General Finsihes Gel Stains - top to bottom, left to right Antique Walnut, Brown Mahogany, Java Gray, Black, Candlelite The right side of each board is one coat wiped back, the left side is multiple coats for a more opaque look.
Once Upon A Window stained the top of this stylish dresser with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and then sealed it with High Performance Top Coat satin. Vintage Farmhouse Paints "Antique Lace" was painted on the base before aging with Miss Mustard Seeds clear and dark wax, and then a final coat of Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish in 'dead flat' was added to seal.
Use gel stain (General Finishes) to stain over something that was already finished, without stripping any of the old finish away. Also check out this tutorial-- http://www.monicawantsit.com/2012/02/staining-oak-cabinets-espresso-color.html--