Wednesday, September 18, 2013

~how to make a trumeau mirror~

I am doing my thrifty Thursday post today because tomorrow I will be showing you
our house all decorated for fall as part of the finding fall home tours!

So today I will show you how to make a trumeau mirror, step by step.

You will need a few things. A cheap floor length mirror. You know those
ones you see at Target and Walmart for around $10.00, usually with a plastic frame?
You will also need a piece of plywood and various pieces of wood, but I will get to that.
You will also need some sort of "swag" or decorative appliqué.

Lay your mirror on a piece of plywood. Determine how big you want your overall piece to be, then cut the plywood using a skill saw. I
think I cut mine about 20' bigger on the sides {10" on each side} and I left around 4" on the bottom and about 20" on the top. You can
totally play with these numbers to make it the size you'd like.

Then you will need some "swag" or an appliqué. I got this giant swag at a garage sale for $10.00. My piece is rather large so I found a piece of wood that was tall enough to accommodate it.
{a 1 x 12 piece of pine}

Position it on the plywood, but don't nail anything down yet.

This is the fun part. I have stacks of old wood in my studio.
Bits and pieces, all different sizes, colors, and shapes. Just start playing with different widths etc. The wood can be all
different kinds because eventually you will be painting it all. The wood can be old or new, it doesn't matter.

I found some 1/4 round and cut it on 45 degree angles around my 1x12 piece.

Next I started working on the sides. I used 1x4 pieces of mixed woods, cutting the corners on 45 degree angles as well.

Once I had everything laid out and cut to correct lengths, I attached everything with a nail gun. You can nail right through the plastic frame on the mirror. Center your mirror {or wherever you want it to be} and nail that on first. Then work around that with your final pieces. Just be sure to have everything right where you want it before nailing it on.

After you have nailed everything on, you can choose to spackle in some of the holes.

Once the spackle is dry, sand lightly, and sand any rough wood edges as well. Vacuum or dust off any loose dirt or sawdust, then tape off the mirror.

Next, pick out your paint colors. Chooses a couple colors so that you get that layered look.I chose duck egg blue for the first layer, then coco.

First I painted a coat of the duck egg blue. {LOVE Annie Sloan chalk paint}

Then it got dark out and I stopped taking pictures. BUT, when the blue was dry, I painted on a coat of Coco.
When that dried, I painted a little Annie Sloan Old White on certain pieces of trim, just to make them stand out a bit.

And, the last step is to distress it. Sand the edges and sand down certain spots of the coco to reveal the base color. Finally, I covered the whole piece in Annie Sloan clear wax, then hit the high spots and the edges with the dark wax. Sorry no photos, I was literally doing this step at 10 pm by dim light!

And, by the time I brought it inside to photograph it, it was really dark, so pls. excuse these poor quality photos. It really does look better in person! It is huge, about 6' tall and about 3' wide.

Don't forget to check out the homes on the Finding Fall tours today! We have: The Shabby Creek Cottage, Four Generations One Roof, The Old Painted Cottage and The Graphics Fairy.

Enjoy, and pls. come back tomorrow for our own home tour!



WhiteWhispers2u said...

That is amazing, looks great!

Unknown said...

The mirror is gorgeous, Melaine. I love all the trim and the swag is a great piece. Thanks for the steps, I may attempt this one day so I'm pinning.

Heather Salazar said...

Very cute!

I'm so behind on my blog reading.

I can't wait to see your fall decor

Also your antlers are adorable!!

And Christine captured your homes beauty in its entirety

And super jealous you got to go see Carrie, which leads me to ask if you are counting the minutes until Nashville comes back to TV :), I'm dying, can't wait!!!!

Well that touches on just a few of my missed post


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