You have an old lamp. The shade is shot. You think the lamp is out of date. But new lamps can be expensive. What to do? Simple. Replace the shade. You can find replacement shades fairly inexpensively at Target, Penneys, lamp stores, and specialty shops. Or get an expensive one - it's still probably cheaper than replacing the lamp. Update it further by adding beaded trim to the bottom with a hot glue gun or fancy trims and tapes on the top or bottom with tacky glue. For a dramatic look, get a cloth or paper shade and paint it. Or paint it a dark color and cut out shapes either randomly or follow a stencil.
Old lamps are also pretty easy to rewire. Parts are available at any hardware store. As you take the old parts off, watch what you do, so you can duplicate it. This can be a fabulous way to bring new life to an old lamp from a garage sale or your parents' attic. In fact, retro lamps are in.
With a little work and some creativity, you can save money and decorate a room with a wonderfully updated lamp.