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The Wood Wizzard

Skokie, Illinois, Cook


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The Wood Wizzard delivers quality finishing at moderate prices. For 40+ years, 3+ generations the Wood Wizzard has remained a small, family owned business that services your furniture. Expanding into interior designing & custom made furniture and cabinetry has elevated the ability for our clients to use us for all their furniture and spatial needs.

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19 customer reviews

2 September 2021

After meeting Barrett from Wood Wizzard I was hopeful and excited about having my parent’s heirloom pine dining room table and hutch refinished. The table came back with stain drips and smears and overspray on the legs causing them to feel like sandpaper. I reached out to see if this could be addressed even offering to bring the table to them or do it myself with instruction. Barrett said that they would address the issue the next time
they had work in my area. After 6 months of waiting, periodically reaching out to Barrett with limited response, they had a job near me and Barrett said they would stop by to repair the finish issues. They never showed up on the days they said they were available. I finally hired a restoration expert. I was told that the table had been poorly refinished. He pointed out the milky glaze applied to the tabletop to cover a black area from improper stain application and the fact that the table did not match the hutch. This was an expensive project for me and I am very disappointed in this company and the way I was treated.

24 November 2019

Wood Wizzard did a great job restoring and old buffet table that I have. They were also easy to work with, helping me to pick out a finish that would work for the piece.

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21 September 2019

One of the more challenging projects we’ve done with Wood Wizzard over the past 25+ years. Came out beautiful as always!

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16 July 2019

The Wood Wizzard and their wizzards have been terrific. They completed front door renovations. Had to be on site. They look beautiful. So happy with their work and friendly service. More...

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2 July 2019

The owner, Barrett is wonderful! His work, and the entire crew, are top-notch, prices are reasonable and work done in a timely manner. You need not look any further. Wood Wizzard is your go to place for any refinishing or wood related projects! Phenomenal company. 10 stars! More...

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24 May 2019

The Wood Wizzard team have refinished several old wood furniture for me over the years. They just completed stripping down and refinishing a very old wood dresser for me. Here are the before and after pics (in reverse). Fantastic job - thanks so much! More...

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29 April 2019

My badly damaged dining room table looks brand new, thanks to the Wood Wizzard!! Highly recommend!!

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11 January 2019

Great craftsmanship, knowledge, and attention to detail.

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4 December 2018

The folks at The Wood Wizzard are great! Communication is very good via email or phone.  They picked up an old rocking chair from us (so helpful! ) refinished it beautifully and then dropped it back off for us. I can't say enough about this company...they are very good and we would gladly recommend them for any furniture restoring or refinishing! More...

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28 November 2018

I had them come refinish my front door. They did a great job! Door looks beautiful now. I live in a bungalow and this is an original wooden door. They came out right away, gave a great price and finished quickly. Really liked them. More...

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19 November 2018

I inherited a lot of beautiful wood furniture from my grandparents. Over the years some of the wood was damaged, and in the 60's both of my grandmothers painted some of it. The accurately named Wood Wizzard  repaired, restored, or refinished (as needed and appropriate) a cedar chest, a dining room table, and a set of nesting tables, bringing my beloved but battered family heirlooms back to their original beauty.  Next up is to strip and refinish a painted mahogany dresser, and I will have several jobs for them after that. I am so pleased to have found people who understand why these things are important to me and take as much pleasure as I in seeing the lives of these pieces extended for several more generations. More...

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1 October 2018

OMG these guys are amazing! So, I had an interesting project. I wanted a full standing to low ground sitting desk. I gave them a plank of wood and an ironing table. It was their first time dealing with such a project but The Wood Wizzard guys worked their magic! The desk is so beautiful and amazingly sturdy, I love it so much! I would recommend them for any wood project! They are really friendly and nice! The price was really affordable too! I got everything for less than a store bought standing desk or desk extension! It's perfect! More...

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12 August 2018

Wood Wizzard is highly highly recommended! This ice cream chair has been in the family for decades and it was looking pretty beat up. Wood Wizzard stripped eight layers of paint off of it and now it looks like it came right from the factory even though it's probably 100 years old! Thanks, Wood Wizzard, for an amazing job! More...

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31 July 2018

Need refinishing or repair, the place to go. Even for custom applications...you can count on them...they care.

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31 July 2018

Advertising only by word of mouth for decades and business is excellent. Need I say more! I am SO proud of these guys!!! ❤️
(And I love the white board )

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26 June 2018

My experience with this man and this company has been exceptionally wonderful. He came to my house to give me an estimate on refinishing a desk and suggested I just clean it, suggested what I should use to clean it, and was professional, polite, and amazing

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29 May 2018

They are amazing. I highly recommend them. Dee

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27 May 2018

I have a wood end table where the top surface was a pattern with 2 different wood veneers. Over time the finish was wearing and peeling. The crew at Wood Wizzard skillfully performed magic on the end table! It looks better now than when it was brand new! I highly recommend The Wood Wizzard. More...

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29 May 2017

Ben and crew did an unbelievable, truly craftsman job on 2 very old end tables and dresser. Not only did they refinish the pieces beautifully, but rescued them from a horrible job that another refinisher started.

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We do what's right for the clients needs. This is a combination of style, realistic functional use, and budget. We take the time to get to know our clients, what they're like, what drives them and how they live. This shapes how someone uses the space they live in. We weave the needs of using existing furniture into a new decor, allowing our clients to hold onto and reuse the family heirloom and history pieces in their lives.

All. The ones we may not specialize in, we work with partner companies that do. We are a finishing shop with connections built in to our process that most designers don't have at their fingertips. We work directly with partner designers if your style isn't our speciality. We focus on realists, creatives, and fabricate a plan with our clients. If you're looking for specific (art deco, oriental) we can do that, or bring in a partner at no additional cost to you.

Knowing that when we're done, people are going to be using and loving their space and furniture day in and day out. The memories that will be created, the growth as people, becomes part of the furnitures' story as much as the furniture becomes a part of the people's stories. I always say I hope the equation is more laughter than tears...whether it's a cuddle on a couch we helped design, or a table that was refinished that becomes the center piece of family conversations.

I grew up doing this. Furniture and space is in my coding. I stepped away to become a touring musician, audio engineer, studio designer, then worked in advertising. Getting back to my roots is truly a pleasure. I'm a creative outside the box thinker that reins it all in for the clients use. The opportunity to going back and be my own boss, help my family continue this legacy, and now grow it into my own was a 'choose your own adventure' I couldn't pass up.

They like fun.
They want it done.
They want options and direction. (Not one or the other!)
They support honest, small family businesses.
We only get one chance in this life, why shouldn't we make it how they want it?


Hand strip, sand, stain, glaze, tone, as needed. Layers of protective sealer then a high-quality custom mixed acrylic-lacquer top coat finish in the sheen and luster of your choosing: flat, dull, matte, semi-gloss, gloss, hi-gloss.

Complete removal of current/old fabric, repair as needed, upgrade foam and support systems as needed, replace with client selected and approved fabric creating the custom look they desire

Custom creation of furniture and built in installations for home and office. We source your selected woods, craft them into the design and style of your choosing, and finish them with The Wood Wizzard renown color and top coat.