This is why you never ever throw out perfectly functioning things. If you need to throw something out because it's completely busted and/or serves no purpose, then that I can agree with. But this old lamp was not worth spending money on to replace. All in all this makeover took me about one hour and was so so simple.
I bought three yards of the fabric for the shade for $7.50 on sale which made my day to begin with. The only other material necessary is spray paint and a hot glue gun, which I already had. I took the lamp apart and first thing I did was spray paint it. Since it's not a piece of furniture that gets a ton of use, and it generally stays sitting in one place, I didn't think it was necessary to prime etc. because no one actually has time for that. I used a flat white spraypaint and my favourite part of the whole thing might just be the look of the finish. Love it.
While waiting for the base to try, I taped a few pieces of newspaper together and traced my shade by rolling it along the paper while tracing it's movement to get my shape. Just take your time with this part; I know it's tedious and I did it 3 or 4 times until I knew that I had the right shape.
Tell me what you think!