41 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I have had my eye on a vintage chandelier in a local brocante for a while but the brass is so dirty that I just kept wondering if ever I would get it clean. Now you have given me confidence! Very excited, thanks

  2. Your hard work certainly paid off! You are selling your beautiful house! Hope you find what you want and hang this beauty in the kitchen.

  3. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    I have some white dishes of my mothers that have 24kt gold on the edge which began to tarnish. I found using my finger and rubbing the gold rim with my toothpaste (Optic White, red box) then wiping it off with a soft cloth did the trick. Some of the stubborn tarnish required a bit more elbow grease.

    1. Great idea, Elizabeth! I actually use toothpaste to clean my rings. My mother taught me that one years ago, so of course I just followed it… 🙂

  4. Steel wool? Who’d a thunk it? Looks gorgeous, though! Congrats on the new house! Thanks for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

    1. Ha ha… I know. Imagine how I feel… 😉 I will definitely get that puppy up as soon as I can. Thanks for visiting.!

  5. WOW! That is just beautiful…I would be beaming with pride after that find:) I hope you find a special spot for that beauty in your home!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I have a lovely spot picked out right over the table in the breakfast room, so it will really bring the room to life!

  6. Jann Olson says:

    Wow, you really made it come alive. I love it!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  7. Hi Lory. This chandelier is so gorgeous and reminds me of a standing chandelier I have in our dining room that was my grandmas and I just LOVE it. I hope you’re hanging in there with your packing and prepping for your move too. Thank you soooo much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party and I hope you’ll join the party again tomorrow morning at 6 am est. See you there and have a great week, hugs, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  8. You have a beauty on your hands. I so love the antique chandeliers and love all the pretty crystals. Since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I will tell you I am green with envy!

  9. Pingback: THE SCOOP #162
  10. Lory, that is absolutely gorgeous! I can well imagine the tedious process of cleaning the brass, and just see the spatter of white residue flying out to land on your crystals. I’m going to remember the steel wool trick because I usually give up on big pieces like that. The finished result is unique and beautiful. I know you will enjoy that in your new home.

  11. It’s awesome that this article talked about reviving an antique chandelier. In our old farmhouse, we have a very beautiful antique chandelier left by our great grandmother. It’s keeping an maintenance is under my responsibility that is why am so happy when I found this article. By the way, one of the images seemed to be looked like ours, cool!

  12. Cecilia+from+Georgia says:

    Thanks for reposting this! Perfect timing as I just bought a dusty/dirty/grimy crystal chandelier with gorgeous etched globes, and no metal; however, just seeing you tackle such a beast has given me a nudge to start working on mine. I have always admired your chandelier in your when I see it in your posts.

  13. F.Y.I. Someone recently gave me an antique/vintage solid brass sconce that I needed to shine up. I also attempted to use brass cleaner, and it was unsuccessful. I stopped by a shop that restores old light fixtures, and the owner told me to use fine grade steel wool – like you did, Lory. He also told me to get rubber gloves and scrub the piece with the steel wool dipped in yellow ammonia. I was very happy with the results. In fact, I was so happy that when I was able to determine that the hardware on a vintage buffet that I had purchased was also brass, I scrubbed the hardware up using the same method. Again, the brass scrubbed up beautifully, and I just love how the details of the hardware stand out now.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *