My Shanty Sawhorse

Hey there!  I just built the easiest sawhorses EVER!  Not only am I happy to give my knees and back a break from working on the garage floor, I’m doing it in Shanty style!

I built these cuties for $24 for the set and it took about an hour:)  If you have just started building, or you are like me and have been working on the garage floor for 2 years,  you NEED these bad boys!

saw horse bracketsI purchased 4 2×4’s at 8 ft. and 2 packages of WorkForce sawhorse brackets.  You can find these on the tool aisle with the sawhorses.  On the back, there is a chart that tells you the cuts to make based on the height you want.  I chose the 32″ cuts so I cut 10 at 32″ (5 for each sawhorse).

building a sawhorseAfter you make the cuts, you just slide a 2×4 in each side of the brackets and secure them with nails where the holes are…it’s that easy;)  If you do NOT want the brackets painted, I suggest painting the 2×4’s before assembling….I learned the hard way and had to tape them off.  The final step is attaching the top 2×4 and you just place it in the top opening of the brackets, pull the legs apart and hammer nails where the holes are!

spray paintTo finish, I sprayed two coats of Rust-Oleum Summer Squash all over…

silhouettethen cut a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo.  I picked a Moroccan print.  You can get stencils from any craft store if you do not have a Silhouette.

spray paint

how to spray paint a stencilI then picked Rust-Oleum Granite spray paint to paint the stencil down the outside of each leg.  I sprayed a very light mist, one time to get an unfinished rough look.  The 12×12 stencil was obviously not long enough to paint all at once so I just worked my way down, lining the stencil up with the pattern sprayed above it.

Mission accomplished!  1 hour and $24 later:)

easy sawhorse wood sawhorses

sawhorse brackets

make an easy sawhorse

sawhorse plans make a sawhorse

It’s nice to have a little glam while you’re sweatin’ in your pj’s, building in the garage;)

Thanks so much for stopping by!




  1. Johanna on August 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Love these. This will be my next project (my first from Shanty 2 Chic). I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that builds in her pajamas.

  2. Jennifer on August 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Love these!

    • on July 29, 2018 at 11:32 am


      I’m obsessed with mine! I built my own using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

      Head on over to www. if you want to learn more – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!


  3. Natalie Meester on July 24, 2012 at 9:55 am


  4. Jen on July 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Those are easily the nicest saw horses I have ever seen … you won’t need to hide them in the darkest corner of the garage either! Love them!

  5. Lolly Jane on July 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Ohmygosh Ashley, you are HILARIOUS! Did you really stencil your sawhorses?! HAHA!!-Love it!! They’re darling. You girls are too stinking cute!!! XOXO, the twins

  6. Butterscotch Lady on July 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Too darn cute!!! I must get busy making a set for myself!

  7. Jill Flory on July 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Too cute! I love that you made them cute!

  8. Patrina on July 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

    These are fab! Thanks for sharing.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Thanks so much Patrina!

      Sent from my iPad

  9. Marion Elizabeth Bohn on July 23, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I’ve been building on my garage floor forever. My back hurts. LOL. I’ve been thinking about pink sawhorses for a few months now. I just have to build them. Thanks for the motivation and the super cute yet super functional post!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Marion! Pink would be so fun! Send us pics when you build them:)
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  10. amy on July 23, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Love!!! <3

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Amy:))

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  11. Sandy A on July 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    How darn cute!! Makes working more fun. I use my husband’s–they are old and covered with many colors of stain and paint–but they work. I may have to have my own set of these cuties…

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Thank you Sandy! They do make sweating in the garage feel a little more girlie;)
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  12. Stephanie Ann Phillips on July 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I almost bought sawhorses today from Harbor Freight! Glad I didn’t; I am building these now!! Thanks for all the great ideals! Love you gals!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Awesome Stephanie:). If you glam them up send us pics;))

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  13. Nicole White on July 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    These are great! I was literally just thinking today that we need to invest in sawhorses. I didn’t know you could just buy the brackets! Thanks for sharing and great job!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Thank you Nicole! They are also made to fold for storage!!

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  14. [email protected] on July 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    This is so cute…and funny! Very fun project.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Thank you Korrie! I had fun building them;)

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  15. Jaime Costiglio on July 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Ashley love your sawhorses and I will join you in this build. I too have been on my garage floor for 2 years now (in my pjs too!) and my hips have finally said enough! These sawhorses will save our bodies so we can keep on building forever! Because the plans never stop coming (thanks to Ana).

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Yes Jaime!! Send us pics if you glam them up:))

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  16. Beja {} on July 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Love how a plain saw horse just won’t do. That is totally my way, too. I even try to glam my grocery list, so if I ever need a saw horse, you know what I’m doing!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Love it!!! I couldn’t just stop at bare wood;)

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