How to Create a French Trumeau Mirror!
Have you swooned over a French Trumeau mirror and then nearly passed out at the price tag? I know, I have too!
Glance through almost any French decor magazine and chances are you will see at least one French trumeau mirror on display. And if you put one of those French beauties in any space, it will be the star of the room. Unfortunately, the price tag can be pretty steep for the true antiques, priced anywhere from $2,000 and up.
Thankfully, you can easily create your own French trumeau mirror to fit your style and budget!
A trumeau mirror ( pronounced troo-mo) is a type of wall mirror originally manufactured in France in the later 18th century. It takes its name from the French word “trumeau”, which designates the space between windows.
The mirror is set into tall wooden frames with a large section of painted or carved sculptural decoration at the top. Almost always the trumeau is rectangular in size. The bottom of the wooden framing was usually where the mirror was placed so a candle could be set in front to reflect light in dimly lit rooms.
Trumeau mirrors are often the showpiece in the room in which they are displayed, so let me show you how to create your own!
Starting with MDF board, and crown moulding as the base, I embellished the front using an old antique mirror that I had stored away. The silvering on the mirror had become very timeworn over the last century and it had resulted in a very smoky look which I loved.
Above the mirror, I used an old piece of wall decor that I found at a flea market. It depicts a bird and flowers on a branch.
I wanted to add a bit more to it so I created a wreath and swag garland with a mold and paper clay.
Once everything was glued in place, I painted everything in a base coat of Pure & Original chalk based paint in the color Tin Kettle.
Then came the fun part….layering the other colors.
I wanted the final result to be a pale blue, so on top of Tin Kettle, I alternated using the colors, Lagoon Water and Sea Salt, spritzing with water as I went to get a mottled finish. The result that I was trying to achieve was a faded, timeworn look.
After these layers dried, I used my homemade glaze to add a bit of antiquing and shadowing.
Then I used Rub n Buff in Gold Leaf and gilded the moulding, frame, and embellishments. The final step was waxing with Pure & Original Italian Wax.
I can’t tell you how much I love this mirror!
It turned out exactly the way I envisioned.
Hung on the wall, the Trumeau adds both beauty and brightness to the room.
By day the mirror reflects sunlight throughout the room and at night, it reflects the glow from the chandelier.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this DIY French trumeau mirror!