I wanted new lamps for our room. I was no longer happy with having mismatched lamps, and since we were updating our bedroom I thought it was about time we updated our lamps too. I went around looking for lamps at Marshall's, Target, Home Goods, Walmart...I was so disillusioned. I thought I would be able to find lamps I liked for a reasonable price. Didn't happen. When did lamps get so expensive? Have they always been that way? Seriously, one lamp was $49.99. I definitely did not have the budget for that. So again I stalked Craigslist like a jilted girlfriend stalks her ex. I checked every listing under household, antiques, and general, and furniture. Finally the craigslist gods smiled upon me. I found these lamps listed for $20, for both of them.
I taped off the cord and the tops with painter's tape, then primed the lamps with my favorite Rust-oleum Gray Primer (I am in love with this stuff), waited an hour for them to dry and then put on the first coat of Brushed Nickel spray paint from Valspar (It was the only silver paint I had on hand, and I only paid .99 cents for it when I bought it a few months ago.) The next day I did my second coat and waited for them to dry.
Saturday, Justin and I went out to get lamp shades (another expensive item I was not willing to pay for). We ended up finding some really cheap lamp shades at Target on CLEARANCE for $4.98
Two Lamps= $20
Two Lamp Shades= $10.00
Hem tape= $2.00
Total cost.......................$43 for both Lamps!!!