My sister has ugly lamps. They are probably not as bad as I think they are but all the same; I dislike them. A lot. No discredits to her decorating skills; they just got the lamps a long time ago and have never replaced them. (Lurve you sister.)
I offered to find her new table lamps when I went thrifting that we could refinish. Unlike a good dresser; brass lamps are easily found for cheap.
The lamps sat in my disaster of a craft room for many months because we needed lamp shades and we wanted them cheap. I was thisclose to buying fabric to recover some but then while perusing the clearance end caps at Target; there they were. Two perfect lamp shades for just $8 each. Scoooooooore.
All I needed after that was a little oil rubbed bronze spray paint and...
Each lamp cost just about $13 to make so this was a relatively low cost project. She loves her new lamps & I love her new lamps.