I found a lamp for $5 at a thrift store a while back. It was an awful fake gold color. I don't have a pic of that, but I'm sure you all know exactly the color I'm talking about. First order of business: paint it turquoise. I first wanted to make a new lampshade for it, but after three failed attempts, I bagged the lamp idea, so I ripped out the cords. I then had just an empty lamp and the blue was too bright. See above.
So I sanded the blue. Some of the gold came through. Then I smeared dark brown paint over it to soften up the color.
A few stems of forsythia and it sits pretty happy in my bathroom by the tub.