Wood Refinishing by Sue Wheeler

Saint Louis, MO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I care about the details. My name is in my business and I take pride in doing a great job for each customer. My best customer is the one that refers me to others. The only way to get those customers is to do the work right.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

1) It is very gratifying to bring back the beauty of wood and have people appreciate the work. 2) I love my customers.


Saint Louis, MO 63108

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9 Reviews
  • Katie M. May 18, 2017
    Furniture Refinishing
    Verified Review
    She did great work and even worked with a carpenter to complete my piece the way I wanted it.
  • Gary B. Oct 5, 2014
    Furniture Refinishing
    Verified Review
    Expert service on unique wood project. Fast, professional service. Excellent work. Exceeded expectations. Very competitive price.
  • Alex W. Jul 6, 2014
    Excellent service. Excellent quality.
  • Susan R. Apr 18, 2013
    Sue refinished our massive front door (Tudor house) and mantel...outstanding and very timely work. She gave us a fast,firm quote and stuck by it. The door was a big task, taking off decorative hinges, working through many previous layers,etc. She does a terrific job and is funny and good humored too...a great bonus when you are renovating!
  • Pamela R. Apr 13, 2013
    I cannot rave highly enough about Sue Wheeler’s incredible talents. Whether she is refinishing or refurbishing furniture, cabinets, a staircase, or anything she undertakes …the end result is always professional and beautiful. I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Sue a few years ago when my daughter Tara and I rented the charming carriage house apartment behind her lovely home. Sue’s studio is in the lower level of the carriage house unit, and as her tenants, Tara and I had the opportunity to witness first hand Sue’s incredible work as she transformed worn, tired, sometimes even damaged items of furniture into magnificent show pieces. And often she would also share the before-and-after photos with us of refinishing projects she undertook for clients in their home. Ss if you can’t come to her, Sue will likely be happy to come to you. She is truly an artisan and professional of the highest caliber. Pamela Rainis Farmington, Missouri
  • Julie D. Apr 9, 2013
  • Cindy G. Apr 8, 2013
    I would definitely recommend Sue Wheeler for wood refinishing. She and co-workers recently stripped and refinished our front door as well as the stair bannister, spindles, and wood paneled wall. The work took approximately 2 weeks, as promised. It looks beautiful.
  • Carol K. Apr 8, 2013
    We had Sue refinish our front door, which is a big, massive wood piece from the early 1900's. She not only did the refinish, but also came over and took it down and hung it back up for us. The job was done very efficiently and to the betterment of the door. It looked alive again after 100 years of wear and tear. We would recommend Sue and her service unquestionably, without hesitation.
  • Cabinette P. Apr 8, 2013
    Sue Wheeler's wood refinishing is top of the line. I depend on her expertise and I have never been disappointed with the quality of her work. Even though there are other refinishers out there, Sue is a unique individual that consistently gets amazing results every time and is easy to communicate with. That simply puts her above the rest.


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.