Would you like to share Before and After photos from a creative reuse 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!

This chair and ottoman from our reuse warehouse got a whole new look! “Found these pieces in the ‘just take it’ pile at Community Forklift and knew they’d make an awesome pair … with a little love, creativity, and reupholstery. I’m loving the combo of the French construction and modern geo pattern …” They look fantastic! Photos by @secondchancesbyche (Instagram)

When materials are carefully removed from a renovation project, they can be reused in someone else’s home instead of ending up in a landfill. A Forklift Fan found this salvaged antique hall mirror at Community Forklift and installed it in their foyer. Note the custom bin added to the bottom of the mirror for dog walking supplies! Genius! Photos by @hill_queen_1895 (Instagram)

Anything can be a holiday decoration with the addition of holiday headwear! We shared the transformation of this damaged lamp in the past, but the Forklift Fan who created it also recently turned the velvet panel cast-offs into tiny Santa hats for objects around the house!

This fabulous Mid Century sewing table is a perfect fit in its new home. Look at those awesome legs and that beautiful walnut veneer! Thanks to a Forklift Fan who found it at our reuse warehouse and brought it back to life! Photos by @mbstars4 (Instagram)

Check out this magical, physics-defying floating shelf created with Treincarnation live edge lumber! A Forklift Fan sourced the lumber from our reuse warehouse and finished it in a dark walnut stain, leaving the live edge front. Photos by @rockohandyservicesdmv (Instagram)

Treincarnation lumber mills their slabs from trees felled in storms or removed for development. Visit our Treincarnation Reuse Inspiration page for more live edge project ideas!

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.