Something that I really love to do is to turn "trash" into "treasure." One way I do this is by transforming old thrift store lamps and making them new again. I have done several, mainly because it is a really easy and inexpensive way to customize lighting for the home. Let's face it, lamps can be very expensive! Why pay a ton of money when you can end up having something just as nice for a fraction of the cost.
I found this lamp at a thrift store for around $8. All it needed was a coat of chrome spray paint and a new shade (this one is from Target). Painting an old lamp is very easy. You just tape off the parts that you don't want painted (socket, cord, etc.). I usually stuff the cord in a plastic grocery bag and then seal it with tape. Make sure you give the lamp a good cleaning with a wet rag and get all of the dust and grime off of it. Then, spray it with some primer. When your primer is dry, spray it with the color of your choice. I used Krylon chrome finish.
Now, it looks brand new! For more transformations like this one, along with crafts and DIY projects for the home, check out DIYOntheCheap.com.