If you are at the point in your painting and you feel like you’ve totally botched the piece and have ruined it forever, then stop. Take a step back. Go inside and go about your day. Come back tomorrow with fresh eyes. What could you do to help correct the places that you are unsure about? Sand more? Touch up with paint? Apply wax in spaces you missed? Great. Do it.
If you are done and feel as though it just doesn’t “look right.” I hear you. Take your piece and put it in a separate room from where you’ve been working on it. Then accesorize it. Put some books or frames or candle sticks on it. Imagine it in a room. PUT it in a room.
You will visually remove the piece from a “project” into a piece of furniture and it will look better. It may even look darn good. You won’t notice those little spots that seemed to glare at you in the florescent light of the garage. They will be part of a whole and part of a complete look. The piece will be one piece in a decorated room instead of one piece in a work space.
What I always say I heart about ASCP is that it is never over. You never have to throw in the towel. You just start over. And if you really, really don’t want to do that then just put a bunch of cool pieces on the top of it!