Reuse in the great outdoors!

Create new spaces or spruce up the ones you have — all through reuse! Outdoor spaces of every size have become more important than every this summer. Here we can visit with friends in an open-air setting while social distancing or just take a minute to get out of the house and enjoy some quiet time alone. See below some ways Forklift Fans have created or upgraded their spaces using Community Forklift materials.

ABOVE LEFT: A follower of our Twitter account shared this beautiful patio created with decking tiles from Community Forklift.

ABOVE RIGHT: One DIY enthusiast used salvaged iron and wood railing parts from Community Forklift to create this neat garden bed fencing.

ABOVE LEFT: This beautiful garden fountain from Community Forklift adds the relaxing sound of running water to an outside space. Need a break? Hear it on YouTube!

ABOVE RIGHT: An owner of The Painted Pig in Lovettsville, VA, created this amazing DIY sunroom out of vintage doors from Community Forklift. More info here!

ABOVE LEFT: This garden structure — dubbed “Kate’s Folly” — was built with salvaged windows, wrought iron, cabinets, and copper gutters. More info here!

ABOVE RIGHT: Another Forklift Fan refinished this glass-topped table with a fresh coat of paint and a new wooden shelf stained a bright green.

Looking for more ideas? This article has some great outdoor DIY project inspiration!


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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.