Featuring Lamp Black Milk Paint from General Finishes

"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

"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 and...
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   #generalfinishes #...
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...
Quite the transformation from Little House Of Four! Out with the plain boring carpet and in with gorgeous stained steps with a custom mix of GF Java and Black Gel Stain. Get all the details of this project at    

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:

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General Finsihes 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!"

The Weathered Door disassembled these two night stands and rejuvenated them with Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint! For a nice sheen, they mixed High Performance Topcoat Satin and Flat Out Flat. To get a more in depth description of their work, go to their blog @

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 Satin...

Time to rise and shine! Start the day off with some beautiful inspiration - we're loving this piece shared by The Shabby Chicas located at Homestead Handcrafts! "We used several of our favorite products by General Finishes to refinish this 9-drawer dresser by Huntley. We applied a 2 color distressed technique by painting General Finishes Driftwood over Lamp Black Milk Paint on the body and drawers. We then slightly distressed the Driftwood so that the Lamp Black could show through. We then...

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:

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:

Check out this great jewelry armoire makeover by Woodcraft​. Lori Haught, a member of the Woodcraft marketing team, was going to sell this piece at her garage sale but decided to refurbish it instead. It got quite the overhaul! See all the details of this project at It was stained with GF Black Gel Stain and sealed with our High...
Tara at Modern Vintage refinished this smoky stunner with Queenstown Gray Milk Paint hightlighted with Driftwood, and accented with Pitch Black Glaze. The top was stained in Black Gel Stain. Highlight the details on your piece with Glaze Effects! Check out this short video for tips on applying Glaze Effects:

This is Monica Farno's FIRST project and FIRST time using General Finishes products! Black Gel Stain, Gel Top Coat and a little gold gilding wax were great choices for this piece.

Chris D refinished their 30 year old oak cabinets using GF's Black Gel Stain! Chris says, "I applied the stain with foam brushes, which couldn't have been any easier for me! I'm not a real handy person when it comes to this type of work! Already looking f

Simple Redesign gave new life to this beautiful buffet! "The top was refinished with your Burnt Umber Glaze for a rich, warm red tone and the base was refinished with the ONLY products I will use when doing a piece black, your Enduro line! Here I used the Black Undercoat with the Black Poly, topped with the Enduro-Var Top Coat (I spray all of my finishes). This is by far the most beautiful finish I have ever been able to achieve in black, and I have tried them all!" Learn how to prep...

Tara of Modern Vintage restyled this chair and side table with Persian Blue Milk Paint accented with a black glaze, and the drawer was finished with Black Gel Stain. What a gorgeous set!
"This was my late husbands desk which I refinished for my son's home. Stenciled inside the right hand drawer is a phrase my late husband used to sing, "Happy Trails". I absolutely love General Finishes products." -Nancy from 4 Heaven's Sake Nancy used General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint for this piece, distressed, and then applied GF's Black Gel Stain to the top and to the matching chair. High Performance Topcoat Satin was then applied for an enduring finish. Wow... this desk is incredibly...
High Style Restyle refinished this fabulous Broyhill chest and nightstand set using General Finishes what they call "The Wonder Twins" Walnut & Black gel stains. The bases were painted with GF's Lamp Black Milk Paint and sealed with GF's High Performance Top Coat! To find a GF Retailer in your area, visit: #GeneralFinishes #MilkPaint #GelStain
"Used General Finishes Black Gel Stain over Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and decoupaged the drawers. We call her 'Alice'. The Gel Stain worked really well and was easy to distress to get this look. Wonderful!" -Big White Goose Lifestyle Store #GeneralFinishes #GelStain #BlackGelStain

Wonder Twins: Activate! Java & Black Gel Stains are the new dynamic duo! We're loving this fun close-up by High Style Restyle! So creative!

Julie of Simple Redesign shared this stunning antique desk restyle using our Enduro Black Poly, a 50/50 mixture of Java and Antiqued Walnut Gel Stains, and Polyacrylic Topcoat in Flat! Julie says, "I am usually pretty stuck in my ways when it come to product but must say, I will never use another black paint again." Can you believe the desktop was once covered in leather? Find out how to remove it on Simple Redesign's blog at...