Gel Stain

"This gal was a GF project from start to finish. I used the Medium Brown Dye, the Nutmeg Gel Stain, Lamp Black Milk Paint and finished off with the Arm R Seal. I even purchased the hardware from D. Lawless Hardware with the gift card I received from GF in my prize package. Thank you all at General Finishes for the stellar products you make for us." - Designs by Dee

Side by Side comparison of GF Gray, Black, Antique Walnut, Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stains.

We have tall cubbies in the hallway storage with 2-3 extras of each color/line product.

104 N Santa Fe Ave, Suite A Salina, Kansas
"Looking to add some elegance to your decor? This Jacobean buffet is the perfect piece. Hand painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paints in Driftwood and Queenstown Gray. The top was stained in General Finishes Java Gel. Curvy details applied with Modern Masters metallic silver. The entire piece coated with protection to last years to come." - Keri Traditional Designs    

Stunning dresser makeover with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain by Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.

"This console/sofa table was built using all Alder wood, stained in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and then added some brackets and bolts for some industrial style detailing! 

"What do you think - because I LOVE this piece! This amazing console cabinet is definitely easy on the eyes and has SO much storage. Some maybe find this color combo simple but I think it’s one of my favorites - classic, clean, and handsome! The base and inside of the super roomy cabinets are painted in a custom gray mix of General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Driftwood Milk Paint and I stripped and re-stained the top using Java Gel stain. All sealed and protected - but of course. The hardware...
"I know I say I’m in love with all the pieces we finish, but I am so in LOVE with this piece! The wood sanded down so beautifully!! We used General Finishes Java Gel Stain on the frame and Persian Blue Milk Paint on the inside of the cabinet. Absolutely gorgeous!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration  
"I finished up this red dresser to use as a coffee bar in our house. This is my hubs fave color combo, and we both love the way it turned out! ❤️ General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain, Holiday Red Milk Paint and Van Dyke Brown Glaze." - Fury Design Co.            
"I had fun creating a different look with this dresser. The frame is painted in General Finishes Antique White and the drawers are stained in Brown Mahogany. You may not guess but this dresser actually has a total of four drawers!" - Flipping Unbelievable    
Antique Tall Boy refinished in GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Flat Out Flat Topcoat by ReFind Design by Coco Clare.    
"This desk is painted General Finishes Antique White with Van Dyke Brown glaze and a mixture of Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain on top. Sealed with GF Flat! My favorite! Makes the finish perfect!" - Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations    
"I mean seriously!!! How cool is this card catalog/apothecary cabinet??? We completely stripped and refinished this special piece that belonged to our clients grandfather. General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Arm R Seal gave it the perfect worn hand-rubbed finish that suits this piece so perfectly! Before you couldn’t even see the wood gain under the dirt, grim, and old finish now it’s the star of the show!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    
"These incredible Eastlake Chests were refinished using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain with a wax-like finish. Now they make the perfect oversized nightstands." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    
"Totally feeling this rustic buffet! Painted in General Finishes Driftwood & sealed with GF Flat Out Flat topcoat, it's distressed just enough to make it coordinate with it's top. The top was given one coat of General Finishes New Pine Gel Stain & then a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint Golden Pine Stain and Finishing Oil." - Flipping Fabulous    
"Recently transformed this china cabinet top with a custom mix of Black Pepper, Chapin Gray, French Vanilla, Chocolate & Antique Walnut Gel Stain used as a glaze. Added beautiful feet & new knobs and now it fits perfectly with today's style <3" - Amini Design Ashburn    
"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...
"This old blanket chest has been given a new life indeed! Recognize this deep blue??? It’s that same custom color mix I’ve done a few times recently - General Finishes Coastal Blue mixed with a touch of Queenstown Gray. It’s so pretty. I can see why it’s been so popular! I also completely refinished the top in Antique Walnut Gel Stain and put on completely brand new hardware from D. Lawless Hardware." - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC    

1 coat Java Gel Stain, dry brushed

Learn how to dry brush gel stain in these videos: 

http://bit.ly/VideoGFDryBrushGelStainCabinets

http://bit.ly/VideoGFUpdateExistingCabinetsGelStain

1 coat Nutmeg Gel Stain, dry brushed.  

Learn how to dry brush Gel Stain in these videos:

http://bit.ly/VideoGFUpdateExistingCabinetsGelStain

http://bit.ly/VideoGFDryBrushGelStainCabinets

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based...

1 coat Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, dry drushed, sealed with High Performance Topcoat satin

Learn how to dry brush Gel Stain in these videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgX5yE5rUbo&t=272s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jin60_yOEGM&t=22s

When layering water-based and oil-based products...

1 coat Java Gel Stain applied over 1 coat Yellow Dye Stain, sealed with High Performance Topcoat satin

Apply additional coats if darker color is desired.

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hrs
  • Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hrs

1 coat Java Gel Stain over 1 coat Amber Dye Stain, sealed with High Performace Topcoat, satin

Apply additional coats to acheive desired color. 

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hrs
  • Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hrs

2 coats of Brown Mahogany Gel Stain, dry brushed, sealed with High Performance Topcoat in satin

Learn how to dry brush gel stain in these videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgX5yE5rUbo&t=272s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jin60_yOEGM

 

2 coats of Nutmeg Gel Stain, dry brushed, sealed with High Performance Satin

Watch this video to learn how to dry brush gel stain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jin60_yOEGM

Add 1 additional coat if a darker color is desired

Layer GF Nutmeg Gel Stain over Amber Dye Stain for a warm look

Shown: 1 coat Nutmeg over 1 coat Amber, sealed with High Performance Topcoat, satin

Add additional coats to achieve desired color

"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.    
"This antique 1940's era solid wood Duncan Phyfe style dresser has been hand painted in a beautiful aqua color for a bright, fun new look. The custom color was created using blended layers of General Finishes Chalk Style Paints in Key West Blue, Bone White, and Summertime Blue to accent the beautiful bow front shape. It is lightly distressed on the edges and sealed with Annie Sloan white wax, clear wax, and black wax for shading. The elegant carvings on the sides are highlighted using silver...
"Custom MCM dresser in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Fusion Mineral Paint Natural Stain and Finishing oil." - Flipping Fabulous    
"This dresser and nightstand belonged to my client’s grandmother. They decided they wanted to incorporate these pieces in the space they’re preparing for a new addition to the family. The pieces had great bones and solid, but the finish needed new life and updating. The bodies were primed with Zinsser BIN Shellac to prevent tannin bleed through and painted with a custom mix of General Finishes Antique and Snow White Milk Paint (1:1). The tops were sanded back to bare wood and stained with a...
"I finished this bedroom set, let me just say I will NEVER pass up a set like this again. I LOVE the way these look!! These were refinished with General Finishes Java Gel Stain, GF Chalk Style paint in Slate Gray, then Powder Glazed in White and sealed with GF HPTC in Gloss. They are now at their new home and ready to be loved!" - Bella Renovare LLC    
"I love the simplicity of this antique dresser and the original glass knobs. I used General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain on the drawers to bring out the beautiful tiger oak grain. The base is General Finishes Charleton Blue Chalk Style Paint. The whole piece was sealed in General Finishes High Performance Poly in Flat." - Vintage Soul Barn    
"Pretty sure this is making my top 10 all time list! Painted in General Finishes Emerald Milk Paint & sealed with High Performance Satin, this curved drawer mid-century chest is super cool. The drawers were darkened with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain, then got some Fusion Mineral Paint Hemp Oil. The top of this dresser got a coat of Fusion Ultra Grip." - Flipping Fabulous    
"Vintage nightstands are not easy pieces to locate for me. Vintage vanities, however, are never in short supply! So when I find myself in need of a pair of nightstands, I often go searching for a vanity with the intention to to split it apart and make my own set of custom nightstands! These were upcycled from a vintage waterfall style vanity and refinished with General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.    
"This sweet little farmhouse chest was hand painted in General Finishes Antique White. The top of the chest and the bottom 2 drawers are stained in Java Gel. The whole chest is completely sealed for extra protection. Perfect for an entry way or even a coffee bar." - Vintage Actually Decor    
"I am loving this color combo! This custom order was completed using General Finishes Gel Stain - Gray with a white wash and GF Milk Paint- Antique White and Persian Blue." - Sarah Paints Furniture    

"Custom Maple Desk finished here in the shop with GFBlack Oil Based stain and High Performance Satin Topcoat!"

"French Provincial Furniture always has such a classy high end, yet relaxed look to it. With its carved and curved feet and all the delicate details it has such a luxurious style. This French Provincial dresser was painted in layers of General Finishes Milk Paints in Lamp Black, Antique White and Linen. A mixture of Burnt Umber Glaze and Van Dyke Brown Glaze have been added to make the details pop. The top has been stained with GF Java Gel and Antique Walnut Gel Stains and sealed with a Gel top...
"As soon as I saw this dresser I knew I wanted to give her gold accents and show off her beautiful wood grain drawers and I love the finished look. General Finishes Queenstown Gray is definitely my favorite gray! It’s so rich and I love how the gold gilding wax just pops off of the dark gray. The drawers were stripped and sanded then re-stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain then several coats of GF Arm R Seal. The rest of the piece has several coats of GF poly and Annie Sloan...
"I completely stripped this dresser to the original oak, sanded with 5 grades of sandpaper, sealed the wood, applied Gel Stain by General Finishes in Colonial Maple and top coated with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. We made new drawer bottoms and I stained, painted and stenciled the insides and sides of the drawers and then finished with Wise Owl Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve. Added new hardware. Repaired and new backing on the mirror. Cleaned up and painted the casters and mirror...
Cute little side table in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain  
"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    
"Look at this big beautiful dresser!! This custom piece was done in General Finishes Lamp Black and Antique Walnut Gel Stain - a wonderful way to go when you want to preserve some of the original finish. Love this one!!!" - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats    
"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    
"Farmhouse style table with bench. The top is stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut and painted in an Antique White blend." - Lucy Lu's      
"Coffee stations are one of the requests we get a lot. When we got this I knew it would make a perfect coffee station or wine bar. We refinished this in General Finishes Chapin Gray Chalk Style Paint and Gray Gel Stain." - Painted Pieces   Visit Painted Pieces at 126 South 5th St. Klamath Falls, Oregon to purchase your favorite GF products!    
"This hand built console is going home in about an hour! It’s new owner saw our other pieces we recently completed and couldn’t resist having his own piece done in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain with some hardware accents." - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC    

"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...