DIY Mirror—Trumeau Style


I am so excited to finally be able to share this DIY mirror or Trumeau mirror that I recently made for our Master Bathroom.  I have wanted to make one since I first saw this Trumeau Mirror over at Susie Harris’ blog.  She shared how she made her DIY mirror, and I thought…I can do that…!  Susie shares how she made her beautiful mirror here.

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And since Susie already shared a great tutorial for making her DIY mirror, I will not take the time to do it here.  I will just give you a basic run down of the process that I did.  I had an old wall mirror laying around…you know the kind…the really cheap mirror that you can hang on your dorm room wall?  I broke the frame away from the mirror so that I was just left with the mirror.  Then took a trip to my local Home Depot store for some molding and a piece of wood large enough for the base of the mirror.

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I simply laid the mirror on the wood and eyeballed where to place the mirror and the various molding pieces.  I glued my mirror onto the board using Silicone.  Once I had that all figured out, I traced where I wanted things with a pencil.  Then made all the cuts for the molding on my saw and glued the pieces into place.  Use clamps to ensure that your wood stays in place and dries nicely.  I used Gorilla Glue to glue on the moldings and trim pieces.  Gorilla Glue is amazing!  It sets pretty quickly so you have to work fast.

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When the wood glue is completely dry, 12-24 hours, you can caulk and putty any areas to seal everything off nicely.  When that has dried you will need to sand off any rough edges and then paint the mirror with primer.  Then you will finally be able to paint you mirror when the primer has dried.

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I love the way it turned out.  There are a lot of fun and different possibilities for this mirror.  And I am so happy to have a full length mirror in my bathroom now.  No more need to stand up on the edge of the bathtub to get a full length view of myself in the mirror over the bathroom sink.  Not that I ever did that…you know…theoretically speaking of course.

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I love how crisp and clean it looks against the new paint too.  We just added the fun crown molding last weekend and the paint the weekend before.  The paint color is a beautiful grey paint from Benjamin Moore called Rockport Grey.  In the pictures it looks more taupe than grey…but I love it!!  It makes me so happy to walk in there now.  Still have some more work to do on this bathroom which I will share more with you later, when we get it finished.  But this mirror was a step in the right direction.

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Now…for a little help…I love the mirror crisp and white…but feel like I want to make it look antiqued since this Trumeau Mirrors is based lightly on the early 18th Century Trumeau Mirrors being made in France.  What do you think?  I have never antiqued or glazed anything and would love to try it.  Any tips or tricks you have for me?  Thanks in advance!

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