Our lives can be like the furniture you see thrown on the side of the road. Broken down, worn out and sometimes falling apart. It can take a lot of work to restore soundness to something that's been so soundly rejected. but there's something about restoring, "junk" that is particularly satisfying.
Junk, antique, work of art.
Any of these terms can be apply to a piece during the various stages of repair or creation.
Making something new out of something raw, or old, takes a lot of work, effort and imagination, but those three things are what make art.
You are a work of art.
What stage are you in?