What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My suppliers often have seminars that I attend. Much of what I do is an art. I have learned, after all these years, what I can do and when faced with a challenge I usually figure it out.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
We bought a house in the Central West End. After doing a lot of the woodwork and some of my furniture I saw that I was doing better work than the refinishers I checked out. Working as a restaurant manager 3:00 pm to 3:00 am made it look very appealing. I started stuffing mailboxes and it grew from there.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We refinish furniture, kitchen cabinets, front doors, staircases, beamed ceilings, windows, doors, baseboards, wainscot and anything else that is wood, including sleds.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
1) We have been saving a lot of the beautiful doors that are so common in St. Louis. Many people don't know who to call for this work and they often let their painter do the work. I don't paint, and most painter shouldn't refinish.
2) The staircase we did in West County that was pine with white spindles now looks like mahogany with iron spindles. (Thanks to St. Louis Stair And Wood Works for the iron.) It can be seen on my website SueWheelerSTL.com
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Most of us check Google these days to find someone. I would then check with the BBB. Most people that talk to me get the idea that I am sincere and good at what I do. I will take care of them. You can find out a lot just from talking to the contractor first.