I've been trying....I have been adding rounded corners and drop shadows to mine and generally trying to make it a bit more web 2.0 - ish, but that will only ever be in appearance and not functionality, and even then it's stretching it.
I think mine looks better than a default 3.8 - I love the 3.8 style but it's just so dated now - but I can't quite get it looking fresh enough.
Actually I don't think my wife's site (I gave her my vB for her site) looks old. It's vB 4.05 and TBH I really like the style I been working on for her. I know people have issues with 4.x's styling but personally I find it pretty easy to work with. No link available as it is locked away in the testvb directory until it is completed.
Yep, this is definitely a really shiny and modern layout. I wouldn't be so taken with the shiny and the modern were it not for the staleness of the company behind the software I'm using, vB3. I am also quite interested to know that the minds working on this shiny and modern project are anything but stale.
That said, I could see myself switching to IP.B years from now, but I may even end up switching to XenForo now that I know about it, assuming a converter will be created for vB3 users (or IP.B [version whatever], if I go to that first).
I couldn't face messing with vB4 while all the "issues" were being "sorted" , I have a forum/site in the planning stage and had pretty much decided on the platform and mods for it. Had . Now xenForo is here and well.......... it has rather changed those plans.
I'm one of those who actually likes the vB 4 style...MUCH better than IPB's (the last nice IPB stock skin was in the 1.x era) so don't feel it's outdated at all.