brakes is just an example of what else you can do besides the mechanical.
How about painting crossmember, elbows, rear axle, front suspension
Changing rubbers on steering rod, drive shafts and front suspension.
masking the cables so they are not all red after the paint job - I wouldnt change the terminals now as they might get paint on them.
Also you can take some time cleaning and painting wheels, changing tyres.
You can also take some time repairing ( if needed ) and shampoo the seats !!! ... they take forever to dry in cold weather anyway !
just a few ideas to keep you bussy and your mind off the paintjob.
Trust me, the paintjob wont transform the car. The details are what make the difference !