I primed the lamp with Rustoleum primer after roughing it up with some very fine steel wool. My primer was a red primer, so my Krylon Orange Pumpkin paint was showing up a little darker than I originally wanted. I had some Valspar white on hand and gave that a quick layer and it brightened right up! Overall, I probably have 20,000 coats on this lamp (or 7-8 if you value closer estimates). In the end, I'd say it was well worth it and I love that we now have a lamp on the other side of the living room and that we have a lamp that is connected to the wall switch.
Ooh--the curtain rod is up, too! I need to paint and hem the curtains and then you can see that piece. Also, I need to go to Ikea and pick up some frames. Anyone local wanna go?
Primed and ready to go.
The green Frogger tape is definitely the way to go!
Beautiful lamp on the cluttered table.