"The pressure was on when Holly came to me with a Pinterest picture of a custom built dining room table but to make it even harder, she is my old boss at work!
Big props to my hubby Jim for constructing this baby. The legs were first painted in General Finishes Empire Gray and then painted over that with Alabaster so that when I distressed the edges that grey peeked thru. The top was stained in GF Graystone Water Based Stain and then top coated in High Performance Topcoat." - Upcycling by...
"This table top is too good to cover up! Birds eye maple in the middle really gives it a fun design. This table was completely stripped and left natural to show off the pretty wood grains and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat." - Flipping Unbelievable
"Literally ANYONE can build this!! I purchased a 17.5" wood round from The Home Depot , those cute legs and angled mounting hardware off of Amazon.com, and VOILA! This adorable table was created. I sanded the legs and painted them in General Finishes Antique White, sanded the top and applied some extra pieces from Re·Design with Prima Folk ii transfer, and sealed the piece in a satin High Performance Topcoat." - Fin + Finished
"Sometimes you just have to strip it down to show off the natural beauty! This end table was sprayed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin for durability. Let the beautiful wood grain show through." - Flipping Unbelievable
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"This 70 year old, Mid Century Modern sideboard has been modernized. Our customer was so kind in insisting I refinish this family heirloom for her, so I wanted to make each detail perfect.
I stripped it bare with both a furniture stripper and several steps in hand sanding. Once the piece was brought to bare wood, I stained it with General Finishes Antique Brown Water Based Stain and gave the wood four coats of General Finishes Satin Polyacrylic varnish. The drawers and cabinet doors are primed...
"Unique mid century tall dresser with the most amazing maple burl wood. Top and drawer fronts left natural and sealed with General Finishes High Performance water-based topcoat, sides and dividing pieces in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint."
"We’ve finished them in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Brushable White Enamel, distressed and then sealed with High Performance Topcoat in a satin finish."
Specially constructed, designed and donated to the Canadian Cancer Society for their Hope Blooms Daffodil Campaign in April 2021 This has been a true labour of love through countless hours of work put into the creation of this amazing bench!
With many thanks to Prima Redesign for their beautiful “We Care” transfer that gave me the inspiration. A special thank you to Windsor Plywood PG for generously donating the wood and General Finishes milk paint & HPTC, my good friends Scott &...
"Finished in General Finishes China Blue with a beautiful Flat High Performance Top Coat and brass polished to the guild!" - Restoration Reserve
"Ok after a long haul, we've given Miss Vera her wings to fly! She's about as classy of a lady as you'll find anywhere. Late 1800's Eastlake style Three Drawer Dresser- she would make an AMAZING coffee bar!
AuNatural top stripped naked and finished in General Finishes Arm-R-Seal hand applied satin finish. Body has been refreshed in Perfect Gray Milk Paint, with a slight edge distress to highlight all those beautiful carvings, and sealed in HPTC flat finish. Satin Brass Cup pulls are an easy...
"I gave the chest at the foot of our bed a little "lift" with gorgeous turned bun feet from Osborne Wood Products, Inc..
Stain is General Finishes Antique Brown Water Based Wood Stain with Semi Gloss High Performance Topcoat." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.
"This piece definitely needed to be brightened up. The dark stain just made this piece so sad and drab.The top of the dresser and all the drawer faces were sanded down and that beautiful light pine started to shine. I didn’t want too much yellow so I clear coated all the sanded surfaces with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat. My hubby reminded me that it’s been awhile since I used that beautiful GF Tuscan Red so that made my decision. The exterior was hand painted and then accented with...
"I have come to realize cedar chests are like snowflakes, no two are alike. Each one is original and as special as the treasures tucked tightly inside.
I spent some time with this beauty the last couple weeks. Thank you, Linda for bringing her for a visit and entrusting her in my care. She just needed a light sand, some fresh stain and a poly treatment. General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain and Semi-Gloss High Performance Top Coat restored her youthful glow." - Coat of Charms
"Let's start at the top, because why not? A beautifully refinished wood top is a hope I have for each charm when we begin. It's a gem in a crown, a feather in a cap...a piece of history shining through. For Daphne, the path to restoration was clear: Sand away the crystalizing varnish to reveal that stunning grain. For the next step...choose that complementing color stain. I went with General Finishes Water Based Onyx to deepen the tone and leave black within the cavities of the trim. Finally I...
"Haven’t used a lot of red, but I sure love this Tuscan Red! Used Java Gel Stain on the top and High Performance water based topcoat in satin. Along with the mud cloth stencil, this turns this boring old cabinet into a boho focal point!" - Jess's Mess Designs
After a good sanding, I primed the tables and painted them in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. Finally, they were distressed, given new drawer pulls and sealed in GF High Performance Topcoat in Flat. " - Upcycling by Amy
"This piece is GREEN with envy! This cabinet was my Granny and Gramps from my dad's side of the family aka my OWN family heirloom. It was in ROUGH shape from years of use. Missing veneer pieces, piece of the ornate feet had fallen off over the years and the top had multiple water rings. Lastly, the cabinet door was cracked and would no longer hold the screws in the hinges. It may have been in a sad state but it was DEFINITELY worth saving.
I gave it a VERY good sanding and cleaning. Then I...
"This roll top desk was painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray and stained in Java Gel Stain for a beautiful rich look. The whole piece was sealed in High Performance Flat for a durable finish. I love the way this turned out!" - Vintage Actually Decor
"Antique Victrola piece, refinished inside and out with General Finishes Emerald Milk Paint, Pearl Effects, Onyx Stain, and their HPTC. Raised design on the sides. One of my favourites, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try this colour on its own!" - Vantique Junktion
"General Finishes Pitch Black Glaze Effects and High Performance in Flat gave this finish the perfect aging." - Saved By Design
"Just in time for Winter!! This fully functional bench is made out of a vintage toboggan and would be a great conversation piece for any room in your home! Stained with Java Gel Stain and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat, this toboggan sits on four custom Rub 'n Buff Metallic Finishes hairpin legs." - First State Vintage
"Gorgeous mid century desk, refinished with a General Finishes Walnut stained top and bottom side drawers, along with lamp Black Milk Paint sides and top drawers. Original handles polished back to their silver shine. All sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat. Chair is also refinished to match with a new seat cover. If you’re working from home, why not work in style?"
"The Raina Dry Bar. As promised this lady has an ultimate surprise your guests will never expect! Closed up she's just a lovely example of a detailed mid-century rolling dry bar. At first glance, she'd just be a great side table... but open up those doors to another world! Metallic gold greets your guests with a Gatsby-like experience that they'll have to comment about! Finished in our newest blend of General Finishes Coastal Blue and Westminster Green... we've named it Everteal, the most...
"This... my lovely friends.... is Gail. As many of you saw my earlier post- we named her Gail even before we found out that her previous owner's name WAS indeed Gail... creepy. Anyways, we're fairly certain that's the point that the creep factor ends because what lays beyond that is just pure and simple... Class. A beautiful example of simple French inspired design with clean lines and delicate decor. Gail has been refreshed after a full sand down and shellac base, in General Finishes Empire...
"I stripped this one down to bare wood and left it natural, and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat".
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"We just finished up refinishing this heirloom 54” antique table. This beautiful walnut table was completely refinished using General Finishes Espresso Water Based Stain and High Performance Satin Finish."
"Solid Pine and finished in a rustic Lamp Black by General Finishes and of course an awesome Flat High Performance Top Coat! Edge distressed to start that lived in process!" - Restoration Reserve
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"Refinished this heirloom Martha Washington sewing table using a custom blend of Westminster Green, Lamp Black and a touch of Emerald Milk Paint by General Finishes. The drawers were sanded down and sealed with Semi Gloss Arm-R-Seal (no stain). The body was protected with Satin High Performance."
"Adelle. She's flowy and airy with solid traditional solid cherry bones and an update she can flaunt in any room! She's been sweetly sanded down, and refinished in our newest favorite white by General Finishes, Alabaster. Van Dyke Brown Glaze in those beautiful scrolling side pedestal detailing! A High Performance flat Topcoat. Top has been stripped, and stained in a deep blend of Jacobean and Kona to reduce any residual red tones, and has the most satiny finish in our hand applied Arm-R-Seal...
"Pretty little antique oak dresser completely refinished using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain with a High Performance Flat Finish. New ...
"What do you do when you get lots of requests for a pair of nightstands but can’t find any? You make them yourself! We took an old vanity, cut off the ends and made 2 nightstands! We sanded and sealed the tops with General Finishes High Performance and painted the base with Enduro White Poly." - Moses Restorations
"After a GOOD cleaning and sanding they were primed and painted in General Finishes Antique White and sealed in the GF High Performance Topcoat. The top was stained in GF Java Gel Stain and sealed in their oil based topcoat Arm-R-Seal for years of protection!!" - Upcycling by Amy
"This vintage Stanley 6 foot coffee table and end table set were completely made over from top to bottom. I stripped the old finish off of the tops and stained with Minwax Rustic Mahogany gel stain. Gel stain is a great alternative to my normal oil based stain when trying to match three table tops that want to stain completely different colors. It’s thicker and can be manipulated to get a closer match. The bases were painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Antique White with a tiny amount...
"There is something about buffets painted black....I have done quite a few and love them all! I use Lamp Black by General Finishes and this one was distressed and sealed with the High Performance Topcoat." - Flipping Unbelievable
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"Get the Look: Finished in General Finishes Linen over a solid mahogany base. We've taken all those details and smothered them in Van Dyke Brown Glaze to make those details surface again. Finished with a High Performance Flat finish for a subtle glow. We took that old red mahogany lacquered top and transformed it into a deep brown satiny crown to top her off!" - Restoration Reserve
Oak chest is painted in General Finishes Driftwood, and stained in the color Flint. Top and sides were washed in a white wax! Everything sealed in high performance for a beautiful finish!
"Farmhouse inspired stools done in General Finishes Persian Blue & Snow White Milk Paint. Distressed & sealed with GF Satin HPTC (High Performance Topcoat)."
"This absolutely stunning buffet is all refreshed and ready for a new home. This lovely lady had great bones but was in desperate need of a face lift. The veneer on top was chipping away so I removed it completely and sanded the wood underneath. Gave it a fresh coat of General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain, I also did the same to the lower section of this piece. The rest was painted in General Finishes Reverent Gray. The stained areas were sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat, and...
"Made with maple, ash, and white oak hardwood, this solid dresser/changing table will last through the years as the child grows up. Since it was made with real wood, the color can be changed to stay relevant with the times.
One big benefit of a custom piece of furniture is that it can be designed with dimensions to fit a particular space. This dresser was constructed a little taller than a normal three drawer dresser to make diaper changing a little easier for the parents, who both...
"The Lauren. A secretary with the IT factor! Softly and sweetly brought back to a beautiful life in General Finishes Antique White, with a warm aging glaze and High Performance Flat Finish. Insides had the old lacquer stripped down to bare wood and sealed in my favorite Arm-R-Seal. She took a good amount of time to rebuild those spindled legs, but I definitely think she was worth the wait!
Salvaged as much original hardware as she came with, and improvised on the rest!"
Use Dark Chocolate Milk Paint by General Finishes to get the look of stain on surfaces that don’t stain well. This baby Jacobean Buffet had a Tulip Poplar top, which does not take stain well. I found a way around that using 2 coats of Dark Chocolate and 2 coats of High Performance Topcoat in Satin.
"This piece turned out to be a more difficult task than I originally anticipated. But it was worth it in the end!
ALL veneer was removed revealing gorgeous wood (Top, sides, drawers and doors)
Left the wood in its natural state and applied several coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in flat.
The grain is just stunning!"
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"This piece was made between 1871 and 1900 because of the beautiful Knapp Joints on the drawers (those cute little scalloped joints in the second pic.) Knapp joints were only used for this short period of time in history. So that would make it between 120-149 years old! How cool is that?!
It is made from all solid Walnut with the exception of the burl veneer on the drawers and door front. I just couldn’t paint this beauty! It was missing it’s top so I made a new wood plank top painted...
"Painted this gorgeous nightstand in Holiday Red with black glaze, and the stripes are painted in Lamp Black. The drawers and sides are decoupaged with beautiful paper from Roycycled Treasures. Topcoated with High Performance in satin finish."
"Ladies and Gents, check out this beast we overhauled for a client. Looking best in Blue with General Finishes China Blue, and original brass hardware polished to perfection! High Performance Flat Topcoat for durability. We added 7.5" legs to lift her up off the ground and give that floating chest something to boast about!"
"A customer's inherited Teak sideboard needed to be updated to fit into their home so it's been given an Art Deco-influenced design which still leaves a fair bit of the original wood on show while transforming its look (a good compromise I think as they wanted it fully painting initially)
It was refinished with GF Milk Paint in Lamp Black and the wood enhanced and protected with Enduro Var Water Based Topcoat in Satin and paint given extra protection with High Performance Topcoat in...
"This has been quite the project! We started with changing out the doors and repairing the back. Then we refinished this large piece in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint with High Performance Flat Finish. New gold gilded hardware complete this amazing transformation!"
"This beautiful Vintage Duncan Phyfe Server has been transformed using General Finishes Ebony Dye Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint. High Performance Gloss finish and beautiful black and white floral lined drawers and cabinet back complete this one-of-a-kind piece!"
Beautiful bathroom vanity facelift with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and satin High Performance Water Based Topcoat.
This petite dresser is solid white oak! I had so many ideas on what to do with her, but after the original finish was removed I fell in love with the beautiful neutral tone of the wood!
It has been coated in three coats of ...