Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing

Mistletoe Market Artist Profile: Upcycle Joy

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Check out Joy Ashcraft and her small business: UpCycleJoy from Potomac, MD:

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Ideas That Inspire!

Hi Forklift Fans –

Did you know that doors, windows, lighting, and furniture are 30% – 50% off this month, including many vintage items?   (Click here for all the details).  With prices so low, why not pick up a few things to experiment with?

In our furniture department, we have a good number of chairs that are just waiting to be loved, renewed, and upcycled.  Whether it’s a towel rack, a garden bench, or just fresh fabric and paint, these links should inspire you to come check out our selection of furniture for your own creative project.

Click on the images below to see all the articles!

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Offbeat Home’s Craigslist Chair Makeover

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Momtastic Web Ecoist’s 32 Amazing Examples of Recycled Furniture Art

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Newnist’s 10 DIY Repurposed Chair Ideas

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HGTV’s Bathroom Wall Shelf Chair Conversion

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People Shop’s Sewcial Up Cycled chair

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Beyond the Picket Fence’s Colorful Seat

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profiles

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Today, we are featuring Ruth Meininger, an abstract artist from Silver Spring!

 

Abstract Colors

 

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Free Workshop Oct. 29th: Make your own mercury glass home decor-Just in time for the holidays!

IMG_4857A hands on workshop, just in time for the holidays!

Our very own Tanglewood Works Sue Mondeel will be leading a hands on workshop to show how you can create a metallic mercury glass finish just like the pros! After this class you’ll be able to recycle all your pottery barn catalogs because you wont be needing them for anything but inspiration. Paint materials are included with this workshop.

Please bring a small clear glass object or smooth ceramic object and Sue will show you how you can add a metallic mercury glass finish all by yourself.

When: Wednesday, October 29th 5:30-6:30pm
Where: Community Forklift Warehouse

mercuryglassornamentsSue Mondeel is the former owner of SadieDey’s Cafe, current owner of ShabadabaChic, Simply Sue Marketing and Promotions, a member of the Wild Anacostian (she sings too!) and now the proud Proprietress of Tanglewood Works:
Here at Tanglewood Works, these varied roles and passions have come together as a project for the RePurposed, ReDesigned, ReImagined! Stop on in the next time you’re visiting the ‘Lift, you won’t be disappointed.
http://www.tanglewoodworks.com/

Community Forklift
4671 Tanglewood Drive

Edmonston, MD 20781
301-985-5180
Mon & Tues: 10am-6pm Weds: 10am-7pm Thurs & Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am-6pm
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40% off storewide this weekend, plus 3 great DIY workshops!

Unfortunately, the railroad crossing on Tanglewood Drive will be closed at various points this weekend.  So if you’re coming from the west, you may have to take a short 5-minute detour through the lovely little town of Edmonston (click here for directions).  But don’t worry!  We’re going to make it worth your while.

 

We’re having a Road Closure Sale!

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On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Oct. 18 – 20), take 40% off modern AND vintage items storewide!!!  This includes blue and orange tag merchandise, so you can save on everything from antique mantels, mosaic tile, and clawfoot tubs to plain ol’ nails, paint, or carpet squares (Sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners).

Also…

This weekend, we have THREE workshops in our brand-new classroom!

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Saturday Oct. 18th Double-Header:

Mark Wardlaw, of BNV Remodeling, returns to the Forklift to bring us this double header featuring two highly requested subjects:

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10-11am with Mark Wardlaw

Learn how to safely work with products that have or appear to have lead paint on them. Upon completion of this workshop with remodeling expert Mark Wardlaw, you’ll be able to remove & dispose of lead material or encapsulate it for safe handling or display with confidence.

 

prod_big_shelf_dsHang It!: How to Hang your Items with Confidence

11-12pm with Mark Wardlaw

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find interior wall framing from your outlets and door & window locations to safely hang pictures and other wall items. Get hands on experience installing different types of wall anchors from toggle bolts to plastic inserts.

Find BNV Remodeling on: Facebook  or The Web

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 Then, at 12pm on Sunday:

 

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workshop

IMG_20130227_173239This Sunday, Bahia Akerele, an Annie Sloan stockist and retailer, will do live demonstrations of transforming pieces one can find at Community Forklift without sanding or stripping or priming the piece.

Participants will learn the many ways to use this decorative paint and how to use clear and dark wax to finish off their project. Chalk Paint is NO VOC and the perfect accompaniment to a re-purposed lifestyle. Come with your questions and stories to share!

Bahia Akerele is the owner of On the Purple Couch, LLC located in Kensington’s antique district right outside DC off of Connecticut Ave. In 2012 Bahia opened On the Purple Couch and became the exclusive retailer for Annie Sloan in Silver Spring, Kensington and parts of Montgomery county.

OPC_NewLogo_purplebackgroundSince then Bahia has taught over 200 people in the DMV, in a variety of classes and workshops, how to re-purpose and reuse what they have collected through upcycling and more.

On the Purple Couch, A Place to Create is located minutes outside of DC in Kensington MD at 4228 Howard Ave. Kensington MD www.onthepurplecouch.com.

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Don’t Miss Our Free Workshops this week: repairing old floors, working with lead paint, hanging items with confidence, and using Annie Sloan chalk paint!

Tonight, Wednesday 10/15, stop by at 5:30pm for

woodfloorThese Old Floors: Repairing, Replacing, and Staining to Match with James Mazzaferro

Have an old crack in the floor but not sure how to fix it? Through a question and answer session, James Mazzaferro, designer-builder-craftsman, will guide you through the process of performing surgery on your floor, including reinforcements, replacing boards, dutchmen (also known as bow ties), and matching original floor color.  “Messing with your floors can be very scary, so I aim to alleviate some of that fear and prepare you for a course of action.”, says Mazzaferro.

Find Mazzaferro Design-Build Services on:
The Web

This weekend, we have THREE workshops!

Saturday Double-Header:

 

chippaintWorking with Lead Paint

10-11am with Mark Wardlaw

Learn how to safely work with products that have or appear to have lead paint on them. Upon completion of this workshop with remodeling expert Mark Wardlaw, you’ll be able to remove & dispose of lead material or encapsulate it for safe handling or display with confidence.

 

 

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11-12pm with Mark Wardlaw

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find interior wall framing from your outlets and door & window locations to safely hang pictures and other wall items. Get hands on experience installing different types of wall anchors from toggle bolts to plastic inserts.

 Then, at 12pm on Sunday:

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint workshop:

IMG_20130227_173239This Sunday, Bahia Akerele, an Annie Sloan stockist and retailer, will do live demonstrations of transforming pieces one can find at Community Forklift without sanding or stripping or priming the piece.

Participants will learn the many ways to use this decorative paint and how to use clear and dark wax to finish off their project. Chalk Paint is NO VOC and the perfect accompaniment to a re-purposed lifestyle. Come with your questions and stories to share!

Bahia Akerele is the owner of On the Purple Couch, LLC located in Kensington’s antique district right outside DC off of Connecticut Ave. In 2012 Bahia opened On the Purple Couch and became the exclusive retailer for Annie Sloan in Silver Spring, Kensington and parts of Montgomery county.

Since then Bahia has taught over 200 people in the DMV, in a variety of classes and workshops, how to re-purpose and reuse what they have collected through upcycling and more.

On the Purple Couch, A Place to Create is located minutes outside of DC in Kensington MD at 4228 Howard Ave. Kensington MD www.onthepurplecouch.com.

 

 

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Free Workshop Oct. 19th: Using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® to upcycle, restore and revive

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This Sunday, Bahia Akerele, an Annie Sloan stockist and retailer, will do live demonstrations of transforming pieces one can find at Community Forklift without sanding or stripping or priming the piece.

Participants will learn the many ways to use this decorative paint and how to use clear and dark wax to finish off their project. Chalk Paint is NO VOC and the perfect accompaniment to a re-purposed lifestyle. Come with your questions and stories to share!

When: Sunday, October 19th 12pm-1pm
Where: Community Forklift Warehouse

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Bahia Akerele is the owner of On the Purple Couch, LLC located in Kensington’s antique district right outside DC off of Connecticut Ave. In 2012 Bahia opened On the Purple Couch and became the exclusive retailer for Annie Sloan in Silver Spring, Kensington and parts of Montgomery county.

Since then Bahia has taught over 200 people in the DMV, in a variety of classes and workshops, how to re-purpose and reuse what they have collected through upcycling and more.

On the Purple Couch, A Place to Create is located minutes outside of DC in Kensington MD at 4228 Howard Ave. Kensington MD www.onthepurplecouch.com.

 

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Community Forklift
4671 Tanglewood Drive

Edmonston, MD 20781
301-985-5180
Mon & Tues: 10am-6pm Weds: 10am-7pm Thurs & Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am-6pm

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Flash Sale on Lighting – Here’s an Upcycle Idea

If you’ve checked out our Midweek Flash Sales, then you know that mantels, pedestal sinks and lighting are 40% off today and tomorrow. Here’s a great idea we came across for what to do with those dated old brass-colored chandeliers (from the website TheDiyVillage.com).


upcycled chandelier

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Repurposing 101 – Free Workshop this Saturday at 2pm!

Hi Forklift Fans – we’ve got a great workshop this Saturday, August 9th, at 2pm at Community Forklift.  But if you can’t make it, we’ve got more workshops later this summer.  They’re all free, too!  Read on for the full schedule…

 


 

Repurposing with Community Forklift 101:

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Thinking Differently About Materials, and Starting Your Next Project

with Forklift Fan Ryan Quinter

August 9th at 2pm

 

Do you have a project in mind but don’t know where to start? Come learn the basics of re-purposing with a class built just for beginners.

In this customized workshop Ryan will work with attendees who have projects in mind, but don’t know where to start. We will be rethinking about salvaged materials and how they are used, looking at materials differently in order to help start or finish home projects and inspire others to do the same!

 


Ask Mr. Fix-It

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Repairing & Restoring Old Furniture 

**** Note: This is a hands on workshop

with Bergamin Fortunati from Southern Cross Co.

August 16th from 2-4pm

 

Have an old piece of furniture you want to restore but don’t know how to get started? Bring it in to Community Forklift during this interactive, hands-on workshop.  Bergamin Fortunati will show you how to repair and restore old furniture, without great costs.  Bergamin will guide you through decisions on what kind of finish to use, how to decide whether to strip the wood, replacing broken parts or removing water stains and marks. Trim, knobs, handles and other useful materials are available here at Community Forklift.  Bring your questions and let’s get started!


 

Making & Using Your Own Chalk Style Paint

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**** Note: This is a hands on workshop

with Sue Mondeel from Shabadaba Chic

August 23rd from 2-3pm

At Shabadaba Chic, we are all about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling! There are many varieties of chalk style paints available today which make it easy for painting novices to tackle their own furniture facelifts, but the price tag can be daunting. The beauty of chalk based paint is its ability to adhere to almost any surface and to create customized weathered looks.

We will show you how to take any latex paint you find, either in your own basement or on the shelves at Community Forklift and mix up your own chalk based paint.

We’ll show you how to measure it, mix it, paint it, layer it and weather it too.

Bring some paint and a small furniture item such as a stool, side table, chair, or any other metal or wood item that you would like to transform.

 

 


Making Your Own Upcycled Garden Gate

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with Barbara Turner of Takoma Park

August 30th at 2pm

Learn to make a garden gate out of scrap decorative metal, sconces, lamps, wall grilles, etc.  All you need is a gate frame, pliers, dremel, paint and slip ties!  It helps to have pairs of items to make a symmetrical pattern.

Barbara Turner upcycles jewelry and sells it online. She is also adept at gardening, mosaics, quilting and upholstering, and has a BA in geology.

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Just arrived: sturdy bamboo poles, from the Folklife Festival!

The bamboo was used to construct Folklife Festival displays like this Chinese gate

The bamboo was used to build festival displays like this Chinese gate

Hi Forklift Fans –

Because we pick up donations around the Washington DC area, we sometimes receive unusual items from government agencies and nonprofits, and really cool pieces of local history.

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These little ladders would be great for displaying scarfs, jewelry, or other treasures!  

The Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival is a Washington summertime tradition, so we were thrilled when they offered us the beautiful bamboo poles that were used in building some of this year’s exhibits.  What creative things could you do with them?

We’ve got skinnier bamboo poles for $0.50 a linear foot.  These are a little less than 2 inches in diameter, and they come in 2-, 4-, and 10-foot lengths.

We also have thicker bamboo poles for $1 a linear foot.  These range from 2 – 4 inches in diameter, and they come in 2-, 3.5-, and 10-foot lengths.

There are also some ladders made from the bamboo.  These cost $5 a linear foot.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a little piece of the Folklife Festival in your home?  They’re going fast, so come in soon for the best selection!

Howard, our Summer Sustainable Business Apprentice, shows off the bamboo

Howard, our Summer Sustainable Business Apprentice, shows off the bamboo

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