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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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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.

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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
Apr 8

3pm | 2c

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 1, Episode 8

Industrial Downtown Loft Meets Modern Americana

The West End Salvage team goes full throttle as they put their unique stamp of reclaimed design on an industrial loft located in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Working with a large, open floor plan they pack a design wallop by blending the rural roots of homeowner Rodney with his new fast-paced city life as a bar owner. Designer Hal Davis creates a signature Industrial-Americana style with his use of bold, primary colors. Painting wide red and white horizontal stripes on the main wall creates a dramatic focal point. Next, the open floor plan gets sectioned off into several intimate groupings. A cozy entertainment area with hanging seats made from vintage wooden sleds is not the only conversation piece in the area. They'll also be a lot of discussion about the custom-made hideaway bed, which is topped with a modern fire pit made from an old hog grate. Adjacent to the cozy seating area is a one-of-a-kind bar made from rare red elm. And rather than getting stumped when Rodney asks that a bear trap given to him by his Dad be included in the room design, the team comes up with a cool coffee table. This remarkable makeover has to be seen to be believed.

Wednesday
Apr 8

4:30pm | 3:30c

Season 1, Episode 10

This Victorian Design is on Fire, Literally

Buying an 1888 Queen Anne Victorian fixer-upper sounded like a good idea at first, but after a year of rennovating it themselves, Luke and Marissa are running out of steam. They want their living room and dining area to be unconventional, and to spark conversations, but they're not sure how to pull that off. Well, a design plan that revolves around setting a table on fire is bound to get everbody talking. The West End Salvage team comes up with a dramatic design plan that includes transforming a large hay hook into a hanging light fixture, building a coffee table out of a decorative widow's walk from a torn down Victorian home, and installing church corbels to divide the two rooms. They'll be plenty of discussion over the beautifully framed shadowbox containing vintage hair art that's hung on the wall. While incorporating hair from loved ones was a common practice in the Victorian era, it's not something we see a lot of in the 21st century. But the hottest project in the room has got to be their new sleek, black, fire-charred dining room table. Unlike any table they've ever seen, this stunning design was created by setting the table on fire, then applying multiple coats of Danish Oil. Luke and Marissa asked for something out of the ordinary, and the West End team delivered with high marks.

Wednesday
Apr 8

5pm | 4c

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.

Wednesday
Apr 8

5:30pm | 4:30c

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.

Wednesday
Apr 8

6pm | 5c

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 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 12

Hose Hunters

Wednesday
Apr 8

7:30pm | 6:30c

Thursday
May 21

6pm | 5c

Season 2, Episode 13

The Flying Carpet Chair

Thursday
May 21

6:30pm | 5:30c

Season 2, Episode 13

The Flying Carpet Chair

Thursday
May 21

7:30pm | 6:30c

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.

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 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.

Tuesday
Jun 30

9:30am | 8:30c

Tuesday
Jun 30

10:30am | 9:30c

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.

Thursday
Jul 9

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.

Thursday
Jul 9

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
Jul 9

9:30am | 8:30c

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
Jul 9

10am | 9c

Thursday
Jul 9

10:30am | 9:30c

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