This pair of end tables from Community Forklift got an upcycled luxe new look from Girasol Vintage (Instagram: @mygirasolvintage)! The new painted finish and gold accents really highlight the curved legs and the details on the drawers. Thanks for supporting reuse and giving these pieces a new lease on life!

Check out this awesome garden workspace created using a salvaged ladder and door! A Forklift Fan maximized their small balcony in service of their green thumb. Thanks for supporting reuse and Community Forklift!

Just look at all of the exuberant scrolls, curves, and details on this dresser! It has so much personality! A Forklift Fan gave the vintage piece an update and the new finishes really highlight that awesome hardware. Thanks for supporting reuse and sharing your project!

Theo on our reuse warehouse team built this Little Free Library using salvaged roof shingles, paint, brushes, and concrete from Community Forklift! What better place to take a book/leave a book? That ombre paint job looks awesome!

These awesome raised planters for a small balcony were made by My Eco Spaces (Instagram: @myecospaces) out of salvaged wood from Community Forklift! In their own words: “Greenspace for everyday use! What’s better than sitting in your balcony, surrounded by plants (some edible) knowing that this also serves as a habitat for little critters like pollinators?”

Sand & Silo (Instagram: @sandandsilo) got a couple of dressers from Community Forklift and upcycled them! The new finish looks great and I love the library pulls. Thanks for supporting reuse!

Check out this beautiful coffee table created from Treincarnation live edge lumber! From a Forklift Fan: “We used wood purchased at Community Forklift and they turned out amazing! Saved us hundreds of dollars by making them ourselves.” Thanks for supporting reuse!

This display case from Community Forklift looks SO good after a Forklift Fan refurbished it! He cleaned and scraped the glass, fitted the legs with new stretchers for stability, covered the surface with faux-leather for a more authentic look, and cleaned and refinished the wood with beeswax and orange oil. It positively glows!


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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.