First thing is first. Go to a local hardware store and purchase a lamp kit. They generally cost anywhere between 8-15 dollars. Mine was originally gold, but I spray painted it matte black. Next, find some books that you don't want to ever read again. You can either find some in your home or do as I did and go to an old book store with a huge assortment of books. The book on the top is the most important as it is the cover of the lamp. So, I spent a little more on the one book than I did the others. I found "the black beauty" a 1901 copy, at an antique book store.