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? 

3 comments:

  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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