Gel Stain

"This set may have been one of the most difficult in how many steps it took to create and how much time I spent on it, but I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I used General Finishes Gel Stains (Java, Ash Gray, American Oak) along with New Pine that was mixed with Mixol tints. Greens, blue, and violets got me to the perfect colors!" - Greg's Boards and More    
"Another custom set of cornhole boards for a couple where one is from Seattle and one is from San Francisco. I love the way this set came out and the bags by West Georgia Cornhole were perfect. I used General Finishes Gel Stains in Black, Ash Gray and of course New Pine that I mixed with Mixol tints to get just the right colors!" - Greg's Boards and More    
"How cute is this little nugget I redid for a custom order? This is a family piece but had seen better days and had been stored in a basement not feeling the love. After a good sanding, the base was painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Blue Moon and Lamp Black to custom match some wall art the customer had. The top has been stained in a custom mix of General Finishes Java and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. We sealed the whole piece, added new ceramic knobs and new wheels since one of the...

I stained the top with General Finishes Ash Grey and painted the body with House and Canvas Rich Navy. Topcoated with Varathane polyacrylic in Satin. The paint was so easy to apply and I may have found a trick for applying topcoat! Was also my first time trying General Finishes and will be getting more stains soon. The handles were Franklin Brass adjusta pull handles.

"After a good sanding and cleaning it was painted in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and the top was stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I used my classic #hardwaresoup to clean up the original hardware and top coated the entire piece. " - Upcycling by Amy
"This chevron pattern came out fire. Matching dining table, bench and coffee table. Stain: Antique Walnut Gel Stain by General Finishes." - Hermanos Woodworks    

Our client wanted to give her table an updated look with a gray farmhouse style and we are so excited with how it turned out. We truly love helping people love their furniture again! 

"A Deilcraft dining table is such an amazing find! With the top a gorgeous walnut veneer and the skirt and legs ash, this table and it’s two leaf extensions exude mid century modern goodness. I started by sanding the top using my DEWALT 5” random orbit sander. I don’t mention nearly enough that I use the corded type but I should! Have constant power running to this tool helps with consistent results. I find it more powerful and I never need to worry about a battery running out. It’s...

I am just in love with this finish piece. The top and top 3 drawers done is Cinnamon Dye Stain and Java Gel Stain

"How cute is this farmhouse mini? I created it by using a end table, and two barstools that i cut down to size. I sanded and stained the top with...

"How cool is this old desk! It was in pretty rough shape when we got it but it cleaned up beautifully! They took the main structure of the desk and added a new bottom, the side shelves, and a new top! Such a great idea and is going to look great in its new space! We refinished this piece in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain. Gorgeous!!" - Duke Interiors and Restoration    
"We updated this gorgeous pine table by stripping it down and staining it a much more modern black. (GF Black Gel Stain) - Our Taylor Made Home    
"This vintage MCM set was used for generations by one family. It’s curves and frame make it one of the more unique pieces I’ve refinished. I always start by seeing if I can remove the handles and base of a piece. It makes sanding so much easier when you can create flat surfaces. For the curved surfaces, my SurfPrep Sanding makes my life so much easier. With their foam sanding pads, I don’t have to worry about damaging those curved edges. I also make sure to label the back of the handles when...

"Another beautiful piece transformed into a gorgeous and elegant black antique cabinet! Lamp Black, Reverent Gray (inside) Java Gel (inside bottom cabinet) Flat water-based top coat - all General Finishes products." - The Picket Fence

Custom hand built desk stained with GF Gray Gel Stain

"I feel so privileged when customers trust me with the design for their piece. This buffet had been in the family for generations so I wanted to make it special. We agreed on a color and originally were going to paint it solid black, but I decided to keep some wood elements and surprise her. To say she loved it was an understatement. I wish I had filmed her reaction! Lots of clapping, jumping and shouts of joy. It was priceless." - Amost Simple Home   General Finishes Lamp Black Milk...
"After removing layers of yellow crackle paint we uncovered the beautiful original wood grain! Our client then chose to layer General Finishes Java Gel Stain over Antique Walnut Gel Stain to give this entryway table a show-stopping new look!" - Moses Restorations    

Millstone Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain

"I used mineral spirit right before applying the gel stain. Applied 2 coats of Ash Gray Gel Stain with disposable shop cloths (the blue ones). Sealed with Gel Satin Topcoat. I am not a person who works in the renovation field. I am an elementary teacher from the suburb of Montreal Canada. I benefited from your educationnal videos on your YouTube channel. Thank you!" - Annie Larivee

"Solid maple wood buffet. This gorgeous buffet was not always quite this stunning. After a good cleaning and some elbow grease, I sanded the top down to the original wood and stained it in General Finishes Ash Gray Gel Stain. For the body, I chose General Finishes Alabaster, a beautiful mix of Antique White and Snow White. The hardware also got a fresh look in antique bronze. The edges were given a light distressing for that worn, antiqued effect." - Ray's Refurbishing    

Original vs. Antique Walnut
General Finishes Gel Stain

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"Love, love, love how smooth this piece is - done with our sprayer to give a beautiful finish. Refurbished in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Antique Walnut Gel Stain with a black wash to antique and a hint of gold decor wax on the knobs to make them a standout." - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats

The Drifting Buoy was a great success. What an interesting concept, converting a horse trailer into a mobile bar.


"Antique Walnut Gel Stain, High Performance Topcoat, and I used your Design Center to concoct a custom Milk Paint cocktail for the 2d wooden backsplash. We love your stuff."


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GF Oil Based White Gel Stain on White Oak

"It literally took me two mornings to remove the damaged veneer on the top. Don’t you love the woodgrain? General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Restore-A-Finish on the top drawer. p.s. I always clean and recondition the drawers with furniture salve or beeswax. Sometimes I line them with beautiful wallpapers. It’s all about details." - Furniture Story      

Thia is a 32x80 pantry door co structured from clear alder. Stained with a General Finishes New Pine Gel Stain, simply to take out some of the red. Then I clear coated the entire thing then worked some black antiquing glaze, also from my friends at General Finsihes over the entire door.

Farm house style dining room table, solid oak.The top was sanded down to the bare wood and stained in General Finishes Ash Gray then given a few generous coats of High Performance Topcoat. The base was painted in GF’s Seagull Gray a very subtle pale gray, almost white in appearance.

The tabletop is stained in...

This one is in amazing condition and deserved my favorite color - green Custom paint mix with...

"Our Vineyard stool (S-142B-Stool) isn’t too big, isn’t too small. It’s JUST right! Find the stool here: ...

General Finishes Black Gel Stain, Minwax polycrylic semi-gloss, Mixol mix: Orange w/ GF New Pine Gel Stain    
"We found our new favorite stain color! American Oak Gel Stain by General Finishes. It’s beautiful." - Motley Wood    
"Just finished up this gorgeous library table. It is painted in General Finishes satin Enduro White Poly with a Java Gel stained top." - Belle Maison   Learn more about GF's Enduro White Poly in this video:

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"This table was a HUGE undertaking. Not only is it super heavy to move around but it is ginormous!! After a full day of sanding we painted the base in Mélange Artisan Mineral Paints Jett Black and sealed it in General Finishes High Performance Topcoat.The top was a bit tricker having to custom match the stain on the existing chairs and bench they bought off line. It took several attempts and several combinations but I think we nailed it with a mix of General Finishes Carbon Gray, Antique Walnut...
When I first started refinishing, all I knew about stain is that it is watery and messy. I did research and came across a gel stain created by...

Blonde Maple stained with White Gel Stain

"I’m totally in LOVE with how this table turned out!! The based is painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue distressed, and topcoated. The top of the table got a complete refresh with GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and topcoated. The new glass Top Knobs matches other hardware for this client in her new home. Love love love!!" - Soleil Furnishings    
"8 pine chairs stripped, sanded, stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and finished!" - HoneyWood Restorations    
"This table was completely sanded down with the top being stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains. The base was then painted in General Finishes Lamp Black and sealed in their High Performance Top Coat." - Upcycling by Amy    

"Really love this color combo for a nice change! G...

"These mountain scenes are becoming a hit! Love the Idaho bags as well! General Finishes Black and Antique Walnut Gel Stains never disappoint!" - Eason Boards    
"Lamp Black & Antique Walnut Gel Stain never disappoints. Sealed with High Performance Topcoat in satin." - Angela’s Attic    

We love drop leaf tables and this one turned out so pretty after some TLC. Refinished in a custom green paint mix and stained using General Finishes Colonial Maple

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"Mid century dresser redesigned in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and Nutmeg Gel Stain. Beautiful wood grain on top and drawers with new brushed silver handles, featuring original wing handles on sides." - Just a Touch of Paint    
"This gorgeous dresser that was completely stripped down, sanded and re-stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed in a satin finish." - Upcycling by Amy