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Meet Your Instructor


Jennifer Baker

Nice to meet you! I'm Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC. My business began when I moved into my first apartment. I had 800 square feet of space to furnish and an even smaller decorating budget! My necessity for thrifty decorating turned into a love for transforming outdated and unwanted furniture into gorgeous masterpieces with Milk Paint and quality wood stains. After I married my hunky hockey-playing husband, Marc, I left my career in education and began building Eight Hundred Furniture from the ground up. Now, I'm a proud retailer of General Finishes and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products. You can shop from me online at or in my physical retail space at Homestead Studios in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. It's my passion to educate, equip and encourage every day people to transform furniture using General Finishes and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint products. Thanks for being here!

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Prep Work

    • Prepping Your Piece

  • 3


    • Applying the Stripper

    • Removing the Stripper

    • Cleaning the Surface

  • 4


    • Following a Sanding Schedule

    • Sanding the Surface

  • 5

    Applying Oil-Based Gel Stain

    • Getting Ready to Stain

    • Applying Oil-Based Gel Stain

  • 6

    Applying Oil-Based Topcoats

    • Applying the First Coat of Arm-R-Seal

    • Finish Sanding in Between Coats of Arm-R-Seal

    • Applying the Second Coat of Arm-R-Seal

    • Reference Sheet - High Performance Topcoat vs. Arm-R-Seal

  • 7

    Applying Water-Based Wood Stain

    • Intro to Water-Based Wood Stains

    • Applying Water-Based Wood Stains

  • 8

    Applying A Water-Based Topcoat

    • Intro to Water-Based High Performance Topcoat

    • Applying the First Coat of High Performance Topcoat

    • Finish Sanding

    • Applying a Second Coat of High Performance Topcoat

    • Reference Sheet - Flat vs. Satin Sheens

    • Reference Sheet - High Performance Topcoat vs. Arm-R-Seal

  • 9

    Getting a Stained Look Without Using Stain

    • Getting a Stained Look Without Using Stain

    • Applying the Second Coat of Dark Chocolate Milk Paint

    • General Finishes Milk Paint Attributes

  • 10

    Wrapping Up

    • Wrapping Up

    • Furniture Care and Maintenance


  • Who is this course designed for?

    This course is ideal for everyone! Whether you're someone who has a piece at home you'd like to refinish, a painter who wants to expand their skill set, or someone who wants to start refinishing furniture as a business, this course is for you!

  • How long will I have access to this course?

    Once you purchase this course, you will have lifetime access to it.

  • Can I work at my own pace?

    Absolutely! Once you purchase this course and are enrolled, you can begin working through the lessons at your own pace. Content is not dripped out over time, giving you the freedom to access it when it suits your schedule.

  • Can I use the information in this course with other staining products?

    This content of this course is specific to General Finishes's line of stains and topcoats. Some information is transferrable across product lines, but always read the manufacturer's recommendations and instructions when using another brand.

  • Who do I contact if I need help or have a question?

    Once enrolled, you will be given access to Jenn's exclusive Facebook group, "Eight Hundred Furniture University". This is the place where you can ask your questions and interact with other students in the course. You can always email Jenn with any questions as well at [email protected]

  • Are there any refunds?

    Because you have access to the course outline and sample lessons prior to purchasing, and can ask Jenn questions directly, refunds are not offered on this course.

  • Do you offer payment plans?

    Not at this time.

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My Go-To Person


Jenn is so incredibly talented and kind hearted. She is my go to person when I have questions about painting furniture. She is so easy to talk to and her workshops are incredibly helpful. Also, her blog is amazing!!! I love Eight Hundred Furniture!!!!

Educational and Well Explained


I have watched many tutorials, demos, etc and they are informative, educational and well explained. Please do not stop doing them. I'd be lost without them.

Great Class! Learned a Ton!


First of all, great class! I learned a ton! All this time, I totally was doing wet edge wrong (don't ask!). One of the biggest lessons I'm learning and you reinforced is PATIENCE! I try to rush too often and end up shooting myself in the foot - costing time, money, product, frustration! Also, I LOVE that you left your mistake in the video. LOVE IT!!!! Too many times, I make a mistake and don't know how to fix it, feels like a ding dong, have no one to commiserate with, let alone ask for advice.