Gel Stain

"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: 

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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    
"I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous 1930's China Cabinet!!! Perfectly refinished with a General Finishes worn black gloss finish, Java stained interior, and striking original antique bass hardware. Classic and timeless, with a modern twist makes this a must have!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    
"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...

"More fun detail shots of the console and end tables. Check out the smoothly planked and joined tops the hubs is able to make...he does an amazing job! Not to toot our own horn, but it’s quality work for sure! I stained the entire set in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and we added some cool industrial style brackets and bolts!" - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC    
"I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous 1930's China Cabinet!!! Perfectly refinished with a General Finishes worn black gloss finish, Java stained interior, and striking original antique bass hardware. Classic and timeless, with a modern twist makes this a must have!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare   Find your favorite GF products in the U.S. at Woodcraft, Rockler, Klingspor, Amazon, or, in Canada, at Wood Essence and Lee Valley. You can also purchase GF products from any of the 31...

Stained kitchen cabinets - three coats of Antique Walnut followed by two coats of top coat (satin). Plenty of time to dry between coats.

Took over three weeks to do the project as did not have tons of space to do all the doors together.

Highly recommend the gel stain.

"A dear friend trusted my vision to transform this buffet I found for her... This oak buffet was painted in General Finishes Key West Blue [Chalk Style Paint] and distressed. The top received a faux wood look using layers of Antique Walnut Gel Stain, Key West Blue, and Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. The rusty bronze hardware brings it all together perfectly!" - Nap Time Creations

"Empire furniture has ALWAYS been a favorite of mine so I was so happy when my client asked me to give this piece a facelift! We started by stripping off layers of paint taking her down to the bare wood so that her new finish would be silky smooth. We stained her top in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and topped her with layers of HPTC for that glossy shine. Her body was painted in creamy Antique White Poly for a smooth satin finish." - Twig & Thyme Design

"This vintage Lane end table is sitting pretty with the help of General Finishes Coastal Blue (Milk Paint) and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Sealed for a slight sheen with HPTC in Satin." - Amini Design Ashburn    

"This farmhouse-style cabinet would be a perfect addition to any kitchen, dining room, or entryway. The doors are on tracks and slide open.
We refinished this with General Finishes Antique White and Antique Walnut Gel Stain." - Painted Pieces

"This cutie was in rough shape but now it really shines. We refreshed it with some detailed molding to dress it up, added a new base shelf and gave it a much-needed color update in General Finishes Black Pepper [Chalk Style Paint], Antique Walnut [Gel Stain], and HPTC in Satin for a subtle shine." - Amini Design Ashburn

"We sanded this vintage Broyhill baby down to raw wood and made her pretty again with General Finishes Gray Gel Stain from my fave local store NOVA Design and Build with HPTC in Satin for her shine. That grain looks a million times better now!" - Amini Design Ashburn

"How beautiful is this entertainment center? The top of this piece has been planked, stained, and sealed to protect. The body has been refinished in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and glazed in their Pitch Black Glaze then sealed with their High Performance Topcoat." - Re-Luv'd Furniture    

"Stunning French Provincial Hammary Side Tables. Beautifully Hand Painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray/Snow White Mix and Java Gel Stained Drawer faces . Carvings were glazed in black and dry brushed in white to add a unique look and feel. Completely sealed in High Performance Top Coat." - Vintage Actually Decor

Lovely dresser painted in GF Queenstown Gray Milk Paint with an Antique Walnut Gel Stained top by Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats.    

Check out this amazing church pew transformation by Jenni at Roots & Wings Furniture LLC with GF Java Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat in Flat. Learn more about this project by going to Jenni's blog at http://www.rootsandwingsfurniture.com/blog/churchpew.

"This vintage Lane side table has been renewed and given a second life! The top has been sainted in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stian and the bottom painted in a custom blend of Coastal Blue and Snow White Milk Paint, achieving this beautiful shade of navy." - Nap Time Creations

"My, oh my! This gorgeous Empire Dresser got a major makeover! The body and drawers have been painted in GF Linen Milk Paint and the top was sanded and stained with GF Java Gel Stain. I love the combination of these two colors." - Forgotten Treasures