This is a brass lamp my mother had given me a few years ago. (My mom has a lamp fetish and has tons of them. I don't think I've ever actually purchased a lamp. Ever.) To be terribly honest, I can't stand brass (Sorry, mom!) and today I decided to finally do something about it. I spray painted the lamp a "hammered steel" gray from Rustoleum.
Using ONLY what I had on hand (because, well, I'm cheap resourceful!) I made a lampshade. I took cardstock, taped end-to-end, and hot-glued around the base of the existing lampshade.
Here it is with the cardstock hot-glued around the bottom of the existing shade. Now, to snazz it up.
This step took FOREVER. Using coffee filters, I hot-glued them in a brick-laying pattern covering the entire shade.
Several hours, and a few diaper changes for the twins, later.
Here it is in our living room. I think it looks great! Now, I've got it on my to-do list to repaint that awfully drab looking table. Teal, maybe?