It's called "repurposing." You take something that might otherwise have been thrown out and give it new life as something completely different from its original purpose. In our front yard Linda has a couple old galvanized watering cans filled with flowers. An old ladder becomes a towel rack, and a nine pane storm window becomes a picture collage.
I finished up my own repurposing project today, and it turned out pretty well. It's an archway to the backyard made from a couple old doors and some two by sixes. I scrounged for the doors, had the two by sixes and screws. The only thing I had to buy was the paint and flowers.
Repurposing is God's specialty. He takes people who are worn out and ready for the scrap heap, fixes them up, makes them beautiful again and gives them a new life they never would have imagined. It's called grace, and I'm thankful for it. No matter how old and beat up people get, God isn't about to give up on them. Some of his greatest work has been done on the castaways of this world who by his hand become doorways into the garden of his life.