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Don Short

Using vintage and salvaged pieces, Don restores often-neglected buildings back to their original beauty.

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About the show

West End Salvage follows Don Short and his crack team of pickers, carpenters and designers as they find and create amazing one-of-a-kind pieces out of salvaged treasures. Whether they're prying unusual details off the sides of old buildings or competing with quirky Midwest pickers for the ultimate find, they take their haul back to Don's 50,000-square-foot warehouse in downtown Des Moines to spin gold out of straw. In the end, whether it's a lamp made from a bakery whisk or a bench fashioned from a pig trough, these items will ultimately become the centerpieces of stunning room makeovers for customers in the know.
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.

Wednesday
Mar 4
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

The Guys At West End Use An Old Piano In Two Different Builds

Don gets the deal of a lifetime when a loyal customer drops by with an old, broken piano. The customer wants Don to create a coffee table from the top of the instrument, and in return, Don gets to keep the rest of the piece to do with as he pleases. With nothing to lose, Don and Hal turn around and saw the shell in half to create shelving designed to flank a fireplace. At the same time, Rex buys a vintage Murphy bed off some pickers and uses it create a shoe storage that hides away. The project drives a wedge between Don and Rex who both want to claim the piece as their own.

Saturday
Mar 14
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 19
4pm | 3c
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.

Wednesday
Apr 8
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

Flipping Function Makes for a Better Design

Awkward room layouts do not scare the men at West End Salvage. They embrace new challenges, which is why they accepted the job to redo Brandon and Sarah's L-shaped living room and adjacent dining room. Their fearless attitude leads them to flipping the function of the two rooms, making the dining room the living room and vice versa. Making a bold design statement, they create a textured focal wall, build decorative shoji screen room dividers out of salvaged doors, and install new ambient lighting. The busy West End Salvage design team also finds time to bring an old Victorian chair into the 21st century with a gold and silver foiling technique.

Wednesday
Apr 8
4pm | 3c
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.

Tuesday
Jun 30
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Tuesday
Jun 30
9am | 8c
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.

Thursday
Jul 9
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

Flipping Function Makes for a Better Design

Awkward room layouts do not scare the men at West End Salvage. They embrace new challenges, which is why they accepted the job to redo Brandon and Sarah's L-shaped living room and adjacent dining room. Their fearless attitude leads them to flipping the function of the two rooms, making the dining room the living room and vice versa. Making a bold design statement, they create a textured focal wall, build decorative shoji screen room dividers out of salvaged doors, and install new ambient lighting. The busy West End Salvage design team also finds time to bring an old Victorian chair into the 21st century with a gold and silver foiling technique.

Tuesday
Jan 19
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

The Crew Use Vintage Metal Chicken Coops As The Foundation For A Client's Sewing Desk

After salvaging a round window from a one-hundred year old home, Don tasks Rex with turning it into a coffee table that will make him at least $600. The guys also source some turn-of-the-century chicken coops to use as the foundation for a clients sewing desk. At the same time, the whole team pitches in to convert a vintage wooden phone booth into wine display and storage for a new restaurant. When the client suggests flipping the accordion-styled door so it opens out instead of in, the simple build gets a lot harder to complete.

Thursday
May 5
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

The Guys Use Items From A Foundry To Create A Custom Chair

Having gained access to a local foundry that is liquidating some of its out-of-date stock, Don puts himself on a strict $10,000 maximum budget for the pick. But he's soon regretting his decision as the massive facility is packed with vintage carts, wheelbarrows and foundry molds for as far as the eye can see. Joe takes a liking to one of the metal carts and decides to reinvent it as an industrial chair. Don does not share his vision but Joe takes it down to the shop to have it ripped apart and put back together. Meanwhile, Rex brings in an old friend who is shopping for a custom desk. Taking cues from the exposed wood ceiling beams in the client's office building, Don proposes constructing a desk that looks like a stack of wood on a pallet. The client is hesitant at first, but decides to trust Don and hires West End on to create the one-of-a kind item.

Thursday
Jun 2
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Breaking A Door Hoarding Habit

The West End team is up to their eyeballs in doors! Don has piles of doors stashed away on the fourth floor and Hal is determined to thin the collection out. When they are hired to build a headboard, Hal suggests using several of the doors they have upstairs to create a gigantic showpiece. The client loves the idea but wants it done in just a week. With the pressure on to finish this massive project, Rex makes a big mistake that puts delivering the project on time in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Brian's project also involves doors. Don wants to make a steam punk coffee table out of a fire door he just purchased from a picker. Problem is, the steel wrapped door weighs about 200 pounds! Don gives Brian cart blanche on the project, but when Don sees what Brian's up to, he reconsiders.

Thursday
Jun 9
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

The Flying Carpet Chair

Instead of waiting for the good finds to come to them, Don and Hal head out to go picking at a bat-infested barn north of town. There, they manage to grab a vintage tire rack and some Victorian roof cresting before Hal gets too freaked out by wild critters and vacates the premises in a hurry. Back at the shop, Don has a client looking for a custom bike rack and room divider, and he assigns Brian the task of upcycling the tire rack in the piece. Meanwhile, the guys create a unique display case for an avid baseball collector. Hal also buys a salvaged rug and much to Don's disbelief, attempts to create a one-of-a-kind chair that mimics the look of a flying carpet. Yes, a flying carpet.

Thursday
Sep 22
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Monday
Oct 17
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

The Crew Salvage Organ Pipes For a Multi-Functional Desk And Dividing Screen

After meeting with two clients who run a yoga studio out of their downtown loft, Don and Hal draw up plans to create a multi-functional dividing screen and desk made of church organ pipes they often have at the shop. The problem is that they currently only have a few pipes in stock, so the duo head off to a closed down church to harvest enough to make the piece. There, Hal and Don have to make their way through a dark, dusty crawlspace to reach the pipes, then wiggle their way back out to salvage each and everyone. Meanwhile, back at the shop, Brian has made up his mind to turn a vintage gas canister into a vanity light by cutting into it with a grinder. Don thinks the vanity could look amazing as long as Brian doesn't blow himself up in the process.

Monday
Oct 24
7:30am | 6:30c

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