Water Based Dye Stain

"This antique walnut empire style dresser has beautiful hand cut dovetail joints dating it to the mid 1800’s, almost 200 years old! I found this gem in a local thrift store and the curves and grain took my breath away. Too beautiful to sit in my basement it found a home as is in my foyer. Well last week I decided it was time to totally revive her and give her a second life (or third, fourth, fifth...)! I used General Finishes Dye Stain in Medium Brown on the top and drawer fronts to bring...

Light Brown Dye Stain with High Performance Topcoat

"Just finished a buffet refinish! Products: Red: General Finishes Empire Red Dye Stain. Black: General Finishes Ebony Dye Stain. Topcoat: General Finishes HPTC Satin with a final rub down of General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax on a 1000 grit sanding sponge. The framing was done from the factory in a very bright white wood and the door fronts were a mahogany veneer. The way they got a uniform color across the whole piece was to dye the white wood with a nice red before putting a...

"I'm loving this finish! I started with General Finishes "Patina Green Milk Paint", which I lightly brushed over the entire piece. I then used General Finishes "Dark Brown Water Based Dye Stain" as a glaze. The end result is a beautiful rustic turquoise!!" - The Downtown Farmgirl

"I used General Finishes gorgeous Blue Dye Stain for the first time and absolutely love it. This piece was tedious and time consuming but well worth it. Can't wait to make more!" - she.wood

"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

Lamp Black body, Pewter Dye Stained top

Incredible hand crafted banjo by Capital City Banjos finished with General Finishes Black Cherry Water Based Stain, Medium Brown Dye Stain and satin 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. 

 

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

Achieve this warm tone by layering GF Walnut Water Based Stain over GF Vintage Cherry Dye Stain. 

Shown: 1 coat of Walnut over Vintage Cherry sealed with High Performance Topcoat in Satin

Add additional coats to acheive desired color

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

"Remember the video of us staining the top of this piece with General Finishes Pewter Dye Stain? Well here is the finished product and we love it. It’s also painted using General Finishes Nantucket Green Chalk Style Paint and glazed using Pitch Black Glaze Effects." - Belle Maison   Check out the video here: https://www.facebook.com/BelleMaisonAL/videos/1747913508591032/    
"This project has been very rewarding. The table on the left is refreshed using General Finishes Dye Stains in Cinnamon on the table sides, Amber with a wash of Pewter on the drawers and Dark Brown on the shelf and legs. The color choices were a nod to MCM colors." - BentWoods Studio      
"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 beauty has received the full restoration treatment. The old chipping finish was completely removed and using General Finishes Dark Brown Dye Stain I was able to highlight all the beautiful walnut grain while giving the color an update. The drawers are in excellent working condition and lined with a beautiful pop of floral print fabric." - Nap Time Creations

"We started by completely stripping and staining this 1920’s Queen Anne style dresser with General Finishes Dark Brown Dye Stain and finished it with a worn Queenstown Gray finish. Gilded original hardware and new D. Lawless casters complete this incredible transformation." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare    

This beautiful vanity was lightly sanded with 180 then 220 grit sandpaper. The beautiful burl wood top was then stained with GF dye stain in Amber.

I needed to add some extra oomph to the front of the drawer and mirror so using Artisan Enhancements VP Antico I did a raised stenciling effect. After it was completely dry I lightly sanded the stencil to knock down any rough edges. 

I used Wise Owl paints in Weathervane, Bowie, Smokey Quartz and Begonia  I sanded the paint doing...

"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...

Alaska is home of the midnight sky, and when the moon sits against the beautiful colors, it creates the most beautiful sky in the world. General finishes dye stains allows us to mimic the skies of the great Alaskan North in an amazing way. Each handcut peice is stained in general finishes custom dye stains. The sky is a mix of blue, ebony, and amber dyestain, all blended to an ombre effect. The moon is done with winter white glaze effects. The mountains are a mix of medium brown, dark brown...

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

"There is something so elegant about a freshly refinished modern piece. This beautiful Mid-Century Modern dresser has been refinished using two layers of General Finishes Medium Brown and Vintage Cherry Dye Stain. It has been sealed in General Finishes High Performance Flat." - Rick at Just Chic

A prayer labyrinth is a labyrinth used to facilitate prayer, meditation, spiritual transformation, and/or global unity. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is designed for ease of navigation, and it is impossible to get lost within one.

This is a custom wall art piece that has a final dimension of 46" x 46". Labyrinth engraved in front with 4 keyhole slots on back to allow flush mounting to wall.

This antique dining table set by ReFind Design by Coco Clare is an absolute showstopper! The base was painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint while the top was refinished with a custom blend of GF water based Dye Stains.

"This beauty was refinished using General Finishes Lamp Black and Medium Brown Dye Stain. Love how the dye stain highlights the natural beauty of the burl wood! Very elegant and sophisticated look!" - Painted Paradise - Antiques, Vintage, and Repurposed Furniture    

"This gorgeous 1920's buffet has been hand-painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Farmhouse White, and the top has been stripped down and stained with General Finishes Medium Brown Water Based Dye Stain which provides the richest, most beautiful color while maximizing the grain clarity." - ReFind Design by Coco Clare

You can achieve this bright and clear white by also using General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint.

Check out this wonderful vintage chest by Becky of For Love of the Paint! She used General Finishes water based Dye Stain in Medium Brown for the drawer fronts while the body is a distressed blend of Linen Milk Paint and Chapin Gray Chalk Style Paint.

Such an amazing dresser by ReFind Design by Coco Clare! She used General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain in Medium Brown to get this gorgeous look!   Learn more about how to GF Dye Stain in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FradVzMKSq4&t=1s    
Can't get enough of this custom handmade original by Just Chic! That amazing color was achieved with General Finishes Water Based Dye Stains in Merlot, Cinnamon, Vintage Cherry, Ebony and Amber.   Learn more about GF Dye Stains in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FradVzMKSq4&t=1s    

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

This desk features a beautiful burled veneer top that has been completely refinished with General Finishes Water Base Dye Stains.  It is a custom color mix consisting of Medium Brown Dye Stain with a touch of Dark Brown Dye Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal. The base of the desk was hand painted in a custom off white and then perfectly aged using General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze.

Hand crafted coffee table finished with General Finishes Merlot Dye Stain. 

The top and crown are Medium Brown Dye Stain with Burnt Umber RTM (Ready to Match) stain wiped over. The cases are a mixture of Holiday Red Milk Paint, Empire Red and Merlot Dye then glazed with black stain.    

"It took a while, but I finally found a stain I'm in love with.  Found General Finishes at Lee Valley today and I am now converted.  I was having a hard time with offgassing of my other stains but these are water based so no odour!

Using General Finishes Dye Stain in "Dark Brown" and sealed with high performance top coat in satin. Hands down their dye stains are my FAVORITE to work with!

Got Wood? Workshop cleverly created these colorful, shabby chic wall decor arrows! After custom-building these neat pieces, GotWood burns the edges and finishes with them GF water-based Dye Stains such as Merlot, Green and Blue! So cool!

Learn more about General Finishes's water-based Dye Stains and what they can do for your next project at http://bit.ly/2kfugGC.

"Finished a reclaimed table for a client. Used High Performance Topcoat flat and Dye Stain. Mixed dye stain in with the topcoat and applied until I got the darkness I needed then finished without the dye mixed in to add a couple more layers." - Rick Fazio Woodworking    
Got Wood? Workshop of Spring Hill, KS created this cool look with burnt edges and GF Green Dye Stain.   Water Based Dye Stains penetrate deep into the wood to magnify the grain beautifully. They will provide your project with more depth and color vibrancy than any other stain. This product is excellent for highly figured woods like mahogany, walnut, or maple. Dye stains can also be used as a toner when mixed with Water Based Topcoats.    
"Love your dye stains. Used Merlot and Dark Brown to refinish this 95 year old shotgun to make the stock look aged/faded." 
"Red stained lily table. General Finishes Merlot Dye. Also used Ebony Dye as a wash on the existing finish on the base of the table for a richer look." - M&M Embellishments   Learn more about GF's Dye Stain in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FradVzMKSq4    

"This amazing Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co, Hastings, Michigan Bookcase was in very poor condition when I found her. Damaged dirty with holes and missing inlay appliques. I have tried to restore her at first..however, peeling veneer and damaged wood make me change my mind. I decided to transfer the image of my favorite painting by Akseli Gallen-Kallela from sane time period what my beautiful piece (1911-1917)

When I have enlarged print of the painting which I have bought on...

"Love your stains. Recently did a dresser in an Annie Sloan mix but the top is the show stopper. I created a faux burl effect with a couple of your stains. It worked out fabulously. I used the water-based Orange Dye Stain first, then proceeded to use Candlelite and Java Gel Stains to aid in the burl effect!" - Tammy Sue of The Uppity

To achieve the teal-blue that has been created for the base, GF would recommend mixing Coastal Blue and Patina Green Milk Paint.

Mike Shipp blew us away with this entranceway remodeling! He used a a combination of Green, Pewter and Ebony Water Based Dye Stains. He then finished this amazing project with Exterior 450 Topcoat.

The Wooden Touch used GF's Amber Dye Stain to give this wood turned Maple vase a lovely bit of color.

"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

"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...

Alan Harp Design hand crafted this Mission style corner cabinet from quarter sawn White Oak. It was finished with a 50/50 mix of General Finishes Vintage Cherry Dye Stain and water for a lighter tone. Looks great!

We're always excited for Themed Furniture Makeover Day! Amy at High Style Restyle shared her phenomenal pedestal table transformation for this month's (spoooky!) "black" theme. Amy used Tuscan Red Milk Paint followed by a layer of lightly distressed Lamp Black Milk Paint on the base, and our Ebony Dye Stain to penetrate this tough table top. All her hard work was certainly worth the effort - this piece is stunning! Amy says, "General Finishes products to the rescue again! Talk about...