al·ter, v. al·tered, al·ter·ing, al·ters v.tr.
1. To change or make different; modify:
**I take items that are used for one thing and add to them to change their look and they become something else, a few steps above their original use, therefore altering their original use.
re·cy·cle tr.v. re·cy·cled, re·cy·cling, re·cy·cles
1. To put or pass through a cycle again, as for further treatment.
a. To use again, especially to reprocess.
**I look to thrift stores, yard sales, etc. to see what I can find to recycle it and make something else out of it, for a better purpose.