My dining room chandelier and I have had a touch-and-go kind of relationship.
When we first moved in, I was so not into it. It looked like it had been around the block a few too many times and I just did not want to give it the time of day. I was sure it would be one of the first things we’d break up with.
Then, I started to warm up to it and I thought that it could be resurrected with a bit of TLC (spray paint). Chandeliers can change, right? It just needed a little boost.
I hung on to the spray paint idea for a while, and then decided that no, it had to go. It just wasn’t good enough for me. I wanted something classier, with a big drum shade. I wanted my chandelier to make a statement.
THEN, one fateful day about a year ago, while out east for a friend’s wedding, my mother spotted a huge drum shade in the Restoration Hardware outlet. It must have been all the love in the air that weekend, because I fell instantly in love. This drum shade might bring my chandelier and I back together.
Then, I ignored the drum shade and chandelier for almost nine months. My chandelier and I resembled pretty much all college relationships.
Fast forward to January 2012. My chandelier was in need of love, and this time I was committed to making this work.
First, I removed all of the crystals from their hooks and cleaned them with a little bit of Windex. Research on cleaning chandeliers will tell you to use something more gentle, but I don’t think our crystals are real, and so I figured Windex was good enough.
I also replaced all of the candle sleeves because many of them were cracked. You can find them for a few dollars at Home Depot or Lowes.
There’s no after picture there. This is where I stopped taking pictures because I was focused on just getting this done. Here’s what you missed:
- I used Noxon to polish up the brass part. This took the most time — almost 3 hours.
- Jon used spare lamp parts to extend the top of the chandelier so that the shade would not cover the bottom crystals.
- We reassembled everything — cleaned crystals, new sleeves, new bulbs, and the shade.
Here’s our end result:
The result? Two words: True Love.