Transforming an Old Antique Brass Chandelier into a Masterpiece
We purchased this old antique brass chandelier with crystals from a flea market for $125.00 with the idea of transforming it into a stunning chandelier for our living room. The project was so easy as all we did was simply strip down and removed all the chipped, scratched original crystals and cleaned the brass with WD40 Spray which is a trade secret. We discarded the old low quality crystals and replaced them with new high quality yet very affordable chandelier crystals. Now, when cleaning an old brass chandelier you don't want to remove the patina that took years to collect but simply enhance and clean what's already there. Take a small paint brush like an Artist would paint with and spray WD40 into a cup. Simply dip the brush into the WD40 Spray and start to wipe the brass like you are painting a picture and the wd40 will lift the dirt and rehydrate the old brass that has dried out over the years. After you've applied the WD40 let it soak into the brass and wiping away the excess after 30 minutes. After you've cleaned the chandelier you are ready to hang the crystals. There is nothing to hanging crystals as each chandelier will have existing holes where the crystals are to hung from so all you have to do is hang each chandelier crystal where each of these holes exist. Well, that's about it...Very simple and straight to the point so next time you see an old junky looking chandelier, buy it up and refurbish it...You won't regret it.
Recommendation: We recommend using 15 watt light bulbs for any chandelier that has over 16 lights. With so many lights bulbs you will over power your room and over heat the room.
Supplies needed to clean the Frame of an old Antique Brass Chandelier.
1. Artist Paint Brush $2.97
2. WD40 $4.97
3. Plastic Cup from your Kitchen
4. Chandelier Crystals $1.85 Each
5. Crystal Chain 12mm $18.50 per 6 Feet
It's a much easier task than most people think. This whole project took less than 2 hrs. You simply clean the brass explained in the first step, remove the old crystals and replace them with new chandelier crystals & crystal chain and your done. Its such an easy project I recommend this to anyone at any skill level.