French Vintage Friday – DIY Trumeau Mirror

Emily Traxler
by Emily Traxler
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Happy Friday, friends!!! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Tomorrow is the first day spring! I’m so excited!!!

Today, for French Vintage Friday, I’m sharing how I turned a free mirror into a simple trumeau mirror.

Here is the mirror that I started with….

After sanding and paint…

It was much more my style, but still lacking something, so I decided to make it look like a trumeau style mirror by adding a piece of wood and an appliqué.

My little guy broke the appliqué, but it still worked perfectly! Click HERE for the appliqué that I used. Using liquid nails, I glued the appliqué to the piece of wood, and then glue the piece of wood to the mirror.

I then caulked around the edges of the appliqué. In the picture below, you can see that the right side has been caulked, while the left side hasn’t. I think caulking is so important, especially if you want to have the appearance of it all being one solid piece.

I gave everything a final coat of paint. While the paint was still a little wet, I added just a bit of gold leafing foil to the appliqué.

I then brushed the majority of the gold leafing off, and hung the “new” mirror in my entryway.

This was so easy, and the possibilities are endless. Think of all the different types of trim and appliqués you could use on a boring mirror to really jazz it up!

Fresh flowers and a sweet little bunny give this space the perfect spring touch!

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  • Tammy Tammy on Jun 10, 2021

    You did a beautiful job, great idea adding the piece of wood to the thing I would say is that if you used chalk paint then sand down edges for that old worn look, then apply the gold leaf. Use Aqua Coat lacquer to finish then you can skip the hard part of sanding. I have refinished many pieces doing this with lasting results.

  • Teresa Teresa on Jun 12, 2021

    You did a great job, I like it very much! And it goes so well with your lovely house!