Cabinetry: Paint Or Stain (Merit Judging)

Kitchen, bath, bar cabinetry etc. This can be a refinish of existing cabinets or a new finish on new cabinets. Requires the use of 1 GF product.


Cloud white upcycle

By George Moloyannis

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 I started by cleaning all the cabinet doors with TSP  then primed with GF undercoat. Sand then two coats for enduro white poly  tinted to cloud white.  Sand then seal with enduro clear poly 

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Beachy Kitchen.

By J&P Designs, Owners

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Swoon worthy!!!  This kitchen turned out amazing!! Crisp and clean white updated these cabinets bringing them into this century. The island was custom color matched to the clients table chairs and added dimension to this space. While this client spends her winters in Florida, she will still have that beach feel when she returns home to Illinois. 

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Cozy kitchen

By Michele in Duluth, MN.

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We purchased our house and knew the kitchen would need a makeover right away! The cabinets were a golden maple wood color and the countertop was country blue formica...it was very 80's country from the wallpaper to the countertop.

I painted the cabinets with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and applied General Finishes Flat Out Flat Topcoat.  We decided we wanted a warm and cozy feel and opted for the warmth of butcher block.

The transformation of our kitchen was amazing. We went from 80's country design to a chic, warm, and cozy kitchen.

Centery Farm/Farmhouse update

By Kimberly at 400 Rustic Station in whittemore, IA.

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We Updated our Farmhouse Cabinets, when we moved to the family farm in 2013, it had the classic oak cabinets, the last time the kitchen was update which was in 1970.  It was time to make this Centery farm and farmhouse Ours!    We chose Queentown Gray and Pitch Black Glaze. We painted the base of the cabinterywith the queenstown and then sealed them.  On the doors we painted queenstown gray and then  did a dry glaze technique to the doors to give it depth and interested. This farmhouse is now more in style and we are loving the updated look without the huge expense of remodling.!  

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Grateful Gray Kitchen

By J&P Designs, Owners

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This Grateful Gray  Kitchen is magazine worthy!! Custom color paint mix of General Finishes Driftwood and Seagull Gray Milk Paint on the cabinets and Queenstown Grayon the island. Painting these cabinets made this kitchen seem bigger.  

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Cabinets by finish pro

By Louis

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Refinished from dark stain to grey with black glaze. I used General Finishes Stain Blocker on the island to prevent bleed through from the previous finish -  a very red stain! 

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Brick Beauty

By The Rustic Seahorse, Owner

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Thrilled with this beautiful transformation. This kitchen went from dark and mediocre to farmhouse chic.  We painted the honey color cabinets  in a pure white and sealed with General Finishes Flat Out Flat. Isn't it charming? 

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Sometimes I just stare at these cabinets...

By Shelley

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Goodbye honey oak cabinets, hello delicous chocolate cabinets!

Driftwood Gray Vanity

By Stephanie Hurdle White, Stephanie White

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Our bathroomwas super dated with maple cabinets so we decided to take the gf plunge and try the driftwood Gray milk paint. We use the stains but this was our first attempt at cabinets however we are in love with this product and how it came out!

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Bathroom sink cabinet

By Diane Appanaitis, Owner at SouThernSavVyAtHearT in Ironton, OH.

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Found this Vintage Morganton cabinet in a resale shop and knew I had to rescue and use! I was looking for another cabinet I could upcycle for a bathroom sink. That's what I did. Cleaned her up lightly sanded primed her up did layers of general finishes in old white, mix of graphite with country grey distressed her up then several layers of GFHP. TOP I sanded down painted with general finishes Lamp Black several layers of GFHP. Added some rustic for a more masculine old world touch put her in our guest bathroom! 

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Painted repurposed kitchen cabinets

By Lisa Fuller

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Great kitchen repurpose project. Existing cabinets were originally pickeled oak ,tired  and lifeless. Painted a very fresh Snow white which really brightened up the space. The client  choose a custom color to be painted on the peninsula and General finishes custon mixed this color in Enduro (which)I LOVE. #GENERALFINISHES #PAINTEDKITCHENS #CABINETMAKEOVERS #1SHABBYCHIC 

 

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Breakfast bar

By Stephanie Hurdle White, Stephanie White

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We decidedto add some drama to our boring breakfastbar and give it a costal chic feel with driftwood Milkpaint. We love how it came our and absolutely recommended this product to anyone from beginner to advanced anyone can use gf products to transform their project from boring to wow!

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Kitchen island

By Diane Appanaitis, Owner at SouThernSavVyAtHearT in Ironton, OH.

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She went from plane to the center talking piece of the room! Layers upon layers distressed and more distressed. General finishes colors I used was milk paints in buttermilk, persion blue, white and several layers if the GFHP poly. The top I used a vintage door sanded down used the Java gel poly again and layed a glass on top. Beautiful!

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Painted repurposed kitchen cabinets

By Lisa Fuller

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Great kitchen repurpose project. Existing cabinets were originally pickeled oak ,tired  and lifeless. Painted a very fresh Snow white which really brightened up the space. The client  choose a custom color to be painted on the peninsula and General finishes custon mixed this color in Enduro (which)I LOVE. #GENERALFINISHES #PAINTEDKITCHENS #CABINETMAKEOVERS #1SHABBYCHIC 

 

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Hi New House, Meet Java!!

By Tracy Eubanks

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After renting the past 10 years, my husband and I finally purchased a home this January. It was COVERED in the infamous honey oak. My kitchen was stuck with a football field sized green countertop so I searched the internet for something to camouflage what I still call the Green Monster. Well search no more! I found General Finishes Java Gel Stain and have fallen in love. First, I cleaned the cabinets with 50/50 Denatured Alcohol and water and then sanded more than I wanted to due to a collection of layer upon layer of grease on the doors and cabinets. I guess they liked to fry..a lot!

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White bathroom makeover

By Fallon_Market House Restorations, Owner at Market House Restorations, LLC in Salem, VA.

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This early 90's bathroom was completely transformed with a little paint. I used one coat of General Finishes Stain Blocker, 2 coats of General Finishes snow white and 3 coats of High Performance Top Coat in Flat. 

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Buffet server

By Allison Haber Torres

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This once unloved server cabinet was refinished with the finest of detail, and more importantly, love.  Attention to detail was necessary to make the intricate carvings POP! A combination of General Finishes Candelite Gel Stain and GF Georgian Cherry Gel Stain was used to create this rich finish for the buffet top.  The top was sealed with General Finishes Clear Satin Top Coat.  The bottom portion of this piece was carefully finished in General Finishes Antique White milk paint, and then glazed with General Finishes Van Dyke Brown.

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Honey No More!!

By Tracy Eubanks

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After I Gel Stained my own kitchen, a friend of mine messaged me on Facebook asking me if I would take a look at her kitchen and maybe paint hers too. Since Gel Stain was not an option for her, I suggested using GF Milk Paint although I had never painted with it. I love the Gel Stains so I knew the Milk Paint had to have the same product quality. She decided on GF Linen Milk Paint and now she couldn't be happier with her decision. First, I cleaned the cabinets with 50/50 Denatured Alcohol and water and then lightly sanded with a high grit sandpaper.

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Hundreds saved with paint!

By Fallon_Market House Restorations, Owner at Market House Restorations, LLC in Salem, VA.

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The base of this bathroom cabinet was a rare size and because of that the price to replace just the base would have cost over $1,000. I was able to save my clients hundreds and hundreds of dollars with some elbow greese and paint! I used 2 coats of General Finishes Driftwood and sealed it with 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. Such a huge transformation!!

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Livin' The Lake Life

By Jessica Gilbert/Deb Alexander, Owners at Boutique Unique in Glasgow, KY.

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With the help of General Finishes products we helped our customer take her newly acquired lake home from dark and drab to completely light and fab!  A custom mix of Snow White and Antique White milk paints on the top cabinets helped to brighten the way for the bottom cabinets to stand out in a custom mix of Coastal Blue and Persian Milk paints. The customer requested a clean "factory finish" look, which was completed with High Performance Top Coat in Satin.

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Lamp Black / Drift Wood Cabinet Project~

By GoodWillHunting Lawson Designs, Owner at GoodWillHunting Lawson in New Lenox, IL.

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Hey there Friends! We were called in by a client to revamp her kitchen! All cabinets were honey oak and needed some love! We removed all the doors, taped, washed all the cabinets, then hand painted every piece (no spraying used) in Lamp Black milk paint. We then distressed the cabinets and doors, sealed every piece in High Performance Top Coat and reassembled. It takes us a bit longer to paint because we're not spraying anything but we and our clients feel the desired look has been achieved! We hope you love! 

Your Friends, 

The GoodWillHunting Lawson Team~ 

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35 year old kitchen made new again!

By Fallon_Market House Restorations, Owner at Market House Restorations, LLC in Salem, VA.

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To begin, I had to re-position the knobs on the cabinet doors, because they were currently placed in middle/center of each door. I filled them in then I sealed the doors with General Finishes Stain Blocker.  This helped me achieve an extra smooth base before I applied the paint. I then painted the cabinets 3x with General Finishes snow white and sealed them with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. I can't get my "before" pictures to upload correctly, but the transformation was huge! :)

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Whoa! What a Change!

By Jessica Gilbert/Deb Alexander, Owners at Boutique Unique in Glasgow, KY.

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We are crushing on the new look of this updated gorgeous kitchen!  Besides new wall color, lighting and countertops, the finishing touch was updating the honey oak cabinets with GF products! The main cabinets were painted in GF milk paint in Linen. These were lightly distressed and then glazed in Van Dyke Brown. Driftwood milk paint on the island drew out the gray in the countertops and pulled the kitchen together. A finish of HPTC in Flat helped complete this gorgeous remodel. What a stunning transformation for this sweet family's kitchen!

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Classic Chic Kitchen Makeover

By The Rustic Seahorse, Owner

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This Classic Chic kitchen is one of our favorite makeovers to date.  Out with the dated honey color and in with the white and Pitch Black Glaze detail. The glaze sets the cabinets and island off and brings the transformation to a whole new level. Sealed for durability with flat out flat topcoat to help give the more modern finish. 

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Old oak cabinets brought back to life!

By Fallon_Market House Restorations, Owner at Market House Restorations, LLC in Salem, VA.

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I used 3 coats of General Finishes Seagull Grey and 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.

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Let's Lighten It Up

By Jessica Gilbert/Deb Alexander, Owners at Boutique Unique in Glasgow, KY.

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We LOVE a good cabinet transformation and this one is beautiful! These dark stained cabinets were primed with BIN to stop bleed through of the red cherry stain. The stunning island was lightened up with a custom mix of GF's Snow White and Linen milk paints. After sand distressing they were moderately glazed in GF's Van Dyke brown. The main cabinets just rock in GF Driftwood milk paint. These too were sand distressed and glazed in GF Van Dyke brown. Everything was sealed in GF HPTC in Satin. Chunky ORB hardware just complimented the style of this kitchen. 

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Thrifty Designs Java gel stained kitchen

By Java Gel stained kitchen, Interior Designer at Thrifty Designs

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These cabinets original finish was a pickled whitewash. We completely changed the look of the entire kitchen by applying 3 coats of java gel stain and three coats of General finishes satin polyurethane . This kitchen went from dated to modern and gorgeous !! These products never let me down.

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Sawgrass Stunner

By The Rustic Seahorse, Owner

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The Sawgrass Stunner is one of my favorite makeovers to date. The bones of the cabinetry were already gorgeous but the wood color was a dated cherry. I used a custom mix color for the main floor and General Finishes Lamp Black for the two islands. I then used General Finishes Flat Out Flat on the main floor and the satin formula on the islands.  This beautiful family was able to keep their floors, backsplash and countertops. This transformation was a big job but anything is possible with the right products and some hard work.

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Farmhouse kitchen cabinets

By Nikki Dunn

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I had always hated my kitchen cabinets. They were a yellowish oak- very plain and outdated.I really wanted something new,yet rustic looking.  It was then that I discovered Gf milk paint and I was quickly obsessed with it. I began watching every tutorial & reading every blog about painting kitchen cabinets. I decided to use the Antique White and Van dyke brown glaze and the high performance top coat.  It was a trial and error process but I was able to catch on quickly.  I did 3 coats of the paint then 1 coat of the top coat.

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Kitchen Makeover with Tuxedo Cabinets

By Jenni | Roots & Wings Furniture LLC at Roots & Wings Furniture LLC in Wexford, PA.

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We overhauled our kitchen DIY style this spring.  And of course the cabinets were transformed using General Finishes Milk Paint.  I used Snow White for the uppers and a 50/50 mix of Snow White and Driftwood for the lower cabinets.  It created the perfect medium gray that goes so well with the stainless steel appliances.  The cabinets were all sealed with High Performance Topcoat in flat finish for just a bit of shine.  

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Master Bath Makeover

By Laura in COLLEYVILLE, TX.

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We wanted a warm rich looking bathroom. White would make this room washed out, but the current cabinets doors were MDF panels so staining was not an option. The cabinets has to look like they were stained without being too dark like an espresso which would be too contemporary for the room. Using multiple layers I created a dark rich walnut wood look that matched the master bedroom furniture which made the room flow.

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Refinished cabinets

By Twisted Vintag Az at Twisted Vintage Az

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Used beautiful lamps black and general finishes sealer. Came out perfect! 

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Vintage Kitchen Cabinet in Navy

By Gelynda

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I love saving anything vintage and this piece is no exception. It reminds me of Grandma's Kitchen and I knew it had to be mine. I removed the old top with metal rim and replaced it with old house wood. I stained the old wood to give it a vintage feel using Minwax stain. I painted the cabinet body using Coastal Blue Milk Paint. The doors were in such good shape I decided to leave them in their natural state. I chose the Flat Out Flat to finish her off after lining the shelves inside the cabinet with wallpaper that matches my kitchen. I am in love!

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Hall Bath Vanity

By Lisa Payne

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This is my 1st home project! Wanting to stain my kitchen cabinets...but I decided to test my skills on a vanity that WAS being replaced.  I love the way it has turned out & we have decided to keep it! 

I wiped 3 coats of Java Gel Stain on the base.  And used 3 coats of the dry brush technique on the doors.  So easy & fun!  I can't wait to start on the kitchen! 

 

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New Kitchen Redo with Seagull Grey

By Mary Williamson Shades of Shabby, Artisan at Shades of Shabby in Palmetto, GA.

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This kitchen needed an update bad, so we went with Seagull Grey to compliment the counter tops and the customer just loves it! The satin top coat sealed the deal! I always use General Finishes products on my big kitchen jobs.

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Show Stopper Kitchen

By J&P Designs, Owners

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Definitely a show stopper!!! This clients cabinets now match their beautiful backsplash, countertops and the rest of their contemporary decor. The dated cabinets were given a fresh clean coat of white on top and a rich gray on the bottom. Handles were moved from the centers. You can't even tell there were holes in the centers of the doors now. 

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Glam Kitchen

By Meaghan Wolf, Owner at Metamorphosis Design in Carmel, IN.

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General Finishes Snow White and Custom mix island used in the General Finishes milk paint made for the perfect update to this sparkling, new kitchen look. 

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J&P to the Rescue!!! Kitchen Tranformation

By J&P Designs, Owners

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The clients originally attempted to paint the cabinets themselves with Rustoleum cabinet paint and were very unhappy with the results. They contact J&P Designs to rescue their kitchen cabinets and are all smiles now!!! 

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Modern with a hint of Gray

By Meaghan Wolf, Owner at Metamorphosis Design in Carmel, IN.

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The upper cabinets are in Snow White but the lowers are in the Seagull Gray to give it a nice subtle, soothing combo. 

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HOT PINK KITCHEN, YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT!

By Katie Clemente, Furniture Artist at Katie Clemente Studios in CHARLESTON, SC.

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My clients home had been destroyed from a flood and needed a total makeover. Being a single mom with limited funds, she contacted my studio for a design consultation. Her bold taste in color allowed me to paint her kitchen cabinets HOT PINK/MAGENTA!! Yes, you read that right. Using General Finishes top coats ensured the long lasting, durable finish! It has now been years, and my business name has changed, but these kitchen cabinets are standing strong and fierce! 

 

 

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