sanded back down lightly with a 320 grit, to let the grains pop. I used about 10 thin coats of Arm-R-Seal in Satin. I am super proud of the way it turned out, and the easy use of the products. "
This little dresser is a functional work of art! The base of the dresser was painted in General Finished "Lamp Black", and lightly distressed. It also got a "new" reclaimed wood top, which was hand-stained in a Southwestern design using 4 different GF Gel Stains: Java, Antique Walnut, Nutmeg, and Black. The entire piece was sealed using GF high-performance satin polyacrylic for a durable finish.
This is the first time I tried GF gel stain in black. It's a super dark and rich color. I applied it in broad thick strokes using a paper towel. I used a loose gestural motion in the application. The end result is a subtle yet dramatic texture on the surface of this art deco dresser. The drawer fronts were sanded to the raw veneer and sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat in satin.
Loving this truly one of a kind table by Hello I Live Here!
The top was stained with 4 alternating colors - Antique Walnut (Gel Stain), Black (Gel Stain), Empire Gray (Chalk Style Paint) and Java(Gel Stain) followed by a coat of brown glaze then top coated with High Performance Topcoat in flat. The legs and skirt are Empire Gray followed by Van Dyke Brown Glaze.
Linda of Hello I Love Here says, "I sand to the original wood, condition it, then start working one stain at a time...
Kelly of Soul Patina used Chalk Style Paint for this petite desk do-over!
She explains, "I tried your new paint in Black Pepper. Love it! Also I finished it in HPTC Satin.”
To learn more about our Chalk Style Paints and Milk Paints, watch our in-depth video at: http://bit.ly/1roeCun
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General Finishes Gel Stains - top to bottom, left to right
Antique Walnut, Brown Mahogany, Java
Gray, Black, Candlelite
The right side of each board is one coat wiped back, the left side is multiple coats for a more opaque look.
Check out this classy dresser painted over by Mary Beth's place using Milk Paint and Gel Stain!
"I get so excited when a client asks for a stain and paint combo! I used General Finishes Black Gel Stain and Driftwood Milk Paint to get this look!"
Refablished restyled this bench in Lamp Black Milk Paint and High Performance Top Coat Satin!
They enthusiasticly explain, "This bench has been upholstered in new fabric, painted black and sealed with the highest quality General Finishes paint and top coat, and is perfect for your entry way, sunroom or under a window! So versatile...shown here with teal pillows, but any color would look great!"
Stephanie of Rehab to Fab says:
"This sophisticated grain sack table set was married together with General Finishes products. The antique table was sanded down, wood conditioner was used and a mix of Antique Walnut & Java gel stain was used. Top was sealed with 7 coats of satin Arm-R-Seal for heavy duty durability. The base is 1/4 sawn oak but need some repair. So General Finishes Lamp black milk paint came to...
"I've been using General Finishes paints & stains on my up-scaling projects for the past 1.5 years. I'm most proud of my largest piece, an antique baby grand piano & bench. Transformed her with General Finishes Black Gel Stain and General Finishes High Performance Top Coat Satin Finish. Results, nothing short of beautiful!" - Judy Dinoski Angus
Find your favorite GF products at Rockler, Wood Essence, Klingspor, Amazon, or Lee Valley in Canada. NOTE: Woodcraft stores carry all of...
"This sweet little Eastlake table was painted in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint on the base and Black Gel Stain on the top with High Performance Top Coat in Flat finish. The top was lightly distressed to highlight the wood grain."
DeDe of Designed Decor is GF's April 2016 Blogger of the Month and she created this amazingly beautiful decoupaged wallpaper dresser!
"I stained the top of the dresser using General Finishes Black Gel Stain and sealed it with the Gel TopCoat sealer. This was the first time I used the Gel TopCoat sealer and I really like how easy it was to use. I will be using it again. I covered over the stained top and sprayed the dresser using General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Black Pepper. Once...
"There is nothing quite like the look on a client's face when you deliver their custom piece! It makes it even better when they tell you it is everything they imagined and more! We are delighted at how happy the client was and how fantastic the table looked in her dining room. This 8' table and 7' bench were constructed of hand selected maple. The finish is a multiple stain finish of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and Black Gel Stain. The table was then finished with a High Performance...
This fun and funky contemporary dresser was entered in The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest_ for September whose theme was "Geometric Design". Awesome job Somewhat Quirky Design_! I used all General Finishes products to complete this dresser. The gray and black parts were stained with 2 coats of General Finishes Gray and Black Gel Stains. If you've never had a chance to work with gel stains you're missing out. I find them so much easier to work with than liquid stains. They are so easy to...
Michele Roumayah Clark created this stunning kitchen island transformation with the help of General Finishes Black Gel Stain and High Performance Top Coat Satin. Reminder: when mixing oil and water based products you must increase wait time between coats! View this GF video tutorial for more information: http://youtu.be/yDKZFGvpYpw
Dream Designs by Amanda_ gave this bed frame a much needed makeover with Black Gel Stain! What a beauty! We recommend our new Flat Out Flat matte topcoat to recreate the finish. Amanda shares, "Queen Size Sleigh Bed BEFORE & AFTER. Achieved this look by using 4 coats General Finishes Black Gel Stain and 3 coats of Minwax Matte Polyurethane!" Want to be featured by General Finishes? Tag us in photos of your projects featuring our products!
This oval coffee table has just the perfect amount of elegance! The top is stained with General Finishes Gel Stain in a custom mix of Brown Mahogany and Black for a beautiful deep richness. - ReFind Design by Coco Clare
Beautiful table transformation in Black Gel Stain and High Performance Top Coat in Semi-Gloss by Ashley at Refurb-ish Salvage Market! If you are interested in seeing what other people have created using GF products, you are welcome to visit our Idea Center: http://designs.generalfinishes.com/