This is going to be a super quick and sloppy post–and ignore the unfinished trim in the background. I snagged this lamp at an estate sale today. I saw it yesterday and it was $5, today 1/2 off for $2.50. It works perfectly and just needed a new shade and a good clean. Luckily, I have many many thrift store and garage sale lamps and parts and shades laying around, so the total cost of this tutorial for me was only $2.50. If you don’t have a spare shade you can steal one off another lamp or you can pick one up for $10-$15 at target or wal-mart.
1) First things first; determine what type of shade you have-I don’t know the technical terms for the internal structures so in my head I call them the “halo style” and the “screws-in-under-the-light-bulb-style”. This new lamp had a halo and my other shades were the screw-in type.
2) Remove the lamp shade by twisting the finial off the top. I also put the finial back on so I have all the pieces together in case I need it again for another lamp project. To remove the halo, simply pinch the two sides together and slide it up and off.
3) Try out your shades. I ended up going with the black one for now.
4) (optional) tape off the cord and the light element and spray paint any color of the rainbow. In this case, I wanted the brass color for now. It will go perfect with the black walls of our master bedroom. Stay tuned for before and after pictures for our bedroom.