Jonathan and I acquired this lamp from his grandfather. It has to be at least 40 years old if not older... I decided to spray paint the lamp itself with a white glossy valspar paint. The shade didn't quite turn out like I had imagined but I like it. I used blue dye (several coats) and because of the material it actually came out tie-dyeish....suits me just fine! I may add some green though so it fits more with our home decor. Either way I think it turned out great!