Water Based Wood Stain

“Black & Tan” They spoke, I listened: Good, quality bones were looking for a fresh look. This set possessed great curves and fine knob detailing; I knew General Finishes Lamp Black & Antique Brown Water-Based Stain would deliver." - Coat of Charms    

Life is about finding joy in the everyday things, like a comfy AND stylish SWIVEL stool!

GET THE LOOK with Lamp Black Milk Paint & Pecan Water Based Stain.

"Stained in General Finishes Provincial Water Based Stain and accented with lovely Re·design with Prima muted sunflowers, this tray gives off all the rich chocolates and signature colors of harvest time." - Coat of Charms    
"A little about how this beauty was refinished: * Hand painted in General Finishes Tuscan Red * Lightly distressed * Applied black wax for aged look * Top and legs refinished in General Finishes Tobacco Water Based Stain" - Butterfly Creations    
"Coffee table and end table done! Single piece of 30"x60"x2" piece of solid maple. Took some work to undo 35 years of age. I was also able to turn an offcut into a cutting board as a momento for the woman that donated the table. Some specs: - steel hairpin legs 16"H (coffee) and 20"H (end table), rated at 300lbs - General Finishes Antique Oak Water Based Stain & HPTC (spray application) - Walrus Oil Cutting Board oil" - Goose Woodworking    

General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain on White Oak Backer
Houston Acrylic Mirror Gold Acrylic & Silver for Martini accents
Rust-Oleum Ombré paint on Gilded

"I was able to get a simple but nice looking coffee table knocked out today! Solid oak top finished with General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain and Enduro Clear Poly. Looks pretty sharp against the black metal hairpin legs!" - Rustic Valley Woodworking    
"It is absolutely gorgeous. We stained it using a mix of Graystone and Walnut Water Based Stains by General Finishes." - Belle Maison    

Delivered these beautiful chairs this morning. I can’t get over the richness of the wood with stain from General Finishes. 

I am in awe of how gorgeous this dresser turned out! It is marvelous how painting and staining a piece can give it new life and bring it back to the modern world. My client knew that she wanted to keep the top unpainted and we decided to stain the insides of the middle drawers to match the top and give it some contrast as well as accentuate the angles of the piece. She decided to go with the color Mink by...
Created with General Finishes water based dye stains in Pewter & Blue and Water Based Stain in Onyx & Walnut.      
I love the way General Finishes Graphite stain turned out on this display case. It also has adjustable shelves with room to add another if needed! Another new type of build in the books! I love being able to take a clients design in their head, put it on paper and bring it into existence!
My client brought me this table that he grew up eating at. It was passed down and with its new life it is ready for another generation! Stripped, stained and sealed. The stain color is a custom blend of...

"Don’t have a lot of space, yet want a lot of look… we’ve got you covered! (S-102B 24'' San Remo Stool / T-36RT / T-30P / T-6P Table)
GET THE LOOK! With General Finishes Hickory Water Based Wood Stain"

"According to Apartment Therapy’s article, 7 Spring and Summer Home Trends You Need to Know Now, "Grandmillennial style and warm minimalism, all have one thing in common: well-worn wood. From vintage French provincial nightstands to expansive 19th-century farm tables, wooden pieces with perfectly aged patinas are bigger than ever this season. Shown here T-4066XXTT (table) C-170B (chair) Get the LOOK! With General Finishes Antique Brown & Graphite Water Based Stains." - Whitewood...

"Come home to the utmost comfort and class, with the Charleston Bedroom Collection. GET THE LOOK with General Finishes Hickory Water Based Stain." - Whitewood Furniture - Unfinished Furniture

Who loves Barndoors (raise of hands)?! Our Barndoor server has a TON of look, and LOTS and LOTS of storage.

Get the look with General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint & Espresso Water Based Stain.

Feel the breeze, smell the salt, bring the seaside inside with our coastal collection! 
GET THE LOOK with General Finishes Whitewash Water Based finish and Key West Blue Milk Paint!

"My client brought this to me in rough shape, but it had once belonged to her mother and she wanted to save it. Her sister had started stripping it but never fully finished so there was a lot of paint and stripper residue that I had to remove. After it was cleaned and bare wood I stained it in what I’m calling my signature stain (a mix of Antique Oak and Graystone Water Based Stain) by General Finishes and then added new hardware. My client was shocked at the transformation and said her sister...

Another client owned stained piece, but this one was hand built by my client years ago! I love hearing stories of clients and how their furniture was made, that they originally used it for storing records and still use it for that purpose today!

Stain Color: Onyx by General Finishes

 Corner China cabinets in General Finishes Tobacco Water Based Stain. Next up: crown, finish, glass panels & knobs. These are becoming my favorite pieces to date.

Custom entry table in General Finishes Brown Mahogany Waterbased Stain and Arm-R-Seal Semigloss.

"When you get free furniture you create! Painted General Finishes Basil Milk Paint. Glazed using General Finishes Graphite Water Based Stain. Top is stained with Graphite too. Clear coated using Aqua Coat water base clear lacquer." - Tara Lou Designs   Learn more about how to create custom glazes with GF water based products here: https://generalfinishes.com/faq/how-can-i-create-...

"This beautiful walnut dresser needed lots of love; the frame was cracked and completely separated in the back, it reeked of cigarettes, the drawers were falling in, and it was covered in layers of lead paint. I never thought I'd get around to painting!! But it was beyond worth it to save this dresser. Painted in the softest grey, the drawers, top, and legs were given a whitewash using General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain, and the original hardware was cleaned and painted. I love how...

"I made this stain sample board. It has 8 different options for a client, and it's designed to give them a good idea of how the stain will look on their project. This piece of wood is cut from the same board that went towards the drawer fronts, so it should be a good representation of how the stain will take when applied to the final piece."

"This beautiful mid century dresser lasted less than an hour in my inventory before a client dropping off a custom piece snagged it up for her son's room! The top and bottom two drawers were stained in General Finishes Espresso Water Based Stain while the rest was painted in one of my favorite grays, GF Queenstown Gray. New brushed gold hardware completed this update!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations

"Another 90’s orange oak table renewed and refreshed, these tables are quality made and so worth updating! This table was stained in Graystone from General Finishes and the base was painted in Seagull Gray, a beautiful combination!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations    

Sacred Sage by Fusion Mineral Paint and GF Whitewash Water Based Stain



"This beautiful oak buffet has been transformed into the perfect height to be a media console simply by removing the feet! The top was stained in General Finishes water based stain in Antique Brown which pairs beautifully with Coastal Blue and new brushed nickel hardware!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations

"The top was stained using General Finishes Water Based Stain in Graystone while the bottoms were painted in pure white followed by an Empire Gray color wash to achieve this light and airy beachy vibe!" - Nap Time Furniture Creations    
"Yes you can paint oak! These nightstands are the perfect combination of paint and stain. The tops are showcasing the gorgeous oak wood grain and the body is painted a light warm gray for an updated look. Paint: Reverent Gray by General Finishes Stain: Graystone Water Based by General Finishes    
"Here’s the final version of this custom desk that we recently wrapped up. I added some more metal hardware on the top to tie everything together and think it turned out really cool! All ash hardwood, General Finishes Graystone Water Based Stain and Enduro Clear Poly Satin." - Rustic Valley Woodworking    
"It's a keeper! This Mid-Century Johnson-Carper dresser got a complete makeover, all the way down to the awesome hardware. Painted in...
"Old dresser turned Farmhouse Coffee Bar!! I love this so much! First, I sanded the top down to bare wood and used my favorite General Finishes Whitewash Water Based Stain. Then I removed the bottom 3 drawers and created one storage shelf and one large open space to store all the things. I left the top two drawers for silverware, utensils or your favorite stash of coffee and tea. Then to hide all your junk, I added a cafe rod with fabric. Keep it open or closed... it’s up to you! I also...

I always use natural oil finishes but when a client request some stain, I use General Finishes each and every time. Water based so clean up is a breeze, especially when running it through my spray gun. I love this stuff and you should try it out!

"I had a client that recently asked me to make a dog feeder to match her dining table - came out pretty cool! GF White Poly base with distressed finish, GF water based walnut top and sealed with Clear Poly Satin." - Rustic Valley Woodworking    
"Ok I am OVER THE MOON with this makeover!! The back was completely warped and broken and every joint was loose. I took the time to re-glue and clamp every single joint on this desk and cut a new, maple back for it. After taking care of the structural issues, I sanded it down and painted it in General Finishes Lamp Black and after removing the veneer, stained the front piece in GF Whitewash water based wood stain. I top coated the entire piece and added dainty new knobs even adding one on the...
"This beautiful dresser was refinished in General Finishes Antique White and distressed. The hardware was refinished in an antique bronze and white gold. The top was completely sanded down and stained with General Finishes water based Provincial stain and top coated for added protection." - Estrella Design    

"This antique buffet was refinished in ...

Desk, Nightstands and Headboard   Wood: Red Oak Stain: General Finishes Provincial Water Based Stain Finish: General Finishes High Performance Topcoat
"These end tables were completely sanded down, primed and painted in General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint. Since I wanted to highlight the inlay on the top, I stained it in GF Whitewash Water Based Stain and sealed the whole piece in the General Finish High Performance Topcoat to protect them for years to come!" - Upcycling by Amy    
"This set of matching end tables is painted in General Finishes Basil and the drawers were stained in GF Whitewash Water Based Stain and both pieces were completely sealed and are ready to go to their new homes!" - Upcycling by Amy    
"We just finished up this stunning custom order table. We stained it using a mix of General Finishes Graystone and Walnut water based stains." - Belle Maison    
"The pressure was on when Holly came to me with a Pinterest picture of a custom built dining room table but to make it even harder, she is my old boss at work! Big props to my hubby Jim for constructing this baby. The legs were first painted in General Finishes Empire Gray and then painted over that with Alabaster so that when I distressed the edges that grey peeked thru. The top was stained in GF Graystone Water Based Stain and then top coated in High Performance Topcoat." - Upcycling by...

"This dresser was completely sanded down, primed and painted in ...

"This solid maple boho beauty made by Willet Furniture in the 50's was a diamond in the rough and I had so much fun shining her up.  She was stripped down to raw wood, bleached to lighten up the spots where the hardware and keyhole covers were, and white washed using General Finishes Water- Based Whitewash Stain. Re·Design with Prima furniture transfer in Folk II was applied, each area laid out a little different and unique than the next. And those solid antique brass drawer pulls really...
"This 70 year old, Mid Century Modern sideboard has been modernized. Our customer was so kind in insisting I refinish this family heirloom for her, so I wanted to make each detail perfect. I stripped it bare with both a furniture stripper and several steps in hand sanding. Once the piece was brought to bare wood, I stained it with General Finishes Antique Brown Water Based Stain and gave the wood four coats of General Finishes Satin Polyacrylic varnish. The drawers and cabinet doors are primed...
"This beautiful dresser and table have been given a new refreshed look and will be heading back home. Refinished with Fusion Mineral Paint Casement and General Finishes Onyx Water Stain with Arm-R-Seal Satin." - Just By Happenstance   Learn more about using water based and oil based products on the same project in this video: http://bit.ly/VideoGFOilAndWaterBasedFinishesTogether
"This “docking station” was custom made to hold specific items that usually end up in their drop zone. Phone, wallet, keys, watch, work lanyard, wedding ring, loose change and pens from his pocket. This wood was stained in General Finishes Tobacco Water Based Stain and was accented in Cherry wood around the edges to make it pop. I think that’s my favorite detail that Bill snuck in there, and I also love the subtle name. Nice and organized!" - Sweet VanJoy        
"This small vintage buffet was refinished in General Finishes Queenstown Gray, distressed and waxed. The top and legs were refinished in General Finishes Water Based Walnut stain and top coated. The ornate hardware was refinished in an antique bronze and white gold. A beautiful paisley upholstery fabric was placed on the inside to add the finishing touches." - Estrella Design