I have this folder of "before" photos on my desktop, and it is time to match them up with their "after" shots and post them together. So, here is the first of a few to come. It is a thrift store store lamp that you can find in abundance at most thrift stores for less than $15.
Here is the after. I simply spray painted it white, and added some gift wrap to hide the ugly plastic yellow tube portion. I cheated a little because I swapped the shade out for a smaller one from another thrift store lamp. This shade was formerly a brown color, and I spray painted it white as well, and then decided to jazz it up by dripping silver paint on it. The total cost of the lamp was less than $20, and took about an hour to complete.