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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 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.

Aug 3
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Aug 4
12am | 11c
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.

Aug 4
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Aug 4
1am | 12c
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.

Aug 4
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Aug 4
2am | 1c
Season 1, Episode 3

A Dismal Den Gets an Unusual Update

Tasked with redecorating a large family room in suburban Des Moines, Don Short and the team at West End Salvage pull out all the stops, including reclaiming one hundred and ten year old chalk boards from a rural school house. With salvaged slate in hand, they set out to resurface an outdated fireplace, then turn their attention to the rest of the room. Meanwhile, back at the shop, master builder Brian attempts to outdo Rex with a one of a kind wine station for a charity auction.

Aug 4
2:30am | 1:30c
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.

Aug 4
3am | 2c
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.

Aug 4
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

Building a Bar For an Out of State Football Fan

Don and the crew at West End Salvage are approached by clients who recently relocated from nearby Nebraska. The wife is in the middle of giving her football loving husband the ultimate Corn Husker haven in their basement. They task the team with finishing off the space with a perfect bar. Inspired by their story, Don gets the Basement Boys to build a custom piece with two acutal vintage corn huskers as the foundation. Meanwhile, Don takes the difficult job of turning a heavy glove mold press into a lamp and pawns it off on Joe.

Apr 29
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 2

Will Work for Beer: Tables For a Local Brewery

The West End Salvage team is asked to create tables for a local brewery. Inspired by the nearby bike trail, they deconstruct vintage bikes to incorporate handlebars, wheels and more into moveable tables. Don is surprised with the extra effort Rex and Brian are putting in to the project after they are promised some beer from the brewery. Hal and Joe purchase an old Jon Boat from some pickers and are determined to transform it in to something that's never been seen before. While sawing the boat in half, they make a surprising discovery, a treasure more than a century old.

Apr 29
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 3

When In Doubt, Expand a Table That Is

No space, no problem! This could be the new motto for the men at West End Salvage. When Audrey and Dylan bring the boys their most compact project to date, the guys rise to the challenge. Using some ingenuity from the early twentieth century, some salvage from their favorite spot, Iowa farms, and some old fashioned elbow grease, the guys come up with a fantastic solution to Audrey and Dylan's kitchen seating needs. The busy team even has time to build an elegant wine glass chandelier made of old farm wheels for Don's friend Kristi. But Rex has the icing on the cake, he takes an old, non-selling jukebox from the fourth floor and makes something supremely one of a kind. Then to top it all off, Hal buys a monkey sprinkler from a picker that you're going to have to see to believe.

Apr 29
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 4

The Guys Turn A Vintage Travel Trunk Into A Shelving Unit

When clients come to the shop with a vintage trunk, Don suggests turning the family heirloom into a six-foot high shelving unit. Although they are hesitant at first, the owners agree and the guys get busy slicing the unit into four pieces while preserving as much history as possible. Meanwhile, a picker brings by three old, oversized carts that were once used by The Des Moines Register to move piles of papers around their facilities. Don re-imagines the carts as dumbbell storage for a local gym and adds lightning rods and punched metal as decorative pieces. At the same time, the guys take an early 1900's icebox and convert it into album storage for the hipster set that may or may not live in Des Moines.

Apr 29
9:30am | 8:30c

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