West End Salvage

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  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.9  (15)

West End Salvage is a home renovation and design show that aired on the HGTV network from 2013. The series followed the exploits of a small team of artisans, led by James Llewellyn, as they scoured the streets of Des Moines, Iowa in search of discarded objects and antiques that could be transformed into stylish and unique home furnishings.

James and his team were experts in the art of repurposing and upcycling, taking old, worn-out items and giving them new life as bespoke furniture or decorative pieces. Using traditional craftsmanship techniques, they would restore and refinish antique items like doors, windows, and light fixtures, turning them into statement pieces that would add character and style to any home.

At the heart of West End Salvage was the workshop and retail space owned by James and his team, also called West End Salvage. In the show, viewers would get a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day workings of the workshop, as well as the eclectic inventory of vintage and salvaged objects available for purchase in the store.

One of the unique aspects of West End Salvage was the team's focus on creating one-of-a-kind, custom pieces for clients. Throughout the series, viewers would see James and his team take on a variety of design challenges, from creating a cozy reading nook to building a massive indoor treehouse.

Each episode of West End Salvage focused on a particular project or challenge, and viewers were given an in-depth look at the entire process, from brainstorming to design to construction. James and his team were always up for a challenge, often tackling projects that required innovative solutions and creative problem-solving.

In addition to the focus on salvaged materials and custom design, West End Salvage also highlighted the importance of community and collaboration. The show often featured local artists, designers, and craftspeople, showcasing the talent and creativity of the Des Moines area. Viewers were also encouraged to get involved, with James and his team frequently hosting workshops and events at the West End Salvage store.

Overall, West End Salvage was an engaging and visually stunning show that appealed to DIY enthusiasts, antique lovers, and anyone else with an appreciation for beautiful design and creative craftsmanship. With its focus on upcycling and repurposing, the show was also a strong proponent of sustainable and eco-friendly design practices. While the show only aired for two seasons, it left a lasting impact on viewers and inspired many to take a second look at the potential of salvaged materials and DIY design.

West End Salvage is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on February 14, 2013.

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Seasons
The Flying Carpet Chair
13. The Flying Carpet Chair
May 21, 2015
Hal buys a salvaged rug and attempts to create a one-of-a-kind chair that mimics the look of a flying carpet.
Salvaging An Auto Graveyard
12. Salvaging An Auto Graveyard
May 21, 2015
Don and the guys are hired to create three different tailgating games for Iowa Speedway's 25,000 fans to use on race days.
Hose Hunters
11. Hose Hunters
April 8, 2015
West End Salvage uses a weather-resistant fire hose made from vinyl to create custom yard furniture for clients.
Hoard The Door
10. Hoard The Door
March 19, 2015
The West End Salvage team repurposes old doors found on their fourth floor to build a headboard and a coffee table.
Lost and Foundry
9. Lost and Foundry
March 19, 2015
The West End Salvage team creates custom pieces from a metal cart, an old saw blade and more from a local foundry that's liquidating its out-of-date stock.
It'll Be a Cluster, Alright
8. It'll Be a Cluster, Alright
March 19, 2015
The West End Salvage team builds a dining room table for a family of six using 300-year-old windows and shutters. Later, Hal and Don visit a Model-T wrecking company that hasn't been open to the public for over 50 years.
Tickling Ivories With a Saw
7. Tickling Ivories With a Saw
February 12, 2015
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.
Square Chickens?
6. Square Chickens?
February 12, 2015
After salvaging a round window from a 100-year-old home, Don tasks Rex with turning it into a coffee table. The guys also source some chicken coops to use as the foundation for a clients sewing desk and convert a phone booth into a wine display.
Bats, Rats and Tetanus
5. Bats, Rats and Tetanus
February 5, 2015
After meeting with clients who run a yoga studio out of their downtown loft, Don and Hal decide to create a multi-functional dividing screen and desk made of organ pipes. They only have so many on hand, so they harvest the rest from a closed church.
The Guys Turn A Vintage Travel Trunk Into A Shelving Unit
4. The Guys Turn A Vintage Travel Trunk Into A Shelving Unit
January 28, 2015
When clients come to the shop with a vintage trunk, Don makes a suggestion that doesn't quite get the reception he was hoping for. Although they are hesitant at first, the owners agree.
When In Doubt, Expand a Table That Is
3. When In Doubt, Expand a Table That Is
January 21, 2015
Audrey and Dylan present the boys with their most compact project to date, and they 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.
Will Work for Beer: Tables For a Local Brewery
2. Will Work for Beer: Tables For a Local Brewery
January 14, 2015
The 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.
Putting the 'N' in Iowa
1. Putting the 'N' in Iowa
January 8, 2015
The West End Salvage team is commissioned to make a custom bar for an ultimate Nebraska football fan. They use a vintage cornhusker to create a one-of-a-kind piece. In addition, they make two unique lamps with recycled pieces.
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Where to Watch West End Salvage
West End Salvage is available for streaming on the HGTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch West End Salvage on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 14, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (15)