When I changed my room last summer, one of my favorite, easy updates was a lamp I painted. Buying a new lamp base and shade at a store can add up. What I like to do is buy my lamps at a thrift store. All the ones I have gotten have been from goodwill. I always buy the brass lamps. The brass lamps are dated, but often have a great silhouette and are inexpensive. With just a little spray paint they can be updated!
I loved the shape of this lamp, and I scored it on a day when all blue tags were $1.29.