At first, skinning CF looked intimidating. But after spending some time, it's not so bad. What would be cool, I think, would be a util that let you load up the screens and mark the 'hot spots' and label areas, fonts and colors, etc, then export a ready-made skin.xml file. Maybe I'll grab a copy of VB from work and see what I can come up with.
In the meantime, with many thanks to Febsperanza who made his .psd files available on his website (and I hope OK to use this way), I'm sorta' porting his BrushedMetal skin to CF. Thus far I've only done the "music" sections, keeping David's basic layout, as I find it very functional. I'm looking for feedback before I move forward. Here are a few screenshots.