Brown Mahogany

"This amazing Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co, Hastings, Michigan Bookcase was in very poor condition when I found her. Damaged dirty with holes and missing inlay appliques. I have tried to restore her at first..however, peeling veneer and damaged wood make me change my mind. I decided to transfer the image of my favorite painting by Akseli Gallen-Kallela from sane time period what my beautiful piece (1911-1917)

When I have enlarged print of the painting which I have bought on...

"This secretary was stained in General Finishes Brown Mahogany gel stain. I just love the way the stain brought out the character of this piece." - VintagelessJules


"Just finished my railings using GF Gel Stain in Brown Mahogany. Did you know that WD-40 removes gel stain splatters and spills from carpet! Don't ask me how I know that. LOL" - Sharyn Meisner Ross   Check out this video from GF to learn how to prep existing finishes for stain or paint -    

Beautiful custom mix of Brown Mahogany and Java Gel Stain.

Green Spruce Designs restyled this mid century modern dresser with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and Snow White Milk Paint. Such a great classic look!   Check out the Green Spruce Designs shop in person at Sweet Clover Barn in Frederick, MD.    

Laura Vajgrt of Vintage 180 stunned us with this dresser refinishing! She used mulitple Gel Stains while also using water-based topcoats for the finish!

Laura explains, "I used GF Gel Stains in Nutmeg, Java and Brown Mahogany. The shell was sealed using Flat Out Flat. The wood drawers were sealed using the High Performance Topcoat Satin."

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Amber of The Amber Rose Emporium delighted us with this dresser in Brown Mahogany Gel Stain.

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Michelle Bennet Warner of the Pallet Shed share this tantalizing hutch using the lovely Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. They finished the piece with Oil Based Gel Urethane Topcoat.

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"Out with the trendy white and back to the traditional classic cherry. (original cabinets were honey oak) I used equal parts of Brown Mahogany and Georgian Cherry to get the exact color I wanted. Loved the results so much, I am currently updating my railings as well. Easy to use, clean up was easy. Topped off with High performance top coat. Loving my new kitchen!!"

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.

Amber Armstrong of Paint Me Perfect restyled this antique dresser using DIY Behr "white on white", Gel Stains (American Oak, Brown Mahogany and Java) and finished with a layer of High Performance Top Coat Satin.

This antique night stand was painted in General Finishes Buttermilk Yellow Milk Paint and the legs were stained in Brown Mahogany Gel Stain by Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats.
"Beautiful Empire style desk redone in GF Antique White and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. A custom mix of Patina Green and Antique White for a pop of turquoise inside the drawer. Sealed with HPTC in Satin"- Amy of Southern Vintage Finds    

George Baumgartner refinished this lovely oak desk using one coat of General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain topped with three coats of Gel Topcoat Satin.

Shannon of Sweet Threepeats restyled this dresser with GF Lamp Black Milk Paint and Brown Mahogany Gel Stained top and knobs. 

This sweet dresser was updated using General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain.

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"Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats did this piece up for our school auction in General Finishes Lamp Black with Brown Mahogany Gel stain. Looking classy!!" - Shannon of Sweet Threepeats
"So lucky to get to refinish pieces like this! Makeover in General Finishes Lamp Black and Brown Mahogany stain, it looks so handsome now!!" - Shannon of Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats
Another amazing GF Gel Stain transformation!! Karen Tillinghast Painter shared these cabinet doors and says, "Love your Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, before and after two coats. So easy!!"

This vintage waterfall dresser closet was refinished with GF Brown Mahogany Gel Stain by Renewed Treasures Studios_ of Judice, LA. That gorgeous chevron pattern on the door was handcut! This one's definitely a head turner!

Divine vintage waterfall dressing table refinished with Brown Mahogany Gel Stain by Tess at Renewed Treasures Studios_! How gorgeous is the hand-cut chevron pattern on front?!
"Wow. Just. Wow. Love this so much. It went from blah to BOOM! General Finishes Brown Mahogany on the drawers and GF Java Gel on the body. Replaced old knobs with new cup pulls. This is such an amazing transformation!!" ~Vintage Rust_ shared this stunning two-toned dresser transformation!
Check out the facelift this garage door got with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain from What Once Was Old Furniture Design_! It started as a white metal garage door and the end result is simply amazing! Quite the transformation!
Can't get enough of this incredible table by Verdigris Sky_ of Wharton, TX! Here's that beautiful black and stained set in it's home; and we are ready to do this finish again! Doesn't that top look gorgeous in General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain? We custom mixed it to get just the look the client wanted.
Darling dining set makeover by Verdigris Sky_ using our gorgeous Brown Mahogany Gel Stain! "Beautiful dining set we recently finished for a wonderful repeat customer.. I love how it looks in her kitchen under that great chandelier." We agree!

This drool-worthy tea cart was restyled by crimson + oak designs using General Finishes Java and Mahogany Gel Stains. You can achieve a similar look using GF's Patina Green and Coral Crush Milk Paint topped with Glaze Effects. Learn more about Crimson + Oak's process: "A custom-painted tea cart that was so much fun to transform...especially when your client gives you pretty much full reign to do as you wish. Painted with Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange first, then Florence on top. The bottom...

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​

Getting delivered today is this amazing and very antique Barrister Bookcase that we restored for a client for his wife - just in time for Mother's Day! It was her father's and in sad shape when we got it - broken drawers and base, missing glass, cross beams out of alignment... But isn't he a handsome fellow now?? We totally stripped him down, rebuilt the drawers, new glass, cleaned the cross beams and metal strapping and restained him in General Finishes Brown Mahogany. Love it! - The Copper...

Great kitchen transformation by Kristine Rebelein with GF Brown Mahogany Gel Stain!

Spring is here! Headboard bench painted in Sunglow Milk Paint with Van Dyke Brown Glaze and seat stained in Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and sealed in High Performance Top Coat. - Miss Daisy's Attic​ of Joplin, MO
The Green Bureau at Black Dog Architectural Salvage refinished this vintage buffet using General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain! The entire piece was then stained in High Performance Top Coat! "The original hardware suited the piece, so we reused it but freshened it up with just a bit of antique gold metallic paint."
"Here's another (curbside rescue) dresser that we painted & stained with GF's Antique White Milk Paint and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, top coated with High Performance Top Coat in flat. So easy and fun to use your products!" -Rachel from The Artistic Home Studio and Boutique (
Linda Whitlock shared this table makeover. "This was stained with Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and topped off with HP polycrylic. The legs were painted Linen in milk paint. These products make it so easy!"
Larry of Pops Restorations restored this antique walnut washstand to its former glory using Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat in Satin! After some much needed rehab, this vintage beauty was ready to be finished. Larry says, "The color selected was Brown Mahogany by General Finishes. On this old walnut, it gave it a very rich look." Read about the full transformation here!

Mary Schiff says, "It's been a while since I posted anything. Because of the cold weather and my unheated shop, I haven't been able to spray anything. I don't mind painting by hand, but topcoats are just not as smooth on large pieces. So, saying that, here is a bookcase I have been working on. The paint still needs a sealer but it will have to wait a bit longer. I love your products, GF! General Finishes Lamp Black milk paint was used on the box with Valspar 'Courtyard' for the green shade....

It makes me happy when I get to use color on a piece....especially green! The tops were refinished in General Finishes Java Gel and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. Love how they turned out! - The Distressed Fleur De Lis

American made, solid Maple table and chairs finished with Brown Mahogany Gel Stain from General Finishes. - Courtesy of The Wood Shed ( What a stunning restyle! Here are some tips for applying our Gel Oil-Based Finishes, for beginners and pros alike.

Brepurposed created these lovely French Script Two Toned End Tables. The top edges and drawers were stained with GF Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. The legs and top were painted dark gray and the stenciling was applied. We recommend GF Queenstown Gray for a similar look.
Meli-D Creations refinished this beautiful dining set using GF Antique White Milk Paint and a Brown Mahogany/Java Gel Stain combo for the table top and seats! Have you ever wondered which GF stain to choose? Here is a video that might help you decide! Which stain should I choose? (Differences between GF stains/dyes):
Lots of elbow grease went into this elegant shelf by crimson + oak designs! It was restyled with our Mahogany Gel Stain for a rich, deep finish.
RElove All Things Shabby refinished the top of this gorgeous solid wood table using General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain! You can find your favorite GF products at Woodcraft, Rockler Woodworking stores or Wood Essence in Canada. You can also use your zip code to find a retailer near you at #GeneralFinishes #GelStain #BrownMahoganyGelStain
Brepurposed refinished this buffet as a wedding present for a friend. The top was stained using General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, the base was painted with a lovely white and it was sealed with our water based High Performance Topcoat in Flat.
Classy kitchen makeover shared by Angela Lopez, "I love your gel products and look forward to using other products from your line. I refinished my cabinets last week mixing Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stains. The look is exactly what I was seeking!” Thanks so much for sharing, Angela!
RCDC Services made these gorgeous Poplar cabinets for a Senior Care Dresser Project, refinishing them in Brown Mahogany,Georgian Cherry, New Pine, and Prairie Wheat Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat in Satin!

This table was in rough shape but it's ready for a new life now. I stripped and sanded the top, staining the walnut with GF's Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. After three coats of satin High Performance Top Coat the natural beauty of the wood softly glows. The base was painted with GF's Corinth Blue Milk Paint, then I applied a layer of Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects in the details. Over it all I brushed on a coat of Persian Blue Milk Paint, allowing the undercoat and glaze to peer through the...

Carol from Faux Illusions LLC says, "Drab to Fab! With General Finishes Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stains, some light distressing. Used Gel Topcoat for added sheen and durability.
Lynn of Marbled Magic restyled this lovely table in Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. What a classic look!
Mary Schiff shared with us this lovely bench seat transformation. She used one coat of General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and three coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin on the bench seat. Didn't Mary's Bench turn out just marvelous?