Woodwork refinishing is a task that requires time, patience, and close attention to detail. However, it is a job that can be performed by a number of individuals, from the trained professional, to the skilled handyman, to the determined do-it-yourselfer.
The most common person you will find working in this trade is the carpenter. There are many types of carpenters, from cabinet makers to carpenters that work more in a construction capacity. Most carpenters undergo a type of apprenticeship to hone their skills, and after years of study, are able to use the carpenter title. At the end of their training, most carpenters also have to undergo a test in their area of focus to ensure the quality of their skills. Depending on the country, this may be more arduous. A carpenter may be the most qualified person you can find to help repair old kitchen cabinets, or restore antique furniture to its former glory. They have more tools than the average individual, and have been trained in what types of glazes, stains and topcoats look best on each type of wood. Carpenters are great to work with for custom projects like distressing wood or applying a new varnish, to update the look of your home to something more modern, or to help restore the kitchen to a more traditional look.
For those who want to take on their home improvement projects without hiring outside help, they can find out information on sanding, staining, and refinishing their own furniture or hardwood floors online, in home improvement magazines, or asking questions at the local hardware store. They can then work on stripping lacquer or paint from the piece, applying some type of faux finish, or simply coating it in a laminate paint to preserve the natural look.