Doing up a Chandelier

Doing up houses has been our obsession for a long time and got me to wonder. Why not do up a chandelier? By which I do not mean restoration that is best left to professionals, but making a tired chandelier look real good if not stunning. Following my thoughts I went to a car boot sale to look for a suitable candidate. Low and behold I have found one.

crystal chandelier before1

I have looked at it for a while to see what could be done and any visual defects. Apart of an inch thick layer of dust and one missing crystal I couldn’t see any.

detail crystal

Weighing up of the purchase cost, money I would have to spend and time needed to do all of this was interrupted by the conversation of my son with the very rude seller: “ Your mum can’t be very clever if she doesn’t think it is worse £6.” Offended I have paid up and left.

Now for the acid test – my husband’s reaction when I show him. And I wasn’t disappointed, his face dropped and without any lip movement it said: “What did you buy this for?” So before he could do any verbal expressing I have explained my plan and rolled up my sleeves.

First of all I hung it on a rail to avoid any further damage. Next I carefully removed all crystals and put all of them into a bowl of hot, reasonably soapy water to soak. I still find the simple washing up liquid method the best as many products that are specifically marketed for cleaning chandeliers leave residual film to which dust actually sticks to. I have this information straight from the horse’s mouth as I have been looking into selling Chandelier cleaning products and this is what the distributor actually told me. To ease the dirt of the crystals I use a soft brush, washing up brush is my favourite at the moment. Rinsing is very important and I use hot water with only few drops of vinegar as vinegar corrodes any metal parts it comes in contact with. 4 hours later I had what I started with, but sparkling clean. And for the transformation I used crystals I made redundant after purchasing pink crystals for my daughter’s chandelier to compliment her bedroom’s colour scheme. A simple change for larger, higher quality or different colour crystals is the easiest way to achieve a quick and effective transformation. We at Classical Chandeliers are happy to advise and supply any crystals you can see on our website. I played around with the crystals linking pieces to make different length and after a while and came up with a design I was happy with.

crystal chandelier no lights

Was this a successful ‘ doing up’? I shall let you be the judge as I very well know that beauty is only in the eye of the beholder.

crystal chandelier lights

3 thoughts on “Doing up a Chandelier”

  1. Informative post, I’m now one of your twitter followers it is so good! These chandeliers are probably the best value for money, especially because they are real bohemian crystal! I’ve bought around 4 of chandeliers in the past, and these are the best I ever came across in years!

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