Maybe I am weird but I just can't get on board with repurposing. I don't mind so much when a piece is in such bad shape it's worthless for its original purpose. But even that is in the eye of the beholder. Some people like worn items and what one person would consider bad wear another would consider "patina." And I especially hate the idea of taking a perfectly nice item and using it to make something else -- painting beautiful wood, gluing pieces together, breaking things to use their component parts.
But as an antiques dealer I know that a certain percentage of items are bought for this purpose, and I have to grit my teeth and let it go. I have to tell myself it doesn't matter what happens to the piece after it leaves my shop, can't get into the trap of making sure it goes to a good home like it was a cute little puppy... :)