Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mirror, Mirror Très Français

As I have said in previous posts, I am a DIY'er.  I have always loved, loved, loved Trumeau's and thought to myself, "that can't be hard to make".  So, I finally made my first attempt at making one for myself, and guess what?  It wasn't hard at all.  While planning the mirror in my head during many sleepless nights, the one thing that bothered me that I knew I had to remedy, was that if I wanted a very large mirror it was going to be very heavy.  I tried to think of ways to make it not so heavy, and here is what I came up with.

Here it is in its raw, unfinished state.

Does this look like a door?  Well, it is. I bought a flat panel 36" luan slab door from Home Depot for 25.00.  Luan is very light weight as compared to solid wood, or plywood.  That is how I remedied my weight issue.  Now, the rest was really simple.
I glued and tacked decorative mouldings onto the door, built up a crown and base then glued the mirror into place.  That Simple!
Then the fun part began.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint to finish the trumeau with the French Linen as the base coat, then dry brushing Pure White and Paris Grey. I then used combinations of clear and dark wax and kept dry brushing and waxing until I had the look I wanted.  Below is the finished product.

Now, this is a fairly simple design and as trumeau lovers know, they can get very ornate and fancy.  Maybe I will try that next time.

Remember ~ Delight the Eye.......Nurture the Soul.

Bye for now,


  1. Awesome!!! A fantastic job! Where did you get the decorative moldings? Love it :)

    1. I got most of the mouldings at

  2. did you have to cut down the door? i am only finding doors that are 80in tall.
    thanks! looks great

  3. No I did not cut down the door it is 80 inches. It s more of a leaner mirror though I have it resting on the floor and mounted to the wall