Layering Fun with General Finishes Products

I love trying new products so I was thrilled when General Finishes sent me a box of goodies to try! Right away, I was impressed with their extensive product line and eager to get my hands dirty! I’ve had this French Provincial Dresser in the shop for a few months so I thought I’d give the products a go on it!

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

I started by cleaning and scuffing the dresser. They recommend sanding slick surfaces prior to applying the Milk Paint. The Milk Paint is actually a pre-mixed acrylic paint and can be used indoors or out. I painted the first coat with Driftwood, which was a warm gray. I then layered Persian Blue and  little Basil Green. It went on nice and smooth and dried really quickly. It really didn’t take much product and the adhesion was great! I didn’t do much distressing but I was pleased with the ease of distressing where I did. I sealed it with General Finishes High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat in Flat. The finish was not as flat as I expected but it wasn’t as shiny as Satin. It went on well and dried quick.

The results were very pleasing to the eye!

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

The dresser smiled too…please tell me you see it!

French Provincial Dresser Makeover by A to Z Custom Creations/General Finishes

I’m excited to play around with more of the products General Finishes sent my way! I’m working on a dresser now that I’ll be using their Glaze Effects on so stay tuned for that! If you’d like to learn more about the products or order some for yourself, you can do so by visiting the General Finishes website.

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Comments

  1. Love this. I need your advice on a find i want to redo

  2. So many brands of milk paint nowadays that it’s mind boggling! Great job on this piece

  3. came out great! I even love the texture/pattern inside the draws :)

  4. Love it! After layering colors did you wipe off with wet cheesecloth or did you lightly sand??

    • Hi Julie! I only sanded the areas I distressed, the corners and the legs. The appearance of the layering was achieved in the application of the paint. I hope that explanation made sense! I’m working on an e-book so please subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss it! Thank you for your kind comments! All the best! Angela

  5. Love the color. Love the hardware. Love the boom!! Love EVERYTHING!!!

  6. Looks amazing and I love the color

  7. I love this!! The colors are just perfect! I’ll have to try some GF milk paint…a huge plus is that it’s already mixed!!

    • Thank you Kathy! The Milk Paint was really fun to work with! Because it’s an acrylic, it blends really well and has great work-ability! I’m looking forward to working with it again :)

  8. Hi, this very pretty. I am just wondering how you apply the topcoat? Do you use a brush or foam brush? I find it so hard to get even drying. Any tips?

    • Thank you Kim! I used a chinex brush to apply the topcoat. I normally use a roller for flat surfaces but since I was working with a new product, I really wanted to test the brush strokes. Whatever method you choose, you should prime your tool with the product first and don’t overwork the product or dry brush/roll. I have a video on the “Tutorials” page that talks about priming a roller if you think that may help! All the best!

  9. Amazing as always!! Love the layering. There is for sure an art to that and not everyone can do it so…Be Proud! I have a little tip that we have used for years when applying the GF topcoat. If you take “good” paper towels like the blue shop towels and crumble them up and put them in a pair of panty hose ( like knee high panty hose) and then dip it in the top coat and apply that way you will get a smooth, even finish every time. :) Can’t wait to see the glazing project.

  10. Hi Angela, Your work is really nice, I follow your blog and enjoy seeing what you create. I have to ask you a question about paint. Have you ever used the paint brand PANTONE? It is a ultra low VOC, low odor, self priming, stain blocking eggshell finish.It also has a very large range of colors. You can purchase it from LOWE’S. I picked some up and I do like it but find it is very very thick. I was wondering if you have ever used this paint and if so do you have any comments about it, with using it for instance maybe watering it down or making home made chalk paint etc. I just wanted someone else opinion on the paint. There are so many paints to choose from these days. Also this paint is not expensive either. Thank you for any in put you can offer.
    Best regards
    Debbie

    • Thank you so much Debbie! I have used Valspar and yes, it is a little thick. You can thin it out a little, I’d say 10%. I have to say, be careful when making home made chalk paint with Plaster of Paris. POP contains Crystallized Silica which is carcinogenic. I’ve tried all the recipes and the best one is Calcium Carbonate. It performs well but the ratio can be tricky, which is why I just use Websters :) I’d love to see what you create! All the best, Angela

  11. This turned out really beautiful and YES,I totally see the smile! Great and thorough review too! Thank you!

  12. Wow, so much talent! I love how it turned out, I totally see the smiling face too! ;) Off to check out that paint… hope we can grab some there in Canada!

  13. Susan Jackson says:

    Love this Angela! Did you take the finish off to the wood of your piece? Where did the darker brown looking tones come in? I have a similar dresser I want to do that has a laminate top. I love the finish you have. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Susan! The darker tones are from the base coat I painted which was Driftwood. It’s a rich gray color with warm undertones. Painting the laminate a dark color first is a great way to fake the look! Hope that helps! Thanks for your kind comments!

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