Gel Stain

"This antique beauty has a rustic, warm feel. The drawer fronts were stripped of their veneer to reveal the beautiful solid wood underneath and stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The top was sanded and stained to show the walnut grain. General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black enhances the sides and front casing. 5 dovetailed, solid wood drawers, for all your storage needs. The original hardware was enhanced with Spanish copper gilding wax. This is a very unique and...

Stunning one of a kind cabinet in metallics and framed with General Finishes Java Gel Stain.   "Loving how this cabinet turned out. Goodbye 1970's blonde oak, hello modern and metallic! Gold, rose gold, copper, silver, pewter, and metallic blue pop make the doors pop and give new life to this modern masterpiece." - Urban Farmhouse No5    
"I am so excited with how this piece turned out! It needed some serious love when I found it, but now It's totally rocking the mid century vibe with this gorgeous new look! To achieve this look, I used General Finishes Enduro White Poly for the body and Nutmeg Gel Stain on the drawers and legs. The original hardware was updated with gold metallic spray paint. This was my first time working with the Enduro Poly and I absolutely love it and can't wait to use it again soon!" - FarmHouse Creations...
"My awesome customer who recently purchased my black farmhouse buffet wanted me to refinish her dining room table to match. I love the way it turned out! All General Finishes products were used. Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint for the base and Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the new wood planks on top. The base was sealed in High Performance Topcoat and the top was sealed with wipe on Gel Topcoat." - Home Sweet Vintage Painted Furniture    

Happy St. Patricks Day! Today we are going to celebrating by featuring some of our favorite furniture pieces painted in green.

"Anybody have spring on the mind? We sure do! So we chose the perfect spring color for this credenza. We went with Emerald Milk Paint with a Java Gel Stain top." - Belle Maison

"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...

"We stained this lovely wood piece with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. We removed the old fabric-lined backing and added the beadboard painted with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint." - Fine Flipping

Stunning waterfall dresser in GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain, Coastal Blue Milk Paint and satin High Performance Topcoat by Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.    

"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

"We painted this table in our favorite black paint, General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. The top and drawer front was stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. We lightly distressed the entire piece and sealed it with General Finishes Flat Out Flat to give it a wonderful finish with just a slight sheen. Perfect for this piece." - Fine Flipping    
Lovely Mid Century Modern Dresser restyled with GF Seagull Gray & Driftwood Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain by Mockingbirds Kottage    

We absolutely adore these matching dressers by Painted Pieces! Refinished in General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain

"This dresser is painted in General Finishes Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint with their satin top coat and a Java Gel stained top. This has the pulls we love, but our most favorite part of this beauty is that cherry colored show through. Make sure you check out those lined drawers." - NB.Restorations

"Just finished and up for sale is this beautiful up-cycled rolling cart. This piece has 2 sliding drawers, a shelf for storage, 3 steel pipe hooks (hang your towels etc on), a new planked top, and sits on four casters. This has been refinished in General Finishes Java Gel Stain, sealed with their HP topcoat, and painted in their Antique White Milk Paint."    
"I'm in love with this set! We refinished these with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. I used High Performance Top Coat in flat on the black and satin on the stain and it looks amazing!" - Painted Pieces    

Keepsakes Redefined gave this desk a sleek makeover using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the drawers and legs and Seagull Gray Milk Paint for the body.

"This walnut mid century modern style dresser has been updated and is perfect for those who like modern/minimalist style decor. Drawers were sanded and stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black, enhances the body. Original brass hardware cleaned that goes perfectly with the look." - Redhead Refinishings

"Our latest handmade piece is complete! If you dig Rustic Farmhouse Style, then this X-style coffee table will be right up your alley!

"This is very well constructed - quality wood and assembled with craftsman touches. Every inch of the piece has been stained with General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and coated with Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat." - Kristin's Krazy Garage

"Heritage (Drexel) Mid Century Modern Credenza from the Perennian Collection

The original top was scratched and faded, so we restored using several colors of stain. The body was sanded bare, stained General Finishes Antique Walnut, Mahogany and New Oak Gel Stains to get the color combination that best matched the original color. Drawer fronts also stained a combination of General Finishes Antique Walnut, Mahogany and New Oak, to restore the pieces brilliant contrasting colors....

"This gal was saved and refinished with General Finishes Java Gel and Snow White Milk Paint with a Flat Out Flat top coat!" - Ever After Unique Home Decor and Furnishings    
"This all wood cabinet has been updated with the ever so popular label pulls! When I saw these doors I knew I had to highlight all the gorgeous details. The top has been stained in General Finishes Java and the body painted in a distressed Antique White. Bronze label pulls complete this transformation!" - Nap Time Creations  

"We used Java Gel Stain and a matte finish to create this beautiful driftwood appearance. The white paint has a teal saltwash beneath exposing the teal as if left in the coastal salt air. The Java Gel Stain was the perfect choice to compliment this coastal piece. So easy to work with and never disappoints." - KT Lyons Design

"Is black the new neutral? For this piece, yes. The combination of General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Dark Walnut Gel Stain on the drawers makes for a stunning statement." - Jubilee Vintique

"Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story?This cabinet with its red paint and bird design, no longer fit in my clients new modern home. Painted in its General Finishes stain blocker to prevent any bleed through of the deep red colors. Seagull Gray and Gel Stain in Antique Walnut completed the look. Sealed with my favorite High Performance Topcoat. New hardware completes the look. She is fresh and fits into my clients beautiful modern home now." - Lily Pond          
"Newly reupholstered Queen Anne style chair, completely restored using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and wipe on polyurethane.    

This charming buffet was completed by Belle Maison! The body was painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint while the top was restained with Golden Pine Gel Stain.

We love these freshly painted nightstands by Boxwood & Brass! They comment, "I've said it before and I'll say it again, General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain is ALWAYS a winning combination! In love with how these beauties turned out."

"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

"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    

Loving this buffet refinish by A Cut Above The Rest! Painted in Persian Blue Milk Paint with distressing and glazed with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. The top was stained with Antique Walnut Gel Stain.

"Finished up this stunning French Provincial table with a leaf and 6 chairs this week. This set turned out so gorgeous and of course, is one of my favorite styles! We refinished it using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint for the classic Farmhouse look. The whole set was finished with GF Enduro Professional Clear Poly giving it the best protection!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration

"Dining set refinished with General Finishes Linen and Brick Red (Milk Paint) and topped off with an antiquing wax on the white only. The top and little bench were stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. This product was amazing at covering up all the water marks from the previous owner. What a makeover!!!" - Red House Reverie    

"This desk was refinished with GF's Brick Red Milk Paint, stained with GF's Java Gel Stain. Then GF's High Performance Topcoat in Satin! I love the statement of this subtlety bold red makes!" - Robin's Nest Renewal

"This console table has been completely transformed! The top was stained using a blend of General Finishes Java and Gray Gel Stain, while the bottom was painted in Driftwood(Milk Paint) and then dry brushed using Winter White and brown glaze to create this beautiful finish." - Nap Time Creations    
"Finished up this gorgeous French Provincial buffet! Definitely one of my favorite styles! And it turned out gorgeous! We refinished this piece with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint, such a classic. It was then slightly distressed to highlight the lines and finished off with GF Enduro professional clear poly for the best protection!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration    
"I love a simple, classic black piece of furniture! This vintage buffet was finished in all General Finishes products. Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint slightly distressed with new wood planks on top stained in Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The entire piece was sealed in High Performance Top Coat. All new antique bronze hardware." - Home Sweet Vintage Painted Furniture  
"Trash to Treasure! We found this little tray while out hunting for treasure. We sanded and stained it with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. It will be the perfect addition to our ottoman." - Fine Flipping   Learn more about how to apply Gel Stain in one of GF's tutorial videos:    

We adore this 3-piece French Provincial set makeover by The Texasgypsy. This set includes a 9-drawer dresser and two nightstands which have been made over with General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint and Candlelite Gel Stain. Sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Flat.

"Another Signature Boho Piece Hand Painted in General Finishes Milk Paint Colors: Patina, Brick Red and Persian Blue. Accented with Copper Pearl Effects and Candlelite Gel Stained Wood Top." - The Texasgypsy    

Check out this fabulous vintage, French provincial nightstand and dresser set by Redhead Refinishings! They comment, "The drawer fronts were hand sanded and stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The body was painted in GF Milk Paint 'Driftwood' and coated in their High Performance Satin Topcoat for durability."

Absolutely loving this MCM dresser in GF Gel Stain and a custom color mix of Patina Green, Halcyon Blue & Costal Blue by Painted Pieces!   Check out General Finishes YouTube channel at for tutorial videos.    
"Sharing a gorgeous curved front chest refurbished using General Finishes Lamp Black and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Thank you for making our favorite gel stains!!!!" - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats  

Check out these two farmhouse bar stools - Simply Inspired by Mil completed these with Java Gel Stain with grain sack strips.

Lovely side table in General Finishes Bayberry Green Chalk Style Paint, Snow White Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain by GarageMama Vintage    
General Finishes Design Challenge Winner 2017›Upcycling›Mad Scientist "Create a New Color" (Popular Vote)›3rd Place

We have been trying to create this color since we started painting 2 years ago and after many failed attempts we finally feel like we have "The Perfect Turquoise."

This color is made up of 4 parts Snow White milk paint, 1/2 part Patina Green milk paint, and 1/4 part sunglow milk...


General Finishes Design Challenge Winner

  2017›Upcycling›Anything Goes (Merit Judging)›3rd Place

Painted using antique white, lamp black, and a custom mix of the two colours (as well as some Fusion Mineral Paint in gold). The arrows were painted using 3M Blue edgelocking tape. The wood accents were covered with General Finishes Gel Stain in Candlelite. The whole project has 3 top coats of...

  General Finishes Design Challenge Winner 2017›Upcycling›Bling it on U.S.A.(Merit Judging)›1st Place

This GORGEOUS credenza features our newest finish called the "Abstract Gold Leaf". Showcasing AUTHENTIC 24 KARAT GOLD LEAF, this exquisitely unique design is inspired by the beautiful gold leaf paintings normally seen on canvas today.

Since I absolutely love creating designs that intergrate a...

"This Sliding Door Media Console has been hand built with quality rustic alder wood throughout the entire piece (base, top, and doors). The top and doors have been stained with Java Gel Stain and the body is painted in Seagull Gray Milk Paint all by General Finishes. Of course, it also has multiple topcoats for protection! The natural wood features show beautifully on the stained wood as well as the painted wood." - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC

"We refinished this beautiful but well loved table using General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint with Van Dykes Glaze plus completed their new Burress Amish chairs to match." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    
"I know I get excited about a lot of furniture....but...this combo is all <3, General Finishes Antique Walnut (Gel Stain) & Coastal Blue." - Remember When Furniture