"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...
"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...
"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
Check out this gorgeous Roll Top Desk refinished by ReFind Design by Coco Clare!
They explain, "We maintained some wood elements by refinishing them and the chair with a custom mix of General Finishes Brown Mahogany and Java Gel Stains. The body was hand painted in CeCe Caldwell's Seattle Mist with an antique finish. And to complete this transformation we added stunning new hardware from D. Lawless Hardware."
Obtain this white color by using General Finishes Snow White Milk...
Check out this astounding tranformation by Lee Ann Walker Kuhn of Creative Moments! They stripped down this battered Queen Ane French provincial coffee table and gave it a rich, new color with wood conditioner, General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain then sealed it with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat Flat.
Learn more about this project at Creative Moment's blog post at http://bit.ly/2ozMFCh
"Can't get enough of General Finishes! Painted in Antique White Milk Paint. Drawers stained in a mixture of Java Gel and Antique Walnut Gel. Entire piece sealed in High Performance Top Coat in flat and satin. My new favorite combo." - LilyPond Vintage
"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
"Presenting the most amazing piece ever!!! I completely refinished this piece. Broken veneer, completely stripped and sanded!! Pre conditioned 50/50 denatured alcohol/shellac. Stained with a custom mix of Candlite Gel Stain and Brown Mahogany.
I absolutely love tiger oak, and this baby looks more amazing then I could have ever dreamed of!!!" - Heavenly Chic Refinishing
"Hello beautiful wood grain! This gorgeous vintage cedar chest was refreshed with a custom mix of General Finishes Antique Walnut and Nutmeg Gel Stains. The whole piece was top coated with hemp oil." - VintagelessJules
"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. "
"Custom built and finished using solid cherry, salvaged industrial parts and GF Gel Stains in Nutmeg and Brown Mahogany." - Jen of J Burns Design
This piece was entered into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest
"Shadow box tables created for the men and women who serve. I mixed Georgian Cherry Gel Stain and a little bit of Antique Walnut Gel Stain in a can of Seal-A-Cell. Seal-A-Cell helps control the penetration and dark spots." - Woodytrike Creations
These pieces were entered into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest
"I made this table at the request of a customer to fit between two swivel chairs in a small space. The table was finished with one coat of General Finishes Nutmeg Gel stain, allowed to dry, then a coat of General Finishes Java Gel Stain, and finished with two coats of Gel Satin Topcoat." - John of John Harryman Designs
This piece was entered into the Woodworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest and won 3rd place.
"Love your stains. Recently did a dresser in an Annie Sloan mix but the top is the show stopper. I created a faux burl effect with a couple of your stains. It worked out fabulously. I used the water-based Orange Dye Stain first, then proceeded to use Candlelite and Java Gel Stains to aid in the burl effect!" - Tammy Sue of The Uppity
To achieve the teal-blue that has been created for the base, GF would recommend mixing Coastal Blue and Patina Green Milk Paint.
Kirsten McKee of That Flippin Furniture Girl restyled this dresser with a sharp, custom color!
"The stain is a custom blend of Antique Walnut and Georgian Cherry Gel Stain - 5:1 ratio," Kirsten explains. "This piece had veneered drawer fronts that I removed, then sanded like crazy and stained with two coats of the custom color, followed by High Performance Topcoat Satin. The top was also sanded to remove the old finish and stained as well. My client was thrilled with the results!"...
Beautiful custom mix of Brown Mahogany and Java Gel Stain.
"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!!"
"I bought a ponderosa pine slab, made for cabinets, from Home Depot to use as a writing table surface in my office. I ADORE the look of dye stain under gel stain. Dye stain highlights the woodgrain and provides a unique undertone when used under gel stain. The wood has a warm, glowing look and feel that I love! I look forward to writing at this table every morning, especially at sunrise." -Jamie Finish schedule over prep-sanded raw pine wood: 2 coats of Amber Dye Stain 1 coat of a 2:1 mix of...
"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 stunning table was made from scratch by From Evija with Love and stained with General Finishes Gel Stains. From Evija with Love says, "...Then came the star of the show – Java Gel Stain by General Finishes. This would really bring the table together. I used some frog tape to get the lovely crisp lines and stained the top as I went along. To achieve the lighter shades I used beeswax and General Finishes Gel Stain in American Oak. As the letters were slightly damaged when they were sanded...
Check out this amazing hand crafted table from Marion Lovett! It first got a got of GF Amber Dye Stain, then a coat of Candlelight Gel Stain (shown in the second picture). Then 2 coat of Antique Walnut Gel Stain were applied and the entire table was sealed with 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal Topcoat. Marion says, "It is 8' in diameter and made of old barn wood (oak). The bottom was timberframed in the traditional fashion with mortise, tenon, and pegs. I was aiming for an old medieval look. I used all...
The Painted Drawer_ refinished this classic yet stylish table. "I used General Finishes Dye Stain in Amber as a first coat. After the dye stain dried, I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg over it. The result is really lovely. The amber dye stain peeks out from under the nutmeg and gives the wood dimension and a great play of color. After it cured for a few days, I used the GF gel topcoat, wipe-on urethane in satin. I love this product! It provides a fantastic durable finish and gives...
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 lovely end table was stained in Nutmeg Gel Stain and then topped with Java Gel Stain. Here we have listed before and after pictures. To learn more about layering Gel Stain, visit our blog post: http://bit.ly/1tmAj9G