That's a great piece. If I were at your show I'd be tempted to buy it.
I have at least one box of "old stuff that I tried for the first time" kicking around somewhere. I like to look at it every now and then to remind myself how I've progressed as an artist, or creative-ist, or what have you. I don't think I've ever touched something up like that (I certainly wouldn't have the patience like you did) but I do try to make progressive changes on what I've done.
At least, until I get bored and move onto something else.
Now I need to go find that box...