As I'm writing this intro, the lamp isn't anywhere close to complete so I hope it turns out ok.....fingers crossed.
For those wanting to repeat this, the items needed will vary depending on what your starting with. This is what I needed for this project.
3 pole rotary turn switch
6-12 foot extension cord ($2 from Lowes) or lamp cord with plug.
glass enamel paints of various colors. I started out using these but the design changed so I ended up using a white paint pen.
white paint pen or colors of your choice. originally i was using the pen only for rough layout but then used it exclusively
regular screw driver
needle nose pliers
drill / bits
metal primer / spray paint
artists brush's as needed
I knew right away that I wanted to somehow light up the base so that it could be used as a night light. I originally wanted to use led's but that's beyond my limited electrical ability so I went with Christmas lights instead.
As is typical for me, this project ended up taking me several months to complete. I just don't ever seem to have the luxury to really being able to spend a day on a project so I end up doing little steps here and there as time allows.
LET YOURSELF HAVE FUN!
One of the main reasons that I really like refurbishing garbage & flea market finds is that you have the freedom to be wild and take chances that you wouldn't do with a priceless family heirloom. If you screw up and destroy it so what?