Before: Rusty, dirty, ugly brass colored lamp that I picked up last year during Clean-Up week.
After: A shocking green lamp that I am in love with! I was inspired by the awesome red lamp in this post but way too chicken to try red.
This lamp sat in our garage for a year waiting for some inspiration. My husband threatened to throw it away last weekend, saying it was a lost cause and couldn't I find something better? Ha! Now there's motivation for you!! He is, of course, thoroughly impressed with me now. The process included a good rub down with steel wool, a coat of spray primer, then several coats of "Ivy Leaf" spray paint. The lamp did require a little re-wiring which was no big deal (since my husband did it for me, but it really only took about 5 minutes.) And of course a shade, which bothered me to no end that I couldn't come up with some way to make my own instead of buying one. But I think it was worth it.
Total Cost: $0 lamp + $15.00 lamp shade (Target) + $3.00 new wiring and plug-in = $18.00
P.S. This is now my favorite corner in my house. The picture is an old postcard I matted and framed. The little bird tray holding coasters is from a swap with Mary Ann. Uncluttered, but unique - I think that will be my goal for the rest of the house!