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Table Transformation with General Finishes Gel Stain

by Beth

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When my sweet friend asked me if I could transform her table I was really excited to do it.  I always love working for friends because I get to see the pieces again and again.  I like this because I can see how the products I use hold up.

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She wanted to darken the top of the table and paint the base and chairs.  I decided I’d use General Finishes Gel Stain because I’ve been wanting to try it.  We chose Java.

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I’m lucky to have this great Woodcraft store just around the corner from where my friend lives.  They carried all the products I needed to do the job.  In fact there was so much to choose from I kinda stood in the isle for a bit just to take it all in.

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I sanded the top of the table first.  This is an important step even though this is a gel stain and bonds well to most pre-finished surfaces.  There was a lot of poly on this table so I needed to sand it off to make sure the stain had something to bond to.

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I applied a generous amount of gel stain with a foam brush.

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Then using a lint free rag I removed the excess.  After I let the stain dry for several hours, I VERY lightly sanded the top again with a 400 grit paper and then applied an additional coat of stain.

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General Finishes Gel Stain has poly in the stain so when the second coat dried I had this beautiful ready to use surface.

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Next it was time to transform the chairs.  We chose Annie Sloan in Old White.  This is my most popular color.  It’s so versatile and goes with most any style.

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New fabric for the seats was the perfect finishing touch.

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I then did just a bit of distressing on the chairs and waxed them with clear wax and buffed.

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I think they turned out beautiful.  How about you?

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Do you have a custom painting need?  If you are within 1 hour of Fairview TN, email me at farmfreshvintagefinds@gmail.com for pricing and details.

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Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers December 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

It looks awesome Beth!

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Tricia M December 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Okay I keep seeing blogs about this stuff and I think it is time for me to give it a try. This table looks fantastic! You did a great job on it! I think my own dining table may be my first project using this.

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Michelle Lepak December 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I have some General Finishes products waiting to be opened. This is good inspiration to get started.
~Michelle

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Paula@SweetPea December 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

Looks great! My hubby loves shopping at Woodcraft!

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Beth December 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

I hadn’t been there until now. I think I’m going to take some of the classes they offer.

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Piper January 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Love Java gel stain! I have used it numerous times! Great idea that I have never thought of!Just beautiful!! I may just have to copy this for my kitchen table!

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Beth January 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Thanks!!!

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Alina January 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

The table looks beautiful! I’m thinking of trying the gel stain on an old pine entertainment center and I don’t want it to get as dark as some of the other pictures online for the Java. Is that table top also pine or a harder wood? I’m afraid the pine might turn out splotchy as it’s a soft wood. Thanks!

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Beth January 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

It’s pine. GF has several different colors of stain to choose from so you could always get something a little lighter. Just add one coat at a time until you get the darkness you like. :)

~Beth

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Jill March 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

I love this look. I recently did a built in bookcase with a similar look. I have worked with this gel stain on several projects. (and love it) I am surprised to see you say you don’t need to poly the finished product, especially a table?

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Beth March 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

Hi Jill,
There’s actually poly in the stain. This table belongs to a friend of mine and I plan to go back and put poly on it if it’s necessary but so far so good. :) Thanks for your kind words.
Blessings,
Beth

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Tara September 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Thanks for posting, the table looks great! I am also trying to refinish our kitchen table with the Java gel stain. The problem I am running into is removing the excess stain after I have applied. It comes off really unevenly. Did you run into this problem? Maybe I’m using the wrong kind of rag to wipe it off? Any thoughts would be great.

Thanks!

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Beth September 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Are you letting it stay on long enough? You may need to sand a little more also so the stain soaks in? What kind of rag are you using?

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