I received as a gift, oh so many years ago, a brass lamp. I really liked this lamp and it's shape, but slowly over the years it started to loose its finish.
No matter what I did to try to restore it, without spending alot of money, nothing seemed to work. I've seen many ideas on re-purposing, re-finishing lamps so thought I would give it a try.
First, using masking tape I covered up the sections that I didn't want to be touched by paint, including the cord. Then, using a fine sandpaper, sanded down the lamp and wiped away the dust on the lamp.
I spray painted the lamp using a semi-gloss Tremclad paint for metal in black. It took two coats, and am very pleased with the results.
Next was finding a lamp shade that didn't cost a fortune. I scoured many shops and finally found one at Walmart. Total cost = 1 can of spray paint $6.95 Cdn (with enough left over to re-paint my mailbox) ; one lampshade $16.95 Cdn. = $23.90 Cdn (and a mailbox that looks brand new too :) )