Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity

Save money and create vintage style: turn an old dresser into a vanity.

Sweet Upcycles From West End Salvage 38 Photos

Our editors have assembled 19 of the most dramatic before-afters from the West End Salvage crew — take a look!

Funky Furniture Creations

Meet the Host

Don Short

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

All About Don

After: Coffee Table With Character

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

After: A Table With Spark

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

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 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.

Wednesday
Mar 4
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 1, Episode 9

A 1920s Victorian Home Gets a Speakeasy Vibe

Newlyweds Jason and Kati have a special place in their hearts for West End Salvage. With help from shop owner Don Short, the couple recently got married in the shop and held their wedding reception on the first floor. Now that they're ready to upgrade the family room in their 1920s Victorian home, there's no one else they trust. Following the couple's lead of wanting a hotel lobby feel with a speakeasy vibe, designer Hal Davis comes up with a Roaring '20s plan. Hal gets the nod to paint the walls a peacock blue, along with red and gold accents, but there's hesitation when he pitches his idea for painting the ceiling and woodwork black. Playing up the speakeasy theme, they pick out a 1920s Art Deco bar which has sentimental value to Kati. Kati and her bridemaids used the bar as a staging area on her wedding day. The West End team rework the bar, customizing the lighting features and shortening it to fit into the family room. The biggest challenge the team runs into is the fireplace. Since the tile is original and is in great shape, they don't want to mess with it, but the orange tone doesn't work with the new color scheme. To minimize the color, Hal designs a stylish Art Deco grate to cover the front of the fireplace. Searching for the perfect side table, Hal and Don pick up a 1920s operating table from one of their most valued pickers. After getting a gold foil treament, this table fits perfectly into the design plan. In between juggling all these projects, Don lays a guilt trip on his team. He threatens to get rid of the oldest piece of inventory they have in the shop, a vintage mint green stove. The stove has been around so long that the guys have nicknamed her "Bessie/" Inspired to give her a repurposed life, the guys convert her into a fully functioning desk.

Wednesday
Mar 4
7pm | 6c
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.

Saturday
Mar 14
5pm | 4c
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.

Wednesday
Apr 8
6:30pm | 5:30c
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.

Thursday
May 21
6pm | 5c
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
May 21
7:30pm | 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.

Tuesday
Jun 30
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Wednesday
Jan 6
8am | 7c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 2
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Apr 28
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

The Guys Break A Piece Of 300 Year-Old Glass While Making A Custom Table

The West End Salvage team is hired to build a dining room table for a family of six using 300-year-old windows and shutters. When Rex realizes the windows are much larger than expected, the only solution is to trim down the shutters and cut the glass to size. Don is nervous about cutting the glass since it's 300 year old, irreplaceable glass! If Rex messes this up, the project will be over. At the same time, Hal and Don visit an old Model T wrecking company that hasn't been open to the public for over 50 years. The building is like a time capsule, housing tons of interesting old car parts. Hal purchases 20 different headlamps that he plans to make a cluster chandelier out of. Meanwhile, Brian and Joe have been tasked with building a bookshelf out of old plane parts for a client, but they don't like Don's drawing. They make big changes to Don's design and he's not happy when he finds out.

Thursday
May 19
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Thursday
Aug 11
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.

Monday
Dec 5
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

Hose Hunters

Although West End Salvage isn't often asked to create outdoor pieces, after meeting clients looking for some yard furniture, Hal and Don accept the challenge. As a weather resistant material, Hal proposes using fire hose made from vinyl. It's easy to work with, but hard to find and Hal ends up overpaying some pickers for the product. Meanwhile, Brian is spending the store's money just as easily, buying a vintage washtub he plans to turn into a pedestal sink. With so much money flying around, Don decides to keep it frugal and work with what he has in shop, upcycling the remnants of a 9-foot tall church screen into a one-of-a-kind headboard.

Monday
Dec 12
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.

Monday
Dec 19
7:30am | 6:30c

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