2018 Contest Rules by Category

2018 Design Challenge Contest starts July 18, 2018.

2018 Design Challenge Contest starts July 18, 2018.

 

  • Enter to win prizes in any of our exciting contest category themes for DIY projects and furniture, woodworking, and wood turning. Voting begin August - date to be announced. We are still finalizing categories.

  • Improve your chances of winning by providing well-lit and staged photography, show any details, and describe how you finished your project. You can upload up to 10 images - we recommend (but do not require) images of at least 1,000 pixels wide to show off your work

  • Product prizes will vary by category due to shipping requirements.

  • One prize per entrant. Entrants who win in multiple categories or subcategories will be awarded 1 prize - the top prize available. GF needs to share the fun!

Popular Vote Category- TO BE ANNOUNCED

Rules for Popular Vote Mad Scientist Custom Color Mix:

  1. The popular vote dates will be announced.
  2. For the popular vote, use your audience and fans to your advantage. Contact your customers and share your project across your social media channels. The project with the most votes by the end of the contest wins this category. 
  3. Your project must be completed using a mix of two or more General Finishes paints to create a NEW COLOR. Entries must include a complete description of the mix "formula" showing the quantities used of multiple colors of General Finishes Milk Paint, Chalk Style Paint, or Chalk Style Paint mixed with Milk Paint. (For example, 2 parts Snow White Milk Paint and 1 part Patina Green Milk Paint, or 1 part Summertime Blue and 1 part Keywest Blue, or any mix of Chalk Style Paint and Milk Paint.) Other manufacturers' topcoats, glazes, gilding, etc., are welcome.
  4. Colors you have entered in a previous GF Design Challenge may not be entered again.
  5. Only 1 vote per person and per computer will be accepted in the Popular Vote. Do not submit multiple entries using alternative email addresses. Multiple entries from a single IP address will be monitored, so ask friends and family to vote from their own computer.
  6. General Finishes will not accept entries where votes are promoted in exchange for a compensation of any kind. You are encouraged to use all aspects of social media to promote your business with this contest, including paid promotions on Facebook, etc. - just no compensation to voters.
  7. Category entries open to Mainland U.S./Canada/UK/Europe/Ireland residents.
  8. General Finishes product prizes are limited to water based finishes for international winners.
  9. One prize per entrant. Entrants who win in multiple categories or subcategories will be awarded 1 prize - the top prize available. GF needs to share the fun!

Upcycling Categories

Rules for upcycling categories - judged by independent panel

  1. All manufacturers' finishing products are welcome as long as ONE General Finishes product is included in the design.
  2. Please describe your finishing technique.
  3. Projects entered in a previous GF Design Challenge Contest may not be entered again.
  4. You may enter all categories with multiple unique entries but may not submit the same project in multiple categories. For example, you can submit 4 pieces of furniture in the Creative category, but cannot submit any of those 4 in another category.
  5. There is no time restriction on when the project you are submitting was created. It could be any year as long as it is your original work.
  6. One prize per entrant. Entrants who win in multiple categories or subcategories will be awarded 1 prize - the top prize available. GF needs to share the fun!
  7. Category entries open to Mainland U.S./Canada/UK/Europe/Ireland residents.
  8. General Finishes product prizes are limited to water-based finishes for international winners.
  1. BLACK
  2. WHITE
  3. THE CLASSICS: BLACK AND WHITE - These are the best-selling colors! Show us your best black or white finish. Includes really dark grays and softer whites. Wood accents such as table tops, buffet tops or wood seats are fine. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  4. COASTAL: Show us those seacoast blues. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  5. LADY IN RED: (Merit Award via independent judging)
  6. CHAIRS AND BENCHES: Chairs & Benches with wooden frames, with or without upholstery.
  7. DIY HOBBYIST UPCYCLED FURNITURE - DIY hobbyist with NO formal resale business. If you are selling anywhere online, you must enter another category. This category was created as a safe space for hobbyists to enter and have a fair playing field to win. Resale entries will be asked to move, or be removed. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  8. DECOUPAGE -  (Merit Award via independent judging)
  9. STENCILLING & EMBOSSING - (Merit Award via independent judging)
  10. MASTERPIECE TRANSFERS- Transfer of printed image onto furniture. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  11. CREATIVE: Ombre, and anything else that does not fit in another category.
  12. BLING IT ON U.S.A. and MAINLAND CANADA - Gilding takes center stage with the use of lustrous finish adornments of any kind, including gold/silver wax, GF Pearl Effects, gold or silver leaf, copper, etc., or other gilding or metallic finishes. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  13. CABINETRY UPCYCLE: PAINT OR STAIN - Kitchens, baths. etc. This can be a refinish of existing cabinets or a new finish on new cabinets. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  14. NEW CABINETS: A new finish on new wood. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  15. COUNTRY CHIC - Distressed, aged, chippy or just plain country. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  16. MID-CENTURY MODERN MAKEOVER - Bring on your best mid-1950s revival. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  17. JIVING WITH GEL STAIN - Show us your best Gel Stain refresh. Paint accents are fine. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  18. DYE STAINS - Show us how you bring out the grain, the burl, or the detailed inset patterns with a dye stain - your entire project, a table top, or drawer fronts. 
  19. WATER BASED STAINS: (Merit Award via independent judging)
  20. SMASHING SHADES OF GRAY - Enter a project completed mostly in gray - wood or color accents are fine. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  21. ANYTHING GOES: Open category for entries that do not fit into the other categories. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  22. REPURPOSED TO A NEW USE - Transformation project. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  23. SIGNS: Painted or stained. (Merit Award via independent judging)
  24. PRE-MADE UNFINISHED FURNITURE - Best finish using pre-made unfinished wood furniture. To enter this category, your raw-wood piece 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. (Merit Award via independent judging)

European Treasures Category For Our Friends Across the Seas - TO BE ANNOUNCED

Bring on the bling! Classic European treasures stand out for their fine use of metallics and ornamentation in the body of the furniture design. In this category, gilding takes center stage with the use of lustrous finish adornments of any kind, including gold/silver wax, GF Pearl Effects, gold or silver leaf, copper, etc or any manufacturers' gilding or metallic finishes. 

This category is a special tribute to our friends across the water, open ONLY to Mainland UK, Mainland Ireland and Mainland Europe residents.

European Treasure Rules - judged by independent panel

  1. You may enter all categories with multiple unique entries but may not submit the same project in multiple categories. For example, you can submit 4 pieces of furniture in the Creative category, but cannot submit any of those 4 in another category.
  2. Entrants must use at least 1 General Finishes product, and your project must include any metallic finish or metallic accents.
  3. Please describe your finishing technique.
  4. There is no time restriction on when the project you are submitting was created. It could be any year as long as it is your original work.
  5. Projects you have entered in a previous GF Design Challenge may not be entered again.
  6. One prize per entrant. Entrants who win in multiple categories or subcategories will be awarded 1 prize - the top prize available. GF needs to share the fun!
  7. Category entries open to Mainland UK/Europe/Ireland residents only.
  8. General Finishes product prizes are limited to water based finishes.

Woodworking Categories

Handcrafted projects and furniture using the wood finishes of your choice, from any manufacturer. These pieces will be judged on the design and craftsmanship required to execute them. (Merit Award via independent judging)

Woodworking rules - judged by independent panel

  1. Projects entered in a previous GF Design Challenge Contest may not be entered again.
  2. You may use the finish(es) of your choice.
  3. Please describe your project process and finishing techniques.
  4. There is no time restriction on when the project you are submitting was created. It could be any year as long as it is your original work.
  5. One prize per entrant. Entrants who win in multiple categories or subcategories will be awarded 1 prize - the top prize available. GF needs to share the fun!
  6. Category entries open to Mainland U.S./Canada/UK/Europe/Ireland residents.
  7. General Finishes product prizes are limited to water based finishes for international winners.

Woodworking Categories:

  1. TABLES
  2. CHAIRS & BENCHES
  3. STORAGE (cabinets, chests, boxes, dressers)
  4. INSTRUMENTS
  5. WOOD CARVINGS & SCULPTURE
  6. JUNIOR WOODTURNING - 18 years or under
  7. OTHER

Wood Turning Categories

Wood turning is one of the most demanding and beautiful art forms. This category is for hand-turned projects finished using the wood finishes of your choice, from any manufacturer. (Merit Award via independent judging)

Wood Turning Rules - judged by independent panel

  1. Projects entered in a previous GF Design Challenge Contest may not be entered again.
  2. You may use the finish(es) of your choice. 
  3. Please describe your project process and finishing techniques.
  4. There is no time restriction on when the project you are submitting was created. It could be any year as long as it is your original work.
  5. One prize per entrant. Entrants who win in multiple categories or subcategories will be awarded 1 prize - the top prize available. GF needs to share the fun!
  6. Category entries open to Mainland U.S./Canada/UK/Europe/Ireland/Australia, and New Zealand's North & South Islands.
  7. General Finishes product prizes are limited to water based finishes for international winners.

Wood Turning Categories 

  1. TURNED & CARVED SURFACE
  2. DECORATED & EMBELLISHED SURFACE
  3. CONVENTIONAL NATURAL EDGE BOWLS
  4. CONVENTIONAL FINISHED EDGE BOWLS
  5. HOLLOW VESSELS WITH OR WITHOUT LIDS/or FINIALS
  6. PENS
  7. LIDDED BOXES
  8. SMALL TURNINGS: toys, ornaments, functional, etc.
  9. TURNED, CARVED & EMBELLISHED SPINDLES & LEGS
  10. CONVENTIONAL SPINDLE & LEGS
  11. SEGMENTED WOOD TURNINGS
  12. CREATIVE FINISH COLOR
  13. YOUTH or STUDENT WOOD TURNER (25 years or under)
  14. BEGINNING WOOD TURNERS (with less than 1 year of experience. Any age is welcome, but cannot have postings or resales of your work that is older than 12 months from the start of the contest.) 

Judges may not enter the Design Challenge

 

Dates

Contest Entries
July 7, 6:30 p.m. CST - July 28, Midnight CST
Voting
August 4, Noon CST - August 11, Midnight CST
Winners announced
Third week in August

Contest Categories

14 Upcycling Categories
2 Instructional/Demonstration Videos
European Treasures
Staging Contest
7 Woodworking Categories
14 Wood Turning Categories
 

GF is advocating a fair playing field
Votes for the MAD SCIENTIST CUSTOM COLOR category should be based on the beauty of the color and the natural following of their friends. General Finishes will not accept entries where votes are promoted in exchange for compensation of any kind.

Due to shipping costs, contest prizes will be awarded only in U.S., Canada and mainland United Kingdom/Mainland Ireland.

With the exception of the MAD SCIENTIST CATEGORY, any manufacturers' products are welcome as long as ONE General Finishes product is included in the design. (We believe there is room for a variety of beautiful paints and finishes in the marketplace.) Entrants will be asked to provide a photo of their project and list the products and colors used.