I am finally getting around to doing something with these 2 pieces I got junking. The base was originally used to hold a gazing ball and had many coats of paint before I cleaned it up and painted it, it alone stands 28" tall. The top is a light fixture, that measures 21" across, that I fell in love with, but cannot find a place in my house for. I've had it about a year and one day when moving it to another place to store it, it came in close contact with the unpainted at that time base and a light bulb upstairs went off! Put the the two together to make a BIG mushroom! My question, before I complete putting it together is are there any suggestions out there on a base color. As the base can be easily repainted. I attempted to make it look like the top of the fixture, but now looking at it not quite sure that was the right thing to do. I am all ears for opinions! By the way my plans are to actually somehow make it lighted. Weatherproofing it is my big concern as I will be placing it outdoors, One thought was to put a lamp fixture in it, but then didn't know how safe that would be so then considered just wrapping a string of Christmas lights under to hopefully just give it a soft glow. Any thoughts on lighting would be appreciated also.