A Forklift Fan creates these beautiful coasters out of salvaged tile from Community Forklift! Check out @the_other_cat on Instagram for some mesmerizing videos of the tiles being created using ink, airbrushing, and even fire. Thanks for using salvaged materials and keeping useable stuff out of the landfill!

This solid but worn footstool from Community Forklift got a one-of-a-kind design courtesy of salvaged materials! The entire project was DIY’d: the legs and frame got a coat of gold paint, the top was re-stuffed and reupholstered with a fabric remnant from Will’s Decorating in Hyattsville, and the edges were trimmed in a beaded upholstery cord remnant from the Community Forklift eBay store. Reuse for the win!

Check out this awesome entry table that a Forklift Fan made out of a piece of live edge lumber from Community Forklift! The wood grain and natural edge look great with the legs they found on Etsy. Also, shoutout to the dog Tango, who supervises all of their Community Forklift projects. Well done, Tango! You deserve that rest on the sofa.

Some lemon oil and scratch cover did wonders for this vintage cedar-lined wardrobe. That awesome chevron veneer really glows! Originally built for clothing, this wardrobe now holds a vacuum and cleaning supplies in a house with little storage space. Functional art!

Check out the new look Sand and Silo Marketplace gave this beautiful solid-wood desk from Community Forklift! I love the contrast between the natural wood top and the gray base and the design on the bottom of the drawer is beautiful. Thanks for saving this beauty from the landfill!

A couple of reuse fans sent in these photos of their awesome front door project that used a salvaged door from Community Forklift! They wrote, “Our pandemic project was restoring an antique solid oak door with leaded glass. We bought it for $35 then stripped the paint off with citrus & oxalic (rhubarb) acid, planed it, and re-sealed it. It glows.” Thanks for supporting reuse!

This year, Community Forklift has diverted over $2 million worth of materials (like these door plates) from the landfill. “The greenest product is the one that already exists.” We’re conserving natural resources by keeping usable items in use! Please donate and help us continue to lift up our community through reuse. We’ve received a generous $5,000 matching grant from our Board of Directors, which means that your donation will be doubled until we reach our goal. Please visit our website to give us a lift! Thank you!


November 2021: Upcycling Projects using Community Forklift materials
October 2021: Projects created with salvage from Community Forklift
September 2021: Upcycling Projects Created with Salvaged Materials
August 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects Using Salvaged Stuff!
July 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects From Forklift Fans
April 2021: 5 Creative Projects Using Community Forklift Materials!
August 2020: Reuse in the Great Outdoors!

Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!


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.