I've had this old quirky elephant lamp from Target for several years, and although I loved its silly charm, I felt like it was in need of an update. Using some fabric, and new shade, and some spray paint, I managed to change the look of my old friend.
As for the shade, I used an old Urban Outfitters lampshade that I had from another lamp and covered it with sheets of brocade fabric. Read more about that process in this earlier post.
After cleaning the elephant base thoroughly (although it looks like wood, it was actually some sort of plastic), I allowed it to dry and then covered it with a pastel blue, all-surface spray paint. Several coats later, it was finished: fresh new take on an old junky lamp!