Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity

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

Meet the Host

Don Short

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

All About Don

After: A Table With Spark

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

After: Coffee Table With Character

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

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 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.

Wednesday
Mar 4
10am | 9c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 4
12pm | 11c
Season 10, Episode 33

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.

Wednesday
Mar 4
4pm | 3c
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.

Saturday
Mar 14
4pm | 3c
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.

Wednesday
Apr 8
7pm | 6c
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 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
Jul 9
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Friday
Jan 15
9am | 8c
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 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 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.

Thursday
Jun 16
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
Aug 18
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
Sep 8
7:30am | 6:30c

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