High Performance

Blended from Snow White to lamp black with gold hardware. She is the perfect size for a small buffet or for a statement piece in your entry way

This oak chest-of-drawers was brought back to life with a mixture of GF Snow White and Antique White. The handles were orginally rust/iron, but I dry brushed and sanded them with GF Lamp Black to give the piece some character. The whole thing was sealed with GF HPTC, flat. 

With all of the details on this coffee table I knew I wanted to do something with lots of layers.  First I painted the base in Driftwood Gray, a nice medium gray color.  Next I added a topcoat preparing it for the glaze.  I used pitch black glaze effects to get in all the little areas and make them pop. For the final step I used the Argentine Pearl Effects along with the pitch black glaze to layer a texture on the entire piece.  I used a short stubby brush to pounce the products on the...

This beautiful Thomasville buffet did not sell in its original dated condition. The brass hardware was removed from the back and the top stripped and sanded down to remove all scratches and rings. The top was stained expresso and the body was painted in a rich custom mixed bright turqouise. It was then glazed with GF pitch black glaze and crumpled bags were used to get the faux effect. The entire piece was topcoated with GF High Performance Topcoat in flat. The result is an updated buffet/...

The elegant curves of these quaint end tables is contrasted by the rustic look of the faux barnwood tops, creating a versatile charm perfect for any decor.  

These "rustic" filing cabinets were recreated from a finish in a photograph, emailed to me online, and a small drawer face the client removed from her brand new desk.  The project took many layers to create such a worn, rustic finish.  These pieces make me wan to curl up with a book and a blanket next to a fire!

Cleaned with a DNA prep, these pieces were sanded and primed with BIN.  The base color coat is GF Linen, sprayed with an HVLP Titan Turbine Capspray 95.  I needed a glaze...

Custom Mix of equal parts Driftwood+Basil 

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"A beautiful Drexel buffet refinished in General Finishes ‘Persian Blue’. Glazed over with white to give a soft look. Top has been stained in General Finishes ‘Java’ and sealed with their High Performance Topcoat." - PNW Beautiful Finishes

Tom Monahan gave this delicate side table a fresh look with General Finishes NEW Milk Paint color, Gulf Stream Blue! We love how aquamarine color with its subtle blue and green undertones. Sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Flat.

"This beautiful piece went home today, and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out. It was a family heirloom; I’m so grateful for the opportunity to give it a new look. I stripped the veneer from the top and stained it with General Finishes “Nutmeg” Gel Stain with a number of layers of High Performance Topcoat in semi gloss for a nice shine! The body was painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in “Driftwood” and “Lamp Black” for the perfect dark gray. The glass knobs...

"Gorgeous set of high end swivel barstools (from Frontgate). These have been professionally reupholstered, and I sprayed them in a very pale neutral gray (Seagull Gray by General Finishes and High Performance Topcoat). In LOVE with them!" - A Southern Story    

The elegant curves of these quaint end tables is contrasted by the rustic look of the faux barnwood tops, creating a versatile charm perfect for any decor.  

 

Stained shims really added some much needed texture to this boring flat front dresser.  A mixture of General Finishes Queenstown and Lamp Black with High performance flat topcoat. Shims stained in Antique walnut.

COLOR RECIPE

  • 1 part Queenstown
  • 1 part Lamp Black

This pantry door was SO FUN to paint... and it was also for my own kitchen (YAY!) so I could reallly get creative with it! It’s actually “half” of a French door set that I found at our local Habitat ReStore.... and what do you know, it was the EXACT size of our pantry door... easy swap!!!

It all started with a coat of “Costal Blue”... I was going to distress and stop there... but since I was keeping it for myself, I decided to have a little bit of fun!  I started getting carried away...

Dresser/Nightstand combo painted in a custom mix of Antique White and Snow White milkpaint.  Dresser drawer fronts were stained in a grey penetrating stain, then accented with Van Dyke and Winter White glaze effects and a kiss of black wax.  

COLOR RECIPE

  • 5 parts GF Snow White
  • 1 part GF Antique white

This antique secretary was lovely as is, just a bit dated. With the faux barnwood finish, I was able to give it a fresh new look that perfectly complements my clients space! 

These Mexican Pine cabinets were rescued at different times, and slightly varied styles.  Once cleaned up and stained with GF Java Gel stain (the rustic part), we decided to have some fun on the front with a bit of copper patina (the chic part).  Using Modern Masters Metal Effects copper paint and patina solution, and some bubble wrap for the "hammered copper" effect, the front and side panels were completely transformed.  

 

This stunning Media Console will be the perfect focal point in your home!  Painted in a gypsy teal with hand crafted brown stained barn doors.  The barn doors slide, giving you several looks in one.  What once was a dresser has now been transformed into a modern console table.  The dresser drawers were removed on each side and open shelving was created. The top of the piece has also been stained in a dark Java stain, coordinating with the barn doors.  A wonderful, functioning, rustic piece...

Any French Provincial piece is stunning on it's own but adding paints and glazes can bring out its curves and details!  After looking at this piece for sometime as it took up the majority of space in our dining room I finally decided on breaking out of the norm of the white distressed base with a stained top and went for blends and washes of different grays. Everyone in the house was happy that a decision was finially made and I was no longer second guessing my decision!

COLOR...

The french countryside came calling when this piece was transformed from a china hutch to a french-infused multi-purpose etagere. Using a 50/50 mix of GF Chalk White and GF Chapin Gray on the body, with the detailing done in GF Chalk White and Modern Masters metallic paint bringing life and vibrance to the carved florals, the colors in this piece are reminiscent of traditional country french furniture of old. This piece is now enjoying new life!

COLOR RECIPE

  • 1 part...

Fun and functional, this Mid-Century three drawer dresser pops with color and style! It was rescued from a bike repair shop, found when looking at another piece of furniture. It was in pieces and had extensive damage. It was painted in a very safe grey and black, but was virtually ignored for months so another makeover was due! Multiple colors were used to create a mod geometric pattern reminiscent of this era. The entire piece is covered in the best top coat on the market, General Finishes...

"I'm a sucker for the curves of French Provincial pieces. This lady was painted for a client using a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood and Linen using a 2:1 ratio. The body was glazed with GF Pitch Black Glaze Effects for a streaky finish. The top was darkened by adding some Lamp Black to the paint mix and then streaked with the glaze. The entire piece is sealed with High Performance Topcoat for a satin finish. Last but not least the pulls were freshened up in silver...

"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...

The body of the desk and coordinating chair are painted in Queenstown Gray Milk Paint from General Finishes. The drawer fronts are painted in Antique White. The top three drawers have buffalo check accents hand painted in 3 shades of gray (Seagull Gray, Driftwood and Queenstown). The top of the desk is painted in a Dark Chocolate. Sealed with Semi-gloss High Performance Top Coat." - Gravity Hill Home Furnishings

"Have I mentioned how much I LOVE General Finishes products?! We had the chance to create this look once again for a commissioned piece and we are loving how it turned out! The exterior finish was completed in many layers using Millstone, Snow White, Dark Chocolate, a custom tinted grey poly, Van Dyke Brown Glaze effects and HPTC in Satin. For the desk and hutch interior we used Enduro Antique White Poly." - Twig & Thyme Design
"General Finishes Chapin Gray, Walnut Stain, HPTC Satin, wood graining tools and a planked shelf all came together to transform this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan." - Amini Design Ashburn    
"This beautiful burled walnut vintage chest was refinished in a custom toner to preserve and deepen the beautiful grain. It was created using General Finishes Black water based stain and HPTC, in a 1:4 ratio. The body was painted in GF Queenstown Gray Milk Paint." Mettle Modern Design                

"Red? Throw in a touch of Buffalo Check? This sofa table is flyyyy! Painted in General Finishes Brick Red, this spunky statement piece is PERFECT for any entryway. The sides have a splash of Fusion Mineral Paint Ash, & has been sealed with Fusion Beeswax. The top was given a coat of General Finishes New Pine Gel Stain, sealed with High Performance Gloss & a final wash of Beeswax." - Flipping Fabulous

Beautiful hand crafted farmhouse table by Edge Grain Wood Studio.   "Your products are top notch! For the legs, Lamp Black for base coat, 1 coat of Driftwood, distressed, sanded, then 3 coats High Performance Topcoat. Top and seat, 2 coats Weathered Gray Water Based stain. Sealed, stained with Black Water Based Stain, lightly distressed, 4 coats HPTC."    
"This piece has been in my entry foyer for years but it has gotten dinged up and chipped and I was tired of the dark color so I decided it was time for a change! I mixed a custom color using General Finishes Chalk Style Paints in equal parts of Bayberry Green and Empire Gray to create this soft farmhouse color. I also blended a little Bone White to add subtle highlights and some Dark Chocolate Milk Paint for the shaded areas. The top was done in a base of Empire Gray and a few washes of the...
Stunning vanity refinished in a 50/50 mix of GF Antique White and Snow White Milk Paint, Antique Walnut Gel Stain along with three coats of High Performance Topcoat by Jubilee Vintique.    
Loving the natural beauty! Belle Maison sanded it down to bare wood and sealed with GF High Performance Topcoat in satin.  
Fantastic kitchen cabinet transformation with General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint by Farm Fresh Vintage Finds.    
Incredible hand crafted banjo by Capital City Banjos finished with General Finishes Black Cherry Water Based Stain, Medium Brown Dye Stain and satin High Performance Topcoat.    
"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   2nd Place WINNER 2018 GF Design Challenge - Roll out the Burl-el category
"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    
"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.