Mix and Match a New Look
Often a lamp may be in good working order, but it just doesn't match the room's style or color scheme any longer. Don't be afraid to spray-paint the base and mix up the shades for a whole new look. This is an especially nice way to hold onto lamps you thought would not fit a room's updated décor.
Spray-painting a metal or plastic base is simple -- spray the base thoroughly outside to avoid fumes, allow to dry and repeat for a second coat (add clear coat if desired to finish with a higher polish).
Spraying a ceramic base is trickier, due to the way ceramics are fired and glazed.
- Rough the surface with sandpaper or another abrasive, like a scouring pad. Gently scratch-up the surface evenly. Dust well or vacuum surface to remove all traces of dust.
- Spray ceramic base with an epoxy primer.
- When primer is dry, apply your color evenly. Apply a second coat, then use a clear finish to add high polish [source: Painting Tile].
Once you have a freshly painted base and new-looking shade, you'll be able to mix and match your options to optimize a room's flair and décor.