Pre-Made Unfinished Furniture

Best finish using pre-made unfinished wood furniture. To enter this category, your raw-wood piece of furniture must have been purchased from a business that sells pre-made unfinished wood furniture. You must submit both "before" and "after" photos to be considered for a prize. Requires the use of 1 GF product.

Turquoise transformation

By Julee Smith, Creator at Tillie's in Jackson, OH.

Winning Category

This was soooo much fun! A good friend of mine bought a beautiful dining room suite and wanted end tables and entertainment center to match. She purchased unfinished and trusted me to do. I color matched the turquoise and painted all the pieces in a beautiful turquoise with Sherwin Williams paint with Webster's Chalk Paint Powder additive. Next I dry brushed everything in SW peppercorn to match dining room suite. Top coated everything with General Finishes High Performance satin for lasting durability. She was thrilled!!! 

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By Allison Bandt, Co-Creative Director at Said Your Way Studio in Auburn, IN.

Winning Category

This Amish made pine cabinet is painted with General Finishes Klein Blue & Snow White Milk Paint transforming it into an out of this world re-creation of the TARIS. Topped off with a custom made General Finishes Lamp Black & Snow White Painted "Police Public Call Box" wood sign to give it the perfect finishing touch!

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A Book Cabinet to Remember

By Alisha from Alameda, CA

Winning Category

After months of searching for the perfect book cabinet and not finding anything I loved, I finally decided to order a custom unfinished piece. Fenton MacLaren's in Berkeley, CA made this alder bookcase for me and I was beyond excited to finish it! I used a combination of Seagull Gray and Persian Blue to create a beautiful color to match my living room. I then used Champagne Pearl mixed with Clear Base Glaze Effects to add a bit of shimmer. The whole piece was topped with High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

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Butcher block

By Michele in Duluth, MN.

Winning Category

We decided to remove the old country blue laminate when redoing our kitchen. When looking for countertop ideas I came across people who had finished their own countertops and we decided to give it a whirl. We purchased unfinished butcher block from a local home improvement store, sanded it down, and stained it with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. I stained the butcher block with 2 coats of the stain to reach the color we desired. To seal the butcher block I used Waterlox Original Sealer. We are thrilled with the results!

Illuminated Bookcase

By SJ Price

Winning Category

General Finish Paint, stenciling and a lot of hardwork brought this pine bookcase to life.  I used General Finish Snow White Milk Paint (my go to paint) on the entire structure. I then combined Annie Sloan Paris Gray with General Finish Snow White Milk Paint to create a background color. After drying, I distressed the body of the bookcase and sanded down the stencil design.  I finished the piece by white washing the back of the bookcase with GF Snow White & water then combing through while still wet. My client thought it was wallpaper from a distance!

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