Skeleton Lamp Shade: I Finally Found The Perfect Lightbulb!

About 31/2 years ago I cleaned up a thrifted lamp and DIY’d a skeleton shade for it. The skeleton shade was one of those projects I was dying to do, had so much fun with and today enjoy this little lamp’s industrial/steam punk presence as much as the day it all came together.

Here’s a look back at the lamp and shade when it was all done…


Finding the right bulb was a challenge, and in the end I settled on this 40W bulb.


I loved the way this large, round bulb looked as it provided the effect I was going for… but even this 40W was really too bright without a filter over the shade.


This meant actually using the lamp was a bit moot since it was too bright to look at without seeing spots long after turning away!

I never stopped keeping an eye out for the right lightbulb, and read about all kinds of wonderful options I could pursue online. Of course I never did, never quite got to it… until we visited Portland, Oregon this summer.

We stopped in at a store call Rejuvenation. If you’re into reclaimed, repurposed, vintage and vintage inspired decor, this is the store for you! It’s a modern blend of old and new, and then there is this whole back area of salvaged wares.

Hardware, tools, doorknobs…

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Signs, lighting…

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A decorator DIYer’s dream…

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You get the picture, and you know me by now. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven! Oh the things I could have brought home with me, and well, there was one thing I actually did!

I know you know where I ‘m going with this. We were talking about the perfect lightbulb for my skeleton shade, after all.

When I saw Rejuvenation’s incredible selection of bulbs, I was hoping to find a bulb that would be a good fit. And then I saw this 40w beauty and knew it was meant to be.

Source: Rejuvenation
Source: Rejuvenation

 The half gold top was both aesthetically and functionally perfect! It’s like this bulb was designed for our lamp.


No more seeing spots when glancing at the light!

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And what a perfect top to compliment this old thrifted gold lamp, don’t you think?


We are now using this lamp for its intended purpose, and it has finally become more than a conversation piece!

Would you have a skeleton lamp shade in your decor? What kind of lightbulb would you choose?

Thanks for stopping by!

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10 Replies to “Skeleton Lamp Shade: I Finally Found The Perfect Lightbulb!”

    1. I was so smitten with this store! We were on a mini holiday and we flew, so I had to reign myself in, but for a DIYer or anyone renovating/building a home, it was a treasure trove. I only wish I had taken more photos of the incredible salvaged things they had to offer… Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Jane!

  1. Oh, I love Rejuvenation. That’s where we got our powder room light fixture. I know what you mean about exposed bulbs. It took a while to find the right one for an industrial lamp my husband built our son. They also have dimmer cords at IKEA that work good for lamps.

    1. And I love your powder room light fixture – I remember that post! Thank you for the tip on the dimmer cords – I didn’t even think about that, and what a great addition to this little piece a dimmer would be!! I always learn something from you Shana 🙂

    1. The store is really amazing! I think you would have a great time shopping there, especially the section that caters to salvages pieces. I was so overwhelmed with ideas and oh the things I could do… if we weren’t flying home. And of course a budget would have to play a role. I could go crazy in there!

  2. Hello Sheila,

    How are you doing? Do you remember me??? 🙂

    Just thought of you and wondered how’s everything with you…

    Your blog still wonderful and you continue to amaze me.. what a gorgeous lamp!!!

    I hope everything is great with you!


    Luciane from

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