About Us

Shanty2Chic was created on August 6, 2009.  We now have over 3 million monthly impressions. We continue to grow everyday!

We are Ashley and Whitney!

We are two sisters, from Ft. Worth, Texas, that wear many hats! Whitney is a mom to 5 kids, and Ashley is a mom of 3.  We are lovers of power tools and all things DIY.  We design and build custom furniture pieces, and share the tutorials and free plans with our readers.  We will take you along on our journey as we learn to transform our houses into homes, and prove to ourselves that we don’t need to wait on our husbands to do the big jobs!  We hope to inspire you to grab a paint bucket, pick up that scary tool, and get to work!

Stay tuned for our pilot show airing on HGTV very soon!  You can see all of the details HERE!

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Hey guys~ Whitney here! A little background about me and what started this whole process… I am a mommy to 5 wonderful and crazy kids and wife to Jenson.   I have attempted (not always achieved) almost any craft. I have found along the way that I love, love the process of building a piece of furniture from raw wood and my power tool stash, of course.
I love my family, paint, magazines, my tools and coffee.  We built our house in 2009 and I have spent the last few years making it a home.  I love to teach others and give advice on all things DIY and I love learning as well.  I’m lucky to be able to share this experience with my sister Ashley!
Whitney Gainer Shanty 2 Chic
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Hi all! This is Ashley! A little about myself: Whitney has always forced my hand into new hobbies, and although I moan and groan about my lack of time, I always give in and quickly become addicted! Our latest venture – making our new houses our homes! My family also recently moved into a new house with more square footage than our previous home. Although the extra space is wonderful I am challenged to fill the space on a budget! Oh how fun that has turned out to be! Craigslist has become my favorite place to “shop” as well as a little antique store downtown and of course hand-me-downs are always welcome!
I love knowing that I turned someones trash into my treasure! I hope you all enjoy the projects I share and any and all suggestions are welcome!
Ashley Turner Shanty 2 Chic
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  • aimee

    Been loving your stuff I’ve seen on pinterest forever and had my husband build the farmhouse table and benches for our new home. Just realized today that we are practically neighbors as I live about 15 min north of the Alliance area. Small world!

  • Alex Lana Dov

    You girls are AWESOME!!! Such inspiration!!!

  • Jeanne Brennan Picardi

    Hello Ladies! I’m so glad I’ve discovered your blog. I’m going attempt one of your console designs for my living room. I’ll keep you posted on my progress…but it may take a while. Happy Holidays from Boston, Jeanne

  • Maria Wilcox

    I absolutely love this website! This website is, without a doubt, my go to site when I’m looking for new project ideas. Thank you for

  • Casandra Petrucci

    I don’t know if you gals read these comments, However, I just want to tell you girls that I love your work and your desire for what you do. There has NEVER been a piece that you have done that I havent wanted to recreate. I hope that one day I can open a similar business but for now I will just fill my house with your wonderful ideas as well as mine. You gal are a true inspiration to crafters and I look forward to more Shanty 2 Chic projects to do!

  • Phyllis Bowens

    I just found your site from Pinterest. I love it!!!

  • Lynn Pelletier

    I just love your web site, just the kind of DIY I was looking for. Do you have any suggestion on what I can do with an old pane window?

    Any ideas would be great, thanks!

  • Erica Rogers

    Hello ladies! Just found your page thanx to pintrest… love love love it. As soon as I seen your no sew drop cloth curtains I swooped up the toddler and head out.. Been searching for panels for two yrs since we move to our new house that has seven windows in the dining and living room.. no way I could see paying prob $1500.00 to dress up my bare windows.. .. love the canvas/linen look PERFECTO!!!! NOW ONLY 4 MORE PANELS TO MAKE…(maybe make them w/o cheese puff finger prints) lol

  • http://www.captkeating.com/ Brian Keating

    What a great idea! I am not a stay at home Mom, but my wife and I are buying a house and we are definitely looking to make it ours on a reasonable budget! I found you through Bing suggesting I take a look at building DIY outdoor patio furniture and found a fascinating article on your blog about lounge chairs! I look forward to reading more and learning how to be super cool at a price that I love! :)

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      So happy you found us Brian! What a great comment. Thanks for taking the time to send it… Made our day!

      • http://www.captkeating.com/ Brian Keating

        You’re very welcome! Thanks for blogging all about your experience! Every great idea must be copied, I love that :)

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