High Performance

"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...
"A sidewalk sale find turned into a soft and inviting dresser! The top left a lot to be desired but I couldn’t pass up this gorgeous Art Deco waterfall dresser. I started by thoroughly cleaning the piece and sanding the top and drawers. That wood that I uncovered is seriously unbelievable. Using General Finishes Winter White Glaze Effects, I applied one coat, left for a couple minutes and then wiped off. The whitewashed look the glaze achieves is perfection. Three coats of GF High-...

Top sanded down and applied Ash Gray Gel Stain. And for the body, gorgeous Seagull Gray Milk Paint. The top also got several coats of High Performance Topcoat to help it’s durability.

"A Deilcraft dining table is such an amazing find! With the top a gorgeous walnut veneer and the skirt and legs ash, this table and it’s two leaf extensions exude mid century modern goodness. I started by sanding the top using my DEWALT 5” random orbit sander. I don’t mention nearly enough that I use the corded type but I should! Have constant power running to this tool helps with consistent results. I find it more powerful and I never need to worry about a battery running out. It’s...
"Another vintage secretary desk in the books! These pieces of furniture are one of my favorite styles, but also one of the most challenging and time consuming. You may see only one piece here, but we took it apart into 18 pieces and treated each as it’s own. By doing this, we ensure the finish it even and uniform throughout and are able to identify and fix every repair it needs. This one was painted using General Finishes Coastal Blue Poly & Seagull Gray Milk Paint, and then sealed in GF...
"Coffee table and end table done! Single piece of 30"x60"x2" piece of solid maple. Took some work to undo 35 years of age. I was also able to turn an offcut into a cutting board as a momento for the woman that donated the table. Some specs: - steel hairpin legs 16"H (coffee) and 20"H (end table), rated at 300lbs - General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain & HPTC (spray application) - Walrus Oil Cutting Board oil" - Goose Woodworking    
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"Sometimes pieces just speak for themselves. They don’t need anything flowery or fancy to make them exquisite. Literally stripped down and sealed in General Finishes. High Performance Topcoat satin. That’s it!" - Restoration Reserve    

The Drifting Buoy was a great success. What an interesting concept, converting a horse trailer into a mobile bar.

 

"Antique Walnut Gel Stain, High Performance Topcoat, and I used your Design Center to concoct a custom Milk Paint cocktail for the 2d wooden backsplash. We love your stuff."

 

Photo credit: Norma Jean Vintage Machine (https://www.instagram.com/normajeanvintagemachine/...

•SYBIL• This sweet girl was commissioned and designed by my dear friend and creator of my favorite wood butter product,...
I am in awe of how gorgeous this dresser turned out! It is marvelous how painting and staining a piece can give it new life and bring it back to the modern world. My client knew that she wanted to keep the top unpainted and we decided to stain the insides of the middle drawers to match the top and give it some contrast as well as accentuate the angles of the piece. She decided to go with the color Mink by...
"I’m just over here forever trying to neutralize the red/orange in Mahogany. Please don’t come for me lovers of warm wood tones. Anyway, I think I found my go-to for doing just that without going too dark or loosing the grain. My new secret weapon- General Finishes water based dye stain in Pewter.   To all my furniture refinishing friends, I’ll share my process if you want to give this look a whirl. Completely stripped inside and out with Jasco and lacquer thinner. Sanded with my orbital...
Absolute stunner in General Finishes Millstone, Linen & Basil Milk Paint as well as Burnished Pearl Effects.     
Farm house style dining room table, solid oak.The top was sanded down to the bare wood and stained in General Finishes Ash Gray then given a few generous coats of High Performance Topcoat. The base was painted in GF’s Seagull Gray a very subtle pale gray, almost white in appearance.
"Whew... this might have been my longest running project to date .Lori asked me to refresh her secretariat and honestly, from the picture, it didn't look in too bad of shape but if you zoom in you can see all the crackle texture on the finish that all had to be stripped off with chemicals and then sanded down. The outside was stained in a mix of General Finishes Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains and sealed in Arm-R-Seal. The inside was painted in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and...
Refinishing mahogany door. This door was sanded and stained with strong black RTM from General Finishes - this is as black as it gets! Sealed with satin sprayed High Performance varnish. I loved this project because by using a stain instead of paint, you can still see the grain of the wood through the solid, strong black stain, great choice!
"It went from a dark stain to natural wood. I stripped the old finish off and then sealed it with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat. My client wanted to lighten up her space and I think stripping her table to natural wood was the right choice!" - Flipping Unbelievable    
"Painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue, which is a deep, rich, navy blue. Can’t wait to do more of this color! Sealed with their High Performance Topcoat. Knobs sprayed with Krylon Spray Paint “Gold Leaf”. Best gold spray I have used!" - Revived Creations by Autumn    
"This table was a HUGE undertaking. Not only is it super heavy to move around but it is ginormous!! After a full day of sanding we painted the base in Mélange Artisan Mineral Paints Jett Black and sealed it in General Finishes High Performance Topcoat.The top was a bit tricker having to custom match the stain on the existing chairs and bench they bought off line. It took several attempts and several combinations but I think we nailed it with a mix of General Finishes Carbon Gray, Antique Walnut...