Van Dyke Brown

Spice up your look with glazed and distressed details! Get the look: Lamp Black Milk Paint hand-distressed over Persimmon Milk Paint and accented with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. Learn a few antiquing, distressing & aging techniques before applying Glaze Effects!
Tone it down with muted neutrals - get the look with Basil Green Milk Paint accented with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects.
Spring is on the horizon! Get the look: Basil Green over Brick Red Milk Paint accented with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects.
We're nuts about this color combo! Get the look with Pecan Water-Based Wood Stain accented with Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. Learn more about General Finishes Water-Based Wood Stains here: and get some tips on creating a Uniform Stain Color here:
Radiant Java Gel Stain Restyle

Phenomenal Patina Green Buffet

Quick Bench Update

Simple meets sophistication with this darling chest! Customizing furniture doesn't always have to be so unique and incredibly detailed. As much as I love getting to paint typography and graphics with multiple colors, I also love simplistic designs like this one! Because I knew this chest wouldn't compete with a lot of decor, I chose to really doll it up by adding some of our great farmhouse items. We painted this chest per customer's request in Antique White with a light layer of Van Dyke...

Antique Patina Green Armoire

Coastal Blue Hutch Restyle
Stunning French Provincial Dresser Restyle
Antique American Flag Farmhouse Table

Cowgirl Pearl's Farmhouse Door

Studio Paint of Fonthill, Ontario gave this vintage French Provincial night table and very stunning and classic look. "This time I decided to paint in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint “Old White”. After distressing and waxing with ASCP Clear soft wax I applied General Finishes Van Dyke Brown glaze to achieve this beautiful aged patina. I don’t work with glaze very often but when I do I seem to have really good results and the look I’m looking to achieve. I also finished the top with General Finishes...
Paula Grider created this absolutely lovely desk and chair with General Finishes products. The desk top was stained with Java Gel Stain. The desk and chair are painted with GF Persian Blue Milk Paint and the details are accentuated with Antique White Milk Paint and Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. Beautiful work Paula!

I was so in love with your winning color Galapagos Blue" that I had to try it for myself. This was such a fun piece to Recreate! It is glazed with Van Dyke Brown and the top is finished in Java Gel Stain and High Performance Top Coat." - Recreated Creations Furniture​ Galapagos Blue was created by Nicole of Rescued Furnishings​ and was the first prize winner in the "Mad Scientist" (Best Custom Milk Paint Mix) portion of the GF Design Contest this year. It's 4 parts Corinth Blue Milk Paint...

This antique sideboard was refinished by Dressers and Jujubes​ with General Finishes Millstone Milk Paint and Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. Love the rustic look! Beautiful job!

Stunning barn wood wall from Potentially Chic​! The boards were started with a couple coats of charcoal stain. "We then added a bit of brown with General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze. Then to give that worn "barn wood" look, we dry-brushed on General Finishes Seagull Gray Milk Paint."

The Restore​ located in Cork Ireland gave this Victorian tilt top tea table a new look with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects and sealed with High Performance Top Coat.

We're loving this custom Coastal Blue and Corinth Blue chest makeover by Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule! She added character with Van Dyke Brown Glaze, finished the top with Java Gel Stain, and sealed this beauty with High Performance Top Coat in Satin! Nancy says, "I’m so excited to share this new chest... it’s painted in the most luscious color ever. It’s a mix of those two colors (Coastal & Corinth Blue), approximately half and half. I also used Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects over the top of...

We're smitten with this custom rustic kitchen island by Veronica at Roni's Rescued Relics! Veronica says, "I wanted to share this kitchen island my husband and I made. It's painted in General Finishes Milk Paint in Linen and then I went over it with GF Van Dyke Brown Glaze. It's even more beautiful in person! It goes perfectly with the barn wood top! To see more pics of the transformation go to Roni's Rescued Relics."

How beautiful is this desk by Denise from Salvaged Inspirations​!?It was restyled with decoupaged napkins on the drawer fronts. To get a warm antique look Denise used General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. Love this French Country look! Check out all the details of this project at
Before and after of a dresser conversion to vanity! I loved the detail of the original but there was no saving it!. The entire top had massive water damage and ate away the veneer top! I painted it with general finishes Persian Blue and applied General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze over everything! It brought all of the original details back out and gave it a new look while still keeping the antique feel! - MDG Contracting & Design, LLC​ of Bumpass, VA

Old doors become a piece of art with a little bit of paint and creativity. We painted the outer edges with our General Finishes Dark Chocolate and Antique White Milk Paint with the Van Dyke Brown Glaze and, of course, chalkboard paint in the middle. We then used ChalkInk chalk markers for our custom chalk art. Such a quick and fun DIY project! - Sondra of Reblessed, LLC​

Diane of The Paint Factory​ created the "The Miranda Dresser". She used GF Van Dyke Brown, Clear and Burnt Umber Glaze Effects to get this great look. Truly a work of art!

Recreated Creations Furniture upcycled this adorable desk with Antique White and Persian Blue Milk Paints, Van Dyke Brown Glaze, and Candlelite Gel Stain - what a gorgeous piece! "I am so pleased with this Recreated buffet! I painted the body in General Finishes Antique White, the doors and drawers are a 50/50 mix of Persian Blue and Antique White, then I gave her a light distressing and glazed the body with Van Dyke Brown Glaze and the top was renewed with Candlelight Gel Stain. I am loving...

Stephanie at Rehab to Fab shared this absolutely stunning chest restyle! "This oak cedar chest is exquisite, elegant, and just over all gorgeous! It was a honey oak before & if you haven't heard...honey oak is so not cool anymore! So to bring this piece up to date I sanded the top, used wood conditioner (always do!) and did 2 coats of General Finishes Gel Stain in Java. Sealed with GF's Arm-R-Seal. The body is a mix of General Finishes Milk Paint colors: Linen, Millstone and a splash of...

Miss Daisy's Attic refinished this radiant buffet with Holiday Red Milk Paint and Java Gel Stain - what a beautiful combo! "Believe it or not this was my first time using Holiday Red. This piece turned out much better than I had even imagined. I stained the top in Java, used Holiday Red with Van Dyke Glaze and topped it all of with High Performance Flat. Thanks for the great products!"
Gorgeous grain-sack inspired table by Stephanie at Rehab to Fab! Steph says, "I wanted to try something different other than General Finishes Java Gel Stain top and white bottom for this coffee table. Sanded to bare wood and taped off a grain sack stripe. I used Cabot Woodcare stain in the color "Mussel Shell". The bottom is painted in General Finishes Milk Paint "Snow White". I then used General Finishes Van Dyke brown glaze to bring out the details on the apron... I'm smitten with how it...

Sit out on the porch in style with a fresh pop of color on your outdoor furniture! These beauties were accented with Van Dyke Brown Glaze and sealed with High Performance Topcoat by Shades of Shabby after a coat of ASCP. Try our Emerald Green Milk Paint for a similar look! Looking for the best topcoat to suit your needs? Check out our video for more info!

Kristi at Chalk It Up refinished this fab chair with a custom color and Van Dyke Brown Glaze, try our Coral Crush Milk Paint for a similar style! Kristi says, "Just finished up this custom order... won't it be perfect for a beach place?! I've been painting so many neutrals that it was fun to do a burst of color. Custom chalk paint mix of Benjamin Moore's Bird of Paradise & General Finishes Van Dyke Brown glaze on the detail work, finished with some chippy goodness."

Beautifully detailed buffet makeover by Saved by Grace Antiques in Coral Crush Milk Paint accented in Van Dyke Brown Glaze! "I've got a crush on coral... General Finishes Coral Crush with Van Dyke Brown Glaze." Learn some antiquing, distressing & aging techniques before applying Glaze Effects in this video:

Divine vintage end tables in a custom finish by Napa Valley Furniture Arts! "I painted these beauties with Snow White and Driftwood, followed by Van Dyke Brown Glaze and Enduro Top Coat in Satin. I really love Driftwood--it's my new favorite grey! Really earthy, without any blue... I tried to represent the age and fragile beauty of the pieces in the patina I created."

Spring is here! Headboard bench painted in Sunglow Milk Paint with Van Dyke Brown Glaze and seat stained in Brown Mahogany Gel Stain and sealed in High Performance Top Coat. - Miss Daisy's Attic​ of Joplin, MO
A little glaze makes a big difference! Christy at Stone Painting Co. & The Shanty Shop is using Van Dyke Brown Glaze and High Performance Topcoat to add depth and bring out the detail on these cabinets! Christy says, "I can't say enough about the ease of your products. I am adding General Finishes High Performance Satin Top Coat as a base, accenting the doors using Van Dyke Brown Glaze, applying darker in the groves to add depth. Finishing with another application of High Performance Satin...
We're loving this gorgeous coffee table refinished by Rachel's Re-purposed Restorationsusing GF's Driftwood Gray Milk Paint and highlighted by Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects!

Paisley Grace Customs created a custom mixed Milk Paint color for the base of this buffet using GF's Lime Green Milk Paint and Coastal Blue Milk Paint! Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects was then applied on top of the green base, and GF's Java Gel Stain was applied to the top. Lastly, High Performance Top Coat was used to seal the piece for extra durability! NOTE: If you choose to use High Performance Top Coat over Java Gel Stain, make sure that you wait 72 hours between the two products since you...

Adorable occasional table upcycle by The Cornish Painted Furniture Company using Persian Blue Milk Paint, Van Dyke Brown Glaze, and High Performance Top Coat in Satin!
Bonnie at Revolutionaries​ restyled this beautiful antique bedroom set in Antique White Milk Paint, accented with Van Dyke Brown Glaze and sealed with High Performance Top Coat in Flat! Check out her blog post here! :) You can find your favorite GF products at Woodcraft, RockIer Woodworking stores or Wood Essence in Canada. You can also use your zip code to find a retailer near you at...

Another piece done in beautiful Basil with an undercoat in Brick Red. Antiqued in Van Dyke Brown and top coated with Satin High Performance. The inside of the cabinet was left in the Brick Red alone which adds a wonderful contrast we think! Love these two colors together. - Reblessed, LLC​

We're loving this sweet Basil secretary by Reblessed LLC (! "Secretaries are so gorgeous in just about any color. We painted this one in Basil, lightly distressed, and glazed with the Van Dyke Brown antiquing glaze."

The Cornish Painted Furniture Company shared this Buttermilk Yellow beauty! "The small dresser is turning out beautifully. I've painted it in General Finishes' Buttermilk Milk Paint (3 coats), and then aged it using their Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effect (1 coat), then their High Performance varnish in Satin (2 coats)... I wanted to achieve a kind of French olde worlde style with this dresser, so distressed it a little round the edges. It's beautiful."
This 1920's Vanity was so much fun to do! I am loving the Patina Green and already trying to think of what else I can paint this colour! Main body of the vanity was painted Patina Green, lightly distressed and glazed using Van Dyke Brown, then waxed for extra protection. The top was stained with Antique Walnut Gel Stain and top coated with High Performance Top Coat. Once again I love these products!- Nicole at Alternatively Yours​

What a masterpiece! Diane at The Paint Factory upcycled this art-inspired dresser with our Van Dyke Brown Glaze over ASCP. We suggest our Tuscan Red Milk Paint to recreate the look!

Love this before and after from The Shabby Chicas located at Homestead Handcrafts​. From Black Swan to Coral Beauty! Coral Crush, Antique White (drawer insides), gold highlights, Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects, and HPTC. You can find all General Finishes products at our stores in San Antonio.

Just finished this statement" chair with Van Dyke Brown glaze and High Performance Top Coat over Behr Red Pepper with a dash of MS Wrought Iron on the rush seat. The Van Dyke Brown glaze worked well on the rush as well as the paint. I love the way it tied all those colors together." - The House at the End of the Road​
Another phenomenal furniture transformation by Bonnie at Revolutionaries! This beauty was refinished with Persian Blue Milk Paint, Van Dyke Brown Glaze, and High Performance Topcoat in Flat. Bonnie shared, "After painting the General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser, I had to keep using that beautiful blue. (Plus, the dresser sold already!) Next on my redo to-do list was this desk, so naturally, I had to paint it Persian Blue! ...the glaze is great at toning down the color and adding depth. It's...
Look what we've been working on! Loveseat crafted from an antique bed. Painted in General Finishes Antique White with an antiqued finish. ~Chrissie's Collection shared this beautiful bench restyle! Chrissie uses a custom mix of glazes for her antique finish, learn how to make your own in this video tutorial!
We adore this Persian Blue dresser restyle by Bonnie of Revolutionaries! Bonnie used Persian Blue Milk Paint, Van Dyke Brown Glaze, and High Performance Topcoat in Flat. Here's what Bonnie had to say, "All of these products are water based which means easy water clean up! I did two coats of Persian Blue... yes, just two! For a piece so dark, two coats = insanity... I rarely use glazes or waxes, so I was a bit nervous trying the Van Dyke Brown Glaze, but after I felt like it was a fairly simple...