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Before: Pretty Persian Rug

The West End Salvage crew picked up this exquisite Persian rug hoping to transform it into an alluring ottoman.

After: Flights of Fancy

Their endeavor was a sweet success, yielding this eclectic-modern chair.  Find tips and instructions for upcycling and restoring old furniture

Before: Window of Opportunity

Don and Hal picked out this porthole-shaped window with an exciting project in mind.

After: Coffee Table With Character

The pair transformed the salvaged window into a gorgeous glass coffee table with iron pedestal legs.

Before: Old-Timey Telephone Booth

This old telephone booth was still in great shape when it was salvaged. The piece had tons of repurposing potential.

After: Dial Up the Wine

The team converted the antique phone booth into some "spirited" storage with both crisscross and display sections for wine bottles.

Before: Luggage With a Legacy

While many of West End Architectural Salvages' materials are purchased from secondhand sellers or "pickers" and have relatively unknown origins, this trunk was a family heirloom of one of their customers, the Lutter family.

After: Un-Truncated Trunk

Ron decided he could do something fantastic with the piece, reconstructing it into some super-cool shelving.  

Before: Worn-Out Window

This rustic window and shutters was just waiting to be salvaged by the West End Salvage crew and turned into one of their "house ready" treasures.

After: Transformable Table

The window and shutter set became the perfect table for the Platts. Because the shutters fold down, the table provides plenty of seating while still fitting nicely in their oddly shaped kitchen nook.  

Before: Surprising Scraps

When Ron bought the parts to an old hay rake from Steve, he was unsure what to do with the rusted relics.

After: Making Hay

However, with a little brainstorming, Don transformed the set into an striking steampunk chandelier with wine glass storage.

Before: A Pile of Planks

Joel came to the guys at West End Salvage looking to revamp his boring office.

After: A Distinguishing Desk

The crew completely transformed Joel's sparse space into a one-of-a-kind office featuring a desk forged from a stack of sturdy wooden planks.

Before: Bicycle Blues

Don and Hal purchased a few vintage bicycles from pickers Shawn and Jennie.

After: Reinventing the Wheel

Adding a wood top and a vibrant paint color, they converted one old bike into an abstract rolling bar.

Before: No Spring Chicken

Don and Hal were excited to invigorate a few rustic chicken coops, which had heard many roosters' crows, with some inventive design.

After: Fly the Coop

Employing their unconditional design techniques, the crew used the rustic chicken coops as functional storage for a versatile U-shaped desk with a birchwood top.

Before: Tools of the Trade

Don and Hal found a unique farming tool that they were anxious to upcycle - an antique corn reaper.

After: Reaping the Benefits

They transformed the old tool into a unique floor lamp. They even added shelves!

Before: Playing With Fire

The gang salvaged this rustic fire door hoping to turn it into something new.

After: A Table With Spark

Brian stripped the paint and repurposed the iron bolts to create an exotic coffee table.

Before: Gloves Off

Don bought this interesting glove mold off pickers Gary Smith and Sheri Locke, excited to start another upcycling project.

After: Getting the Green Light

He ended up creating a cool lamp that could give any room some extra pizazz.  

Before: Ancient Ice Box

The gang decided to turn the tables on this old ice box they bought from a picker.

After: Totally Cool Turntables

With a new finish and some cool etchings, the icebox was re-tuned into a hip place to play and store vintage records.

Before: Janky Jukebox

Rex and Brian planned to revamp this old, broken jukebox and give it a technological upgrade.

After: Exhilarating Entertainment

Installing a rising flat-screen television, they transformed this antiquated jukebox into a jammin' entertainment console.

Before: Basic Basin

Brian has big plans for this old metal tub that's seen better days.

After: Vibrant Vessel

He modified the tub into the base of a rustic vanity with a trendy vessel sink.

Before: Forgotten Farm Tools

In a haul of old farming tools, the West End Salvage team picked up this antique corn husker.

After: A Suitable Sports Bar

They decided to incorporate the corn husker into a bar for the Moore family's basement. It was an appropriate combination considering they are big Nebraska Corn Huskers fans.

Before: A Rusty, Old Cart

Before its exciting upcycle, this antique cart had no purpose - left to rust.

After: Delightful Drink Dolly

After the transformation, it became a convenient cocktail cart with wheels and a glass top perfect for outdoor use. It even houses a large bucket underneath for icing cold beverages.

Before: Out of Tune

This antique miniature piano is ready to be transformed into something functional.

After: On-Key Ornamentation

They re-shuffled and paired down the piano into a one-of-a-kind coffee table.

Before: First in Flight

The crew picked up some plane wings, thinking they would certainly augment any eclectically designed space.

After: Just "Plane" Awesome

They constructed a cool modern bookshelf to display all sorts of other ornate treasures.

Meet the Host

Don Short

In 2006, Don moved his business into a 50,000 square foot warehouse on the edge of downtown Des Moines and West End Architectural Salvage was born. 

All About Don

About The Show

Iowa salvage king Don Short and his team of pickers, carpenters and designers are transforming trash into treasure, one reclaimed item at time. From one-of-a-kind architecture pieces pried from old buildings, to vintage items haggled over in a tug-of-war with quirky Midwest pickers, Don has a 50-thousand square foot warehouse packed with ancient gems. Each episode, Don and his team will reinvent a room in client's home, using his arsenal of salvaged treasures.
Season 1, Episode 1

Don Short and the crew at West End Salvage use reclaimed goods to make over a boring master bedroom

For the last six years, Don Short and his team at West End Salvage have been taking reclaimed architectural items and repurposing them into décor that could pass for works of art. Now they're turning their attention to making over an entire bedroom for homeowners Lauren and Stu Steenhoek. Using old barn wood, a reclaimed pocket door and some old tin ceiling tiles, Don and the guys turn a boring suburban bedroom into a one-of-a-kind space with a real sense of history.

Sunday
Apr 26
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 1, Episode 8

Industrial Downtown Loft Meets Modern Americana

The West End Salvage team goes full throttle as they put their unique stamp of reclaimed design on an industrial loft located in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Working with a large, open floor plan they pack a design wallop by blending the rural roots of homeowner Rodney with his new fast-paced city life as a bar owner. Designer Hal Davis creates a signature Industrial-Americana style with his use of bold, primary colors. Painting wide red and white horizontal stripes on the main wall creates a dramatic focal point. Next, the open floor plan gets sectioned off into several intimate groupings. A cozy entertainment area with hanging seats made from vintage wooden sleds is not the only conversation piece in the area. They'll also be a lot of discussion about the custom-made hideaway bed, which is topped with a modern fire pit made from an old hog grate. Adjacent to the cozy seating area is a one-of-a-kind bar made from rare red elm. And rather than getting stumped when Rodney asks that a bear trap given to him by his Dad be included in the room design, the team comes up with a cool coffee table. This remarkable makeover has to be seen to be believed.

Sunday
Apr 26
6pm | 5c
Season 1, Episode 7

Toddlers Inspire Mid-Century Twist

The West End Salvage team meet their toughest challenge to date when they take on two adjoining rooms in a house overun by toddlers. With four little boys, all under the age of seven, Nicole and Phil have no clue on how to design a room that functions for all their needs. Building upon the Mid-Century bones of the living room and dining area, designer Hal Davis rearranges the space for better flow, but butts heads with owner Don Short on the materials for the room divider. Don insists the structure has to be kid-friendly, which forces Hal to come up with a clever idea. Using large, recycled metal letters, Hal's new plan serves two purposes. One, it's a great design element and two, it teaches the young boys the alphabet. To make family dinners more harmonious, the team turns an old optical wooden spool into a dynamic dining table, complete with a built-in Lazy Susan. In addition to all these projects, the team also takes on another client who gives Hal a run for his money when he changes his design request multiple times. What first started as an elegant wine cabinet made from a vintage English sideboard morphs into a stunning vanity for the client's girlfriend. West End Salvage comes through again with repurposing discarded items into stellar custom-made pieces and designing a gorgeous family-friendly space.

Monday
Aug 3
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 1, Episode 10

This Victorian Design is on Fire, Literally

Buying an 1888 Queen Anne Victorian fixer-upper sounded like a good idea at first, but after a year of rennovating it themselves, Luke and Marissa are running out of steam. They want their living room and dining area to be unconventional, and to spark conversations, but they're not sure how to pull that off. Well, a design plan that revolves around setting a table on fire is bound to get everbody talking. The West End Salvage team comes up with a dramatic design plan that includes transforming a large hay hook into a hanging light fixture, building a coffee table out of a decorative widow's walk from a torn down Victorian home, and installing church corbels to divide the two rooms. They'll be plenty of discussion over the beautifully framed shadowbox containing vintage hair art that's hung on the wall. While incorporating hair from loved ones was a common practice in the Victorian era, it's not something we see a lot of in the 21st century. But the hottest project in the room has got to be their new sleek, black, fire-charred dining room table. Unlike any table they've ever seen, this stunning design was created by setting the table on fire, then applying multiple coats of Danish Oil. Luke and Marissa asked for something out of the ordinary, and the West End team delivered with high marks.

Monday
Aug 3
7pm | 6c
Season 1, Episode 11

A Small Space Expands Into A Spacious Floor Plan

Scott and Kenny have an awkwardly laid out living and dining room combo with a small kitchen that they'd like the West End team to restructure. Designer Hal Davis' plan includes knocking down a wall to create one, harmonious room with better flow. Once that's done, the West End Salavage team takes on replacing the dated 1980s bannister with a hipper version made from salvaged, bullet-riddled windmill tails. The rough but modern look of the new railing makes a bold statement when you first enter the home. Owner Don Short buys an eight foot piece of rare walnut in its raw form to use as a dining table in Scott and Kenny's home. Designer Hal is on board with the idea, but not with Don's plan of repurposing aerated tubes from the bottom of a grain bin into a table base. They find themselves at odds with each other, but a compromise is found, and Hal adds criss cross rebar as a decorative element. The walnut table is clearly the showcase piece in the new space. Hanging above the table is a custom-made, two-tier chandelier upcycled from a variety of stained glass pieces. Scott and Kenny couldn't be happier with their new space.

Monday
Aug 3
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

The West End Salvage Team Creates the Ultimate Bachelor Pad

Daniel doesn't know what to do with his tiny eight hundred square foot downtown loft. He wants his place to function as living room, dining room and home office to boot, so he's hired Don Short and the team at West End Salvage to completely change the space from top to bottom. After flipping the floorplan to improve the flow, the guys install a focal wall made from salvaged lumber with some hidden storage. A playground tunnel, purchased from their favorite pickers, inspires an idea for a new dining table. Using the tunnel as a base, Hal then designs a fold out table with seating for up to ten guests. With everything headed in the right direction, Hal heads off to a concert. That's when Don steps in and flex's his design skills, creating a side table out of oversized wooden spools and a chandelier out of a teeter-totter. Is it the right touch for this playful space, or will Hal have to wrestle back creative control upon his return? Tune into West End Salvage to find out.

Monday
Aug 3
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 13

The West End Salvage Team Brings a Bohemian Look To a Master Bedroom

Joe and Rachel are looking for a big change in their master bedroom. They love the high ceilings and the large footprint the space offers, but are stumped as far as decorating goes. Just so happens that their neighbor is Brian, one of West End's carpenters, so they've come to the shop looking for answers. Based on their wants and some photos the couple presents, Hal and Don draw up a Bohemian design filled with upcycled elements. Brian isn't one hundred percent behind the idea, and rides Hal at every turn. He's especially freaked out by a collection of birdcages he's tasked to turn into a chandelier. When it's all said and done, will Brian's worst fears come true, or are Hal's instincts right on the mark? Tune in to the next episode of West End Salvage to see the reveal…and what comes after.

Monday
Aug 3
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Blah Basement Gets a Beauty Boost

Mark and Amy are at a loss on how to turn their boring basement into a comfortable and stylish entertaining space so they turn to West End Salvage for help. The West End team wastes no time in ripping out their drop ceiling, installing a new focal wall made from salvaged tin and retrofitting old oak tables into a sleek media center. While the team works on Mark and Amy's basement, they're also commissioned to create memory vignettes for a nursing home franchise. Using vintage items and collectibles they've bought from various pickers they assemble a wide variety of one of a kind art pieces. It's a busy week at West End Salvage as they put the final touches on Mark and Amy's room. The young couple love their newly designed entertainment space and are looking forward to the many parties they'll be throwing.

Monday
Aug 3
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Blah Bedroom Gets Glam Treatment

Divided by different styles, homeowners Dan and Shannon ask the West End Salvage team to intervene and update their boring master bedroom. With a mix of cool tones, rich fabics, and a new star-burst ceiling treatment, the team creates a one of a kind rustic luxe style bedroom that blows away both Dan and Shannon. Adding some competitive fun into the work day, the guys set up a friendly challenge to see who can come closest to mimicking owner Don's eclectic art projects. Honored that his employees want to emulate him, and fueled by his competitive nature, Don joins in the fun but changes the rules. Whoever's project sells first is the winner. Game on.

Monday
Aug 3
11pm | 10c
Season 1, Episode 12

The West End Salvage Team Creates the Ultimate Bachelor Pad

Daniel doesn't know what to do with his tiny eight hundred square foot downtown loft. He wants his place to function as living room, dining room and home office to boot, so he's hired Don Short and the team at West End Salvage to completely change the space from top to bottom. After flipping the floorplan to improve the flow, the guys install a focal wall made from salvaged lumber with some hidden storage. A playground tunnel, purchased from their favorite pickers, inspires an idea for a new dining table. Using the tunnel as a base, Hal then designs a fold out table with seating for up to ten guests. With everything headed in the right direction, Hal heads off to a concert. That's when Don steps in and flex's his design skills, creating a side table out of oversized wooden spools and a chandelier out of a teeter-totter. Is it the right touch for this playful space, or will Hal have to wrestle back creative control upon his return? Tune into West End Salvage to find out.

Tuesday
Aug 4
12am | 11c
Season 1, Episode 1

Don Short and the crew at West End Salvage use reclaimed goods to make over a boring master bedroom

For the last six years, Don Short and his team at West End Salvage have been taking reclaimed architectural items and repurposing them into décor that could pass for works of art. Now they're turning their attention to making over an entire bedroom for homeowners Lauren and Stu Steenhoek. Using old barn wood, a reclaimed pocket door and some old tin ceiling tiles, Don and the guys turn a boring suburban bedroom into a one-of-a-kind space with a real sense of history.

Tuesday
Aug 4
1am | 12c
Season 2, Episode 9

Don Cracks The Whip To Get Projects Done For A Local Racetrack

After meeting with the president of the Iowa Speedway, Don and the guys are hired to create three different tailgating games for the track's 25,000 fans to use on race days. Each game needs to tie into automobile history, but the shop is short on vintage car parts. To find enough pieces to work with, Don and Hal gain access to an auto graveyard which features hundreds of rusting cars just parked in a forest. Once back at the shop, Don has trouble getting Rex and Brian to complete the custom builds in the tight, two-week timeframe the track has requested. Something that's not helping his cause is Hal, who wants a new, mid-century modern mailbox for his own home and has secretly moved his pet project up to the front of the line.

Tuesday
Aug 4
2am | 1c
Season 1, Episode 5

An Unused Dining Room Is Transformed Into A Luxurious Lounge

Like many modern homeowners, Angie and Brett don't use their formal dining room one bit. Now, these two are ready to wipe the slate clean. They want an adult entertaining space and they're turning to Don Short and his band of misfits for a complete makeover. Using a copper cupola, some salvaged shutters, and drawers off a vintage card catalog, the West End team turns this hum-drum dining room into a swank lounge filled with bold colors and one of a kind creations.

Tuesday
Aug 4
3:30am | 2:30c

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