Java

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.   I will say I came away from...

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. 

"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

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...

"Another black and wood beauty! I absolutely love this color trend and think it suits this buffet perfectly! I had so much fun playing around with the design when deciding which parts to paint and where to show off the wood grain. I think the end result looks super sophisticated and classy. The body is hand painted in General Finishes Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint and sealed with Annie Sloan black wax. The top was stripped down to raw wood then stained in a mix of Antique Walnut and Java Gel...
"What a lovely little library table with only one problem... However do you decide where to use her? She longs to catch your keys and daily mail upon your entryway. She dreams of being an accent to a powder room, where baskets of beauty products can grace her table top. She is totally willing to be your coffee bar with plenty of space for a mug tree and Keurig. Need a little desk?... A vanity with a mirror featured above?... She is anxiously awaiting a home. This solid oak piece was...
"This AMAZING mid-century solid wood antique end table set is ready for a new home! The body has been hand painted using a custom mix of General Finishes Midnight Blue Chalk Style Paint and Patina Green Milk Paint. It is sealed with Annie Sloan clear and dark wax for shading and has silver leaf gilding wax to showcase the beautiful trim details. The top was stripped, sanded, and stained in GF Java Gel Stain and sealed with their Gel Topcoat for a durable satin finish. Mersman furniture pieces...
"Another custom order in the books! This beautiful piece is painted in General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint and glazed with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. The top is also stained using Java Gel Stain by General Finishes." - Belle Maison    
"Simple and clean does the job more often than not. Love it. General Finishes Prairie Wheat and Java Gel Stain." - AGwoodcrafts    
"We love a classic white farmhouse look but sometimes we feel the need to veer away from our signature look and shake things up a little. This was one of those times. General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Java Gel were the perfect combination for this little table." - Fine Flipping        
Cabinet all decked out for the holidays in GF Queenstown Gray Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain by Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC.    
"This beast of a chest turned out perfect! The structure and veneer of this piece was in excellent condition. We just had to refinish it. We sanded it down to bare wood and stained it using General Finishes Java Gel Stain! It’s protected with Enduro clear poly in satin. It has the perfect amount of shine, and did I mention it’s Lexington Furniture!!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration    
"Mid century pieces just make my heart swoon! Crisp, clean and modern with a nice contrast between bright white and dark wood. General Finishes Snow White and Java Gel Stain make for a gorgeous combination. Vintage brass hardware, original to the piece, was polished back to it's former glory." - Boxwood & Brass        
6 legged beauty in GF Driftwood Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain by Nap Time Creations.    
Lovely dresser in a custom mix of GF Snow White and Antique White Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain by VintagelessJules.    

Side by Side comparison of GF Gray, Black, Antique Walnut, Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stains.

"Looking to add some elegance to your decor? This Jacobean buffet is the perfect piece. Hand painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paints in Driftwood and Queenstown Gray. The top was stained in General Finishes Java Gel. Curvy details applied with Modern Masters metallic silver. The entire piece coated with protection to last years to come." - Keri Traditional Designs    

Stunning dresser makeover with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain by Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.

"What do you think - because I LOVE this piece! This amazing console cabinet is definitely easy on the eyes and has SO much storage. Some maybe find this color combo simple but I think it’s one of my favorites - classic, clean, and handsome! The base and inside of the super roomy cabinets are painted in a custom gray mix of General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Driftwood Milk Paint and I stripped and re-stained the top using Java Gel stain. All sealed and protected - but of course. The hardware...
"I know I say I’m in love with all the pieces we finish, but I am so in LOVE with this piece! The wood sanded down so beautifully!! We used General Finishes Java Gel Stain on the frame and Persian Blue Milk Paint on the inside of the cabinet. Absolutely gorgeous!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration  
"This desk is painted General Finishes Antique White with Van Dyke Brown glaze and a mixture of Java and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain on top. Sealed with GF Flat! My favorite! Makes the finish perfect!" - Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations    
"I mean seriously!!! How cool is this card catalog/apothecary cabinet??? We completely stripped and refinished this special piece that belonged to our clients grandfather. General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Arm R Seal gave it the perfect worn hand-rubbed finish that suits this piece so perfectly! Before you couldn’t even see the wood gain under the dirt, grim, and old finish now it’s the star of the show!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    

1 coat Java Gel Stain, dry brushed

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1 coat Java Gel Stain applied over 1 coat Yellow Dye Stain, sealed with High Performance Topcoat satin

Apply additional coats if darker color is desired.

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hrs
  • Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hrs

1 coat Java Gel Stain over 1 coat Amber Dye Stain, sealed with High Performace Topcoat, satin

Apply additional coats to acheive desired color. 

When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:

  • Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hrs
  • Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hrs
"This antique 1940's era solid wood Duncan Phyfe style dresser has been hand painted in a beautiful aqua color for a bright, fun new look. The custom color was created using blended layers of General Finishes Chalk Style Paints in Key West Blue, Bone White, and Summertime Blue to accent the beautiful bow front shape. It is lightly distressed on the edges and sealed with Annie Sloan white wax, clear wax, and black wax for shading. The elegant carvings on the sides are highlighted using silver...
"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...
"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    
"Vintage nightstands are not easy pieces to locate for me. Vintage vanities, however, are never in short supply! So when I find myself in need of a pair of nightstands, I often go searching for a vanity with the intention to to split it apart and make my own set of custom nightstands! These were upcycled from a vintage waterfall style vanity and refinished with General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.    
"This sweet little farmhouse chest was hand painted in General Finishes Antique White. The top of the chest and the bottom 2 drawers are stained in Java Gel. The whole chest is completely sealed for extra protection. Perfect for an entry way or even a coffee bar." - Vintage Actually Decor    
"French Provincial Furniture always has such a classy high end, yet relaxed look to it. With its carved and curved feet and all the delicate details it has such a luxurious style. This French Provincial dresser was painted in layers of General Finishes Milk Paints in Lamp Black, Antique White and Linen. A mixture of Burnt Umber Glaze and Van Dyke Brown Glaze have been added to make the details pop. The top has been stained with GF Java Gel and Antique Walnut Gel Stains and sealed with a Gel top...
"This stunning solid maple buffet was stained in layers of General Finishes Antique Walnut, Black, and Java Gel Stains to achieve this beautiful top. The bottom was then hand painted in Linen with a heavy color wash of Persian Blue then gently distressed. New gorgeous hardware from D. Lawless Hardware complete this amazing transformation!" - Nap Time Creations    
"I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous 1930's China Cabinet!!! Perfectly refinished with a General Finishes worn black gloss finish, Java stained interior, and striking original antique bass hardware. Classic and timeless, with a modern twist makes this a must have!!!" - ReFind Design by Coco Clare   Find your favorite GF products in the U.S. at Woodcraft, Rockler, Klingspor, Amazon, or, in Canada, at Wood Essence and Lee Valley. You can also purchase GF products from any of the 31...

"Stunning French Provincial Hammary Side Tables. Beautifully Hand Painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray/Snow White Mix and Java Gel Stained Drawer faces . Carvings were glazed in black and dry brushed in white to add a unique look and feel. Completely sealed in High Performance Top Coat." - Vintage Actually Decor

Check out this amazing church pew transformation by Jenni at Roots & Wings Furniture LLC with GF Java Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat in Flat. Learn more about this project by going to Jenni's blog at http://www.rootsandwingsfurniture.com/blog/churchpew.

"My, oh my! This gorgeous Empire Dresser got a major makeover! The body and drawers have been painted in GF Linen Milk Paint and the top was sanded and stained with GF Java Gel Stain. I love the combination of these two colors." - Forgotten Treasures

"We were thrilled to have the opportunity to refinish such a fine piece of furniture for a brand new baby! I love taking something so old and making it look brand new. This client-owned piece was refinished using General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain with accents in a soft pink and silver hardware. Such a sweet set for a baby girl!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration

Absolutely stunning table refinished with GF Java Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat by ReFind Design by Coco Clare.    
"Blues will forever be some of my favorite colors. I love this shade I created with a mix of General Finishes Coastal Blue, Snow White, Lamp Black and Klein Blue Milk Paints. A great color for this vintage table that really needed a makeover. I used Gel Stain in the color Java for the table top and sealed it with High Performance Top Coat in Semi-Gloss sheen." - Gravity Hill Furnishings    
Darling table in GF Linen Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain by Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.   Eight Hundred Furniture is a GF retailer. You can shop for General Finishes products in Eight Hundred Furniture's antique booth on the second floor of Morgantown Market located at 2940 Main Street Morgantown, PA.    
"We gave this piece a two-tone finish using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint. It has been lightly distressed and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a matte finish. We completed the piece by adding new hardware and lining the 3 drawers with a durable coordinating fabric." - Fine Flipping    
"My regal gentleman is done. He was a true labor of love. He needed a ton of TLC before he could get his new coat of paint and stain. He is painted in Driftwood. The entire piece was sanded down to bare wood and stained in Antique Walnut. He was sealed in HPTC in satin. I can't say enough how wonderful it is to use." - Vintage Jewel    
Stunning credenza in GF Java Gel Stain by Naila's Nook!    
Java Gel

Painted orange builder grade oak bathroom cabinets with Java Gel thin layers with foam brush. Applied there coats of Java Gel followed by two coats of polyurethane. We did not use remove excess using rag method instead we used dry foam brush to smoothen the surface and spread any excess. As we applied very thin layer, we did not leave much excess gel stain on the surface to smoothen. It really takes 3 coats to have solid finish. The cabinets looked ugly after first and second coat - highly...

"Love, love, love this chair and table!!! Prep work is key to any piece we work on! This chair may have only taken me an hour to stain but sanding it took us over 7 hours!!! Both the table and chair were stained in General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The legs of the tables were painted a custom mix of Seagull Gray and Driftwood. Sealed all over in HPTC in Satin." - Designs by Willow Farms    

"This coffee table is part of a custom painting project that just so happened to match up with the products that I won from the General Finishes in the Painted Furniture Before & After Facebook group earlier in the year. I used Lamp Black Milk Paint and HPTC in Flat for the base. Java Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal were applied to the top. Cooper highlights were applied using a paste wax. All hardware replaced with new hardware from D. Lawless Hardware." - Rhona Dalton of This Life Goes On

Stunning one of a kind cabinet in metallics and framed with General Finishes Java Gel Stain.   "Loving how this cabinet turned out. Goodbye 1970's blonde oak, hello modern and metallic! Gold, rose gold, copper, silver, pewter, and metallic blue pop make the doors pop and give new life to this modern masterpiece." - Urban Farmhouse No5    

Happy St. Patricks Day! Today we are going to celebrating by featuring some of our favorite furniture pieces painted in green.

"Anybody have spring on the mind? We sure do! So we chose the perfect spring color for this credenza. We went with Emerald Milk Paint with a Java Gel Stain top." - Belle Maison