High Performance

"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...

1 coat Early American Water Based Stain over 1 coat Light Borwn Dye Stain, sealed with High performance Topcoat, satin

Appy additional coats if a darker color is desired. 

 

Dark Chocolate Milk Paint over an existing finish, sealed with High Performance Topcoat, satin

 

 

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

 

"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...
"This gorgeous Thomasville French Provincial table has been refinished in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint, with a stunning natural wood top. Everything has been sealed in High Performance Topcoat for lasting protection." - Eden Elyse Design Co.    
"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    
"These giant cabinets are a TON of work but the results are so rewarding! ♥️ Updated in General Finishes Milk Paint in Linen, Van Dyke Glaze then High Performance Top Coat for enhanced durability!"- Captiva Home - Furniture Painting    
"This baby is on fire! I swear the flame mahogany was singing to me so I listened and added some cool music sheet decoupage on the sides and gave the body a makeover in General Finishes Linen Milk Paint, some gold leaf and to finish it off, HPTC in Satin so it can keep shining!" - Amini Design Ashburn    
"We’ve finished up the master bath vanity for our friend and we’re hoping she LOVES it and you folks do as well! Hand painted in General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint, distressed then sealed with our HPTC! She’s beautiful!" - Goodwillhunting Lawson    
"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'm sort of obsessed with this buffet. In it's first life, this was a hair ✂️✂️✂️ station. In it's second life, I picture it in an entryway or modified as a bathroom vanity.   It is painted in a 50/50 mix of General Finishes Queenstown Gray & Lamp Black, with subtle black lowlights & Burnished Pearl Effects in the details, sealed with High Performance Gloss & Flat, and Fusion Mineral Paint Ageing Wax for depth." - Flipping Fabulous    
"This would make a perfect coffee station in your modern farmhouse. The top is beautiful reclaimed barn wood that's been conditioned. This was completely refinished with General Finishes Lamp Black and a Flat High Performance Top." - Painted Pieces    
"This would make a perfect coffee station in your modern farmhouse. The top is beautiful reclaimed barn wood that's been conditioned. This was completely refinished with General Finishes Lamp Black and a Flat High Performance Top." - Painted Pieces    
"The only thing this pretty little wine cabinet is missing is the wine :-) Our client wanted General Finishes Lamp Black with High Performance Top Coat in Flat. We are loving the results!! " - Refurbished by Sweet Threepeats    
Loving this classy look!   GF Lamp Black Milk Paint and gloss High Performance Topcoat by Helen Nichole Designs.      
"Bittersweet sending this table back home with its family. This is the work I love to do! Refinishing, restoration, restyling, and with a little modification! I have to thank my clients for putting all of their faith into my work and allowing me to make executive decisions where deemed necessary. It’s the greatest feeling when your client exudes all confidence in your craftsmanship and truly respects your opinion and advice. Though I’m always nervous when I return belongings to my clients, I...
"What a change for this Finch Fine Furniture Company buffet! This is a solid mahogany buffet - in fact, the top is one solid sheet of mahogany (which is rare). This is a beautiful statement piece that will last another hundred years! Painted in General Finishes Brick Red (I just couldn't get red out of my head for this piece), with a black stained drawers & top, sealed with High Performance Satin & Flat; the inside got refreshed with Fusion Mineral Paint Hemp Oil." - Flipping Fabulous...

"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    

"Beautiful small buffet cabinet up for sale! This has been refinished in General Finishes 'Driftwood,' sealed with their High Performance Topcoat, and then glazed in their Winter Whtie Glaze Effects." - Re-Luv'd Furniture

"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    

How charming is this entryway table by Flip'n Sell True Treasures! The body was painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint while the fronts were painted in custom shades of blue using GF Snow White and Coastal Blue Milk Paints. Sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin.

"This beautiful hutch got a new coat with General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint and Van Dyke Brown glazing. Sealed and protected with HTPC Satin. She's the perfect touch of class and beauty to bring a little color into your home." - Blu Soul Design

"Just finished up this custom buffet. I have to say Lamp Black is one of my favorite colors!! Painted in General Finishes Lamp Black and sealed with HPTC in Flat!!" - Designs by Willow Farms    

"Painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint with Burnished Pearl Effects on the details & sealed with High Performance Flat, this incredibly well made, solid wood set is ready for a new home!" - Flipping Fabulous

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.

"Adorable little cabinet on casters. The drawers were falling apart so I used the faces and some scrap wood to make a shelf! I used General Finishes Persian Blue with aging wax on the body, Dark Chocolate for the inside and a new top with water based Walnut stain and High Performance Semigloss to finish it." - Flipping Fabulous    

"Now bright, clean and 100% modern farmhouse. Goodbye mirrors, hello shiplap. Painted in Driftwood, Snow White and Antique White Milk Paint by General Finishes and sealed with HPTC in Flat. My Zibra Paint triangle and square brush rocked this project!" - Market House Restorations

"These Thomasville end tables have been painted with a custom mix of General Finishes Snow White and Seagull Gray milk paint. Sealed with a HPTC in Satin." - Designs by Willow Farms    

"Blaknite Bespoke Furniture is proud to present this beautiful french dressing table with triple mirrors. It will take pride of place in any girl's bedroom.

"The entire piece has been stripped down to bare wood before being primed and painted in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. The table has also been painted in High Performance Topcoat to which Champagne Pearl Effects have been added. The drawers have been lined in cream and gold paper." - Blaknite Bespoke Furniture

"We are in love with "Lord Greyborne"! Painted in Queenstown Gray, lightly distressed, glazed in Pitch Black and top coated with High Performance Satin. Such a rich look for any piece." - Reblessed, LLC      

"Put the finishing touches on the black distressed kitchen today! Hard to capture the distressing in photos, it was a light-handed technique that just gave the perfect bit of interest and contrast to the richness of the black color. This was a such a fun project for a very sweet friend!" - Drab to Fab Designs

Drab to Fab Designs transformed this kitchen with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and High Performance Topcoat in Satin.

"Persimmon Bliss is finally making her debut. Doesn’t she exhibit natural beauty and warmth? She’s really going to be the focal point on her new home. We gave this china cabinet a two-toned finish using General Finishes, Java Gel Stain and Persimmon. A custom mix of Snow White and Lamp Black provided the perfect soft gray for the cabinet. We used both General Finishes High Performance Topcoat and Gel Topcoat in a satin finish to enhance its durability." - Gracefully Aged and Distressed    
Absolutely stunning table refinished with GF Java Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat by ReFind Design by Coco Clare.    
"Blues will forever be some of my favorite colors. I love this shade I created with a mix of General Finishes Coastal Blue, Snow White, Lamp Black and Klein Blue Milk Paints. A great color for this vintage table that really needed a makeover. I used Gel Stain in the color Java for the table top and sealed it with High Performance Top Coat in Semi-Gloss sheen." - Gravity Hill Furnishings    

"I just love getting in pieces that haven't had or seen before! This secretary is solid walnut with 2 big drawers. It is painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint and High Performance Topcoat Satin finish." - Flipping Fabulous

"My friend has so patiently waited for this chair, her chair, to be finished! It is finally done... Completed in General Finishes Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint with HPTC in Satin from NOVA Design and Build in Sterlin, VA" - Amini Design Ashburn

"We gave this piece a two-tone finish using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint. It has been lightly distressed and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a matte finish. We completed the piece by adding new hardware and lining the 3 drawers with a durable coordinating fabric." - Fine Flipping    
"My regal gentleman is done. He was a true labor of love. He needed a ton of TLC before he could get his new coat of paint and stain. He is painted in Driftwood. The entire piece was sanded down to bare wood and stained in Antique Walnut. He was sealed in HPTC in satin. I can't say enough how wonderful it is to use." - Vintage Jewel    

"This vintage coffee table with brass castors has been painted in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint, and sealed all over with High Performance Topcoat in Satin. Sprayed with a professional sprayer for a smooth finish!" - Designs by Willow Farms

"I mixed General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint with Burnished Pearl Effects and produced this shimmery blue with touches of green. It was sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin.

"Do you see how the right side of the drawers look a little green? Like I over edited and added too much of a filter. Well, that's the actual finish!" - Helen Nichole Designs

Antique White, glazed with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects and sealed with High Performance Topcoat

"These have been hand-painted in General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint with the mantel having both Dark Chocolate, then washed with Seagull Gray Milk Paint for a smokey/vintage wooden feel! Everything has been distressed and sealed with High Performance Topcoat! We hope you love!" - Goodwillhunting Lawson

"I teamed up with Robert of A TACK Above Upholstery to bring you this amazing ottoman. Robert built and upholstered it and I finished the bottom with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and Satin High Performance Topcoat." - Virginia Vintage Interiors

"Love, love, love this chair and table!!! Prep work is key to any piece we work on! This chair may have only taken me an hour to stain but sanding it took us over 7 hours!!! Both the table and chair were stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The legs of the tables were painted a custom mix of Seagull Gray and Driftwood. Sealed all over in HPTC in Satin." - Designs by Willow Farms