"This beautiful piece went home today, and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out. It was a family heirloom; I’m so grateful for the opportunity to give it a new look. I stripped the veneer from the top and stained it with General Finishes “Nutmeg” Gel Stain with a number of layers of High Performance Topcoat in semi gloss for a nice shine! The body was painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in “Driftwood” and “Lamp Black” for the perfect dark gray. The glass knobs...

"When I started on this 102 year old Empire dresser I would never have guessed it would end up like this! This gorgeous ribbon veneer was hidden from the world under a deep opaque cherry stain for far too long.   My client had a preferred color but also understood that wood furniture can have a mind (and color) of its own, and old finishes can penetrate so deep that sometimes you aren’t left with a lot of options. I am pleased to report that my hours of stripping and sanding paid off and...

"This gal was a GF project from start to finish. I used the Medium Brown Dye, the Nutmeg Gel Stain, Lamp Black Milk Paint and finished off with the Arm R Seal. I even purchased the hardware from D. Lawless Hardware with the gift card I received from GF in my prize package. Thank you all at General Finishes for the stellar products you make for us." - Designs by Dee

1 coat Nutmeg Gel Stain, dry brushed.  

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2 coats of Nutmeg Gel Stain, dry brushed, sealed with High Performance Satin

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Shown: 1 coat Nutmeg over 1 coat Amber, sealed with High Performance Topcoat, satin

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"This family heirloom is finished in General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal for a super durable finish that will last another 100 years." - Wood Junkies    

"This custom transformation included the addition of a drop-down door/work surface for mixing up and serving cocktails. General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint are the striking combo so well suited for updating this sleek furniture style." - That FlippinFurniture Girl

"I am so excited with how this piece turned out! It needed some serious love when I found it, but now It's totally rocking the mid century vibe with this gorgeous new look! To achieve this look, I used General Finishes Enduro White Poly for the body and Nutmeg Gel Stain on the drawers and legs. The original hardware was updated with gold metallic spray paint. This was my first time working with the Enduro Poly and I absolutely love it and can't wait to use it again soon!" - FarmHouse Creations...
"This beautiful girl is 100% GF products! Linen Milk Paint and a custom blend of gel stains... Black, Nutmeg and Antique Walnut. And of course HPTC in Satin to protect her new finish. Why not just use Java for a deep rich color? Because these older veneers love to pull red and that’s not the look I designed for my client. 
  "The drawers, doors and top were sanded bare prior to staining. A quick wipe of mineral spirits was also done to help my gel stain glide on more evenly. (I learned...

"This is a General Finishes custom mix of Nutmeg and Antique Walnut Gel Stain finished with their mega durable Arm-R-Seal Polyurethane. Knotty Pine never looked so good!" - Wood Junkies

"We refinished this beautiful but well loved table using General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint with Van Dykes Glaze plus completed their new Burress Amish chairs to match." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    

Loving this table set by Jackie Prosser! This commissioned piece was refinished with Nutmeg Gel Stain, Lamp Black Milk Paint, and sealed with Arm-R-Seal in Satin.

"This restyled 1950's dresser was given a stunning new modern look with Lamp Black Milk Paint and Nutmeg Gel Stain. The drawers were given varying shades of light and dark stain to create a varying tone pattern... so sophisticated!" - Jubilance    

"This desk went from bruised and beat up to bold and beautiful!... Wanted to go bold with the color and decided on General Finishes Persimmon to do just that. The desk was tastefully accented with General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze, which seamlessly marries the modern color with the vintage origin of the piece. The top was sanded down to bare wood, stained with a custom mix of General Finishes Java and Nutmeg gel stains, and sealed with hemp oil to bring out the beautiful wood grain." -...

"This adorable vintage rocking chair went home earlier today! Refinished in layers of Nutmeg, Antique Walnut, and Black GF Gel Stains, this chair has an incredible rustic vibe now. The seat was re-upholstered in a designer navy blue fabric with a vintage feel." - VintagelessJules

Nutmeg Gel Stained round side table.

"Hello beautiful wood grain! This gorgeous vintage cedar chest was refreshed with a custom mix of General Finishes Antique Walnut and Nutmeg Gel Stains. The whole piece was top coated with hemp oil." - VintagelessJules    
Lovely GF Nutmeg Gel Stained dresser.   "Ever wonder "How does it work?" This piece is the perfect example... Mari got in touch with me and told me what she was looking for, the dimension range and her maximum budget for the piece. I found it and with her approval purchased and stored it until I was ready to work on it. She then came in to the shop to go over color sample and ideas... eventually saying "do whatever you think is best" (which is my favorite thing to hear by the way) I want...

"Custom built and finished using solid cherry, salvaged industrial parts and GF Gel Stains in Nutmeg and Brown Mahogany." - Jen of J Burns Design

This piece was entered into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"I made this table at the request of a customer to fit between two swivel chairs in a small space. The table was finished with one coat of General Finishes Nutmeg Gel stain, allowed to dry, then a coat of General Finishes Java Gel Stain, and finished with two coats of Gel Satin Topcoat." - John of John Harryman Designs

This piece was entered into the Woodworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest and won 3rd place.

This little dresser is a functional work of art!  The base of the dresser was painted in General Finished "Lamp Black", and lightly distressed.  It also got a "new" reclaimed wood top, which was hand-stained in a Southwestern design using 4 different GF Gel Stains: Java, Antique Walnut, Nutmeg, and Black.  The entire piece was sealed using GF high-performance satin polyacrylic for a durable finish.


"Broken and left to weather, this wash basin is now anything but. " - Jess of Crow Creek Designs

This was an exempletory piece that was submitted to the Cinderella Story of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest. She used a mix of Nutmeg and Java Gel Stain to achieve this rich color.

Check out this awesome repurposing! Stephanie of Rehab to Fab found a unique way to save an obliterated chair and submitted this to the Cinderella Story of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest.

She explains, "When I got this chair, it was in pieces. I knew I could do something with it though. After browsing Pinterest & not seeing anything I liked I decided to 'wing it.' After totally dismantling the rest of the chair I started cutting, glueing & bondo'ing. Used Nutmeg &...

This wooden bowl was brightened up with GF Nutmeg Gel Stain. 

Laura Vajgrt of Vintage 180 was so creative with this gradient-style dresser she livened up! She used New Pine, Nutmeg, and GF's jiving Java Gel Stains for the drawers! She sealed the shell of the dresser in Flat Out Flat, then used High Performance Topcoat Satin to seal the drawers.

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Laura Vajgrt of Vintage 180 stunned us with this dresser refinishing! She used mulitple Gel Stains while also using water-based topcoats for the finish!

Laura explains, "I used GF Gel Stains in Nutmeg, Java and Brown Mahogany. The shell was sealed using Flat Out Flat. The wood drawers were sealed using the High Performance Topcoat Satin."

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"Your products are superior. Lamp Black Milk Paint for the body, High Performance Topcoat in flat for sealing, Antique Walnut & Nutmeg Gel Stains for the top, followed by 3 coats of the Gel Urethane. It turned out so beautiful, I had to keep it for myself!" 

"I am so happy with how this gorgeous antique dressing table/vanity/dresser turned out! The General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain was exactly what was needed to bring this Eastlake style piece back to her glory. The wood was protected with their High Performance Polyurethane in a soft satin finish. As would be expected with an antique, this piece has it's marks of time, and are part of the wonderful charm. There a few nicks in the body, and the tilting mirror has a few shadowed areas, all of which...

"I bought a ponderosa pine slab, made for cabinets, from Home Depot to use as a writing table surface in my office. I ADORE the look of dye stain under gel stain. Dye stain highlights the woodgrain and provides a unique undertone when used under gel stain. The wood has a warm, glowing look and feel that I love! I look forward to writing at this table every morning, especially at sunrise." -Jamie Finish schedule over prep-sanded raw pine wood: 2 coats of Amber Dye Stain 1 coat of a 2:1 mix of...

Wanted to share this beautiful table top I refinished in your lovely Nutmeg color. I feel like often your Java Gel Stain steals all the fame, but boy have I been loving the Nutmeg! A softer shade but the ability to bring bold new life to woodwork! I love it! The top was also sealed with your High Performance - Another favorite of mine! Clean up is a breeze!" - The Painted Footprint

The Painted Drawer_ refinished this classic yet stylish table. "I used General Finishes Dye Stain in Amber as a first coat. After the dye stain dried, I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg over it. The result is really lovely. The amber dye stain peeks out from under the nutmeg and gives the wood dimension and a great play of color. After it cured for a few days, I used the GF gel topcoat, wipe-on urethane in satin. I love this product! It provides a fantastic durable finish and...
How stunning is this table top from Eyesores to Heirlooms_!? It was brought back to life with General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain. Can't get enough of that wood grain!
The Shabby Chicas located at Homestead Handcrafts​ freshened up this beautiful antique buffet with Java Gel Stain and Nutmeg Gel Stain to create a two-toned effect, Lamp Black Milk Paint accents, light distressing, and High Performance Top Coat! "The Shabby Chicas located at Homestead Handcrafts carry the full line of General Finishes Milk Paints, Gel Stains, Glaze Effects, Pearl Effects, and finishes at Homestead Handcrafts on Thousand Oaks. We also offer free how-to-use demonstrations every...
Just wanted to share this buffet with you. Lamp Black, Nutmeg Gel Stain, High Performance in flat on the black & Satin Gel Top Coat on the top and sides. I can't thank you enough for the case of paint heading my way for runner up on Artistic Merit Award. Can't wait to play with my new colors! - Marcia Barrale DeSpain ~~ Three Painted Drawers​
Check out this divine vintage cherrywood french provincial buffet restyled by Shabby accent living using Lamp Black Milk Paint with a Nutmeg Gel Stained top and light distressing for that perfect farmhouse look! Did you know that you can layer Gel Stains to create your own custom colors? Learn how in this quick video tutorial!

How cool is this custom-built phone charging station?! Richard Cockerham made this phenomenal "deluxe three" charging station with shelves and trim, and then he stained it with Nutmeg Gel Stain. Richard says, "Vintage Cherry Dye Stain and Nutmeg Gel Stain are very popular!" If you're ever wondering which type of stain to use on your project (water-based or oil-based?), then check out this video where Tom explains the pros and cons to help you decide!...

This great mid-century modern dresser was refinished by Cindy at Romancing the Home at the Queen of Hearts ( using GF products! General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint were used for the outside of the dresser. To finish it off, the entire piece was coated in GF's Polyacrylic and the drawers were lined in chevron fabric. I top coated the entire piece in Polyacrylic and then lined the drawers in...