How to Restore an Old Chandelier

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You have a beautiful old chandelier. Maybe you just bought it at a flee market, garage sale, estate sale or auction, or maybe it belonged to grandma. It is old and lacks sparkle or maybe it is missing some of the glass crystals. Come explore how to clean it, personalize it, or junk it and still profit from it.

Things You'll Need

  • Old Chandelier
  • bucket
  • bleach
  • tooth brush
  • Let's begin with a chandelier that works. Get some bleach, bucket, and warm water. Mix the three, using just a small amount of bleach. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and be careful not to get any bleach on your skin. Remove the strands of crystals one at a time. I like to use needle-nose pliers to remove the crystals. Swirl and soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse and let air dry on a towel. Continue all the crystals in this manner.

  • When all the strands are cleaned be sure to get the individual ones last. If you encounter any areas that just won't come clean, get an old tooth brush and brush those spots clean.

  • If any are missing do not give up! Antique stores, and eBay are your best bet to find replacements. Just be sure to measure the size and shape so you know what to look for. You can also key in chandelier crystals and locate people who are selling them.

  • Now if you want to get really creative you can improvise. Add extra crystals, glass beads, baubles, or drops to customize your chandelier. Be creative and have fun!

  • If you feel there is NO hope for your old chandelier, remove all the crystals. You can sell them for a nice price. They sell anywhere between $2.00 and $5.00 per crystal, depending on the size and shape. eBay is a nice place to sell them. They also make the most beautiful Christmas tree ornaments. I had a chandelier where I took all the crystals off, cleaned them and hung them on my Christmas tree. My tree sparkled!

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