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!

The mirror is beautiful in both photos, but boy has the reflection changed! Thanks to the Forklift Fan who found this framed mirror at our reuse warehouse and installed it in their dining room. BONUS: it reflects another Forklift Find — that fantastic chandelier! Photo by @hill_queen_1895 (Instagram)


This salvaged hardware shines like new! “I found [a door knocker] digging through a box in the door hardware section that was solid brass! I polished it with some Brasso and voila! It will be loved for many years to come on our front door.” C’est magnifique! Photo by @nikki.rosato (Instagram)

Such a nice message: “Thank you Community Forklift for having the PERFECT chair for … an upcoming public art project promoting mental wellness and healing with art.” A Forklift Fan created an “Abundance Healing Chair” with a wooden rocker from our reuse warehouse. Thank you for using salvaged materials in your artwork! Photo by @fiberartwithfelicia (Instagram)


A Forklift Fan built this beautiful table for their Ooni outdoor pizza oven using salvaged wood from our reuse warehouse! They used a mix of salvaged beams from an old barn or warehouse and some relatively new oak. Thanks for finding a new use for salvaged lumber and supporting our reuse nonprofit!


“The straps on these apple orchard baskets were worn and broken when I bought them from Community Forklift, so I repaired what was salvageable and replaced the broken straps with hand-woven Guatemalan strapping. We use these baskets to carry laundry up and down two flights of stairs on our backs.” Stylish AND functional. Genius!

Wow! Art makes such a difference! Thanks to a Forklift Fan for using salvaged artwork in their TV room. Everything but the tiny mirror is from our reuse warehouse! Photo by @annnnabarnes (Instagram)

If it’s salvaged, is it still called a NEWel? 😉 From a Forklift Fan: “I scored this newel post for like $22.50 (on sale!). I worked to strip the original finish that was chipped and rough, and our contracting team worked their magic and installed it as a feature in our new basement stairwell! I’m so excited to have something old in a newly built space. It will be loved by our family for many years to come!” Thank you for using salvaged building materials in your project and supporting our reuse warehouse! Photo by @nikki.rosato (Instagram)

“We’re so thrilled with the sink and to be supporting reuse and local businesses. The cat is our chief inspector and gave it two paws up!” A fantastic project using salvaged materials from Community Forklift and a great excuse to share a cat photo. Two paws up indeed! Photo by @sunnyset_adventures (Instagram)


A Forklift Fan used white penny tile from Community Forklift as an accent in their new bathroom floor. “We only needed a little bit to cut in for the pattern, and we’re so excited with how it turned out!” Thanks for incorporating secondhand materials into your renovation project! Photo by @nikki.rosato (Instagram)


There are all sorts of gems in the housewares department at our reuse warehouse! A Forklift Fan used this beautiful bowl from Community Forklift as part of a dining room centerpiece. Thanks for choosing reused and helping us reduce landfill waste and conserve natural resources!

From “Island Sand” in a gallon can, to home office paradise on the wall! A Forklift Fan used eco-friendly Amazon Select Paint and art from our reuse warehouse in their new desk area. The paint is reprocessed from surplus paints collected from consumers and it comes in 20 consistent colors that we regularly restock at our reuse warehouse. Learn more on our website! 

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.