Like most French interior enthusiasts, I love a sparkly chandelier! When we moved into our home, there were a few we wanted to keep. The one in our foyer was one of them. It was a vintage 4 tier, crystal chandy that had tons of potential!! It also had about 50 years of dust and grime on it.
I painstakingly removed each individual crystal and soaked them in a mixture of vinegar and hot water, then hand-washed each one before laying them on a clean towel to dry. I then re-threaded each crystal and painted the brass base a pale grey color. Notice on the before and after pics the pattern on the ceiling after just a good cleaning!!