Thought I'd show you the bargain lights we managed to snaffle off eBay.
I was looking at spending about £150 (£70/80 per light) to replace the living room lights for something of a similar style and weight. I do not like brass fixtures and fittings, and the existing lights looked very old-fashioned. I looked into painting them with chalk paint and replacing/recovering the shades, but there would still have been a reasonable cost and no guarantee of them looking good afterwards.
I found the brushed nickel lights on eBay, about 40 minutes away from us, for £20 the pair. They are immaculate. They even came with lightbulbs.
I'm a very happy camper.
Now I just have to find an equivalent bargain for carpet and curtains.