Most of us have had a torch lamp at some point in our lives. Instead of getting rid of the horrible torch lamp why not make it over into something you'd be proud to have in your home? With a table runner, a shipping tube, a paper towel tube and some paint you can make it over in no time.
Over at Frugal Home Ideas they have put together an easy tutorial to take your lamp from "Crap to Fab". I love the way she describes her budget and the fact that she had everything on hand:
Total cost to me: FREE
Total cost if I didn't have all this stuff laying around: $14 Lamp $10 Table runner $4