Good people of Craft Club, please forgive my poor time management skills that have caused this to be my first post. I have a ton of projects in various stages of completion that I keep meaning to talk about, but I haven't even had time to pick them up lately.
Part of the reason that projects with priority are taking a ridiculously long time, like this stupid table. I wanted to redo the dining room (I've had one of those I-need-a-table- today-okay-this-one setups in there for a few years and I'm thrilled it's gone), and I splurged on chairs so I decided to get a cheap table and fancy it up a little. I prefer round tables so I got the Liatorp from Ikea, which looks like this picture if I get my formatting right:
The chairs are midcentury modern and I like the look of modern furniture mixed with traditional.
Okay, so I love peacock feathers and I thought it would be fun to paint them on the top. I sanded and primed and acquired paint and polycrylic. The feathers are supposed to look like this:
Let me just say, first, that this table was a nightmare to put together. I've assembled beds, dressers, shelves, couches, nightstands, desks, basically everything with no assistance and very little trouble, but I could not do this without help and many hours and my hand still has no strength in it from tightening the last bolts.
So okay, this is what the 1/3-finished job looks like right now. I'm sorry, I did not realize the full extent of my squalor until I saw these photos; this table seriously has taken over my life. And I know they're not lit very well, I was in a hurry to take them with my phone this morning so I could post this today.
The distribution of feathers was accidental, I was just working on alternate sides to let the other side dry. The intention was to cover the whole surface like in the sample photo.
My sister thinks the asymmetrical cascade looks better as is, and I'm kind of inclined to agree (and not just because I ran out of blue paint). My man-friend likes the monochromatic look with just the main blue section and not painting in the green & gold section, and I see his point, but he also thought they were ferns. And I already have the paint for it, soooo.
Also, I'm sure you noticed that the lines aren't very clean. How much should I care about this? Should I just be like, oh feathers will feather you know! Or try to clean it up?
Please help me! Where should I go from here, or should I even bother? I should add that wiping it all out and starting from scratch is not completely off the table (ba-dum ching) yet.
Update: So the impression I'm getting is that the consensus is that I should just throw it in the fire, but I figured I'd just close the loop and say that I decided to leave the layout as is and fill in the colors in the center. It still needs some more work (tidying up, applying polycrylic) but here we are. Sorry about squalor, still haven't cleaned the detritus.