My Favorite (Wood) Strippers

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I hesitate to give out the information for my favorite wood strippers because I love them so, they are so good, and I want them to always be available for me. Just me. Meeeeeeee! (It's Grace's toddler stage rubbing off on me already. Sorry.)

But, you know, if you love someone, set them free and all that.

For the wood windows, we used Moises and crew at The Stripp Joynt in Chicago. It's a family business and it's been around forever, even though they have switched locations a few times.


They are delightful to work with and they can do it all. Wood stripping, repair, painting, varnishing, the works. Need a door stripped? Great-grandma's table has a deep scratch? The finish on your mid-century modern credenza is worn? Need 52 window sashes stripped down while breaking a minimum of glass window panes in the process? Take them to the Stripp Joynt.

Many of their clients will bring furniture pieces in to them straight from a scavenging trip in Chicago's bountiful alleys. The folks at the Stripp Joynt then turn back the clock on these pieces and clean them up.


As soon as I took out my camera, everyone began to spruce up for a posed photograph. Masks came off, hair was combed, Moises' kids who were visiting the shop got into the act. Adorable. Not the candid shots I was originally thinking of, but they were all great sports about getting their photo taken.





They also install new wood floors! Very pretty. These are the samples in their showroom on Elston.


I had a great conversation with Moises' wife, Patricia, about the word "reuse" being included in the slogan, "reduce - reuse - recycle". Both of us are always shocked at the number of great old house parts (especially beautiful wood doors) and furniture that gets tossed into Chicago's alleys and dumpsters. Sometimes these pieces only need a small repair or refinishing and they will look like new again. I've personally benefited from dumpster diving in Chicago, but always makes me cringe to see so much beautiful wood destined for a landfill.

Here is Moises cleaning up some of the glass on the windows that I came to pick up. His folks are even able to strip them with the glass still in the frames. When I realized that I was breaking more glass by trying to remove it prior to stripping, I just shipped 'em off with the glass still in there. A few broken pieces out of 52 sashes during the stripping process is better than my breaking almost ALL of the pieces trying to "save the glass" before stripping.


They are good folks. They are careful and reasonably priced for the quality of work that they do. If you need a very quick turnaround, you may need to clear that with Moises beforehand. They have a lot of work from those of us who use their services.

On weekends, you can hear the guys play in their extremely popular band, Los Kapsi! This is one talented family.

The Stripp Joynt
Elston Avenue in Irving Park Neighborhood
Chicago, Illinois

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When the unavoidable breakage does occur, do you replace with modern window glass or wavy glass to replicate the original? If you go with the wavy glass, do you use reproduction or original old glass? Do you have any good sources to recommend for wavy glass, old or new?

Hi Daneen! If I have wavy glass on hand, I try to use it. (I salvage a LOT from alleys in Chicago. I'm always snagging windows.) If I don't have wavy, I use new.

My only sources for wavy glass are keeping an eye out for window replacement company trucks in the neighborhood and being completely unafraid to ask for the windows that are being discarded. Other than that? I'm not sure I know. Anyone else?

Perhaps it's a question that you can ask in the discussion forum at Someone over there might know.

Just so jealous that you have these wonderful people as a resource.

If I ever have to restore another house's windows, I'm just sending them north.

I called the Stripp Joynt folks today and they told me it would cost between $230 and $260 per door. That seemed high to me. Is this in line with what door stripping costs? Yikes!

Whoa. Looks like their prices have gone way up. What a pity. They were a good resource for me. Dang.

They did a great job for our cabinets in the kitchen! They look brand new.

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I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?


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