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...
"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...
Side by Side comparison of GF Gray, Black, Antique Walnut, Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stains.
"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!
Custom made corn hole boards in GF Black, Gray, Prairie Wheat and Georgian Cherry Gel Stains by Burly Bags.
"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
Cute little side table in General Finishes Gray Gel Stain
"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
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"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
"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
"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
Here is a dresser painted in GF’s Seagull Gray. For the top, I used just one coat of GF’s Gray gel stain to give it a washed out gray look.
"This is made by BP John Furniture Co. right here in Portland, OR. This has been stained in General finishes Gray Gel Stain and glazed with their Pitch Black Glaze - then it's been sealed with their High Performance Topcoat for a lasting finish. Inside the cabinet are two sliding drawers and room for storage. The drawers have been lined with beautiful map paper. This piece would make an awesome bar or linen cabinet." - Re-Luv'd Furniture
"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
"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
"Vintage solid wood mirrored Chest of Drawers / Dresser with smooth gliding dovetail drawers and gorgeous patina'd original hardware, done in General Finishes Driftwood such a stunning color with GF satin High Performance Topcoat." - Reloved By Lori
Did you know that GF Gel Stain can be used as a Glaze? And that GF Glaze Effects can be used for inking? Lori of Woodcraft transformed this tired dresser by painting it a pretty turquoise and adding a glaze of GF Gray Gel Stain and accenting the details of the doors with Pitch Black Glaze Effects. Learn her technique at https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/peacock-pretty-paint-job
"This unique desk is gray-on-gray-on-gray with a General Finishes Gray Gel Stain top, a custom light gray exterior and Queenstown Milk Paint on the inside of the drawer - with a geometric color pop! First time using this gel stain color and I love it!" - Daylily Custom Design
"A basement bathroom makeover on a 100 budget. Yep, you read THAT right. 100 dollars. I painted the vanity with two coats General Finishes Grey Gel Stain, followed by two coats of Flat Top Coat I had on hand. I am a BIG fan of this brand and I am not getting paid to say this! It is so easy to use, thick, not messy, great coverage, and you get such a smooth finish!!" - Sawdust Sisters
CU Woodshop Supply & School of Woodworking shared this project from their customer Hillary S.
"Hillary is new to the area and wanted to make a new table for her new home. A CU Woodshop Associate helped her pick the yellow pine boards. They were cut, glued, and sanded in our shop. Using a foam brush, she applied a coat of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain to the bottom and sides of the table top. After applying the gel stain, Hillary used a soft cotton cloth to wipe off the excess...
"This 7' farmhouse table and 6' bench are a custom build. The chairs have been finished in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and lightly distressed. The table and bench base were also painted in Antique White. The table top and bench top have been stained with a combination of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and Black Gel Stain. The table and chairs were then finished with a Satin High Performance Topcoat." - Gigi's Hope Chest
"I was able to snag part of an old bar from a historic tavern in our town that was relocating.This piece was old, dirty, and layered with gunk when I brought it home. We cleaned it up and prepped it and I went to work restoring the wood.
We used several layering techniques with different stains and added 4" metal wheels and a custom built chevron planked top for an overall industrial look. This piece came out gorgeous!" - Rebecca
This piece was completed using Gray and Java...
"This beautiful coastal dining set was originally just an ordinary table and chairs. You know the type...orangey in color, out of style, ugly. The top of the table was removed and I cut down different widths of wood planks to fit. They were then sanded... and sanded some more. Next I stained using a combination of General Finishes stains. This combo is top secret, but I will reveal that Java, Brown Mahogany and Gray were used. This gives the wood an old, weathered look. I then dry...
"The color on the body of the dresser is Midnight Blue Chalk Style. It is a very deep, deep blue, almost black; A very rich and sophisticated color which I think works nicely on modern furniture or traditional. I applied two coats of this color. The paint is self leveling so you can’t see brush marks. To seal I applied three coats of Gray Gel Stain A little of this goes a LONG way. I still am on my first can. I like how easy it is to apply. When applying it looks white but when dry it...
Awesome weathered gray look with GF Gray Gel Stain from Canary Street Crafts!
"We really wanted the top to look like weathered driftwood, and I kind of wanted the whole piece to look like it could have washed up on a beach somewhere. First, I used a spray bottle to dampen the entire top with water. Next, I put a latex glove on my hand, then a sock over top of the glove. I dipped the sock in the stain, then wiped in onto the damp wood surface. I worked in sections, making sure to go from...
General Finishes Gel Stains - top to bottom, left to right
Antique Walnut, Brown Mahogany, Java
Gray, Black, Candlelite
The right side of each board is one coat wiped back, the left side is multiple coats for a more opaque look.
We love this kitchen transformation! Maria Manochio refinished her kitchen cabinets using General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint and High Performance Top Coat Satin.
Alicia of A Conversation Piece and her husband recently gave this headboard a facelift with the help of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and High Performance Top Coat.
Alicia says, "We have been working hard on building a closet in my bedroom in order to give my son his own room! Thanks to my Dad and Husband for their hard work, and to General Finishes for the amazing products!"
DeDe of Designed Decor, GF's April 2016 Blogger of the Month, completed this amazing upcycled headboard turned bench! DeDe says, " I love the final results and I am now a HUGE fan of General Finishes products. "
The seat was stained with GF Gray Gel Stain and sealed with GF Gel Topcoat. The rest was sprayed with GF Queenstown Gray Milk Paint, accented with Winter White Glaze Effects and sealed with High Performance Topcoat in flat.
Get all the details of this project at...
Restyle Junkie illustrates how much of a transformation GF Gray Gel Stain can provide your old outdated cabinets!
Restyle Junkie says,
"Dear Grey Gel Stain,
The other colors are getting extremely jealous of all of the attention you're commanding lately.
Check out this video from GF to learn more applyng GF Gel Stain to cabinets ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
Restyle Junkie of Phoenix, AZ gives us a great visual of GF's Gray Gel Stain! Restyle Junkie says, "Ever wonder what General Finishes Gray Gel Stain looks like? This is only one coat over a honey oak graham cracker cabinet. It needs another coat, but it's already pretty."
We are completely inspired by the stunning kitchen makeover completed by Donnalyn Ginther using GF's Gray Gel Stain!
"I was so excited to do this project and I absolutely love the end result!!! I have had so many compliments so far and I am looking into doing the dining room table with the java gel here sometime soon. I just am thrilled with our product and honestly, the total cost of this entire project was under $100!!
(I bought two of the largest cans of the grey from Woodcraft, I then...
AlchemyHome shows off how GF Gray Gel Stain and Winter White Glaze Effects can give you a beautiful weathered look!
Donna Ginther transformed her golden oak cabinets by painting 3 coats of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain over her existing finish. What a gorgeous end result!
The color of GF's Gray Gel Stain is so light that it can only be successfully applied over raw wood with the wipe-away application method. If you prefer the painted look, we recommend using Milk Paint instead of Gel Stain. Still, Gel Stain is an excellent finish when painted on and we are thrilled to see the success of this project!
"There is nothing quite like the look on a client's face when you deliver their custom piece! It makes it even better when they tell you it is everything they imagined and more! We are delighted at how happy the client was and how fantastic the table looked in her dining room. This 8' table and 7' bench were constructed of hand selected maple. The finish is a multiple stain finish of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain and Black Gel Stain. The table was then finished with a High Performance...
Restoration@StudiosOnSheridan gave this cherry coffee table a new life! General Finishes Gray Gel Stain was used on the top and Driftwood Milk Paint topped with Snow White Milk Paint was used for the base. The base was lightly distressed to reveal some of the gray Gel Stain and the entire surface was sealed with General Finishes Flat Top Coat.
Loving this beachy vibe from Airdrie Furniture Revival! The top was stained with General Finishes Gray Gel Stain. Try GF's Key West Blue Chalk Style Paint for a similar body color.
"This was easily one of the funnest projects I've done! This was a collaboration done with my friend and fellow junk addict Nicole. She found the table and chairs for a song, I provided the materials, and we both put in the blood, sweat, and tears... ok,, who an I kidding, this was a full-on blast! After we stripped the top to bare, I really had Nicole raising her eyebrows when I chose French Linen, Emile, Duck Egg Blue, and Pure White Chalk Paint® just for the top, but I had a vision, and...
This Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers was is pretty bad shape when we purchased it. It is solid Walnut. We re-finished with General Finishes Java Gel Stain on the drawer fronts and the Top. Grey Gel Stain on the Sides and drawer spacers. It is beautiful!. - Fayettevilles Funky Yard Sale
This fun and funky contemporary dresser was entered in The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest_ for September whose theme was "Geometric Design". Awesome job Somewhat Quirky Design_! I used all General Finishes products to complete this dresser. The gray and black parts were stained with 2 coats of General Finishes Gray and Black Gel Stains. If you've never had a chance to work with gel stains you're missing out. I find them so much easier to work with than liquid stains. They are so easy to...
Airdrie Furniture Revival refinished this stylish plank top coffee table using General Finishes Gray Gel Stain, Snow White Milk Paint and Pitch Black Glaze Effects. We love this look!
Serendipity House gave this table a new life with the help of General Finishes Gray Gel Stain! The top of the table was stripped of it's previous finish before two coats of stain were applied. For the rest of the table, Gel Stain was painted on, wiped back and dry brushed over white paint.
In order to achieve the right color, we generally recommend that Gray Gel Stain be applied to raw wood. However, here you see an example of Gray Gel Stain beautifully dry brushed onto white paint.
Our new Gray Gel Stain got the seal of approval from Lucy at Patina Paradise_! She used Gray Gel Stain on this divine geometric-themed desk for the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest, paired with silver craft paint. We suggest our Argentine Pearl Effects to recreate the look! Lucy shares, "After hearing so many wonderful reviews about the Gel Stain, I decided to give it a try. And to be different, I didn't go with the Java Gel, I went with their new GRAY GEL STAIN... I am so pleased with the way it...
Loving this weathered look from Creative Moments_! Lee Ann of Creative Moments says, "I used General Finishes Gray Gel Stain as a wash on this vintage table, added perfect dimension."
We're smitten by this tiger oak pedestal claw foot table restyled with Gray Gel Stain on top and Java Gel Stain on the base by Tina at Make It A Masterpiece_! What a gorgeous, modern combo!
Jess DiNuzzo Furniture Designs_ used GF Gray Gel Stain for a lovely weathered look on this table top. She also sprayed High Performance Topcoat for added durability. Jess says, "I don't think I can ever brush it on again after how easy it was to spray!"
Studio Eleven Lynchburg_ shared this stylish set that has been stained with General Finishes Gray Gel Stain. For a similar paint color try GF's Antique White Milk Paint.
"Trying to get to as many of my custom orders as I can before my next market. These two lovely ladies are part of a 3 piece coffee table set that was a custom order. I am so in love with the gorgeous detailing on the drawers and legs!! This was done with General Finishes gray gel stain, antique white and a custom mixed glaze. _" ~Stunning side tables by Airdrie Furniture Revival_!
Sweet side tables shared by Airdrie Furniture Revival! "I finally got my hands on some General Finishes Gray Gel stain and these gorgeous end tables have been given a complete makeover! The tops were sanded down and stained gray and the base was painted in Snow White, then distressed and sealed. The finishing touch on these beauties are the elegant drawer pulls!!"