I know you've seen these types of cloches floating around Pinterest. I love the look and just happened to have a petite lampshade lying around from a past Goodwill visit.
I simply removed the fabric cover revealing the vintage-looking wire. No painting, no distressing - nothing more to do!
Except add some pretty vintage teacups. I think this would also look lovely with a small bird's nest or on a book stack. So many possibilities!