Gel Stain

"I’m all over the map when it comes to style. Today is MCM. My eclectic style is why General Finishes works for me. It doesn’t lock me in to a look and is so reliable. When I approached this dresser I was sure it was laminate. As I started to sand it down, gorgeous wood was revealed. I lightly applied General Finishes new color, Ash Gray Gel Stain and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat." 

"Check out this beautiful Vintage Dixie Set. Aren’t these dressers gorgeous in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Artissimo and General Finishes Java?" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare

"Pine coffee table sanded back to raw wood and re-stained with our General Finishes Java Gel. Such a beautiful rich stain colour!!!"    
"This table was brought to us, your average, run of the mill golden oak color, but with sanding, General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain & Arm-R-Seal, it is gorgeous! The base is painted with GF Antique White Milk Paint & sealed with High Performance Satin. The art is a DIY frame from Hobby Lobby, given color by a mix of Fusion Mineral Paint & the NEW Summer re•design with prima®️ Floral Collection decor transfer with 2 decor waxes, Gravity & Eternal Gold, with a touch of Fusion...

"Here she is! My little flower garden. I’m a little obsessed with this piece. ☺️Redesign transfer “Floral Collection”. Prima Marketing Inc. Dixie Belle Paint Company custom mix: Drop Cloth, Sand Bar & Rebel Yellow. Drawers custom mix, Holy Guacamole, Burlap, Evergreen, Gravel Road. General Finishes Gel Satin Antique Walnut.Sealed with Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin. Handles from D. Lawless Hardware." - Heartland Vintage Market

Mid century pieces are for sure growing on me. I love the simple lines and being able to mix wood grain with paint, my favorite thing to do! This dresser did not last long in my inventory, in fact I had a waiting list of interest. I will for sure be the hunt for more! Jill was the lucky lady who got to pick the colors that worked best in her home. She chose the beautiful color combination of General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain with Coastal Blue Milk Paint, one of my favorite combos...

Classic beauty in General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Snow White Milk Paint by Boxwood & Brass.

"It has a gorgeous solid oak top stained with a blend of General Finishes Java and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The chairs and base of the table are painted Antique White and distressed to bring out all the detail." - The Savvy Songbird

"Another before and after for the dresser I restyled. The top had seen better days and did have a few water marks and knicks in the finish. Here it is, looking fab, sanded down and stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain. :)" - Upcycling by Amy

These cabinets were custom built to satisfy a unique need for our clients! They had a limited space, wanted to maximize their storage options, enjoyed clean, modern lines & needed a place to house their wine bar! These were custom designed & finished with Java Gel Stain for a gorgeous finish!

"This beauty has been done in one of General Finishes new Milk Paint color called Empire Gray and glazed over with white to give a soft look. The top has been stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain then sanded down to give that rustic wood look. Sealed for protection!" - PNW Beautiful Finishes

"Coffee anyone? Coffee table that is ☕! Painted in General Finishes Linen Milk Paint and the top stained in Antique Walnut with a second coat of Java. Same with the knobs as well and sealed in a flat top coat." - Upcycling by Amy

This old gal brings flair to any room . Not your tech look. But for those of us that beat to a different drum and live of the beated path. Its the perfect fit.

No question this is a beautiful buffet.  With great carvings and detail work.  And it has it's flaws; although quite minor and cosmetic.

I really wanted to embrace the British Colonial era, and I knew I wanted to focus more on the finish of the body, rather than the center image transfer. 

I think, on this piece, the image transfer is secondary.  And because of that, I choose to mute the image.

My aim when working on a piece of furniture is never to make it look '...

"I love to paint furniture but sometimes the job calls for completely stripping and refinishing. It takes a lot of hard work but it turned out even better than I could have hoped for! Stained with General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut (the light parts being wiped back with mineral spirits to accentuate the lighter wood) and sealed with GF Arm-R-Seal. The first two coats were gloss for clarity and the last coat was satin to tone it down to a gentle glow. I don’t normally include a...

"This antique pew is absolutely breathtaking! Refinished using General Finishes Java Gel Stain with a High Performance Flat Finish; the perfect finish for this character filled piece. Talk about the perfect entryway bench!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare

The bones of this kitchen are amazing, we just needed to add paint and glaze to make it brighter, and custom to the clients decor. The outer cabinets had Antique white and Van Dyke Brown glaze and the hutch and island had several layers of glaze. And when I say layers, it was 7 and that doesn’t include priming and sealing. Yikes, we sure did need an arm massage at the end of this one! 

"This antique chest of drawers was once built-into an old home. It was salvaged from the home, but unfortunately, was missing proper sides and had no top other than a piece of plywood. Not to mention the finish was old, worn, and rough. It came to us in hopes to give it a fresh new life. With a new white oak quarter sawn top and sides we were ready to refinish this amazing piece. We used General Finishes Java Gel Stain and a High Performance Satin Finish. Wow, now she’s just a show-stopper...

"The top and drawers were completely sanded down and refinished using Nutmeg Gel Stain by General Finishes and sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Semi Gloss. The body was painted in their Lamp Black Milk Paint and sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin. The hardware is original and the drawers are in great condition inside." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.

We did a bathroom remodel for our very tiny master bathroom. We needed a small vanity.  We had my husbands parents old microwave cart just sitting in the garage and realized it was the perfect size but hated the yellow oak.  I decided to give the General Finish Gel stain a try.  It was my first time ever using it and I couldn’t believe how easy it was!  I sanded the top down to the raw wood but wasn’t able to get the legs completely sanded down so I was concerned it would be splotchy.  It...

This was a piece for the books. She was old, moldy, dirty, barn fresh, bird poo covered, but yet still had a lot of potential. We needed a bathroom vanity for our bathroom and I knew she would be perfect! After lots of elbow grease, she was thoroughly cleaned. For some reason she had lots of drill holes all over so those were filled with putty. This dresser was sanded and prepped, we cut her legs off and cut her depth down to fit in our super tiny bathroom. Her base was painted in GF...

This unique oval desk with the burlwood top begged for the burlwood desktop to be the star of the show, and man o man, is it ever! To play up it's stunning beauty, I chose to downplay this uniquely-shaped desk's "body" with a 50/50 blend of General Finishes Bone White Chalk Paint and General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint...a perfect blend, in my humble opinion. The body is finished off in three coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin. But the real stunner of this...

GF Retailer - Milkmaid Creations and Antiques

406 Court Street
Vienna, Illinois

Custom Green of Emerald + Linen + Dark Chocolate

Antique Walnut Top and High Performance in Flat

Stunning transformation with General Finishes NEW Westminster Green Milk Paint and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain by Art is Beauty.

I was drawn to this dresser because of the combination of drawers and doors. It was covered in layers of sloppily applied paint and I originally just planned to refresh the paint. However, as I was prepping and lightly sanding, I noticed these vertical lines on the drawer fronts coming through the paint. After sanding the drawers more heavily, the wood panels were revealed and my vision began to take shape. I started with a couple of fresh coats of Persian Blue Milk paint. I followed that...

These simple pieces are the best to get because with a little help from some great products, the possiblities are endless!  This pieces starts out boring, but after some TLC she shines! I sanded the frame of this piece, filled any imperfections, primed, sprayed with GF Black Enduro in satin and sealed with Clear Enduro in flat.  The drawers and legs were completely sanded bare.  Then I applied GF Wood Conditioner, GF Nutmeg gel stain, waited 24 hours and taped off the diamond design with...

This vintage secretary desk was in rough shape when we rescued her.  She was brought back to life with a major cleaning, sanding, and more cleaning and more sanding. She boasts a combination finish using General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue, and General Finishes Gel Stain in Gray.  She is sealed up for protection using General Finishes HPTC in Satin.  New Hardware graces her exterior drawers, and a fresh glass panel has been inlaid to her cabinet door. Interior panels and shelves have...

Another one of Grandpa’s pieces that no one wanted. (Insert sad face.) He had started the process and just needed some help to get this beauty back to her glory. She was in pieces, with the mirror and doors detached, and just hoping everything was there. It was! 

Multiple layers of rich color make this antique beauty come to life! A base coat of GF Lamp Black peaks out from under two layers of GF Somerset Gold, showing off each curve and carved details on the drawers and doors of...

What was once a well loved and badly worn vanity, is now a charming pair of long legged nightstands. We began this project by separating the side portions of the vanity from the center to form two separate nightstands. Extensive repairs were completed to fix wood and veneer damage as well as molds being made to mimic missing trim on the draw fronts. Once this lovely pair was structurally solid, we cleaned and prepped our surface for paint and stain. The body of each was hand painted in...

How could you cover up that beautiful wood grain?  Their were some pieces of trim that were missing from the doors.  So, after careful reconstruction the doors and frame received two coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood followed by Van Dyke Brown Glaze and High Performance Top Coat in Satin.  The wood grain drawer fronts and top surface were sanded down and stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain followed by GF Arm-R- Seal.

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Gorgeous chair makeover with General Finishes Java and Antique Walnut Gel Stain by Sewphisticated Upholstery.   "I'm excited to share the photos of the recent transformation this channel back underwent during my 3-day upholstery workshop in Lodi, CA. Lots of little details were added after the workshop and I'm loving the end result. I used Barrow Industries Freya and Flatbread fabrics that make this everyday channel back truly a one-of-a-kind piece.   I will say I came away from...

This fantastic vanity received a custom-mixed coat of deep blue-green, created by mixing General Finishes Klein Blue with Emerald Milk Paint. To add depth and tone down the color, a wash of thinned Lamp Black was brushed on in sections and wiped off, deeping the color and shadowing edges. The painted portions were protected with High Performance Topcoat in satin.  The top and upper drawers of the vanity were sanded down to the raw wood and given a coat of Nutmeg Gel stain then protected with...

These were such a fun project! We originally bought the pair, but only one had the faux apothecary card catalog look. So we took a router to the other dresser drawers to create the same look! Can you tell which one?? Each dresser opens up to either 3 or 4 drawers with the stunning new label pulls. Painted in a rich cream with fresh wood tops! These dressers are ones that I just couldn't part with. 

Parlor Table Makeover with GF's new Westminster Green Milk Paint. 

"I have been wanting to paint something this color for a long time and I knew this was the perfect piece! This solid walnut dresser was painted in a custom blend of General Finishes Coastal Blue, Patina Green and Lamp Black to achieve this dark rich teal. The top was stained in Java and sealed with polyurethane for extra durability. Aged bronze pulls and a very colorful floral fabric liner complete this transformation." - Nap Time Creations

"A beautiful Drexel buffet refinished in General Finishes ‘Persian Blue’. Glazed over with white to give a soft look. Top has been stained in General Finishes ‘Java’ and sealed with their High Performance Topcoat." - PNW Beautiful Finishes

"This beautiful piece went home today, and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out. It was a family heirloom; I’m so grateful for the opportunity to give it a new look. I stripped the veneer from the top and stained it with General Finishes “Nutmeg” Gel Stain with a number of layers of High Performance Topcoat in semi gloss for a nice shine! The body was painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in “Driftwood” and “Lamp Black” for the perfect dark gray. The glass knobs...

"There is something about taking wood that has seen better days and making it beautiful again that I find so satisfying. This buffet top had some deep scratches and water stains before I stripped and sanded it. Now look at it!! Using General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut looks amazing on this piece." - ReLoved Rubble

Stained shims really added some much needed texture to this boring flat front dresser.  A mixture of General Finishes Queenstown and Lamp Black with High performance flat topcoat. Shims stained in Antique walnut.

COLOR RECIPE

  • 1 part Queenstown
  • 1 part Lamp Black

These Mexican Pine cabinets were rescued at different times, and slightly varied styles.  Once cleaned up and stained with GF Java Gel stain (the rustic part), we decided to have some fun on the front with a bit of copper patina (the chic part).  Using Modern Masters Metal Effects copper paint and patina solution, and some bubble wrap for the "hammered copper" effect, the front and side panels were completely transformed.  

 

This stunning Media Console will be the perfect focal point in your home!  Painted in a gypsy teal with hand crafted brown stained barn doors.  The barn doors slide, giving you several looks in one.  What once was a dresser has now been transformed into a modern console table.  The dresser drawers were removed on each side and open shelving was created. The top of the piece has also been stained in a dark Java stain, coordinating with the barn doors.  A wonderful, functioning, rustic piece...

"Another black and wood beauty! I absolutely love this color trend and think it suits this buffet perfectly! I had so much fun playing around with the design when deciding which parts to paint and where to show off the wood grain. I think the end result looks super sophisticated and classy. The body is hand painted in General Finishes Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint and sealed with Annie Sloan black wax. The top was stripped down to raw wood then stained in a mix of Antique Walnut and Java Gel...
"What a lovely little library table with only one problem... However do you decide where to use her? She longs to catch your keys and daily mail upon your entryway. She dreams of being an accent to a powder room, where baskets of beauty products can grace her table top. She is totally willing to be your coffee bar with plenty of space for a mug tree and Keurig. Need a little desk?... A vanity with a mirror featured above?... She is anxiously awaiting a home. This solid oak piece was...

"This gorgeous antique solid wood desk has been given a total makeover! The body is hand painted in a custom grey using a mix of General Finishes Seagull Gray, Queenstown Gray, and their Slate Gray Chalk Style Paint. It is sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax on the body for a great sheen, and the top received multiple layers of GF High Performance Topcoat for extra durability. The dovetail drawers were stripped, sanded and stained in a mix of Gray and Antique Walnut Gel Stain, then whitewashed...

"This custom painted solid wood beauty just received a fresh new look! It was hand painted in General Finishes Rembrandt Red Chalk Style Paint with touches of Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint for shading. It is sealed with Annie Sloan clear and black wax. This was my first time trying Rembrandt Red, and I am in LOVE with this color. It's a sophisticated crimson with the perfect balance of brightness and depth. I love how well it pairs with farmhouse styling. The buffet top was stripped, sanded...

"I get a little bit attached to every single piece I refinish. Sometimes that attachment runs deep, like this bench. I built this bench and then stained the seat in General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and painted the rest Antique White. When it was complete I put it in my foyer just to see how it would look and I realized it will not be going anywhere! I can’t keep them all, but this one is staying in my home." - Flipping Unbelievable    
"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 AMAZING mid-century solid wood antique end table set is ready for a new home! The body has been hand painted using a custom mix of General Finishes Midnight Blue Chalk Style Paint and Patina Green Milk Paint. It is sealed with Annie Sloan clear and dark wax for shading and has silver leaf gilding wax to showcase the beautiful trim details. The top was stripped, sanded, and stained in GF Java Gel Stain and sealed with their Gel Topcoat for a durable satin finish. Mersman furniture pieces...
"Another custom order in the books! This beautiful piece is painted in General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint and glazed with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. The top is also stained using Java Gel Stain by General Finishes." - Belle Maison