When I migrated to AutoMad (which is still AWESOME) I looked for a nice template that would suffice my needs and, luckily, the default theme was looking great! But I had to do some alterations...
...and by some I mean a ton in the css and to make about 6 new templates for posts and stuff (mostly because for multilingual parts).
Here is an image about how my site looks with the default theme (without changing any content) and how my design looks like (or looked like as of now):
As you can see, the original design is nice and all, but there was a few key feature that I had to have:
So I had to learn how this system worked and it was surprisingly easy, except for the part where I had no clue and just did everything in true trial-and-error style.
Although now I finally moved my modifications to another theme instead of rewriting the modifications after every update. Not that I wasn't grateful for the updates, but I had to do this in order to not to go crazy every time an update arrives.