I don't personally like oil-rubbed bronze finishes, but I like the idea to salvage otherwise fine fixtures and such. (Previous description: DIY oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, can be done to towel rods and other fixtures too.
The Chandelier Saga: DIY Before and After Pictures
Decorative Kitchen Ceiling--Update your kitchen, or any room, with a new decorative ceiling made of ornamental beams and panels. Works great to cover old popcorn ceilings. I wonder if you could do this with a drop ceiling basement?
Insanely Cool DIY Chandeliers Idea Box by Darleen L~ Places In The Home