Turning one thing into something entirely different is a talent that some people come by naturally. Combining objects of different origins into an objet d'art or into a new functional item likewise requires both vision and skill. Such examples of repurposing are abundant at The Way Back
Somewhat different from repurposing is a process we call upcycling. Upcycled articles often begin as items found in unrestorable condition which are then given extreme makeovers frequently involving paint, stain, fabric, etc and often incorporating accessories "borrowed" from a different style.