High Performance

Gorgeous SOLID maple buffet by Leslie Diamond for Conant Ball. This piece was originally an unattractive yellowish orange. It has been completely stripped and sanded to remove that pesky old orange toner. I would normally use an oil based product but this time I used...
Owl carving from locust by Michael J. Galovic of Ashville, NC. It has been finished with General Finished NEW Dead Flat High Performance Topcoat. Michael says, "it gave luster to the wood without giving it shine. Any kind of gloss would have distracted from the carving."     
"I’d like to introduce you all to my latest piece, Prima Ballerina by Hokus Pokus. This is a fabulous decor weave that I demonstrated on an Fb LIVE. Isn’t she stunning? (FB Live Decoupage spray glue method: https://fb.watch/hpCyx7MwY4/?mibextid=v7YzmG)   The cabinet I acquired was originally used to store sheet music. With this in mind I knew that I wanted to design with music as its main theme. The Hokus...
"At long last this pine beauty is complete! A full restoration was performed on this rustic chest and new life it has been given! This piece belonged to my clients Grandmother, likely dating back to the 1800’s with it’s hand cut dovetail joints. It has certainly stood the test of time having been moved numerous times, but nonetheless was in need of some TLC. My client asked for it to be lightened up and made functional and that is just what I did! I started by sanding back the existing...
"This classy lady was created using a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue and Seagull Gray, Gel Stain in a custom mix of Java and Gray, High Performance Topcoat in Satin and then accented with products from Re·design with Prima. For all the details or to shop the entire collection of products used on this piece, head to my website http://www.NostalgicRevival.com/    
"We received a call from a local farmers Co-op. They had a desk they were planning to take to the dump. But they knew we restored furniture and thought we may want it. We went to pick it up not really knowing if it would be worth our time. What did we find? An authentic secretary desk, not the standard teachers desk we see more often.   It has been restored to the traditional look with General Finishes Antique Brown Water Based Stain and High Performance Top Coat in Gloss. Complimented by...
"This is why I love my job. My client brought this to me because it was her grandfather’s toolbox. It was old and worn, and even still had some tools in it! But she wanted to keep it for sentimental purposes. I gave this piece a good scrub, removed the tool compartments on the inside, and stripped and then stained in Onyx Water Based Stain by General Finishes and **NEW ** Dead Flat for protection. It was given a new life and I’m glad my client kept it!"     
"Joy to the World! A super, simple, thrifted, holiday decor idea!! I made my stencil for this project, using my Cricut machine. I clear coated the globe first then once dried, I place the stencil on and clear coated again. Once that dried, I painted on the message (two coats). I chose my favorite, go-to black by General Finishes called Lamp Black. Once that dried, I put on another clear coat of GF water based High Performance Topcoat." - REmade    
Great bones! I absolutely love a vintage piece that has classic styling…great bones…which to me makes a piece timeless. This beauty just needed a furniture refresh and we achieved it using...
"When my friend asked if I could redo this antique family heirloom for her nursery, I was honoured. Using a combination of my 1” & 2.5” Bahco carbide tipped scrapers and my DEWALT CANADA orbit sander (100 grit followed by 150), I carefully removed the original finish. For the curved edges and wooden knobs, my SurfPrep Sanding 3"x4" electric ray sander with the foam pads was perfect. I’ve recently discovered a mop brush (used in watercolour painting) for applying topcoat and it’s amazing for...
Everybody has a story. Everybody has a scar. When she was built she had a destiny. She was intended to be gifted to a young fiancée, on that spectacular wedding day. Sadly that day took a turn for the worse, when the bride-to-be decided she couldn’t go thru with the marriage. Unfortunately we will never know why. What we DO know is that a heartbroken man was so devastated that he tattooed this babe for life, with his smoldering cigar. She’s adorned with the highest quality carved wood....
Black furniture is so hot right now and I love this trend! When my client’s husband saw this refinished he barely recognized it! Paint color: Lamp Black by...
"The top was done out of 2" thick reclaimed pine with the natural grain and colors. The base was done with circle sawn pine 6x6 beams stained with a dark walnut. We sealed the top using General Finishes High Performance Water Based Topcoat" - Reclaimed Michigan    
"The top of the table was stripped and stained and then sprayed with High Performance topcoat for durability. Lamp Black Milk Paint by General Finishes and GF Walnut Water Based Stain." - Flipping Unbelievable      
"I love this soft and muted pink. General Finishes Ballet Pink sealed with their ⭐️NEW⭐️ Dead Flat High Performance topcoat which I Ioved." -Paint and Hammer   Thanks to brand new patented polymer technology, we are now able to create a matte sheen without waxes and matting agents that decrease durability. So if you're looking for an ultra-flat topcoat that is as durable as our other sheens, try GF's Dead Flat High Performance or Enduro Clear Poly. More info here:...
A little coastal and maybe a little farmhouse but definitely one of a kind This Solid wood console is tremendous quality but needed a make over... Now completely custom from top to bottom. A custom inlaid natural wood design top was custom created and ties in beautifully with the bottom shelf. A multi layered weathered finish using...
"This one was definitely one of the more difficult refinishes I have done. This 100+ year old mantle was taken out of my clients home in the 80s and put in a barn and sat there for 40 years exposed to the elements as the barn began to fall into disrepair. It took SOOOOO much sanding and stripping to get back down to the original cherry wood through the old finish and years and years of grime. But with some perseverance and my go to product lines at General Finishes this mantle is back and...
"The body was refinished in General Finishes Lamp Black while the drawers are Antique Walnut Gel Stain & Alabaster. The entire set is sealed with GF Satin High Performance Top Coat. Custom frames were built to add those iconic legs and new hardware was added for that final touch." - Delilah Tree    
"This beautiful kitchen hutch as been refinished in General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint and sealed for durability with High Performance Topcoat. The piece features some great details including a wood stained top, and blue tile wall paper on the hutch backing." - Modern Marketplace, LLC    
"Painted in General Finishes Lamp Black (she's more black than she appears), lightly distressed, and sealed in GF High Performance Topcoat in satin followed by Flat Out Flat Topcoat, this piece is timeless." - Red Geranium Restorations    
"Not every roadside find turns out to be real wood and this is exactly what I encountered with these. Composite materials don’t stain well or consistently but I promised my client I would do my best to achieve the wood look he was after. I removed all the old paint, primed and then spray finished these bedside tables using General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint to resemble a rich espresso stain look. I sanded the tops out and then created a “faux” wood grain look. First time for...
"Gorgeous solid wood buffet. This piece was in amazing condition to begin with, so left a lot of it natural wood. Freshened it up with a coat of General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and their High Performance Topcoat. And for the shell/body I used General Finishes Reverent Gray. The hardware was left original to the piece. It’s got a great mix of classic and modern." - Ray's Refurbishing    

This modern dresser has been freshly painted in Millstone and White for a dipped look. The dresser has been sealed with multiple layers of High Performance top coat for durability.

"My goal as of late has been to create timeless pieces that are going to ebb and flow with our ever changing styles. When I bought this piece I initially thought we might update with a little paint. But I really decided the grain patterning and hardware should just stand alone on its own and just BE everything. So we chemically stripped this babe and clear coated her in three coats of General Finishes High performance satin. Hand rubbed out all those pulls for a glorious neutral wood and brass...
"This adorable little piece wasn’t always so clean and pretty. It came to me with thick black paint. It also had a little something carved on the top. I sanded away all the old ugly black paint and brought this piece back to life with a fresh coat of General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain on top along with their High Performance Topcoat. And for the body I used GF’s Perfect Gray Milk Paint. I gave it all new antique bronze hardware as well." - Ray's Refurbishing    
Morris of California from their Linear collection. Painted in...
"We’ve painted everything in General Finishes Dark Chocolate Milk Paint with satin High Performance Topcoat." - Goodwillhunting Lawson    
"This was a good 10 hours of scrapping and sanding to remove all the layers of paint on this one but I’m thrilled with the results. General Finishes products were used in this project: Antique walnut Gel stain and High Performance Topcoat in satin which was sprayed for a flawless finish." - Paint and Hammer    
"Bambooooooy-oh-boy you’re a beast! Holy cow. This vintage American of martinsville faux bamboo is insanely heavy. Heavy white oak trim and contesting natural oak body give this big lug one hefty stance. We decided he had enough going on with his design ascetics and textures- so we just stripped it down and clear coated in a beautiful General Finishes High Performance water based satin finish to avoid any ambering tones. It’s earthy… it’s boho…. It’s neutral…. It’s MCM and have i...
"Holy moly. When my neighbor called and said they had this old small hutch in their garage I was a little less than hopeful. All the details just screamed- I took this from granny’s house! Old Mahogany hutches are a dime a dozen but I figured maybe we could do a fun paint job or something to spruce it up…. But boy was I wrong!!! After removing the trim and decorative pieces, we stripped down bare to find ourselves some African Mahogany- which is one of my favorite woods known for its rich...
"The wood on these cedar chests not only look gorgeous but smell amazing! This piece was covered in a rough texture which I called “alligator finish”. I stripped everything off, and polished up the hardware using Bar Keepers Friend and then sealed the wood with General Finishes High Performance water based Topcoat." - Flipping Unbelievable    
"This beautiful Vintage Dixie had some fantastic textures on the drawers and some fabulous hardware…. Yet you couldn’t even tell because it all just blended together. We stripped the entire body down revealing a blend of natural fruitwoods with some amazing tone variations. Drawers simply understated in General Finishes Queenstown grey and flat High Performance Topcoat. Body stripped and sealed in our favorite hand applied GF Arm-R-seal. Polished brass original hardware is the perfect...
"4’ round curly maple dining table. Spider base legs. Finished in High Performance satin water based topcoat by General Finishes." - A Squared Furnishings    
This 9 Drawer Dresser has been refinished in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint with High Performance Topcoat.    
"This circa 1960 Bassett Gala dresser has the best bones but needed a fresh finish. To achieve this look we did a full strip with Klean Strip Premium Stripper, followed with a light sand in 220 grit to even the natural color. Made a wash with 1 tbsp General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain and 1 cup of water. Mixed and brushed on, wiped back excess. Sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat." - Saved By Design    
"Circa 1950, this classic nightstand pair was once a traditional desk. The custom deep green finish complimented by the rich antique brown top is the epitome of English Country House design. • General Finishes Emerald and Dark Chocolate 50/50 mix, High Performance Top Coat in Flat, Antique Oak Water Based Stain over Mahogany wood. • Hepplewhite pulls from Amazon" - Saved By Design    
"Love a sleek desk? One that you can float in the middle of a room and it looks pretty from every angle? This one’s for you then. General Finishes Lamp Black & High Performance Topcoat in Gloss" - Blush Vintage    
"This piece was damaged in my clients last move by the movers. The leg was cracked, and splitting from the back on the base to the front. We made the decision to cut part of the legs off, and build a custom base.Repaired the damage, used some good old bondo and you would never known it was man handled by the movers.  We changed out the hardware, filled the holes, primed, and painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray. Followed with my favorite topcoat, GF High Performance flat." - Revived...
"Our project is complete!! We could not be happier with our kitchen cabinet makeover. We used all our General Finishes products. GF Milk Paint in the colour Reverent Gray and GF High Performance Topcoat in the flat finish to protect. What a difference it makes!" - The Birch Tree    
"Coined in the 1940s, English Country House design is popular as ever as this new century progresses.   It's simple and casual style carries an elegance that one can actually feel at home in and it doesn't take itself too seriously. A mix of antique and vintage furnishings, patterned textiles, rugs, table lamps, flowers, a pinch of modern accessories and the classic hunting artwork - the more the better really. It embraces wear and tear, and it's the furthest thing from minimalism...
"I've been enthralled with European Country interior design lately. Perhaps because it embodies everything I love about design but allows you to have elegance while maintaining casual comfort. It makes a room easy to love.   This vintage Hepplewhite dresser is petite but bold with it's convex top drawer and fluted detail. Classic in its custom French Country blue with a gray undertone. To create this look we used General Finishes custom mix using Basil, Coastal Blue and Queenstown Gray...
"Refresh on a dining room table top is all done! Stained in a custom mix of General Finishes Antique Oak and Black Cherry (60/40) Water Based Stain and top coated in GF High Performance Topcoat for protection. Its back to looking brand new!" - Twin Grove Design  
DCS4HF (32" scale) - Tobias Caspar Hybrid Buckeye Burl (or possibly Chestnut?) top - Roasted Swamp Ash body - Roasted Flame Maple / Purpleheart neck - Kimball Hardwoods Roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard w/ custom inlay - Dual color illuminated side dots - Kent Armstrong DC pickups - Aguilar amp OBP3 preamp - hip shot products bridge & headpiece - thg knobs custom matching knobs - daddarioandco XL nickel strings - jim dunlop usa strap locks - graphtech guitar labs Black Tusq®...
"We just love when we get rare vintage pieces into the shop. This original Broyhill Premier buffet from the Saga series came into the shop last week, and we knew there was no other option than to completely restore it back to its original condition. Some pieces just aren’t meant to be painted! It was stripped down before being restored with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The original hardware was refinished to give it that classic Saga series walnut/gold look. Everything was then...
"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...