When we first moved in our new house, I used a buffet lamp from the old house in the guest bedroom. It never really went with the room, but we had it and it served a purpose so it stayed.
Then one day while in the Goodwill store, I came across a brass lamp for $4. She came home with me because I also had been eyeing a fabulous linen shade at Wal-Mart, and I knew the two would make a perfect pair.
Of course, that is once the brass got a little makeover.
I first cleaned the brass with my vinegar and water mixture (1 part vinegar to 10 parts water – I keep this in a spray bottle and clean everything with it including our wood floors, wood furniture and painted furniture.) Then I taped the socket and cord at the lamp base – for the length of the cord, I put it in a plastic bag and taped it closed. I then applied two light coats of primer followed by three light coats of paint. I have found that real light coats of spray paint produce better results than fewer heavier coats.
Primer: Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Base Primer
Spray Paint: Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Satin in Eden