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Meet sisters Ashley & Whitney, two power tool wielding DIY queens, on a mission to create beautiful and affordable furniture, turning houses into homes. Self-described coffee enthusiasts and treasure-weavers, the two manufacturing mavens transformed a hobby into a dream career. The self-taught carpenters post thier journey online to inspire other people to “pick up that scary tool and go!” Hosts of HGTV’s Open Concept!

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Shanty 2 Chic Headshot 2015


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 Jesus, my family, 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 Headshot
 Whitney Family Photo


Hey guys! I’m Ashley. I’m married to my hubby, John and we have 3 kids, Kade, Tris and Tenley. We built our home in 2013 and moved into it with no furniture. Since then, I have been busy building custom furniture to fill our new home. In our new home, so far, I have built 4 beds, 3 tables, 3 coffee tables, 2 console tables, a buffet, a media storage dresser, a mantel, 3 desks, 4 nightstands and lots of shelves, wall treatments and accent pieces. I am a home body and my second home is my workshop. I love power tools, cute shoes and purses and I love designing furniture and watching it come to life in my shop. My passion is teaching and encouraging people to DIY and I am so blessed to work along side my sis, Whit!

 While it is our goal to encourage our readers to recreate our pieces, we do ask that if you are selling or sharing a creation,  you ask permission and give credit to shanty-2-chic.com.  We do prohibit any use of our photos.  If you would like to feature Shanty2Chic, please submit a written request.  Otherwise, any use of content or ideas on this site is protected under copyright laws.

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  • angel2485

    Hello girls, just discovered you today from another site and I just love your corner desk, I am thinking of attempting that project as soon as I can thank you for your inspiration I will be employing the help of my carpenter husband on this as I am not that great at using electric tools but get along fine with hand tools

  • Kayla Therese

    Do you ladies ever sell your items? my husband and I love the king size wood bed you crafted, but I definitely could not recreate anything like that, even with a DIY plan! Just curious 🙂

  • Cheryl

    Omgosh watched for the first time today. Loved the show ! I’m from Dallas and I love what you girl’s are doing! Do have a shop in Ft.Worth?

  • KitKatBrown

    Love the new show!

  • 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!

    • Keith Cornelius

      There’s a spray paint called “Looking Glass” that turns windows into mirrors. And if you don’t coat it completely, it looks very “vintage” as if the quicksilver is breaking down. We’ve done this with multiple windows over the years and LOVE the look!

      • Keith, do you have any pics of windows you’ve done this way?

        • Keith Cornelius

          I will take some tonight and send them your way, Amy Joe!

        • Keith Cornelius

          Amy, send me an email and I will share a picture of the mirror. keith.a.cornelius@gmail.com

    • Brittnee McElroy

      I have seen others use a window like that for picture frames. Just one whole frame with 4 pictures. Refinish or repaint and it looks amazing! Check on Pinterest too!

  • 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

  • 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! 🙂

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

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

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