Lamps are so expensive now, so reinventing an old lamp with a new look saves a lot of money.
Personally, I think lamps are so over priced to begin with. I have taken parts from discarded lamps and made new lamps, even drilled holes in a ceramic vase to incorporate into a "new" lamp; new wire and a socket are inexpensive. I have used hanging lamp globes from yard sale finds and made them into table lamps. Use your imagination and save big time!
I had a '70s lamp with a gold globe and this is what I did.
I bought some eggshell colored wrapping paper that had a sparkle design on it. I tore the paper into small pieces and decoupaged the torn pieces to the globe. It looks really nice; kind of a lacy look from a distance. This lamp also had a small light in the base that you could turn on or not, separate from the main light. I turned on the base light and it added to the decoupage effect.
Decoupage glue can be purchased at any craft store.
It sure saved a bundle I would have spent for a new lamp where you now have to buy the shades separately now.
For those who may not know what decoupage is, here is some helpful information.
Decoupage is a paper decoration method: a technique for decorating something in which a design is made of pieces of printed paper cut out and stuck on a flat base, then coated with varnish.
A decoupage picture: a picture or other form of decoration that is made using decoupage.
Source: Encarta ® World English Dictionary ©