5 pairs of sconces under $100!

Hi internet friends! I am mixing it up a little and talking about something else I’ve had on the brain lately. SCONCES! Who doesn’t love a good pair of sconces? If you don’t have any, you don’t know what you’re missing! Last week I got the musical chair itch in our house and had Blake move a pair of sconces from our office to over our couch. The way our couch has been placed right now left no room on the ends for lamps and the table we had behind it with lamps on it was just too short. I was sort of fretting over it earlier this week and then realized sconces could solve all my problems because I can hang them at the appropriate height!

SO ….I’m including in the list the pair of sconces we moved but rounded up a few more sets along with some inspiration pictures to help you realize what your house might be missing 🙂

I think when people thing of sconces they think about bathroom or hallway lighting but these days I think you can use them in so many other places! My favorite place to see them is bedside. There is something so CLEAN about a nightstand with no lamps! You know?! Ok…let’s jump in to some of my affordable favorites!

I think these look incredibly clean and give a modern traditional vibe! You can find them HERE:

Again with the modern traditional! How cool would these be in a powder room with Edison bulbs? I prefer swing arm for places that you would use for reading so that makes this one not so functional for bedside or living room but…all the heart eyes for an entry or bathroom! #amiright You can find those HERE:

Ok I have been trying to find a place to use these for SO long!! How cute would these be in a boys room? A man cave? Shoot….bedside anyone!? …So affordable! You can find those HERE:

Someone please redo their master bedroom and put these beside the bed. I LOVE these!! Or in an office? or a living room? These are a dream! You can find them HERE:

Ok so these are the ones we have in our living room now! They give a nice glow but they’re a little more “safe” than the others I’ve listed 🙂 You can find them HERE:

So now that you’ve seen some affordable options (Y’all I shared 5 but there are SO many good ones out there!!) Let’s look at some inspiration!

There’s just something so fresh about a wall mounted light beside the bed…I think lamps on a nightstand can really weigh down a room subconsciously….

Image via Maine Photo Company


Alaina Kaz

Ok how smarty pants is this?? If shabby chic is your vibe then you’ll love this! Can’t you see these flanking a bed or a couch?


No room in a living room for end tables and lamps? No problem!



My Lived In House

To see the tutorial for the sign above (how great is that??) click here!

I definitely dig anything on a pulley but this wouldn’t be the light I would choose to be honest. Here’s a tutorial of how this is put together but I would swap it out for something with a more low profile shade or even just a plain low wattage Edison bulb.



Don’t even get me started on nursery potential…..

Marco Ricca for Sissy and Marley

You see, can we all agree lamp lighting is the best lighting? It’s the most flatterning….it’s the most calming.  To have light at your eye level casts less shadows than an overhead light.  To me, a sconce is a nice clean lamp light that I don’t have to dust around 🙂

I hope you’ll leave here inspired with some affordable ideas that even the most novice DIYer can take on! Have sconces you love?? Drop a link to them in the comments so others can see!  Have a great week! More to come on Lindberg Cottage soon!

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Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Hi friends! Casual Friday here and I’m taking a break from sharing about house renovations because I wanted to share something Blake and I recently started using that we’re loving! …and it’s something that, if you’re reading this, you may need 🙂

Due to our professions (hello computer screens ALL day), me writing this blog, and the amount we are on our phones we have been trying to be more diligent in protecting our eyes from “blue light”.   If you don’t know about blue light then this article from allaboutvision.com is a good place to start!   Most cell phones these days come with a blue light filter you can keep on all the time or elect to start at a certain time of day.   If you have an iphone here are the instructions for turning that on.  Android users can follow these instructions.

I got Blake a pair of the blue light glasses to go in his stocking for Christmas but we like them so much I’ve ordered a couple more pairs!

The first pair I ordered were these and honestly they seem a little big…like Clark Kent … these are $16.

Another set I ordered were these for Blake. I think they look like more typical glasses! These are the most expensive ones we have-$35.

I ordered this pair for myself and they are a little more on the trendy frame side but I love them. These are my favorite and by far the cheapest at $9!!  These are also the ones I have on in the photo above!

During busy season Blake often works super late at night and then it can be really hard for the brain to wind down and sleep after staring at a screen until midnight. We use every method we can to help lessen the intensity of screens.

If you want to spend $100/pair but have your choice of top designs then a company like Felix Gray could be for you! We prefer the cheap methods via Amazon 🙂 If you wear reading glasses then you can also get some readers with a blue light filter…most of them let you pick a reading prescription when you order. Blake has perfect vision so I just ordered him the non prescription kind.

Already wear prescription glasses?  No worries! for $15 or so you can order a clip on!

It’s definitely something to consider friends! Does anyone else have these? Do you love them?! What do you do to keep eye strain at bay?

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Adding S”tile” to an old fireplace

Get it? …Stile….Style…Tile…. #DADJOKES

When we had a new roof put on the house they took off the chimney all together for us.  The fireplaces had both been cemented completely in so there just wasn’t a coming back from that that would make sense budget wise for this house.  We also felt like honestly it was just better for there not to be a temptation for a renter to start a fire in such an old chimney.

The cement in the living room fireplace had cracked pretty badly and was just unsightly.  The first time I saw it I loved the simplicity and wanted to make it a really cool design element to an otherwise plain living room.

I had seen some tile at Lowes I was obsessed with and wanted to use somewhere but not anywhere too permanent because we all know trends come and go! A removable panel for the fireplace seemed to be a perfect fit! Blake and I both decided that with the walls being white it would be fun to go with a bold color on the mantle so I painted it blue to match the tiles.

We opted to not tile directly onto the fireplace for two reasons:

  1. it was so uneven it would be nearly impossible
  2. If someone wants to change this down the road because this tile doesn’t speak to them it’s no big deal!

We cut a piece of scrap plywood and glued the tiles on using liquid nails.  To insert into the fireplace we’ll just trim around the plywood to hold it in.

All in all this project cost $45 for the tile, maybe $10 for liquid nails, we had the plywood and $6 worth of paint (two sample pots).  This is easily one of my favorite updates in the house and is such a simple project for anyone to do out there who has an out of service fireplace!

Let’s take one more look at before 🙂

Unfortunately at the time I took these pictures the insert hadn’t been trimmed in so you may still see a little plywood edge and it doesn’t look perfectly level but you get the idea!

Where you can see the black gap at the top there will go away once we trim it in!

I scored this fire place surround for $8 at Goodwill!  I LOVE the feet!

I can see a basket of cozy blankets or a stack of fun games here, can’t you?  For around $50 this was such a fun update…and beginner level EASY y’all! Anyone else have any “faux fireplace” creations? We’ve turned our attention to this one next that’s in the master bedroom.

If you follow us on instagram you know I’ve storied this one more than a few times 🙂 Sometimes a little $50 update can really give you wind under your sails you know?! I also really think if you don’t have a fireplace at all you could pick up an old mantle at the Restore and recreate this very thing in your place.  Know someone you think could use a little faux fireplace inspiration? I’d love it if you’d share with them!


I mentioned in previous posts that behind the weird fiberboard was “shiplap“.  I’ve read a lot about shiplap and I wanted to clarify.  What’s on our walls is tongue and groove siding.  It’s very similar to shiplap but it’s not official shiplap…installed, it’s very hard to tell the difference.  Tongue and groove interlocks a bit more which helps keeps the elements at bay.  Shiplap is cheaper however so if you’re just going for the look then that’s what you’ll want to go with of course.

I had a few people ask me “If Joanna hadn’t made that popular would you have felt like you had to drywall over it?”


I’ve thought pretty hard about that question and I think the answer is that I hope not?  I hope I would know my own likes and dislikes enough to know I would have liked it enough to leave it.  Honestly I probably would have wanted to keep it from a budget perspective alone!  I sure am glad she made it popular though so we wouldn’t have to make a choice on whether or not to drywall!


Due to the age of ours the gaps can really vary in places which I think makes the house look older and more primitive and it really doesn’t bother me.  I think once all the art and modern furniture is added in it’s going to be a nice juxtaposition.

Our siding wasn’t in perfect condition and we knew there was no insulation in the walls so we feared it would be a VERY cold winter or hot hot summer for a renter.  We had insulation blown in the walls by popping off the top board on all exterior walls.  If you were building a house this wouldn’t the best bet because vapor is going to cause the insulation to get damp and sink eventually but we had to do what we had to do to be cost effective at this point.

The ceiling in the master was actually in such poor condition that we decided to just redo the whole thing in new tongue and groove and we’re leaving it natural!

One of the most difficult parts of this house was that everything was covered in soot from what we guess was an old stove and fireplaces.  For a couple months every time we left the house we were covered in soot too.  I never realized what it takes to cover that stuff up! Let me save you the trouble of ever making the wrong choice….the only option is a shellac based primer.  It smells like Burnetts vodka and you absolutely have to wear a mask to be around it (seriously it makes your eyes burn)…but it covers in one coat which is just what you want!

The final paint color I picked out was China White by Benjamin Moore.  I had seen the below suggested white colors list and researched about each one, bought 3 test pots of my favorite three and ended up at the creamy, gray undertoned China White!

Can you BELIEVE some paint took things from this:

to this?!?

I’ll see you Wednesday friends with a fun little fireplace makeover anyone can do! 🙂

Got Chip and Jo on your brain now? Here’s a buzzfeed quiz to see which one you’re most like!


Finding a layout that worked

This house is only about 800sq ft so we really needed the layout to be as functional as possible so we weren’t wasting the little space we had to work with.  Below shows the original layout on the left next to what we ended up doing on the right.  I pointed out 4 major changes made.

Opening up where we could and moving a couple of doors around made all the difference…and honestly it’s weird seeing the way it used to be because it feels like it’s always been the way we have it now.

Here was the view upon entering….there was a small opening to the kitchen just to the right of this photo:

During demo we put in a new header and opened up that wall as much as we could within budget (the column stayed).  This is now a bar for eating and lets SO much more light in!

Here is a more recent picture so you can see how this worked out! I personally think it made a huge difference!

When we bought the place there was a window in the kitchen that had been boarded up.  We knew it was there by looking at the outside but on the inside it was hidden behind a china cabinet.  Day 1 we let the light shine in my friends!

This next one is a little more challenging to see in pictures but we moved a door frame over to accommodate a hallway within the house and also make for better furniture arrangement. The door you see open in the right side of the photo there was in the middle of this wall and opened into the second bedroom (where the bathroom was).  we moved this door from over to the space on the left!

You can see in the above photo how we slid everything over a bit.  The wall for the second bedroom now followed the right side of this door frame so that bedroom actually lost about 4 feet of space but….we couldn’t have the only bathroom in there!

We’ve been incredibly pleased with the new layout!….a positive side of tearing everything single thing out is getting to put it back in the way you would want it!

We’re down to punch list type items at the house now and I’m going to try and knock a couple off of it this weekend with the girls while Blake works! I think grouting a bathroom floor and cleaning a tub are perfect weekend activities (#opposite). Have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday (unless you want to follow us on Instagram to catch sneak peaks of the finished product @numbers_and_nails) 

Demo Day…Days..Weeks….Monthsss

For weeks before this day I had closed my eyes each night anticipating ripping this house apart.  As per usual, things were more simple in my mind.  We closed on the house, picked up fast food (I don’t know WHY we thought we could eat there).  Anyways, I walked straight into the house and took a hammer straight to the “drywall”.  SURPRISE…it wasn’t drywall…it was basically cardboard.  A thin fiber board that was barely nailed to the wall.

The good news was it wasn’t crumbling plaster behind it (worst case scenario) but it was “shiplap” …it wasn’t HGTV pretty (and it’s actually tongue and groove…more on that some other time) but it would do and the price tag on creating that character from scratch would have been out of our budget.  We were thrilled to have found it on every.single.wall and ceiling.  The bad news was that it a) had some intense gaps in places and b) was covered in soot from the old stoves/fireplaces.

Probably the most rewarding part of demo was to look above the drop ceiling in the bedroom!

We took out nearly every wall covering, carpet, layers of linoleum flooring…it just kept going and going and going and going!

This is essentially what was left in the 4 rooms when we finished demo.

We severely underestimated the size of dumpster we would need.  If you ever reno a house, just get the biggest dumpster they will bring you…trust me, you’ll fill it.  We also found some issues that the inspector failed to identify in the inspection which was very frustrating…was it things that would have kept us from buying the house?  Probably not.  Was it stuff that would have been great to know on the front end? Obviously.  A foundation issue (isn’t there always one??) put us about 3 weeks behind schedule as we just stared at a giant hole in the floor wondering who we would pay to fix it.  Below is a picture after we took out all flooring…a rotten floor joist was here where the washing machine used to sit.

This hole really did sit here like this for at least two weeks….

We can’t say enough positive things about Cantey Foundation Specialists!!! Reasonably priced and they treated us like we were their #1 customer even though it’s likely we were their smallest.

The demo honestly seemed to go on forever as we took out walls, parts of walls, and kept deciding to expose more and more tongue and groove siding.  On the exterior we were paying a neighborhood guy $15/hour to clear the brush…that alone about put me in the grave as we started straight out the gate REALLY over budget on weed clearing (if you’ll remember, I personally didn’t think it was an eyesore….which is laughable).

During that first week we had to get a roof put on (we of course knew and planned for this) and they suggested taking out the chimney all together because the fire places had been cemented in and would never be used. We also have great things to say about Consumer First Roofing Company…we got several quotes and they were by far the NICEST and also most reasonable.

This demo hit everything….truly nothing was safe.  Next post I’ll show you a couple of ways we rearranged the layout to be more functional!

Like I mentioned in the last post our sweet Finley died 3 days into this project and things just felt so dark for a while…   He wasn’t new to the demo and renovation world, often keeping us company through various projects.   I resented this project for having me so distracted during the month leading up to his death that I felt like I didn’t play with him or talk to him enough.   I know in my heart that dogs don’t keep score like that but Blake and I both felt an enormous guilt for the way Fin had taken a back seat often to our kids and our projects…

This before and after of these same walls feels like a pretty accurate depiction of the transformation the house and our hearts went through together! 🙂

Demo is messy for sure and it’s easy to get carried away! When it comes time to actually pull out tiny little carpet staples and nails you realize just how big 850 sq feet is! Besides the obvious of gloves, glasses, and hammers, our favorite tools for demo are:

3M respirators






This saw






This nail puller

The BEFORE before…

As you know if you read our last post or follow us on Instagram we have been renovating a little house to use as a rental.  The original game plan is to do very short term rental like AirBNB but we’ll have to see how it plays out and shift to long term if we need to.  We’re actually about to round 3rd on the whole project so this is quite overdue but I’ve got to start somewhere, and sometime 🙂

The MORNING this house went on the market I called our agent and asked if we could schedule a showing.  We went to see it during lunch time and were quite surprised to find what was a revolving door of potential buyers already at the property when we pulled up.  I (Katie) look at a house with my heart….I could probably do it blindfolded.  Blake looks at a house with his brain only.  My Dad also joined us as my parents are investing with us and I like to think he falls in between head and heart when it comes to assessing real estate.

There were no pictures associated with the listing so we were prepared for the worst.  When we pulled up to the house this is what we saw.

The house sat between two other houses (one of which is abandoned) and the other which is occupied by a very sweet lady.  Across the street is a new Catholic school.  The abandoned house on the left was torn down the day we went under contract and is now a nice grassy lot.

Upon entering the house we walked straight into this:

All my heart could see was the height of the ceilings!! At the time we thought that was just wallpaper on drywall we would steam off.  It turned out NOT to be drywall but more on that later…

So to me, the living room was doable.  Walking around the house you would go into the kitchen.  At the time of the showing we didn’t know there was a window that had been boarded up behind the massive china cabinet.

My initial thought for the kitchen was that we would just have to put an IKEA kitchen in (that’s not what we did).  The ceilings are low in the back of the house but it’s just the way the roof line goes and I was ok with that.  We definitely HAD to replace the back door to let more light in!

At the time the washing machine was also in the kitchen and we ended up moving it to the laundry room.  From the kitchen you walked into a small back bedroom and on the left there was a bathroom.  I’m going to do a post on the initial floor plan and what we reworked…because previously a renter would have had to walk into the second bedroom to get to the only bathroom.

The bathroom needed A LOT of work.  It’s tiny but the wallpaper and black curtains weren’t helping anything!

The laundry is off the second bedroom and this room was already small but we actually made it SMALLER.

From that bedroom, if you’re walking around in a circle in the house you would enter the first bedroom.  It had a fireplace (which was covered up) so we’ve deemed it the “master”.

The drop ceiling intrigued us because we knew these ceilings should be just as tall as the living room ceilings.  We peeked above them during the showing and saw MORE tiled ceiling above but that’s all we looked at during the tour. Also, all the floor except for the kitchen and bath were carpeted.

I think we were all overwhelmed for different reasons.

  • Me-I was overwhelmed at the other potential buyers swarming the place trying to buy MY house.
  • Blake-He was overwhelmed at the amount of work this old house would need.
  • Dad-Probably overwhelmed at what the heck we were thinking.

The outside was terribly overgrown:

It’s funny…because I saw a lush green garden and my Dad and Blake saw a JUNGLE that would need to be tamed.

I obviously tour houses with rose colored glasses and blinders on.

So the story goes, we closed on the house and started work on September 22nd.  It was a day of the highest highs (we found great bones in the house!) and the lowest lows (that same day we discovered our sweet Finley boy had cancer…he died 3 days later).  We spent a week demoing the project and shedding tears into the mess over our dog.  We’re coming up on 3 months and I’m happy to say the house looks NOTHING like these pictures and our spirits are higher for sure.

Next post I’ll share about demo and finding our new footprint!