"Some customs come through these shop doors and I just wonder how did I get lucky enough to work with this? Donna's chair is one special piece, loaded with history...full of stories...truly unique.
We stripped some old paint away, filled some holes, reinforced some joints, and glazed the details with General Finishes Java Gel Stain...now WOW, there she is again!" - Coat of Charms
"Totally craving a latte and some dark chocolate when i look at this combo of General Finishes Linen Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain! This big triple dresser got a desperately needed fresh look with new modern hardware.
I told my client at first that I was hesitant to refinish the veneer top because of some damage to it, but I’m so glad she asked me twice! I got over my fear of sanding veneer for fear of burning through it down to the MDF and it did NOT disappoint! So glad i did it! Look at...
"This buffet is just so fun! The top had some pretty severe veneer damage from water so we did some patching and puttying and sanded the whole piece down. Painted it a custom mix of General Finishes Westminster Green, China Blue, Emerald Green and Lamp Black, distressed it and sealed it in Dixie Belle Paint Company clear coat. The top decorative piece and top drawer were stained in GF Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains and sealed in Arm-R-Seal." - Upcycling by Amy
"This cabinet was scored at a garage sale and it is STURDY!! After a good sanding the base was primed and painted in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and distressed . The top was sanded down to bare wood and stained in a combo of GF Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains and sealed in Arm-R-Seal. As the final touch I cleaned and painted the existing hardware matte black and sealed it in a matte top coat." - Upcycling by Amy
"We refinished this with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint." - Painted Pieces
"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
"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
"This desk turned out so good! I wasn’t so sure about it at first. My husband found it and I didn’t see a picture of it before he brought it home, but he did good! It’s also a Henredon so bonus points there! This desk is completely solid wood, dovetailed drawers and brass hardware. It’s been fully restored with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and the legs are stained in Java Gel Stain." - Designs by Willow Farms
"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
"This vintage oak side table received a fresh new update and is ready for a new home. The top has been sanded down and stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain and painted in Queenstown Gray Milk Paint." - Designs by Willow Farms
Sugar Pine bottle openers: Black, Java & Gray Gel Stain
"Here we go again with a fabulous color and I have to thank General Finishes for creating Tuscan Red...I'm using my supply up pretty quickly and I think it’s time to place another order!❤️ The buffet top and doors were first sanded down. I did the same to the single door cabinet panels and the drawer face. I then created a custom grain stain with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal. The remainder of the pieces were painted in the Tuscan Red. I updated the pulls with wood pumpkin...
"These little oak dressers are one of my favorites to renew! The body was painted in General Finishes Lamp Black while the top and drawers were stained in a custom blend of Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains, the two pair perfectly together! New modern farmhouse iron hardware and ticking stripe drawer liners complete this transformation and have given this beauty a second life!"
"This one needed some love so we gave it a really good sanding and cleaning. The outside was primed and painted in The Chippy Barn Magnolia paint and sealed. The drawers were stained in General Finishes Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains and also sealed. I even sealed the insides of the drawers with Wise Owl Paint furniture salve!!"
"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
"After a good sanding, they were primed and painted in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and the top is stained in a custom mix of Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains." - Upcycling by Amy
"And General Finishes Coastal Blue with GF Java Gel Stain for the win to bring these faded rattan patio chairs back to life!"
"Love this custom color of half General Finishes Harvest Yellow and Antique White Milk Paint on this commission antique vanity. Top refinished in Antique Walnut Gel Stain and then a coat of Java to get just the right color. All sealed with GF Flat Out Flat to keep that antique look.
This was my customer, Julie’s design with the little antique white detailed accents. Turned out so sweet ...but the yellow is a little washed out in daylight photos...so much richer in person."
Great classic look in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain
"Perfectly, yet plainly elegant mid century Lane cedar chest, which would also be an amazing pop of color as a bench. This beauty was painted in General Finishes Gulf Steam Blue, complemented by Java Gel stained top and legs (and it has a key!)" - Just a Touch of Paint
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"I've had this desk lingering around in my storage area for over a year! It was finally the right time to let this retired library desk shine ✨!! Sanded down and painted in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and the top was stained in a custom mix of Antique Walnut and Java Gel Stains and sealed!! Such simple, clean lines and so timeless!!" - Upcycling by Amy
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"Remember this silver painted buffet we showed you a few weeks ago…well, we restyled and refreshed the buffet into a classic look using General Finishes Linen Milk Paint and General Finishes Java Gel Stain. SOLD within 2 hours of posting on-line!!" - The Shabby Chicas
"Most of you know my tastes tend to lean more modern with straight lines. However, I have so much respect for curvy furniture because I know how hard it is to make. These curvy gals are stunning Drexel pieces from the 1960s. They are in phenomenal shape, so well made and with their modern update I hope they will be loved for a long time. Hope you're having a great day. ❤️" - Boxwood & Brass
General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint & Java Gel Stain
"I think this one goes down in the books for epic before/after. I ended up popping off the drawer fronts and was left with THE most fabulous old wood. I bought site unseen and almost dragged it to the curb when I brought it home :/ GF Gel Stain rub down :) ✔ THAT off the list!"
This look was achieved with General Finishes Candlelite and Java Gel Stains and Pitch Black Glaze Effects to give a deeper black tone to top and sides.
"Very unique, solid and well built Kroehler mid century dresser or buffet. One of a kind wood petal accents surrounding brass knobs are unusual and so cool! Solid brass swing handles are the bling on General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint top drawers, as well as the frame, with Java Gel stained bottom drawers."
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"Antique 4 Drawer Dresser. This beauty is solid tiger oak and is beautiful inside and out - hard to believe its from the 1930's. Has been refinished in General Finishes Lamp Black and Java Gel Stain. The whole piece has been sealed with a satin poly with original hardware painted in antique copper."
"Look at that wood grain! I know that stripping and sanding a piece does take that extra time, but I absolutely love a stained top. This is General Finishes Java Gel Stain, my go to stain. This is one coat, I might add another coat, but I know once I put the satin topcoat on then it will get richer."
"This is one of those pieces that reminds me I really ❤️ what I do. This dresser was a gift from my clients grandfather when she was a young girl. And while it was pretty beaten up she just couldn’t stand to part with it. So she asked me if there was anything that could be done to bring this sentimental piece back to life and I was up for the challenge!
After several repairs I started by sanding down the pine top and staining it with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The body of the...
"This adorable secretary was picked from my inventory to be renewed and I am so glad my client picked one of my favorite colors!
I started by staining the bottom a few shades darker using General Finishes Java Gel Stain while the top was painted with Persian Blue on the outside and Antique White on the inside. New catalog pulls and drawer liners that depict french address labels are the prefect final touches on this transformation!"
"They call this color “Perfect Gray” for a reason! This 6 drawer dresser has been refinished using General Finishes Perfect Gray and Java Gel Stain on the top."
"This solid oak antique dresser is sure to make a statement in any home! Painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue with the top and two top drawers stained in Java (Gel Stain). New brushed brass hardware are the perfect compliment to this beautiful deep rich navy. Floral fabric lines all four of the easy gliding spacious drawers."
A classic combo on GF Snow White Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain on this MCM dresser
This Victorian Style Oak Buffet has been completely refinished using Lamp Black and Dark Chocolate with a custom antique flat finish. The Java top and accents give it the perfect finishing touch.
"I have had a lot of requests for matching nightstands lately. They can be hard to come by but I got lucky finding this oversized set and they turned out beautifully!
The tops were striped down to bare wood and stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal for maximum protection. The bottom was then painted in layers starting with Alabaster, followed by a color wash of Driftwood and a dry brushing of brown glaze. Once I sanded down and blended all three colors I...
"Check out this beautiful Vintage Dixie Set. Aren’t these dressers gorgeous in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Artissimo and General Finishes Java?" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare
"Pine coffee table sanded back to raw wood and re-stained with our General Finishes Java Gel. Such a beautiful rich stain colour!!!"
Classic beauty in General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Snow White Milk Paint by Boxwood & Brass.
"It has a gorgeous solid oak top stained with a blend of General Finishes Java and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. The chairs and base of the table are painted Antique White and distressed to bring out all the detail." - The Savvy Songbird
"Another before and after for the dresser I restyled. The top had seen better days and did have a few water marks and knicks in the finish. Here it is, looking fab, sanded down and stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain. :)" - Upcycling by Amy
These cabinets were custom built to satisfy a unique need for our clients! They had a limited space, wanted to maximize their storage options, enjoyed clean, modern lines & needed a place to house their wine bar! These were custom designed & finished with Java Gel Stain for a gorgeous finish!
"This beauty has been done in one of General Finishes new Milk Paint color called Empire Gray and glazed over with white to give a soft look. The top has been stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain then sanded down to give that rustic wood look. Sealed for protection!" - PNW Beautiful Finishes
"Coffee anyone? Coffee table that is ☕! Painted in General Finishes Linen Milk Paint and the top stained in Antique Walnut with a second coat of Java. Same with the knobs as well and sealed in a flat top coat." - Upcycling by Amy
"This antique pew is absolutely breathtaking! Refinished using General Finishes Java Gel Stain with a High Performance Flat Finish; the perfect finish for this character filled piece. Talk about the perfect entryway bench!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare
"This antique chest of drawers was once built-into an old home. It was salvaged from the home, but unfortunately, was missing proper sides and had no top other than a piece of plywood. Not to mention the finish was old, worn, and rough. It came to us in hopes to give it a fresh new life. With a new white oak quarter sawn top and sides we were ready to refinish this amazing piece. We used General Finishes Java Gel Stain and a High Performance Satin Finish. Wow, now she’s just a show-stopper...
These simple pieces are the best to get because with a little help from some great products, the possiblities are endless! This pieces starts out boring, but after some TLC she shines! I sanded the frame of this piece, filled any imperfections, primed, sprayed with GF Black Enduro in satin and sealed with Clear Enduro in flat. The drawers and legs were completely sanded bare. Then I applied GF Wood Conditioner, GF Nutmeg gel stain, waited 24 hours and taped off the diamond design with...
Gorgeous chair makeover with General Finishes Java and Antique Walnut Gel Stain by Sewphisticated Upholstery.
"I'm excited to share the photos of the recent transformation this channel back underwent during my 3-day upholstery workshop in Lodi, CA. Lots of little details were added after the workshop and I'm loving the end result. I used Barrow Industries Freya and Flatbread fabrics that make this everyday channel back truly a one-of-a-kind piece.
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These were such a fun project! We originally bought the pair, but only one had the faux apothecary card catalog look. So we took a router to the other dresser drawers to create the same look! Can you tell which one?? Each dresser opens up to either 3 or 4 drawers with the stunning new label pulls. Painted in a rich cream with fresh wood tops! These dressers are ones that I just couldn't part with.
**GF Chalk Style Paint has been discontinued. To replicate Bone White mix 3:1 Antique...
"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