About Us

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 sisters transformed a hobby into a dream career. The self-taught carpenters post their journey online to inspire other people to “pick up that scary tool and go!” Hosts of HGTV’s Open Concept, and designers of the Shanty2Chic Home Collection exclusively at At Home Stores nationwide.


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 have 3 kids, Kade, Tris and Tenley. I 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!



  1. Shaune Parker on January 1, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I would like to build the farmhouse console table but it’s not clear where all the pocket holes are suppose to be drilled. Could you please send me easier plans

  2. Derek Alan on December 30, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I love you projects, but I am still searching for one more thing. Have you ladies ever put together a bunk bed? My wife and I are running out of space and looking to put our girls together.

    • Tracy Connolly on July 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      I have been looking to purchase a basic ceiling pot rack forever. Husband put together one for me I purchased on Amazon and it was all metal and holes didn’t line up, so back it went. Then, I remembered you teo and your free plans, but dont see one 🙁 Could you build one and put up your plans for a ceiling pot rack (with maybe a little metal corner accents?)???? Would love it if you did! Thank you!!

      • Tina Chamblin on August 7, 2020 at 7:55 am

        My Dad and are trying to build a 38×60 farmhouse table . We are using the regular style chunky turned legs. That we purchased. We would like to use the 2× 6 tongue and groove for the table top and would like to add a breadboard. We are unsure of what to use for our apron Do you have any plans on how to build this table ? Please Help

    • Nidia on January 29, 2020 at 11:08 am

      I have a farmhouse (picnic top) table and have grown tired of the gaps in between…I don’t want to build/buy another one. Have you ladies thought about or know of a way to fix this problem. I’ve been searching and found that maybe I can use wood filler (although I think the gaps on this table are too big for this), epoxy or I was thinking of finding (if there’s any) a one piece of wood and throw it on top, glue and nail it down, caulk or wood fill joints and stain/pain it all one color. I truly would appreciate you all’s opinion, input, and expertise on this.
      Thank you for your time!

      • Bob Collins on December 1, 2021 at 10:16 am

        We did the same thing, pretty much. I got 1/4 inch plywood, cut to the same size as tabletop, glued and screwed it down, sanded down the edges so that they’re very smooth, prepped the top, stained and sealed it and it looks great and is holding up very well.
        One note: be sure to photograph and document all your work for family who want their own! (Wish I’d done that!)

        • Mememe on January 11, 2022 at 12:32 am

          I did something similar on a table I flipped but I opted for beadboard plywood for the top. When I sealed the top I made sure it was smooth – all grooves were filled. It looked nice and sold quickly.

    • Mária on March 7, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Love your video’s and the things you build. Have you guys built a sewing machine table? I’m 5’ 7” and all the measurements are for 5’ 3” people. Or how do I adjust the measurements?
      Thank you and keep up your cuteness and of course your great video’s

  3. Killary on December 29, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    What program or software do you use to design your projects for online viewers? Would you recommend your favorite or what you would like to use?

    • Sarah on May 24, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Did you ever get an answer? I’m Interested as well. Thanks!

      • Ana Lorena Badilla on September 6, 2019 at 9:07 am

        Amazing girls !!!
        Amazing families !!!
        Amazing projects !!!
        Amazing Jesus !!!
        God bless your lifes !!!

    • Kenny bass on September 8, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Do you have a material list for The Farmhouse crib it in

      • Gail on January 11, 2020 at 11:36 am

        Hi Ladies, I’m trying to locate & purchase the baby blanket (shades of blues, denim grays) that’s draped over crib that has Brax showing over the crib. Can you help me out and tell me where I can find this baby blanket? Thanks!

      • Cassandra on July 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

        Hi I love your three laundry dresser plans however I have a smaller space could you send plans for the laundry basket to be turned so the dresser would be a tad bit smaller? Please and thank you

    • Brian on February 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Did you ever get an answer on this I’m looking to do cut list and everything the same style

    • Savannah Mae on June 13, 2019 at 7:21 am

      I want to know the same !

    • vicki on July 19, 2020 at 5:47 pm

      I also would like to know what program you use to make your cultists from and designs…

  4. Carlos on December 29, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Thank you and your sister on the idea of the DIY Barn Door Hardware. It provided me with an alternative to the traditional swinging door. The kids will enjoy it to their play Sensory room.

  5. Helen on December 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I love the modern coffee table with the 5×5″ legs. Can these be made by stacking boards for a cheaper option?

    • Noe Esparza on July 21, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      Hey Ashley. This is Noe Esparza I’ve been trying to get a hold of John but don’t have any of his current phone numbers my phone number is the same would you have him call me

  6. Tina Magnussen on December 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Hey, I want to thank y’all for your inspiration. I have always wanted to have nice furniture and decor in my home,but as a student, I couldn’t afford the big name brand stuff that I have seen. My husband and I decided to make one of your bed frames for our Christmas this year. It turned out amazing and I absolutely loved doing it. I see more furniture building in our future. Thanks ladies! Merry Christmas!

  7. angel2485 on March 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    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

  8. Kayla Therese on February 29, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    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 🙂

  9. TheJunkin Chick on September 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Just saw your show today. Absolutely loved it! You ladies are empowering women everywhere to grab a power tool and build something. Way to go ladies!!!

  10. Cheryl on September 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    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?

    • Kim Edmondson on March 30, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Hi ladies! Your page, projects and ideas have been such an inspiration for me. I just completed my shiplap wall. Can you tell me how you painted yours? I am also going for white but would like the authentic look. Thank you so much!

  11. KitKatBrown on September 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Love the new show!

  12. aimee on August 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    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!

  13. Alex Lana Dov on August 21, 2015 at 9:06 am

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

  14. Jeanne Brennan Picardi on December 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    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

  15. Maria Wilcox on May 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    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

  16. Casandra Petrucci on May 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    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!

  17. Phyllis Bowens on January 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

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

  18. Lynn Pelletier on November 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    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 on January 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      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!

      • Amy Joe on December 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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

        • Keith Cornelius on December 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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

        • Keith Cornelius on December 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

          Amy, send me an email and I will share a picture of the mirror. [email protected]

      • Teresa on April 3, 2018 at 9:01 am

        I would love to see this as well. Sounds very pretty! 🙂

    • Brittnee McElroy on March 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      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!

    • Chris on March 17, 2021 at 1:27 am

      Hello!! First of all just want to say how amazing your videos are. So motivating. Secondly wanted to ask, and im sorry if im just not looking properly, but for the loft bed that you made 4 months ago Im having issues finding the printable plans for part 2 of the bed. Both links on part 1 and 2 on youtube take you to part 1 plans. Please let me know where I can find them. Thank you so much again

  19. Erica Rogers on September 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    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

  20. Brian Keating on August 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

    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! 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on August 16, 2013 at 7:32 am

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

      • Brian Keating on August 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

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

      • Brittany Distler on March 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm

        My girls! Shanty2chic ??☕
        Currently talking my hubby into the plate rack ladder that ash has in her dining room mounted to the wall..was viewing the plans on here but it doesn’t include the product and color of the paint…could you let me know. Thankss so much!!

    • Tina Chamblin on August 7, 2020 at 7:56 am

      My Dad and are trying to build a 38×60 farmhouse table . We are using the regular style chunky turned legs. That we purchased. We would like to use the 2× 6 tongue and groove for the table top and would like to add a breadboard. We are unsure of what to use for our apron Do you have any plans on how to build this table ? Please Help

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