This is one of those projects I’ve had in my mind’s eye for a couple of years… even since I found an old mirror in our attic.
The silvering was a little messed up, but I think that just adds character, so I thought an antique looking frame would be best. And as you know, I have a thing for French design. 😉
This was really fun to make, and fortunately, it’s easy to customize to your own liking.
Now before I give you the step-by-step instructions, I must first apologize for the funny lighting in these photos. I confess that I was having a VERY hard time not showing you all myself or my dining room (in which the contents of our entire kitchen are stacked to the ceiling because of our current kitchen renovation) in the mirror. But I digress…
Materials needed to build a diy trumeau mirror:
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- 3/4″ mdf or plywood (beware: heavy! You can try thinner, but be sure it is thick enough to keep the mirror safe)
- mirror and 1″ decorative trim with a groove to surround the mirror (or you could use something like this that is already trimmed)
- similar trim without a groove (to create the box above the mirror)
- decorative carving (found mine at Lowe’s for $6, but here is a similar one on amazon)
- thicker decorative trim for top and bottom (mine was 2.5″)
- miter saw or hand saw
- air compressor and finish nailer (or hammer and finishing nails)
- construction adhesive
- paintable caulk and caulk gun (or I think this little tube can be used without a gun if you don’t already have one)
- paint, brush
How to build a trumeau mirror:
1. (not pictured) Lay your mirror on the floor and decide how much space you’d like to border it and how large you want your decorative section at the top.
2. (not pictured) Cut plywood or mdf to the full desired size.
3. Layout your mirror and trim pieces, marking with pencil where they should go.
4. Make sure you have your angles correct when marking your trim and cut accordingly using a chop saw or hand saw.
5. Lay all the pieces out one final time to ensure they fit properly.
6. Use construction adhesive to attach your mirror.
7. Use a thin bead of wood glue and finishing nails to attach your trim (be sure you don’t nail your mirror!!)
8. Caulk all seems.
You can really paint it any way you like. I’ll share a full tutorial on my particular process later, but I think that’s enough for now.
What do you think? Could you build one?
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