High Performance

"Before & After. Painted in General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint and sealed with High Performance Topcoat Satin." - Weathered Edge Furniture, LLC.    
"Fresh out of the shop is this stunning and unique Mid Century Modern dresser set. Made in the 1960’s, this set has been restored to look like it did when it was first manufactured 60 years ago. We started by stripping down the original walnut finish. We then stained everything with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. To make sure it kept that gorgeous finish for years to come, we then gave it multiple coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat." - First State Vintage    
General Finishes Gel Stain vent hood makeover by BricksnBlooms.    
DCS5 (Med Scale) - Golden Camphor Burl top / headplate - Honduran Mahogany core w/Purpleheart accent - Maple / Purpleheart / Wenge neck - Purpleheart fretboard w/ Golden Camphor block inlays - Purpleheart backplates - Illuminated side dots - bartolinipups P252J pickups w/ series-single-parallel - bartolinipups NTMB+ pre - hipshotproducts hardware - thgknobs Purpleheart knobs - graphtechguitarlabs Black Tusq® nut - daddarioandco XL nickel strings - jimdunlopusa recessed Strap...
"Process~ Chemically strip and rinse with lacquer thinner. Sand with 150, vacuum and then 220, vacuum. Wipe down with 50/50 denatured alcohol & water to pop the grain. Sand with 320 orbital and 220 sanding pad where needed, vacuum. Apply General Finishes Gel Stain in Candlelite. Coat of dewaxed shellac. Sand with 220 sanding pad, vacuum. Coat of GF’s High Performance Topcoat in gloss. Sand with 220 sanding pad, vacuum. Final coat of GF’s HPTC in flat. Hardware~ boil vinegar and then soak...
"Trust me when I say this old Victorian era rocker had seen better days. The wicker was unraveling in areas, it looked as if a dog chewed the rockers. The fabric on the spring loaded cushion was hideous. The old white paint was dingy and dirty and chipping off. It was a hot mess. Do I have a before photo? No. No I do not. You have to take my word, it was a hot mess!  I patched the dog chews, glued the unraveling. Reupholstered the seat and painted it in Lamp Black by General Finishes and...

Original Roos Cedar Chest on casters. Painted in...

"This antique table consists of 4 leafs and 5 legs! And she is HEAVY! Stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and sealed with High Performance Top Coat Satin." - Weathered Edge Furniture, LLC.    
"The fluting, The deep rich color, The brass hardware. This one has it all! Started pulling off all those 80’s details. Behind that bulky trim was very simplistic curved sides, but a mismatched front. That’s when I decided to have a base made that would mimic the sides and create a more cohesive look. I also was not fond of the trim detail under the top drawer; but when I removed it there was about an 1/8” gap! That’s when my wheels started turning and I immediately thought of fluting! A style...

"This Dixie nine drawer dresser turned out so pretty! She was kinda raggedy before with a very tired finish. No structural issues, just a ton of nicks and gouges. This gorgeous blue is a custom mix of two parts China Blue and one part Perfect Gray from General Finishes. It’s not as purple as a periwinkle, not as navy as navy and not as gray as a blue gray. It’s just a lovely blue. I was inspired to create this color by a blue in one of my drawer liners. I was so excited to use the color and...

"I’m slowly coming around to black. Someone once told me that interior designers say that every room should have some black in it. Which is interesting to me because I always think every room should have some pink in it. Soooo, clearly I’m no interior designer. But I digress… This Empire style beauty was painted in General Finishes Lamp Black with delicate distressing. Then, two coats of GF High Performance Topcoat in Gloss toned with GF’s water based Ebony stain for more depth. And a final...
"Solid mahogany wood buffet. All I can say is WOW!! This piece is absolutely stunning. I sanded down all the doors, drawers and the top to reveal the gorgeous wood with a little accent piece around all the edges. Gave it all a fresh new coat of Antique Walnut Gel Stain a few coats of High Performance Topcoat. For the body I chose General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint." - Ray's Refurbishing    
"Design for the present, with an awareness of the past.   The previous generations of craftsmen had timeless taste. Color and finish trends come and go, but some designs stand the test of time. This Hepplewhite dresser is one of them. Circa 1940 this piece was modeled after the original designs of English cabinet maker George Hepplewhite from the 18th century. It has an elegant serpentine front along with the lesser found serpentine sides on the top. True to it's English roots, we chose...

Robin's Nest, 101 W Main St, Springfield, NE

"This custom desk is giving me ALL the deep blue moody vibes. After a super thorough sanding and cleaning we realized it was super tippy because two legs were longer than the others so I corrected that problem with even more sanding. Gorgeous color of General Finishes Blue moon and sealed in General Finishes High Performance Topcoat." Upcycling by Amy    
"Dixie dresser in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and top sanded to natural wood, bleached and sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat. Brass handles are the final touch to make this bright and elegant." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
DC5 - 35" scale - Buckeye Burl top / headplate - Spanish Cedar body - Maple / Wenge neck - Macassar Ebony fretboard w/ Buckeye block inlays - Hip shotp roducts hardware - Fishman Fluence Mike Inez Signature pickups / electronics - Graphtech guitarl abs Black Tusq® nut - Daddarioandco XL nickel strings - Jim Dunlop usa recessed strap locks - General Finishes High Performance Poly finish
"Something a little different…a Century dresser that has been bleached and weathered, then sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat. All new hardware add just a touch of gold and sophistication to this high end piece." - Just a Touch of Paint 2.0    
The tops are textured harlequin. General Finishes Lamp Black, Pitch Black Glaze and High Performance Topcoat with Rustoleum Metallic Accents in Classic Bronze.

"There are few things I love more (furniture-wise) than Vermont solid maple, and this blonde beauty is no exception! This three-drawer dresser was sanded down to natural wood and sealed with General Finishes High Performance topcoat (satin). I removed the clunky bottom piece, sawed off a few inches and added new legs and knobs."

These end tables were very dated and the orange finish was failing. If you remember from a post a few days ago, I ended up removing the entire finish down to bare wood. We also added a plain piece of trim to cover the detail work that was on the front to make them more modern and up to date. I started the refinishing with two coats of shellac to seal the wood and block the wood tannins from coming through my finish. I still wasn’t sure what direction I was going with these tables but because...

"A LOT of sanding later and a custom paint mix starting with...

"This dining room set is barely recognizable after its new makeover! Better yet, the bench that didn’t match before looks like it belongs as part of the set!Painted in Queenstown Gray by General Finishes and the top stripped and stained in Whitewash.Everything was sprayed with High Performance Topcoat for durability." - Flipping Unbelievable    
"Navy Thomasville Faux Bamboo. Knocked something off of my bucket list! I’ve always wanted to do a bamboo piece but they are so hard to find in my area! Gotta love the finish of General Finishes High performance Satin . Some day I’ll have to do a high gloss bamboo piece! Paint: General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint." - Refined By Ash    
"Lots of experimenting… from wood bleach to white stain to brown stain to Clorox bleach and lots of sanding… finally settled on leaving it as raw wood, sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat."     
"When my friend Mary approached me about surprising her husband and redoing his dad’s desk, I was so honoured. When I went to look at it in person, I was shocked with how big it was - 6 feet wide by 4 feet deep . It was going to be the biggest project I had ever taken on. While originally intended to be a surprise, Rick was looped into the process. The desk was brought to my house and literally *juuuust* fit through my front door. There was no way that it was going to go downstairs (where I...
I have been waiting for just the right piece to do a deep emerald green on and once I got this sideboard home, I knew this was the piece!! When I found this mahogany beauty, the top was in horrible shape and there was no key to unlock the door. The owner said it had been years since they had the key but I knew we could remove the back and figure it out from there and I hoped for a treasure inside. Once we removed the back and got everything opened, all that was in there was a penny and a...

 

I just love what some good old fashioned elbow grease, some restoration and replacement, and an amazing neutral paint color can do for a tired, old piece! The previous orangey-black finish was quite ugly (scroll to see the before picture) and totally camouflaged the true beauty of this vintage 4 drawer chest! I just love how it transformed from tired, dark and meh…to romantic, sophisticated and beautiful!!

Like many pieces before her, this one had some issues and those...

"One of my creative pieces to date. This piece reminds me of my time in the South Asian country of Loas. Tall mountains hover over each other in northern parts of Vang Vieng. Refinished using General Finishes Antique White, Halcyon Blue, custom mix of Lamp Black and Halcyon Blue and Gulf Stream Blue. This piece is upcycled by removing bottom base, cutting off the sides and attaching new metal feet. Top has been sanded and sealed using High Performance in satin." - Sage Furnishings    

Built by Ethan Allen, this maple /birch cabinet is the perfect piece to use in the entryway , additional storage in the bedroom or living area.
Refinished using General Finishes Gulf Stream Blue for the first time. Blended with Antique White. Top has been sanded and sealed with General finishes high performance satin. This piece has been up-cycled by removing old wooden bottom base and adding new metal feet.

Simple elegance DC6B - Black Limba body - Wenge neck - Wenge fretboard - Aguilar amp Super Single pickups / OBP3 preamp - Hipshot products hardware - General Finishes High Performance Poly finish - Jim Dunlop usa Recessed Strap Locks - Graphtech guitarlabs Black Tusq nut
Bloodwood / Ebony / Flame Maple / Walnut "cutting board" top / back / headplate - Black Walnut body core - Flame Maple / Bloodwood / Walnut neck - Ebony fretboard w/ "cutting board" block inlays & Bloodwood binding - kent armstrong pickupsusa DC pickups w/ matching covers - aguilar amp OBP3 preamp - hipshotproducts hardware - thgknobs matching "stealth" knobs - jimdunlopusa recessed strap locks - General Finishes High Performance Poly finish - daddarioandco XL Nickel strings
"I knew this wood grain would be back to popping after stripping off that original overly toned and UV faded finish. No stain needed here! Just a couple coats of dewaxed shellac and then finished off with a few coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat." - Blush Vintage       
"I never intended to do another French Provincial set, but sometimes we come across pieces that demand our attention. This is one of those pieces. The curves on this chest are so definitive and the hardware is timeless. As soon as I saw it I knew....Navy.   But the search for the perfect Navy shade was a feat. So to mixing I went. This custom shade has so much depth and it is a true chameleon. It ranges from a rich regal blue to deep teal to almost black depending on the lighting...
"This original Lane mid century modern cedar chest has been completely restored and is ready for another 60 years in its new home! We striped it down to its bare bones, fixed the minor veneer issues and then gave it a facelift with a beautiful coat of New Pine Gel Stain by General Finishes. Once it was dry, we went ahead and gave it multiple coats of High Performance Topcoat to protect the wood and make it shine like it was 1965!" - First State Vintage      
"My client didn’t even recognize his table at first when he saw a picture after it was refinished! Painted table bases and stained tops for tables is my favorite color combination. I painted the base in General Finishes Lamp Black and the top was stained in Whitewash Water Based Stain diluted with water for more of a subtle look. Everything was sealed with High Performance Topcoat in satin for durability." - Flipping Unbelievable        

"The power of paint. It’s really quite amazing! Don’t you agree?!! I was asked to transform the dark, dated pieces on the right into something fresh and farmhouse modern for a big girls room. OH, and add a little sparkle please! 

Painted in a mix of grays (per moms request). Perfect Gray, Queenstown Gray both by General Finishes and a leftover “secret” gray I had.  OH and that sparkle!! Let’s not forget that!! My first time using glitter paint!! Intense Glitter Paint by Rust-...

"This beautiful Eastlake wash stand dates between 1870-1890. For its age, it was in very good condition with only a few repairs. I used Minwax Classic Cherry stain for the top. The base was painted General Finishes Antique White (1 cup) and Buttermilk (1/8 cup) and finished everything with High Performance Topcoat in satin." - Newbac Designs    
"The body was painted in General Finishes Reverent Gray. Top was sanded to bare wood and stained in GF’s Antique Walnut Gel Stain. High Performance Topcoat and new antique bronze hardware complete this total package." - Ray's Refurbishing    
"This right here is why I love what I do! A piece of furniture that has history is refinished so that it can stay in the family for years to come! This desk was completely stripped and left natural. I used General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat to seal this piece. You don’t find solid wood pieces like this much anymore and if you do, they can be very expensive. Nothing can compare to real wood grain, it’s hard to duplicate and so unique!" - Flipping Unbelievable    
"Beautiful antique dresser refinished in Antique White with floral transfers. GF High Performance Flat Poly protects it. Crystal knobs add a touch of glam." - Flippin Fab Furniture Design    

Y’all, if you haven’t tried toning, and use pine in your work, you need to watch the General finishes videos on toning now!

How do you turn cheap pine furring boards into a finish that rivals Pottery Barn? TONING!!! 

2 coats of Toner:
25% Walnut Stain
To 75% HPTC in Satin

 

https://gf.video/How-To-Darken-Cabinets-By-Toning-Water-Based

"The White Oak used to make this dining set traveled half-way across the country from a custom sawmill in New York, owned and operated by Margaret Liebert’s father. The tree grew on their family farm and was milled by her father and her brother. She brought the wood back to IL and began searching for someone to turn it into a dining set. We are so honored that you chose us to make this special piece for you that can be passed down through the family for years to come. How wonderful it will be...
"Gorgeous, vintage, mahogany chest of drawers. This Duncan Phyfe style piece also boasts a bow front. This piece was updated using General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White, with some light distressing. The top was sanded bare and re-stained with General Finishes Gel Stain in Java, then sealed with their High Performance Topcoat in Flat. The original, Hepplewhite style pulls were left as is."     
"Using my DEWALT orbital sander, I carefully uncovered this beautifully textured grain. To ensure clean lines and that no paint mistakenly ended up on top, I use painters tape- a lot of it! I like being able to freely paint without worry. I used Annie Sloan’s Athenian Black with Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal the paint. This is my go-to paint because of how rich the black is. Carefully, I taped the stencil to the table top. I used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain for the design. I...

This is water-based Walnut stain on Alder with 3 coats High Performance Topcoat Satin sprayed using the $15 Harbor Freight HVLP. Extender was used on both the stain and HPTC and the wood was preconditioned. Started with rough cut 4/4 and milled it down. The drawer boxes were Baltic birch, drawer faces were alder ply and solid alder frames. 

"Another project down, finished and delivered this Dry Bar and Dining table! Finished in a 50/50 mix of Seagull and Empire gray by...

"These beautiful Bombay Chests are headed home. We used General Finishes Lamp Black with their High Performance Topcoat in Gloss to breathe new life into these pieces." - The Charming Home    

"The top, hardware and drawer edges where painted with General Finishes Queenstown Gray. Sides and front stiles were painted General Finishes Perfect Gray. Face of drawers, legs and chair were left natural wood. Everything was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Flat." - Dasywill.Designs LLC

"This ash coffee table had been well loved and in serious need of restoration. The base was a bit wobbly so using The Gorilla Glue Company wood glue, I applied to the affected area. I clamped the base and removed the excess glue with a blue shop cloth. After letting the glue dry overnight, prepared to paint by cleaning the base and taping to avoid paint getting all over the underside. I painted using my trusty Annie Sloan’s Athenian Black and sealing with her clear wax. The top was sanded...