General Finishes "Geometric Design" FFF challenge ~ Shades of Grey

I LOVE General Finishes products and when Fab Furniture Flip girls hosted a contest using any I had to sign up. It was then posted the theme for this contest would be "geometric design". It did puzzle me for a minute but after looking thru my treasure trove of pieces to paint I came across this solid pine very geometrically designed end table. The thick wood top cried GF gel stain! Now I love me some java gel but decided to think outside the box. General Finishes was supplying 1 product for each contestant so I chose the new grey gel stain. For other great pieces I have done with GF products, be sure to check my Creative Moments Facebook page.

It finally arrived and I got busy as only had a week to finish now. I hauled the sturdy end table out side to sand thinking this would be easy. NOPE.. the shellac they used on these pine pieces is DURABLE! only the edges came off, so back inside to a coat of stripper.
Even this had a hard time and required a pile of scraping and left the stain layer, hmmm. Back outside and an hour later I had power sanded the top down to raw wood, whew!  

 Time to haul it back inside and give it a good scrub. This is a huge step many miss and only after painting begins does one find greasy areas bleeding thru or other gunk, scrub well and let dry good.
The next morning the fun began, time to stain!

 I have to say the color is more blue then I expected but like all other General Finish products, the coverage was good and process easy.

I chose a light grey for the base to compliment the darker grey top. I did the first layer in homemade chalk paint then another coat of the actual paint. The color is called Transition by General Paints.
Time for some added dimension, white glaze worked perfect giving hint of barn board too and more geometric design elements

Older pieces have seen love, I like to keep them with some of this character, it also adds forgiveness to future years of wear. To add even more geometric lines I distressed all horizontal edges and the front door panels
 before and after on the edge distressing
 Day 3 the whole thing gets three coats of satin Varathane sealer
and then some added glam, square mercury glass knobs were added after existing dated hardware holes were filled pre painting. 

 the finished project ;)

 details : white glaze dimension on left and pretty grain on right

before and AFTER

 Thank you to General Finishes for the provided can of gray stain to use on this "Geometric Design" contest piece. I really like the end result, what do you think?

Check out many other great pieces entered in this month's contest as well as past months, stop by the Fab Furniture Flippin website. Or check out the contest hosts pages below and if interested in participating in a future contest please contact

Evey of Evey's Creations (Co-Creator)
Stacy of Anastasia Vintage (Co-Creator)
Charlotte of Ciburbanity
Lynn of Fern Avenue
I have received some of the product used in this post, but ALL the opinions are entirely MY own.  This post contains a sponsored link for General Finishes