Before and After: upcycle salvaged materials into fantastic creative projects

Mary used a salvaged radiator cover from the reuse warehouse to create the glass display shelf in her DC home. She didn’t have a “before” photo (I just used a photo of our radiator cover section) but I thought you’d want to see the results anyway! The cover she bought didn’t have a top, so she put a thick slab of glass on it. It looks amazing in the lamplight! Another fun fact: the arched-top window is from Community Forklift as well. Thanks, Mary, for putting salvaged materials to reuse in your beautiful home. Photo courtesy of Mary.


Check out this fabulous door upgrade using a door and hardware from Community Forklift! A Forklift Fan replaced a hollow core door in their home with a solid wood one and added some vintage brass hardware and a glass knob. The upgraded entrance has so much style and personality! Thanks for giving these salvaged materials a new home. Photo by @nikki.rosato (Instagram)


The previous example features a fabulous door project completed using a solid wood door and hardware from our reuse warehouse. The hardware in that project really shines after a cleaning and paint removal! Check out our blog for a simple way to remove paint from hardware. Photo by @nikki.rosato (Instagram)


A Forklift Fan upcycled a salvaged cabinet from the reuse warehouse for a fantastic kitchen storage space. They wrote: “Refinished this cabinet for my mom’s kitchen a couple of years back! All I did was add some supports to the base (which had some damage), clean, paint, and add some contact paper for a nice detail to the back. It’s still in excellent shape after about 5 years of daily use!” Thanks for finding a new use for salvaged materials. Photo by @lunabloom (Instagram)


These fantastic tables were created using salvaged pine flooring and 2x4s from Community Forklift! Thanks to this Forklift Fan for supporting our reuse warehouse and being a part of our mission to keep usable materials out of the landfill. The furniture looks spectacular! Photo by @ericmarrapodi (Instagram)


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

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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.