If you buy a house and can't afford upgrades: Change out your builder grade brass shower trim using Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Holds up well with the water because it is indoor/outdoor paint. also works with light fixtures
13 painting pro tips. Scrape a Ridge in Textured Ceilings. Pros run a screwdriver along the perimeter of the ceiling to scrape off the texture. "This lets you cut in without getting paint on the ceiling texture," "
Link to good site for furniture hardware. 10 Spray Paint Tips: what you never knew about spray paint. This is a great post that gives awesome examples of things that were given new life with spray paint.