"This vintage MCM set was used for generations by one family. It’s curves and frame make it one of the more unique pieces I’ve refinished.
I always start by seeing if I can remove the handles and base of a piece. It makes sanding so much easier when you can create flat surfaces. For the curved surfaces, my SurfPrep Sanding makes my life so much easier. With their foam sanding pads, I don’t have to worry about damaging those curved edges. I also make sure to label the back of the handles when...
When I first started refinishing, all I knew about stain is that it is watery and messy. I did research and came across a gel stain created by...
"Mid century dresser redesigned in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint and Nutmeg Gel Stain. Beautiful wood grain on top and drawers with new brushed silver handles, featuring original wing handles on sides." - Just a Touch of Paint
"This large mahogany vintage dresser by Kling was refinished with the Brushable White Enamel in Flat. Top was sanded back and given a custom gel stain of Nutmeg and Black." - This Old Vintage
"For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to these antique oak sideboards. I am lucky enough to have one in my possession and finally treated it to a makeover!
General Finishes Black and Nutmeg Gel Stain and their Brushable White Enamel in a satin finish.
BIN shellac white primer
Re·Design with Prima sunflower transfer"
"This Hepworth Mid-Century Modern dresser is so wonderfully constructed. Built in Southampton, Ontario, this dresser has six separate drawers - the top row is actually 3 separate ones.
For the top, I stripped the veneer and sanded the residue. I used General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain with the High Performance Topcoat with a satin finish. After sanding, I used the same products on the drawers. I removed the extraneous wood pieces on the base and sanded. The grain that came out after staining...
"Beautiful Bassett 9 drawer mid century dresser...so much fun refinishing this piece. Drawers sanded and stained with General Finishes Nutmeg and Antique Walnut Gel Stain. Top drawers finished with Burnished Pearl Effects for a shimmer of gold and bottom drawers finished with a green wash to create a rich brown color (many kinds of wood often tend to lean to red after sanded). All sealed with GF Enduro Clear Poly. Brass handles polished back to original shine." - Just a Touch of Paint
"This is a stunner. Totally refinished Broyhill Emphasis 9- drawer dresser. The wood grain on this is lovely, and it's super solid." - Modern Vintage Refinishing
General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain and oil based Arm-R-Seal Topcoat
"This is a beautiful Franklin Shockey piece made in the 50s. Someone had painted it a light green and it was roughhh. I sanded the drawer raw then stained it in General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Stain. The body was painted in Lamp Black and sealed."
"Beautiful in black, this mid century dresser has gold accents side strips complementing the gorgeous General Finishes Lamp Black Milk painted frame and Nutmeg Gel stained drawers."
"Refinished walnut nightstand This piece is in beautiful vintage condition. It was sanded down and stained in Nutmeg by General Finishes. The piece was sealed for lasting protection."
"Gorgeous Dixie mid century dresser, redesigned in General Finishes Lamp Black and Nutmeg Gel Stain with middle drawers simply sanded and sealed with Arm-R-Seal so the wood grain design would stand out from the rest. Classic, elegant and one of a kind."
Absolutely stunning desk by ReFind Design by Coco Clare!
"We refinished this Vintage French Provincial Desk in General Finishes Nutmeg with a hand rubbed finish."
"This beautiful antique dresser was passed down to my client from her grandmother. Over the decades it had been painted several times and landed on a 70’s avocado green. Their dream was to have this special piece restored and hopefully showcase the beautiful wood hiding underneath the many layers of paint. First we completely stripped the piece to bare wood then stained it with General Finishes Nutmeg (Gel Stain). Finally we finished it with a rich, hand rubbed oil based satin finish. Check...
"The top and drawers were completely sanded down and refinished using Nutmeg Gel Stain by General Finishes and sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Semi Gloss. The body was painted in their Lamp Black Milk Paint and sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin. The hardware is original and the drawers are in great condition inside." - Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC.
This unique oval desk with the burlwood top begged for the burlwood desktop to be the star of the show, and man o man, is it ever! To play up it's stunning beauty, I chose to downplay this uniquely-shaped desk's "body" with a 50/50 blend of General Finishes Bone White Chalk Paint and General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint...a perfect blend, in my humble opinion. The body is finished off in three coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin. But the real stunner of this...
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...
This fantastic vanity received a custom-mixed coat of deep blue-green, created by mixing General Finishes Klein Blue with Emerald Milk Paint. To add depth and tone down the color, a wash of thinned Lamp Black was brushed on in sections and wiped off, deeping the color and shadowing edges. The painted portions were protected with High Performance Topcoat in satin. The top and upper drawers of the vanity were sanded down to the raw wood and given a coat of Nutmeg Gel stain then protected with...
"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
2 coats of Nutmeg Gel Stain, dry brushed, sealed with High Performance Satin
Watch this video to learn how to dry brush gel stain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jin60_yOEGM
Add 1 additional coat if a darker color is desired
Layer GF Nutmeg Gel Stain over Amber Dye Stain for a warm look
Shown: 1 coat Nutmeg over 1 coat Amber, sealed with High Performance Topcoat, satin
Add additional coats to achieve desired color
"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 gives...