Yes, "improvement" is subjective. Everyone will have a different opinion of what "looks better" and, like everyone else, I choose to transform things to a look that I prefer. I've had this dresser since the early '80's and thought I would give it a face lift. Total cost: $15.00--$12 for small can of white paint and $3 something
for dark chocolate metal spray paint. Oh, and always sand wood before painting it.
Before picture of dresser
I removed the gold dresser handles ( "pulls") and spray painted with dark chocolate color.
Here is a garden windmill a friend of mine created entirely from scratch without spending anything or even using a blueprint (she's amazing that way). She used what she had on hand and used free "throw away" house materials at a building/home improvement store. The blades on the windmill are composed of an old counter top (formica) that was going to be thrown out. She cut the formica in the shape of blades and then painted them in a cute design. The structure is made of wood scraps and there is a plastic lattice used on the sides of the base for plants to grow on. Check it out!