This upcycled chair makes me so happy! Kudos to the Forklift Fan who refinished the chair from Community Forklift for his daughter who teaches Pre-K. Thanks for supporting reuse and giving this piece of furniture a new, joy-inducing life!

A Forklift Fan turned this vintage buffet into a lighted bar cabinet for their son! They refinished the veneer where salvageable and painted it where not, removed the doors, added a wine refrigerator, and repurposed the drawer fronts to create wine bottle racks. What a transformation!

A Community Forklift Fan bought a corner cabinet at our reuse warehouse and brought it back to life! The new owner says: “Gotta love the recycle/restore/reuse on these! We also bought 2 tables and 2 lamps this week. Loving our visits to the Forklift!” Thanks for choosing reuse and saving these materials from the landfill!

The new finish on this glass-doored cabinet from Community Forklift is beautiful! To get this effect, a Forklift Fan used two different colors of chalk paint, black wax to age the finish, and white wax to highlight the details in the woodwork. Even the original hardware got a new look with a good cleaning. Thanks for supporting reuse, upcycling this cabinet, and saving it from the landfill!

This is such a great idea! Forever and Always Vintage (FB and IG: @foreverandalwaysvintage) turned a roughed-up vanity into a beautiful pair of bedside tables. I love the mix of paint, stained wood, beautiful hardware, and the strip of accent veneer at the bottom. Thanks supporting creative reuse!


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July 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects From Forklift Fans
April 2021: 5 Creative Projects Using Community Forklift Materials!
August 2020: Reuse in the Great Outdoors!

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.