Dirty Girls Blog

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Oct 28 2017 07:12PM

Everyone gets the warm fuzzies when they stumble upon a golden nugget that reminds them of their childhood which is now labeled as "vintage". Not "antique", unless you are well over the Centenarian mark, because to qualify as "antique" it must be over 100 years old. Currently, making anything made before 1917 "antique". Vintage, Mid Century, Mid Century Modern, Retro, Art Deco, Atomic, Kitsch....these are some terms that are used for items of age that are not yet "antiques". Being in this business for several years now we have noticed how most people interchange these terms when there are very clear lines as to what separates them.

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Jan 23 2017 09:16PM

Let me start by saying, we highly discourage anyone from giving their money or time to the people behind the Chairish website.

So back in 2014 we were minding our own business, selling on different platforms and loving what we were doing. We received an email from someone who worked for Chairish (which we had never heard of) who essentially tried to "woo" us to sell on their site. She was really talking up our business, telling us all the great things Chairish could do for us. They were marketing to high end buyers and designers and seemed like they were trying to find a niche somewhere above Etsy, yet below 1stdibs. They wanted the best of the best. Wanted us to do a photo shoot (on our own dime), get 50 items listed, they would feature us, market our shop, etc....

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Nov 27 2016 09:02PM

The one question we get asked the most is "where do you find your inventory?". The answer is "everywhere". Quite frankly there is never a time we aren't picking. If there is something we like and have to have, we will drive most any distance to pick it up. We usually start out in our truck and end up pulling a trailer full home. Beyond looking for the most amazing pieces to bring back to our shop, we also check out every Mid Century and vintage store in whatever town we are driving thru. We like to see what other sellers are doing or not doing, what the inventory in that part of the country looks like, etc....So at this point we have been in hundreds and hundreds of shops all over the country. We can tell you that 98% of Mid Century and vintage dealers sell items in the exact same condition they acquired them. That last 2% consists of dealers who "wipe off" their items before pricing, and the other is the high end dealers who completely sand down and refinish/reupholster their items so that they look new. Those same dealers who refinish usually always sell Mid Century reproductions as well, and their prices on both are usually high end also.

In our years of scouring shops we have yet to see another dealer that does what we do, and that's what makes us different.

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Nov 11 2016 11:54PM

As most of you know, we have not been able to live in our home since September 12th due to contractor negligence. During this entire process of insurance approval and attorneys we have been jumping from rental house to rental house with the help of airbnb and vrbo. We have stayed at some great places and overall its been a really good experience given the circumstances.

We were hoping by mid November this whole mess would be behind us, but unfortunately we are most likely looking at another month. Well, since Thanksgiving is coming up there are literally no rentals available around this area. So we had the choice of putting a tent in our backyard and showering at the gym or renting a furnished apartment for a month. We had no idea what we were in for...

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Oct 31 2016 02:28PM

Anna and I (Amy) met on 11/11/11 (strangely enough). At that time Anna was a business manager for an environmental company and had been so for the past 8 years. She had also just completed a 3 year project renovating an old 1800's farm house completely by herself. The farmhouse was essentially taken down to the studs, she moved walls, built walls, added rooms onto the back and even hired a company to jack up the entire home, remove the existing foundation and pour a new one which included an amazing basement with 10ft ceilings.

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Oct 28 2016 06:00PM

Continued from Part 1...


Terrazzo floor polishing - We called 8-10 concrete people...numerous times over the course of 3 weeks. Half of those never returned a phone call. 1 was going to "think on it" and call us back - never happened. 1 called back and talked our ear off but refused to come to the house. Tried to quote us via square footage even though we told him we had an unusual situation/shaped areas and they needed to take a look in person....nope wouldn't do it. We had one company immediately reply to an email. They called, came out, seemed like a good company but weren't real confident in their terrazzo floor abilities. The quote took 3 weeks to get, and then it was only part of what we had asked for. When we asked for the other quotes (specific things we needed them to do), we never got it. We had one guy come out who seemed perturbed to be there (as in he had a problem with us), gave us an outrageously high quote and left. We had one company who advertised they did concrete work, but when they showed up only did foundations. The guy got out equipment, videos, etc...to start his entire spiel....I (Amy) immediately walked away and wanted nothing to do with the guy, but Anna politely heard him out. Turns out our foundation (which was just inspected by a structural engineer less than 3 weeks before and found to be in excellent condition) needed 6 piers at a cost of $9K or the house was going to fall in....imagine that!

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Oct 27 2016 03:50PM

This is a 2 part blog of our experience to date on the work we have had performed on our Mid Century house in TN.


As most everyone is aware we do the majority of the restoration work ourselves, ie: plumbing, general wiring, drywall, painting, tiling, flooring, etc.... However things we don't do are roofs, HVAC replacements, whole house electrical and panel re-wires, or specialty work such as large concrete jobs.


After closing, our first order of business (inside the house) was electrical.

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Sep 27 2016 12:00PM

Some advice and a bit of a rant....Most people (unless trained in environmental) don't realize some of the hazards involved in home restoration or how to protect themselves. The one I'm going to touch on today is the one causing us a headache at the moment. Anytime you hire a contractor to do any sort of concrete work, tile, terrazzo, stone, quartz, marble, etc....there is a chance that toxic silica dust could be in your home (if they don't do their job correctly). Concrete, quartz, marble, stone, etc...contain crystalline silica. When those materials are ground, cut, drilled or disturbed....silica dust occurs. (That is why you should always mix thinset/mortar outside, as well as do all your cutting outside as well!)