Updating or furnishing a room does not have to be expensive. The best way to change a room and add color is in the accessories.When I changed my room last summer, one of my favorite, easy updates was a lamp I painted. Buying a new lamp base and shade at a store can add up. What I like to do is buy my lamps at a thrift store. All the ones I have gotten have been from goodwill. I always buy the brass lamps. The brass lamps are dated, but often have a great silhouette and are inexpensive. With just a little spray paint they can be updated!
I loved the shape of this lamp, and I scored it on a day when all blue tags were $1.29.
Don't mind the spray paint on the bottom. I started spraying the lamp THEN remembered I needed to take a picture.
After a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper (just to rough it up for the paint to stick), I wiped it off to ensure the surface was clean from any dust and dirt. Then I sprayed it with a turquoise/blue-ish color spray paint (the one I used is from Lowes and is only a couple of bucks). Make sure to use multiple light coats. If the paint is sprayed on too thick, it will drip. Read the back of the can for more directions. Lastly I added a shade I already had. I got it a couple months ago from Target. I have also found good, clean lampshades at goodwill since they sometimes get brand new merchandise from stores such as Target.
Now the lamp is colorful and looks brand new!