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!

Matt created this 6’ x 3’ frame using salvaged trim, OSB plywood, and paint from Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse! The painting by Ugandan artist Emma Kavuma is painted on a loose piece of industrial canvas and affixed to the frame with art safe glue. Thanks for using salvaged materials in your project, Matt!

With a gallon of paint and free chairs from our reuse warehouse, these custom beauties ended up costing their new owner just $20! Painted in the Forest Green shade of our eco-friendly Amazon Select Paint, the pair of seats look right at home in their new digs. Thanks for supporting Community Forklift!

This is the coolest thing! Using salvaged Sweet Gum lumber from Community Forklift, Theo created a continuous shelf along an entire floor for books, plants, and travel souvenirs. The shelf spans several rooms and even zigzags down the stairway!

Does strawberry shortcake taste better when made with a vintage mixer? Unsure, but both the dessert and the c. 1948 Sunbeam Mixmaster from Community Forklift look awesome. The mixer came with a cookbook, but this dessert is Betty Crocker Bisquick Strawberry Shortcakes.

This $5 chair from Community Forklift got a major glow-up! The subtly curved back and arms are fantastic and the new color and upholstery lend it so much style and personality. Thanks for choosing reused and giving this seat a new home! Photos by @chansaeraedesigns (Instagram)

This cheery and playful dining room looks amazing before AND after the addition of a fantastic Masiero Flashwood pendant from Community Forklift! The solid oak arms and frosted glass tips are so sculptural and stylish. We have two more listed in our eBay store! Photos by @knitnicknit (Instagram)

A Forklift Fan is sitting … er, standing … pretty at this standing desk make from a slab of Treincarnation live edge lumber and other salvaged wood from Community Forklift! “This was my first building project ever, but I think it worked out pretty well,” they wrote. “Thanks for having such a great place!”

Thank YOU for reducing waste and supporting our nonprofit by using salvaged materials!

I’d call this “boardwalk chic”. Check out the new home for one of the funhouse mirrors purchased from our reuse warehouse! A Forklift Fan made some repairs, painted the frame, and added LED lights for this fun addition to their Rehoboth rental home. Thanks for choosing reuse! Photos by @e.b.mc (Instagram)

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.