Win a Canon PIXMA MG7520 Photo Printer!

We're giving away a photo printerWe're super excited to be collaborating with Canon USA for another Black Friday giveaway!! This year we're giving away the PIXMA MG7520 photo printer. It really is the easiest photo printer I think we've ever used. It works right out of the box and can print our more mid-sized photo needs (up to 9" x 13") beautifully! Plus, it syncs up with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app, which means we can print photos from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection, like when Em and I are on one of our many trips to Nashville!

An orange printer!One lucky reader will win their very own Canon PIXMA MG7520 photo printer!

TO ENTER: Just leave us a comment telling us what you would print. This giveaway is open until Dec. 5, and the winner will be contacted directly shortly after. Good luck! xoxo. Elsie (+ Emma)

P.S. Canon is running a special deal until Dec. 1 on their PIXMA iP8720 Photo Printer (the BIG one!), where ABM readers can get an extra $50 off with the code 'BFCrafting1'!

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Cubed End Table

Wood end tables cubed (click to learn how I made them)     Wood end tables cubed (click to learn how I made them)     We moved into our house almost six months ago, and we're just now getting our living room in order. Once we received our awesome sofa from Joybird, things started clicking. I wanted to create some kind of side table solution that would go with the couch. Sarah had an idea for it, which I took and ran with. We wanted the tables to be squarish, sturdy, and have some storage space built in. I also wanted to experiment with color combos instead of the safe all-black palette that is so easy to fall back on. I like all black, but I also like color (such an internal struggle). I ended up making twin (fraternal not identical) side tables for either end of the couch. (You can see the other one in our living room tour here.)

I love how clean these tables turned out! The great thing about building your own furniture is...well there are several reasons, but one of them is that the pieces are exactly to your specifications and taste. You can take this design and change it so many ways to fit your own taste.

Both tables cost about $125 to make. (I'll break down the cost below.)

-select pine boards 1 x 8 x 10 (4 @ $25 each)
-pocket hole plugs, stain grade (pack of 50 was $5)
-stain ($5)
-paint (custom gloss mixed quart, $15)
-wood glue

-table saw
-miter saw
-circular saw
-pocket hole jig
-speed square
-straight edge

Wood end tables cubed (click to learn how I made them)     Step One: The first thing I like to do is cut out all the material. Here's the cut list for each table:

-9" x 18" (6)
-9" x 16.5" (2)
-8.25" x 1.5" (8)
-15" x 1.5" (8)

Wood end tables cubed (click to learn how I made them)      Step Two: I glued the 8.25" x 1.5" and two 15" x 1.5" in pairs, then clamped them to dry.

Wood end tables cubed -base(click to learn how I made them)

Wood end tables cubed (click to learn how I made them)     Step Three: While the leg pieces were drying, I put together the box using four of the 9" x 18" and two 9" x 16.5" pieces. I used wood glue and a nailer to fasten the pieces together. After the legs were nice and dry, I drilled some pocket holes in two sides of one end of the 8.25" long pieces and attached them to the bottom of the box. To attach the bottom pieces, I drilled pocket holes on either end of one side of the 15" long pieces and screwed them in putting the pocket hole on the bottom. Once the entire base was attached, I plugged the holes.

Wood-end-tables-cubed-creating-top-(click-to-learn-how-I-made-them)Wood-end-tables-cubed-creating-top-(click-to-learn-how-I-made-them)Step Four: At this point, the table is starting to look like something! Now for the top/lid part. I took two of the 9" x 18" pieces and glued/screwed them together using pocket holes. If you want to bypass this step, all you have to do is buy a board that is 18" wide and cut it 18" long. I like the look of the sanded plugs. That's why I did it that way. (I like the process to be visible on my work.) After the two boards were attached to each other, I cut the piece in half diagonally with a circular saw. I nailed one side onto the top of the box. On the other triangle, I nailed two scrap 1"ish pieces 3/4" from the edge, so it would fit snugly in place. I was considering using hinges, but then I thought about our sweet baby, and I didn't want her little hands to get caught under the lid.

Wood end tables cubed -base(click to learn how I made them)The lid fit perfectly snug, almost too snug to lift up. So I took a utility knife and carved out a little finger ledge for easy grasping. Once I had the whole thing put together, I filled all nail holes and unwanted crevices with wood filler and sanded it. I took my time to sand everything nice and extra smooth. Although I like the process to shine through (like with the plugs), I wanted the box and legs to look like one piece as much as possible. This is all personal preference, which you can choose to ignore, build upon, or follow. You have so much freedom when building your own stuff, which is great!

Wood-end-tables-cubed-painting-(click-to-learn-how-I-made-them)I stained the top with ebony wood stain, taped it off, and then painted the bottom with a color I knew Sarah loved (her favorite color is reddish-orange in case you ever want to get her something.) After the stain dried, I taped off one corner and painted it with an accent color that I liked and I thought would go with the black stain and base paint color. Once the entire thing was dry, I brushed on a couple coats of semi-gloss poly all over and called it a day (actually I started on the second table.) 

Wood end tables cubed (click to learn how I made them) I really like how these tables turned out. They look pretty dang good in our living room if I can say so. The more important thing is that Sarah likes them too!

Our Hopson sofa (in Track Charcoal) from Joybird can be found here. -Josh

Credits // Author: Joshua Rhodes. Photography: Joshua & Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Evelyn from the Lightroom Collection.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving from ABMHappy Thanksgiving from everyone at ABM! Our offices are closed, and we are taking a day off from the Internet to be with family and celebrate the holidays. Don't worry though, we'll be back tomorrow!

Photo by: Janae Hardy (from Friendsgiving last year).

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Sarah's Living Room (Before + After!)

Sarah's living room tour!     Back when my husband and I bought our house in May of this year, Elsie and Emma asked us if we'd be willing to share a couple of our home rooms on our blog once we finished getting settled! So today we are really excited to show you our finished living room. I mean whatever—nothing is ever really finished, right? If you're like my husband and I, you find ways to keep the projects rolling (I already have a project in mind involving painting our two vinyl armchairs you'll see here! Should I do it!?).

Sarah's living room - before and after! Sarah's living room tour - before and after! If you have followed my personal blog or my Instagram, you have probably been along for the whole process of finding our dream house and doing some minor unplanned renovations along with a lot of cosmetic changes! When we first walked into our house, although the decoration wasn't our style, we were able to see that we loved the style of the home and all of the beautiful details. I have to say, the previous owners did an incredible job decorating this house to be very consistent with the Victorian time period! We have a lot of respect for them and the detail and care they put into this home. It just didn't really match anything of ours, and even though the room didn't look very dark with the wallpaper, it was amazing how much brighter the room became after we removed the wallpaper and painted the walls white (We used Valspar—Ultra White). It's funny—I didn't even realize until I made this before and after photo that we actually have the same furniture arrangement! 

Sarah's living room tourOur house has two living areas (one is upstairs—it's like our messy den space where we can watch movies and be lazy and leave kid toys everywhere), and this living room is our more formal living room that is downstairs. We were kind of stumped with this room because we're not fancy people, and the idea of a formal living room seemed kind of impractical. So we really wanted this space to be totally usable. I love this room—every morning we make coffee and sit by the fire while we all wake up and Imogen plays with her toys and dances to records. It's our new routine. I love starting off our days in this room. Because this room has a lot of traffic, we went with a gray rag rug, found here. I think the first thing we purchased for this room was this crazy large pendant lamp, (found here) because we were looking for something bold and different for not a million dollars!

Sarah's living room tour!  Sarah's living room tour!                    My husband Josh and I spend our days working for ABM—himself as a maker, and myself as a picture taker. But we love spending our spare time with our daughter Imogen (we also call her by her initials, IQ) and working on our home. We're kind of huge on being thrifty, so a lot of the things we've gathered have either been thrifted, re-purposed, found at estate sales, or Craigslist finds! But the thing we've found is that when you want to be thrifty, it takes a lot longer to get a room the way you'd like it, especially when you have limited hours to scour Craigslist! But for us, the process is a lot more rewarding. Our coffee table, for instance, was $5, and the map roll and paint-by-number paintings were thrifted and estate sale finds. The vinyl armchairs were Craigslist steals at $10 each. And it sounds like a joke, but we even got our sweet dog on Craigslist (best find, ever!).

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Sarah's living room tour!   Sarah's living room tour!    The Hopson Sofa from Joybird (in Track Charcoal) is my favorite piece in the living room. It's cozy and I love the lines of this sofa! I'm a huge sucker for mid century modern design. I'm also a big fan of baskets, especially when you have a little one. I promise all the toys that are normally in this room are still in here—you just can't see them! We tuck them away in baskets or inside Josh's clever side tables because they have a lot of storage (a DIY for these is coming up soon!).

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The beautiful wall weavings are from our friend Rachel! She is incredible—she also taught a weaving class right here on ABM. I'm inspired to give it a try now.

Sarah's living room tour!           Josh painted this huge painting for an art show when we lived in Phoenix, and it's one of my favorite things he's ever done. I love the home that we've found for it here! The antique lion is something Josh bought at a flea market before we even met, and it's a super big hit with any kids that come over.

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Sarah's living room tour!             Sarah's living room tour!              Sarah's living room tour!               I would say I'm a very colorful person, and Josh is very minimalistic, so with this house we have had to work to find our balance! I think we're doing pretty okay at it if we're both content. Thanks so much for letting us share our home! xo - Sarah

Credits // Author: Sarah Rhodes. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Leona, Joey, and Lillian from The Lightroom Collection.

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