Getting a site online is taxing, getting it to look good much harder.
On my search for some themes I really liked to use, I stumbled upon themeisle.com I went for their free themes and tried them out one by one. I took a liking to islemag and then got down to changing stuff in the code to make it look the way I wanted. I totally ignored the one-page layout it is supposed to be used like and instead went for a traditional blog, put in some extra menus and used the plugins I liked.
To be honest, the theme was top notch and after a while it was very easy to modify – kudos to the developers. They are highly recommended, their themes are quite good.