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

Luxe and cozy, the color combinations in this bedroom look so good! The golden glass bedside lamps and the eggplant Benjamin Moore wall paint all came from our reuse warehouse. Thanks for using salvaged materials and supporting our reuse nonprofit!

What a project! This trestle table from Community Forklift has a fantastic design, but just needed a little love. From a Forklift Fan: “It’s not done yet. For the newbies out there, this project actually requires several different colors and you have a choice of oil-based stains and paint stains. I chose paint stain for added protection, however, the base color of the natural wood needed to be stained a darker brown. Then 3-4 addional colors which requires multiple layers and blends. So if you’re going for a rustic/antique look, you need to paint the look into the table. One stain just won’t due. Stay tuned!” Thanks for giving it a new home — and a new finish! Photos by @big_dawg_82 (Instagram)

Inspired by a Community Forklift before and after post, this Forklift Fan visited the reuse warehouse and left with a salvaged sideboard and lamp for their home! Feeling inspired yourself? You can keep the inspiration going, because we have more lamps and sideboards available. Thanks choosing reuse and saving these materials from being wasted!

Luther Place Memorial Church purchased salvaged doors from Community Forklift for this year’s most recent iteration of their iconic rainbow doors display at 14th St. and Vermont Ave. NW in Washington, DC. The first set of doors came from a Capitol Hill home in 2012, while the second generation of doors in 2018 came from Community Forklift as well. Thanks for finding a brilliant, beautiful reuse for salvaged materials! Photos by @lutherplacedc (Instagram)

This shelving unit created using a salvaged section of cubbies from Community Forklift is fantastic! A Forklift Fan built card-catalog-style drawers, added additional storage spaces and legs using oak plywood left over from another project, and sanded and stained everything to match. Fabulous! Photos by @e_alltheabove (Instagram)

With a new coat of black paint, this salvaged glider from Community Forklift is ready for reuse! The plant stand and vine-covered fence are also from our reuse warehouse and the wooden bench on the porch was built from a demolished gate. Someone get me a lemonade!

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.