2017-02-16 / Top News

Free Habitat workshop focuses on refinishing

McCarty McCarty Cook up a fresh new look for your kitchen by learning how to refinish furniture, cabinets and countertops at Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s second “Do More with ReStore” workshop. Hosted by Nicholas McCarty of McCarty Design, the free DIY session starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Habitat ReStore Home Improvement Center, 5430 Yahl St.

“For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where families tend to spend a lot of their time, but it’s also one of the most expensive areas to update when the time comes,” says Mara Foley, director of store operations for Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. That’s where Mr. McCarty’s hands-on instruction comes in. “He’s got some great tips for giving kitchen cabinets a high-end designer look without that designer price tag,” Ms. Foley says, adding paint and glaze are the main ingredients of his transformations. “He explains everything and makes the process less intimidating — even for people who don’t consider themselves do-it-yourselfers.”

Mr. McCarty founded McCarty Design in 1987 following a brief stint in banking after graduating from Michigan State University.

I didn’t understand my artistic talents until I saw a tabletop and thought it was marble, but found out it was wood,” he says. “I starting learning about faux finishes and realized that I had the vision and hands-on capacity to take something not that nice and make it into something very nice.” As his reputation grew, he began working with architects and interior designers throughout the United States.

The Do More with ReStore series of workshops concludes with ReUpholster with ReStore, hosted by Home Fashion Upholstery at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Habitat Home Furnishings ReStore at 11127 Tamiami Trail E.

All Do More with ReStore events are free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 260-5256 or emailing restore@habitatcollier.org.

About Habitat ReStores

For more than 10 years, the Habitat Home Furnishings ReStore has provided the community with opportunities to make tax-deductible donations of unwanted items, reducing the amount of waste entering local landfills and helping to support the construction of affordable housing.

The store gives customers with an ever-changing collection of new and gently used furniture, housewares and more at a fraction of the cost of buying new. In December 2015, Habitat Collier opened a second its ReStore Home Improvement Center to provide the public with a greater selection of home improvement materials and appliances. Donations are accepted at either location.

For general questions about stores or to schedule a free donation pickup, call 732-6388.

About Habitat Collier

Since 1978, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County has built more than 1,900 homes in the Naples and Immokalee areas. The goal of the global Habitat for Humanity organization is to empower struggling families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Prospective homeowners go through an extensive financial screening, must volunteer sweat equity hours building their homes and attend classes to learn about home maintenance, budgeting and community living.

Habitat Collier is one of the oldest and most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the world. To volunteer, donate or learn more, call 775-0036 or visit www.habitatcollier.org. ¦

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