Thursday, February 14, 2013

Refurbished Chandelier

I've been working on a few house projects lately and wanted to share them. First up this light fixture. About a month ago a distant relative passed away. My Godmother's mother. No one claimed/had need of it, so it was given to me.
I should have taken a "before" picture. It was pretty dirty and dusty. The candlesticks were yellowed and cracked and the bulbs were burnt out. The crystals were all mixed up and in the wrong places. I wasn't sure where to begin. I actually considered spray painting it black! Yikes.
I researched to see what material it was made of and the best way to clean it. I ran a simple test and found it was real brass all the way through. I cleaned the crystals with water and a small amount of ammonia. I removed the candlesticks and bulbs and replaced them with new ones. Already it was looking much better. I contacted a neighbor who does electrical work because this fixture had old wires and I wasn't sure how it worked.
Then the waiting began..... It took a week for him to come out and look at it. Then he said it would need a few parts and he would be back....two-three weeks passed. I was getting impatient since it was laying on the floor and the kids kept playing with it, but I didn't want to be a nag. Finally he returned and got it installed!
Has anyone inherited anything noteworthy? 


  1. You know I love getting hand me downs. My older sister gave me my girls whole wardrobe the first 6 years of their life!

  2. Wow! Great job! It really looks beautiful!
    My husband and I are really into brass right now.
    My grandmother passed on a beautiful Lane trunk to me. My husband and I love it so much. We placed it in the window of our formal living room.

  3. That's amazing that you were able to refurbish that chandelier! Your Godmother's mother would have been happy to see if look like new again. Really is too bad you didn't take a before picture!

    I received an old quilt from my great grandmother when I was very young. It was already falling apart when I got it and now my mom is talking about having it made into a baby quilt for our soon-to-be baby girl.