turn something to advantage
turn (something) to (one's) advantage
To deal with something in a way that lead's to one's ultimate benefit or advantage. The personal pronoun before "advantage" can be omitted. Many savvy investors turned the economic crash to their benefit by buying up huge amounts of cheap property in prime locations around the world and waiting for their value to climb back up to their previous levels. I know it looks like a raw deal, but let's see if we can find a way to turn it to advantage.