Light Brown

"What a crazy adventure this was ! Initially, we were contracted to only paint the white & paint the brown railings black. Once the brown upholstered carpet was removed, we discovered that the stairs were painted and the risers were covered in adhesive. Being the curios type I am, I uncovered the bottom tread, partial riser & partial post and it was revealed that there is some gorgeous wood under all of that! I really pushed to stain the risers and treads. Initially they were...
"This was a totally custom 10 foot long entertainment cabinet that we made! All solid maple hardwood finished with a General Finishes Light Brown Dye Stain and Enduro-Var topcoat featuring all soft close drawers/cabinets and tons of storage!" - Rustic Valley Woodworking    

"Melange Paints ONE Paints in Vagabond Blue, General Finishes Dye Stain in a 3:1 mix of Light to Medium Brown, Arm-R-Seal Semi-Gloss, & Mercantile Board and Boot to give the paint a lovely sheen that matches the wood."

The beautiful Tiger Oak top was stained in Light Brown Dye Stain from General Finishes. Primed and painted in benjamin moore salamander. 

"When I found these high back dining chairs with perfectly intact cane, I knew I had to have them! I loved how chic they were and knew they were destined to be black! The seats had seen better days, so I tried my hand at reupholstering and I am quite proud of how they turned out! I just love the new coordinating herringbone fabric! They would look fabulous in a modern home! Paint: General Finishes Lamp Black Fabric: JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores Artwork: Danbury ReStore" - sincerely_katiek...

Custom Dye Stain Combos

These are my go-to stain colors (General Finishes Water-Based Dye).

"I’m so in love with this timeless Webster Groves staircase! Such a classic beauty. The railings & posts were never clear coated from the previous contractor so they were really dull and faded. The treads were failing big time and I suspect the proper floor rated clear coat was not used to protect them.   We completely refinished all the oaks treads, cleaned the railings and posts and I dyed everything with a custom blend of General Finishes Dye Stains using Light Brown, Medium...
"Restored/Redesigned/Refinished Antique Counter. This 100+ year old counter piece was fully stripped down and received a fresh start.A full refinish of it's base. Addition of fabricated iron legs. Custom built top and back. Entire piece finished in a multi layered aged stain finish.(General Finishes Amber and Light Brown Dye Stain) Top sealed with 5 coats of matte polyacrylic. Reclaimed wood shelves cut and added. Original hardware was left in original finish and cleaned and oiled with vintage...
"Solid Walnut Mid Century Modern Tiered Accent Table. Refinished with General Finishes Light Brown Dye Stain and Arm-R-Seal Semigloss." - Flipping Fabulous   Learn more about GF water based Dye Stain in this video:
"This is a Kent Coffey Beaumont triple dresser / buffet that is in excellent condition! Constructed of solid wood all the way through, it is painted in General Finishes Lamp Black, sealed with GF's Enduro Clear. I used General Finishes Light Brown Dye Stain on the top, then a mix of Fusion Mineral Paint Cappuccino and Ebony Stain and Finishing Oil."     
"This Antique French Buffet is nothing short of spectacular! Restored using a custom mix of General Finishes Light Brown Dye Stain and High Performance Satin Finish." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare   Learn more about General Finishes Dye Stain in this video:

"This amazing dresser has gotten quite the transformation! The stunning book-matched top has been stain in General Finishes Light Brown Dye stain to emphasize the amazing grain. The body has been hand painted in General Finishes Linen and Antique White milk paint with an antique glaze finish. Original hardware are the perfect compliment to this beautifully aged piece." 

We were able to customize this beautiful Antique Hepplewhite Buffet. Refinished using General Finishes Light Brown Dye Stain and Lamp Black Milk paint to create a blackish antique finish."

"This custom created buffet is the epitome of Rustic Elegance. Done up completely with the GF Light Brown water based dye stain on pine. The doors are maple and were done with the Brown Mahogany Gel Stain painted on. The top has been clad in solid copper that has been brought to a beautiful patina of browns and turquoises." 

Light Brown Dye Stain with High Performance Topcoat

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. 


"Bittersweet sending this table back home with its family. This is the work I love to do! Refinishing, restoration, restyling, and with a little modification! I have to thank my clients for putting all of their faith into my work and allowing me to make executive decisions where deemed necessary. It’s the greatest feeling when your client exudes all confidence in your craftsmanship and truly respects your opinion and advice. Though I’m always nervous when I return belongings to my clients, I...
"This is an incredible antique buffet! Made in Chicago by Orlbrich and Goldbeck in the late 1800’s, this quarter sawn oak Victorian Buffet has been completely refinished using General Finishes products. The top was dyed in Light Brown (Dye Stain) giving it a rich English Chestnut color and paired with a worn Queenstown Gray finish. New D. Lawless Hardware and black and white floral details give this traditional yet modern makeover a special touch." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    

Incredible 1880's Victorian Buffet refinish by ReFind Design by Coco Clare!

"Made in Chicago by Orlbrich and Goldbeck in the late 1800's, this quarter sawn oak Victorian Buffet has been completely refinished using General Finishes products. The top was dyed in Light Brown [Dye Stain] giving it a rich English Chestnut color and paired with a worn Queenstown Gray [Milk Paint] finish. New D. Lawless Hardware and black and white floral details give this traditional yet modern makeover a...

Body of desk was painted in a Peppery Gray and pewter metallic paint added to carved accents. Desk top and drawer fronts were stripped down to the bare wood and 2 coats of the GF Light Brown water based DYE Stain applied. A gold metallic stencil was added to top before sealing. Origianl knobs were cleaned and painted in a gold metallic to match the stencil on desk top.

Winner - Runner Up in Dye Stain Category of 2017 GF Design Challenge

 This table was revamped with General Finishes Light Brown Water Based Dye Stain and Key West Blue Chalk Style Paint. 


**General Finishes Chalk Style Paint has been discontinued. Replace with Key West Blue Milk Paint.

"I applied two coats of GF Dye Stain in Light Brown to clear white pine boards, then used a sponge brush to lay down two coats of GF Java Gel Stain. After the stain dried, I used a clean cloth dipped in denatured alcohol to pull away some of the darker areas to reveal the amber-brown tones created by the Dye Stain. Instead of using a traditional topcoat I rubbed in a coat of beeswax. I love your products and we love our new beam." - Mary Schiff

Joel from Made In Farmington achieves gorgeous finishes using GF Products. To learn more about Joel's process, read on! "Made In Farmington specializes in fine studio equipment racks for the music recording industry. We offer a full color selection of GF dye stains on multiple wood species. All furniture begins with rough cut lumber - plate joined and finger joined - and finally sprayed with GF dye stain and sealed with GF Enduro Water Based Semi-Gloss Lacquer. I started out ragging on the...

Mary Schiff says, "It's been a while since I posted anything. Because of the cold weather and my unheated shop, I haven't been able to spray anything. I don't mind painting by hand, but topcoats are just not as smooth on large pieces. So, saying that, here is a bookcase I have been working on. The paint still needs a sealer but it will have to wait a bit longer. I love your products, GF! General Finishes Lamp Black milk paint was used on the box with Valspar 'Courtyard' for the green shade....

Mary Schiff refinished this cute recycling center with a custom mix of our Snow White Milk Paint and Valspar. The maple top was stained with GF Light Brown Dye Stain, then the cabinet was sprayed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin. Mary says, "I love the soft sheen, knowing that the finish will stand up to heavy usage."