My lamps arrived today and to my dismay they are not as I expected at all. The base is painted a flat black. I think it would look better with a satin finish. (easier to clean too) The white-wash is also not the best. You can see the streaks where they wiped the white paint off. However I will keep the lamps and work on them as a project. They also run rather small, but okay as a bedside lamp. I live way up in the mountains, so returning would be more of a hassle.
I love the look of these lamps, they are bit smaller than I wanted, but they work great. I dont like that the on/off switch is on the cord, as I like to try to hide those and you can't if you need to use it to turn on the light. Other than that, they are great.