It's been some time since you came online, been busy?
Yes! That is the reason I said to you to use some templates to improve your skills on, however it is not necessary. I have seen far worst websites before and some were hilariously funny looking sites.
However in your case it is just a matter of code alterations and nothing else.
I am sure if you have more interest in web designing and have some time to spend on fixing some issues, you'll be able to do it.
Just remember, Never Ever Give up! That is what I have learnt from my experience