Getting new fronts for your cabinets gives a whole new look to your kitchen. And getting a writing piece resurfaced and the rough edges sanded off makes all the difference in the world, too.
I had a story that I wrote about 10 years ago. I had sent it off, but got no acceptances. It was a tale about an experience my family had back in 1968. Ten years ago, I was a lot more unskilled--writerwise--than I am now.
Also, I didn't belong to an effective writing critique group ten years ago.
I was in Birmingham this weekend, and while I was out of town, I got an email that my story--after it had been dusted off and worked on and critiqued and "fixed" in many ways--has made the first round for Not Your Mother's Book On Holidays.
Take a story. An old story. Dust it off. Look at it with new eyes, and increase the number of eyes that check out the tale. And watch what happens...