Nicholas McCarty Design presents “hands-on” learning session

Naples, FL (February 10, 2017) — From furniture to cabinets and countertops, learn how to refinish various materials for an entirely new look.

ReFinish with Restore is the second installment in the “Do More with ReStore” series of free DIY (do-it-yourself) events hosted by professional designers to demonstrate how to reuse and repurpose home furnishings and building materials. On Tuesday, February 28 at 11 am, Nicholas McCarty of McCarty Design will teach attendees how to refinish their kitchen cabinets, counters and more at Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s ReStore Home Improvement Center, located at 5430 Yahl Street.

“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,” explains Habitat for Humanity Collier County’s Director of Store Operations Mara Foley. “That’s where (McCarty) comes in. He’s got some great tips for giving kitchen cabinets a high-end designer look without that designer price tag. He really explains everything and makes the process less intimidating—even for people who don’t consider themselves DIYers,” she adds.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their “hobby” or “work” clothes and participate in an experiential learning session with Nicholas McCarty as he transforms cabinet panels from one color to the next using paint and glaze.

Nicholas 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,” explains McCarty. “So, 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. My reputation grew and I began working with architects and interior designers, travelling extensively throughout the United States,” he explains. “I sort of became well-known at the Habitat ReStore for repurposing furniture and improving the way an old piece of furniture or cabinet looks,” he adds.

ReFinish with ReStore is the second of the three part DIY series hosted by Habitat Collier ReStores. The series will conclude with ReUpholster with ReStore – an upholstery event hosted by Home Fashion Upholstery — on March 15 at the Home Furnishings ReStore at 11127 Tamiami Trail East.  All “Do More with ReStore” events are free and open to the public. RSVP by email to or call (239) 260-5256.


About Habitat for Humanity ReStores

For more than 10 years, the Habitat Collier Home Furnishings Store 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. It provides 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 ReStore, a Discount 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, visit or call 239-732-6388.


About Habitat for Humanity of Collier County

Since 1978, Habitat Collier has built more than 1,900 homes in the Naples and Immokalee areas. Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles. The organization’s goal is to empower struggling families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Prospective home buyers go through an extensive financial screening, must volunteer sweat equity hours building 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 239-775-0036.