It's kind of funny though because the lady at the cash register was going on about how it was such a great lamp and she loved the color, especially the cord. Barf! Little did she know, that was soon going to change. I didn't take pictures of the process because it was pretty straightforward - a little bit of primer, some matte black paint, and some matte finish spray paint - but the end result is drastically different. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! For about $20 (the lamp plus some paint), I have a brand new, expensive-looking lamp!