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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 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 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.

Wednesday
Mar 4
6pm | 5c
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.

Saturday
Mar 14
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 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 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 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
Jan 19
11:30am | 10:30c
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 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 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
Sep 1
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
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
Sep 15
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

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