Java

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

"We painted this table in our favorite black paint, General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. The top and drawer front was stained with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. We lightly distressed the entire piece and sealed it with General Finishes Flat Out Flat to give it a wonderful finish with just a slight sheen. Perfect for this piece." - Fine Flipping    

"This dresser is painted in General Finishes Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint with their satin top coat and a Java Gel stained top. This has the pulls we love, but our most favorite part of this beauty is that cherry colored show through. Make sure you check out those lined drawers." - NB.Restorations

"Just finished and up for sale is this beautiful up-cycled rolling cart. This piece has 2 sliding drawers, a shelf for storage, 3 steel pipe hooks (hang your towels etc on), a new planked top, and sits on four casters. This has been refinished in General Finishes Java Gel Stain, sealed with their HP topcoat, and painted in their Antique White Milk Paint."    
"This gal was saved and refinished with General Finishes Java Gel and Snow White Milk Paint with a Flat Out Flat top coat!" - Ever After Unique Home Decor and Furnishings    
"This all wood cabinet has been updated with the ever so popular label pulls! When I saw these doors I knew I had to highlight all the gorgeous details. The top has been stained in General Finishes Java and the body painted in a distressed Antique White. Bronze label pulls complete this transformation!" - Nap Time Creations  

"We used Java Gel Stain and a matte finish to create this beautiful driftwood appearance. The white paint has a teal saltwash beneath exposing the teal as if left in the coastal salt air. The Java Gel Stain was the perfect choice to compliment this coastal piece. So easy to work with and never disappoints." - KT Lyons Design

"Finished up this stunning French Provincial table with a leaf and 6 chairs this week. This set turned out so gorgeous and of course, is one of my favorite styles! We refinished it using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint for the classic Farmhouse look. The whole set was finished with GF Enduro Professional Clear Poly giving it the best protection!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration

"This desk was refinished with GF's Brick Red Milk Paint, stained with GF's Java Gel Stain. Then GF's High Performance Topcoat in Satin! I love the statement of this subtlety bold red makes!" - Robin's Nest Renewal

"This console table has been completely transformed! The top was stained using a blend of General Finishes Java and Gray Gel Stain, while the bottom was painted in Driftwood(Milk Paint) and then dry brushed using Winter White and brown glaze to create this beautiful finish." - Nap Time Creations    
Absolutely loving this MCM dresser in GF Gel Stain and a custom color mix of Patina Green, Halcyon Blue & Costal Blue by Painted Pieces!   Check out General Finishes YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/GeneralFinishes for tutorial videos.    

Check out these two farmhouse bar stools - Simply Inspired by Mil completed these with Java Gel Stain with grain sack strips.

"This Sliding Door Media Console has been hand built with quality rustic alder wood throughout the entire piece (base, top, and doors). The top and doors have been stained with Java Gel Stain and the body is painted in Seagull Gray Milk Paint all by General Finishes. Of course, it also has multiple topcoats for protection! The natural wood features show beautifully on the stained wood as well as the painted wood." - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC

This pedestal-style table was refinished by VintagelessJules who restained with General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain.

We love this antique waterfall dresser refinished by NB.Restorations. Completed with Coastal Blue Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain - what a combo!

"This poor old desk needed a lot of tender, loving care to get her back to beautiful again!! Painted in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint and stained with Java Gel. The top has a little hint of brown with GF Van Dyke Brown Glaze. Sealed with HPTC in Satin." - Designs by Willow Farms    

Loving this Antique White & Java combo by A Painted Peace

"This Basset triple dresser is graciously painted in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and finished off with their Java Gel Stain on the top." - A Painted Peace

"Early 20th Century oak commode restored to perfection using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Wipe-On Poly in Satin finish." - Vintage Amour