Lamps can be expensive, huh? I never really realized since I've had the same few lamps for a while now. But shopping around has made me realized you can't get a good-lookin' one for less than $40, which won't break the bank, but it's a lamp! I was at my local thrift store and saw a shade for $3 and this lamp for $2.
I used some sand paper to try and scuff up a little before I primed. Not really sure if it's necessary but I thought I'd better be safe than sorry. Then I primed and added 2 coats of white spray paint. Then to tackle the shade.
Originally I thought I was going to do add gold leaf to it. I was inspired by this lamp from Pier 1.
Unfortunately I realized the shade was stained after I had already bought it. So I decided to cover with fabric.
I laid the shade on top of the fabric and hot glued one end down along the shade's hem (see picture below). Then I wrapped the shade and glued again along the sem. I then tucked the ends in and glued to the inside of the shade. Since the inside bottom hem was uneven, I added ribbon to the edge on the inside to hide it. This was really more for me than anything else - it would drive me crazy if I saw it from below. I know, I know, I am buh-honkers. OR you could just cut it evenly in the first place :)
And that's it! Easy as pie :) As Steve Carell would say, "I love lamp." I already had the fabric leftover from some pillows I sewed, so all in all, the lamp cost me $5.