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Diamonds in the rough: simple hardware paint removal

Posted by on Feb 2, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse | 0 comments

Diamonds in the rough: simple hardware paint removal
Vintage and modern hardware for sale at the Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse

Is the hardware on your doors or windows encrusted in paint? There’s an easy way to remove those layers covering your hinges, doorknobs, backplates, and escutcheons without using harsh chemicals! Plus, by repairing and refurbishing the hardware you currently have, you can keep good items out of the landfill, preserve historic material, conserve natural resources, and save money! What a deal.

Removing paint from old hardware

1) Fill an old crockpot with water. Only use cookware that you no longer plan to use for food. Check a thrift store if you don’t already have one!

2) Place painted hardware in water.

3) “Cook” the hardware in the water for 4-8 hours. This is not a soup that you’d like to sample!

4) Remove hardware and peel. Paint will come off easily when soaked long enough. Isn’t that satisfying? Look at all those layers coming away and revealing those beautiful designs.

5) Use a brush to remove any small remaining areas of paint

And that’s it! Now you’re ready to shine all of your hardware diamonds. If you need some antique hardware that is already paint-free or if you’re looking for a match to some missing hardware in your home, Community Forklift can help! Check out the hardware section at our nonprofit reuse warehouse or peruse the gorgeous antique hardware listed in the Community Forklift Chairish store! Here are a few of the pieces listed:

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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.

LEGOs at the loading dock: a DC student’s toy reuse mission

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021 in Blog, Community Happenings, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News | 0 comments

LEGOs at the loading dock: a DC student’s toy reuse mission

A different sort of brick shipment recently occupied the loading dock at Community Forklift. On January 27 we palletized nearly 600 pounds of LEGOs! How did all those blocks end up here?

In the fall of 2020, Maeve, a DC high school student, came across a video of children in Uganda being introduced to LEGO blocks. “Their excitement and creativity reminded me of my own adoration for the ingenious toy and its impacts on my problem-solving and creativity as a child,” Maeve said in an email.

The video was created by Play Well Africa, a nonprofit that collects unneeded LEGOs from homes in North American and sends them to children in Uganda, Kenya, and Botswana. According to the Play Well Africa website, “opportunities to develop creativity and ingenuity at an early age are crucial for intellectual development. Building toys like LEGO are a great way to foster the critical thinking skills that Africa’s next generation needs.”

Inspired by Play Well Africa’s mission, Maeve hosted a LEGO drive in December. After a week of advertising on social media and posting on list serves, she had almost 600 pounds of LEGOs to send to Play Well Africa’s California headquarters! “I had unintendedly tapped into a need on this end of the project: I’d relieved families with boxes that were cleaned out throughout quarantine, and encouraged my teenage peers to give their childhood toys another life,” Maeve said.

In order to get the LEGOs across the country, Maeve needed a loading dock space here in the DMV-area and Community Forklift was happy to lend her ours. Since international travel is currently restricted due to the pandemic, some of the bricks will be donated in the meantime to homeless children in southern California, while the rest will hopefully be off to Uganda later this year.

Thanks, Maeve, for having the vision to help others and accomplishing your goal with reuse!

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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.

Vintage and modern bathroom fixtures are 25% off in February!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Vintage and modern bathroom fixtures are 25% off in February!

For the entire month of February, save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, medicine cabinets, and more. We offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs bathroom fixtures or other items but will have difficulty paying for them, please visit our website to learn more and apply!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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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.

Kitchen cabinet sets and singles are 25% off this weekend!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Kitchen cabinet sets and singles are 25% off this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, January 30 & 31

This weekend, take 25% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors. We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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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. 

Save 40% on doors and windows this weekend!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 40% on doors and windows this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24

This weekend, January 23 & 24, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors! This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. Also, take 40% off the marked prices on windows and window sashes! We offer 5 days of free storage for purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs doors, windows, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors or windows with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you donateor 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. 

Create stylish wall art using salvaged door backplates!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Create stylish wall art using salvaged door backplates!

Have you noticed this creative update in the Community Forklift reuse warehouse? Our special projects coordinator assembled this amazing wall art in one of the displays at the front of the store! It’s created out of plywood sheets and salvaged door backplates, the metal plate that goes behind the doorknob.

After painting some plywood using a blue from our selection of donated paints, our coordinator installed the plywood in the display as a base for her artwork. Then she found the center point of the plywood area and began attaching the backplates in a kind of herringbone pattern radiating out from there. I like how the variety of finishes on the backplates creates a really cool texture as they are distributed evenly across the wall!

This type of treatment would make an awesome accent wall in any room. Try it behind your sideboard in your dining area! Or how about behind your headboard in your bedroom? It also would be a great way to visually delineate areas in an open floor-plan home. The sky’s the limit (though how cool would it be to do this on a ceiling?!).

If you’re feeling inspired by this project, we have backplates of all sorts here at the reuse warehouse! Visit any day between 12 and 5 pm and see what materials we have available. Or, if you prefer ready-made wall art, this display wall is also for sale! Just ask for details at the front desk.

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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. 

Save 25% on modern and vintage treasures storewide this holiday weekend!

Posted by on Jan 15, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage treasures storewide this holiday weekend!

25% off Storewide

Saturday, January 16 – Monday, January 18

Community Forklift will be open 12 – 5 pm every day over the holiday weekend! Stop in and save on modern & vintage furniture, architectural salvage, tile, appliances, kitchen cabinets, lighting, granite counters, tools, hardware, doors, windows, flooring, bathroom fixtures, items in our courtyard, and more.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include lumber, bricks and masonry, select specialty items, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or items from our consignment partners such as Treinarncation raw-edge slabs or Alco Appliances. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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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. 

Save 25% on beautiful wall and floor tile!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on beautiful wall and floor tile!

Save 25% on tile January 9 & 10!

There are so many really great tiles available in the Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse that it was difficult to choose which ones to picture in this blog post! There are a variety of interesting shapes, sizes, and patterns. Plus on Saturday, January 9, and Sunday, January 10, you can take 25% off the marked prices on wall and floor tile including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs tile or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: tile discount applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Discount does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed on eBay or Chairish, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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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. 

Salvaged materials shine in this beautiful bathroom renovation

Posted by on Jan 4, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Salvaged materials shine in this beautiful bathroom renovation

Using salvaged materials in a renovation project is not only budget- and earth-friendly, but also eye-friendly as well! This bathroom in the home of Mariam d’Eustachio, Community Forklift’s Director of Administration, is a perfect example of how reused and upcycled materials can come together to create a high-end feel on a low-end budget. Can you tell which materials came from Community Forklift? Here’s a rundown:

vintage door and door hardware
vintage soap dish
 American Standard commercial sink and legs from 1928
high-end Portuguese ceramic wall tile
glass blocks for the window
vintage milk glass towel bar

Plus, the reclaimed heart pine for the shelves is from Brick + Board and the bench is upcycled deck seating!

“The design evolved around all of these reusable items we wanted to incorporate,” Mariam wrote in a blog post. “Not only is it a sustainable option to include reclaimed items in your renovations, but it is affordable. The quality of these older materials are not what you find in newer items made today, unless you are prepared to go for broke.”

Mariam has a few tips on how to incorporate salvaged materials into your renovation project.

1) Have an open mind. Instead of going into your project with a set-in-stone vision of how you want it to look, check reuse stores for what is available and let that inform and guide the direction of your design.

2) Be flexible and creative. When looking at salvaged materials, consider all of your options and figure out how you might use them in your room. Could salvaged flooring be made into shelves? Would a garden bench work in a bathroom?

3) Talk to your contractor about using salvaged materials. Some contractors won’t work with reused and upcycled materials, so look for a craftsman who is willing and experienced in doing so.

If you’ve got a repair or renovation in the works, give reuse a try! 

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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. 

Open the door to a new year and save 40% on doors this weekend!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Open the door to a new year and save 40% on doors this weekend!

Save 40% on doors this weekend, January 2 & 3!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’re closed New Year’s Day, January 1, but we’ll reopen for our regular hours of 12 to 5 pm on January 2! Take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors on both January 2 and 3. This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. We also offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs doors or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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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.