The last time I was up visiting my mom and sister in Oklahoma City, mom sent me home with a 'vintage' brass lamp. I grew up with this lamp and now the brass was spotted and discolored. I like to think that I've aged better than the lamp.
I offered it to Jeff when he was home and he assured me that neither he nor Celia wanted it. Next I offered to my DIL, Lorna. By then it had occured to me that paint could really help this lamp. Luckily I remembered to take the before photo before we had painted the whole thing.
You may notice that it's the same orange that I painted the light fixture in my dining room. It's what I had on hand in the garage and this color works in Lorna's living room. Later, if/when she wants it to be a different color she can repaint it.
Here it is wearing a borrowed shade so you can see how it looks with fresh paint. It took all of 10 minutes to turn a sad old lamp into a happy eye-catcher. Don't you just love what you can do with paint!
PS – Celia, I hope Jeff was right and you still don't have a place for this…