Have you ever heard of the Furniture Fairy?

There’s a legend that if your clothes hamper is overflowing with paint-streaked clothes and your garage is filled “before” projects and you go to bed at night with paint smudges on your elbows and ankles, she will visit and leave you something special.

I always thought the Furniture Fairy was just that — a legend. I was a nonbeliever, and then something magical happened.

I woke up one morning, walked outside and found this sitting outside my garage:

Atta Girl Says: French Provincial Night Stand BEFORE

Now, most people would think this was no prize, that this was the Furniture Fairy equivalent of coal in my stocking at Christmas.

But how wrong they would be.

Atta Girl Says: French Provincial End Table in Lavender and Yellow

But the Furniture Fairy is wise, indeed, and she knew I would would strip this badly primed end table, with its missing door panel and myriad cosmetic flaws, and paint it a lovely shade of blue (equal parts French Enamel and Ironstone Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint).

Atta Girl Says: French Provincial End Table in French Enamel and Mustard Seed Yellow

Then add a little Mustard Seed Yellow and Grain Sack Milk Paint  for contrast, plus new screen for the doors.

Atta Girl Says: French Enamel Milk Paint with Antiquing Wax

Finally, some distressing and a little dark wax to give the table character and age.

Atta Girl Says: Creative Storage and Display for Jewelry and Handbags

What a transformation!

I almost decided to keep it after using the almost-finished nightstand during a photo shoot for my post about decorating with shadowboxes.

But I decided I will pay the Furniture Fairy’s gift forward and put this table (which would make a great nightstand) up for sale.

Atta Girl Says: French Milk Paint End Table
Isn’t it a beauty?

Atta Girl Says: French Milk Paint End Table by Atta Girl Says

The table took a little road trip this weekend. But now it is for sale at my booth at Melville Trading Company in Mebane, N.C., but I’m sure it won’t last long.

Have you ever had a visit from the Furniture Fairy?

(Many thanks to my neighbor, Natalea, my personal furniture fairy for giving me this end table.)

Be sure you check out Natalea’s lake house guest room and nursery, featuring furniture I painted for her.

Creme de Menthe Maison Blanche crib with orange accents

Linking up to Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed

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  1. I love this table!! What a beautiful job you did on it making it truly a showroom worthy piece! I m horrible with paint, so I always appreciate someone who can do it well and YOU do it well Amy!!

  2. Oooh – I fell in love with this little gem the moment that I saw it! It really wanted to come home with me, but alas, I had to tell it that I don’t have a place for it to live. :( Never in a million years would I have thought to use this color combo, but it was fabulous!

  3. Nancy Carr says:

    Beautiful! I enjoy all you do. Thank you.

  4. She is a beauty…love her and the colors you chose are perfect!

  5. That turned out so pretty. I wish that I had a furniture fairy,

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