Sunday, April 10, 2011

Trumeau Mirror or whatever you wanna call it

Why is it that I cannot finish a project in one sitting??? I started this thing last weekend determined to finish it.  It didn't happen. Shocking isn't it.

I have been wanting to make a "frame" for my mirror for a while.  You know how it goes you think about it, add it to the to do list and one day you see a fabulous mirror somewhere and it moves up the list.  You kind of think about it some more.  Then just have to do it.  This is how it went for me. Mine is different then my inspirations but I love it.  As far as the color goes I almost lost my nerve.  I asked my hubby if he cared if I painted it bright blue and he said everything you do looks good so do whatever you want (Seriously LOVE that man). 



I couldn't finish it last weekend because the plywood refused to take the paint and I ran out.  So this week I got some more spray paint and it was on again.

To make the "frame" I cut a piece of plywood to the size I wanted. The mirror came from an old sliding shower door that we got rid of years ago. For the top and bottom trim I used some of the short pieces of molding I had lying around from previous projects.  I purchased moulding that had a channel in it to hold the mirror down. The plywood I got from my husbands stash.



I laid the mirror on the plywood and started playing around with different trim. Two hours later I was still staring at it.  I finally told myself just start cutting women or you will never get done.  It went pretty quick after that.  I used glue and my handy dandy nail gun to attach the trim being extra careful with the trim around the mirror.



The carved piece along the top is something I got a million years ago but never quite figured out what to do with.  It is made of resin and cost $3.99.  The sticker was still on it from some liquidators store I don't remember ever going to.  The design is grapevine and birds.





I spray painted, dry brushed with off white paint and used dark brown glaze to finish.  I used Ocean Breeze spray paint by Krylon.  This color is BRIGHT, the glazing really tones it down.  I used the same color on an end table that is across the room (shown here) and similar blues are in artwork and pillows in the room.



I love the color against the dark wall. 




This is the view when you walk into the room.  That is my slip covered recliner in the photo above.  As you can see my kitty has clawed the side of the back.  I could just throttle kitty except that he's so darn cute.  The window treatment needs some work pretend you don't notice that ;)I was going to make a roman shade but never finished.

Ya know I really have no idea what style I am going for here but I like it.  Thank you so much for reading let me know what you think.  Oh and if you have an idea for a window treatment for such a small window attach a link, I would love that!






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56 comments:

  1. That is totally fabulous!!!! I'm thinking of flagging my bed with something similar! Thanks for the idea!
    --Katie
    www.blah2beautiful.blogspot.com

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  2. I love the way this turned out! Turquoise is one of my favorite colors! : )

    http://sunnissideoflife.blogspot.com/

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  3. Mimi, This mirror is the bomb! It is way too cool for words and looks great in your space. These mirrors cost a fortune and you make it look easy with your explanation. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful awesome mirror and the how-to!

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  4. seriously you are amazing! I just started following you recently and am loving catching up:) Oh and your husband sounds like a sweetheart!

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  5. That is gorgeous! You did an amazing job on the finish. Those chairs are really pretty too and so is the pillow.

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  6. I love what you did to a basic mirror. It's a real standout now and looks great propped against the dark wall.
    In regards to "bad" kitty's, I have an almost six year old female who never scratched at the rugs or furniture (except for our boxspring mattress). Now she has decided that scratching rugs and the back/sides of the sofa are a daily ritual. Go figure. All these years I though how lucky we were to not have a scratcher!

    Have a great day!

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  7. Hey! Good to be back!
    I think they call it creative A.D.D. :) I start one project only to get working on another. I understand!
    Your mirror turned out fabulous! You should have thousands of followers! Love all your ideas! Your living space is so dreamy! Swoon! I'll be thinking about a treatment idea for the little window. That's a tough one!
    Have a wonderful week! Off to look some more :)

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  8. You are so talented! I love the finished result and the color is fantastic! well done girl!

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  9. Love that. It is fabulous and you made it look so easy! :)

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  10. it's awesome and dreamy! thx for sharing at the party so i could discover you.

    michele

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  11. fabulous mirror - & the color is beautiful!

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  12. It looks fabulous! And you're right, your husband is the absolute best. Did he really say that? What a wonderful partner :)

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  13. LOVE this! It turned out beautiful!

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  14. this is so neat. seriously awesome.

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  15. This is fantastic! I have been planning a similar project for a trumeau but it's been on the back burner- I'll have to get working on it!! Love the color! Sharing on FB~ thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  16. Genius! This looks amazing! I would love to have you come and do a special guest post about this at Remodelaholic, if you are interested let me know and I will send you the details!

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  17. sweet! i would've bought one of these and paid too much $!
    thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  18. You did an absolutely beautiful job on your leaning trumeau. Regarding your window--treat it as if it were the length you want and buy draperies that length, you could add a sheer to really sell the look. Or, make a real Roman shade for the actual window and a faux Roman piece hung under the window frame to the length you want it. Your room is really beautiful, it looks so soothing with the blue and white.

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  19. This turned out fabulous! I'm featuring you in my FLaunt it Friday features. Please stop by and grab an I was featured button if you'd like. Thanks for linking up!! :)

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  20. It is SOO BEAUTIFUL!!! You just gave me a great idea for some ugly mirrors that I have.

    Desiree
    http://camelotartcreations.blogspot.com/

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  21. It looks fabulous, Mimi...especially against that dark wall. You did a terrific job with the style, color, trim - everything!

    I'm glad you found me and decided to join my party. I would love to have you link up every week. Rules are simple: link ANYTHING that's family friendly, link back to my blog, and have fun! ;)

    By the way, I just joined as a follower and will be featuring your mirror this Thursday night.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  22. it's gorgeous! you did a fabulous job!
    thanks so much for linking up and linking back to me.
    gail
    ps "catching" you this week

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  23. WOW...that is beautiuful~~~I wanted a floor mirror for my bedroom this is such a great idea!!! thanks for sharing!

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  24. This is superb! I had a friend tell me that she hated her mirrored closet doors and all I could think was I want them and I want to make one of these!! :)

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  25. Love the mirror!! I also love the wall behind it. Is there a post about the color and/or texture?

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  26. How clever! It's gorgeous! I love it against that charcoal gray wall.

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  27. Really cool! I just found this link on Pinterest! I have a boring old mirror and I want to try this!

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  28. I really need a standing mirror in my living room! I LOVE yours! Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. Love it and want to try it with an old mirror I have. How did you finish the edges of the plywood?

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  31. Just brilliant! One of a kind, for sure! Nice, nice job!!

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  32. Beautiful I want to do a mirror like that. I have a plain one hanging in my hallway and there is one on Pinterest that is huge but a similiar color blue with round circle things around it. It has a really thick border. Love love love it great job and thanks for sharing : )
    I know what you mean about the procrastination/project thing. I have so many ideas and need to just start doing rather than looking at even more things on Pinterest. LOL

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  33. Really cool....The standing mirror look so fantastic...like it.

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  34. Found you through a broken link on Pinterest {good thing you label your photos} and googled you. So cool. Love that internet thing.
    But I love your window/door thingy way more!
    So clever and so brave of you to just start glueing wood/making moulding. I got a nail gun for Christmas and haven't used it yet… oh the fear.
    You've inspired me to get busy with my refinishing projects. Must get busy!! Great blog. Will. Be. Back!

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  35. about the window... I saw a picture once (BHG?) where they had a tiny basement window, and visually stretched it by putting a non-working shutter on the wall below it and drapes on either side of it, to fool the eye into thinking there was more window than there was... made it look a thousand times bigger.

    the mirror is great too.

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  36. I'm working on this right now and came back to check out the glazing part!

    I think I'll just try to paint and distress it. The glaze is just gorgeous but I don't have any...

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  37. Absolutely Beautiful! Might I ask, where you found the fold over table?? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Julie I got the table from my mother she got it from an aunt. Funny thing is I walked into my neighbors house the other day and they had the same table in there entry. So weird.

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  38. Since you are so good with trimming I think you should trim out that window and make it appear larger than what it is. I can visualize some old louvered shutters covering the extension or the sides and maybe a cafe curtain from the ceiling to just above the window opening and the remaining covering the fake part.

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  39. Love the mirror!! Simply beautiful. About the window - I'm with Karen. I'd do some kind of covering all the way down - as if there is window there. Or, if you go with Jolly Rancher's idea, you could do some kind of indoor flower box or an herb wall.

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  40. I love this!!! What size is the actual mirror you used?

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    1. Hi Amber it is 19"w x 52" tall. Hope that helps.

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  42. This is great and inspiring work! Do you have any tips on mitering? Thank you for posting the size of the mirror. What was the finished projects size? I am working on one now but it's laying in pieces in the garage...my mitering isn't so hot.

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  43. Hi Branwen, The total size is 28w x 77h. As far as mitering goes I usually cut a little bigger than what I measure and mark on the trim. I'd rather cut a little more off than be to short.

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  44. Beautiful, beautiful! That is a real transformation! Pinned it...
    Susan

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  45. Wow, I love this! I have looked and looked for something like this for my bedroom and this is way better than anything I have seen! You have inspired me!!

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  46. FAB U LOUS!! Totally love - trim, molding, color... What an amazing piece! I've been toting around a ginormous mirror from an old bathroom re-do for about 12 years, never wanting to part with it but not knowing what to do with it. This is such a great idea and perfect solution. Genius! ... Idea for your window. Do you need a window treatment? It would allow lots of natural light to fill the space without a shade or curtain, and would look great with several different colored (all one color/shades or multi) vases, bottles, candlesticks, etc. to fill the space - *if* there is a ledge to put them on. It looks like there may be just enough room. You could add some sort of neat trim around the window to jazz it up as well. (Sorry, no link... just an idea I had.)
    LOVE your blog. Just stumbled on it last night and enjoy reading/looking at all of your projects!

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  47. Hi Mimi,
    This is such a great project... very impressive.. Love the clolr also..I'm your newest follower... I love upcycling and selling my items in my vintate booth Burlap and Bling... Would love for you to hop with us on Fridays for the Farmgirl Friday blog hop! Great blog you have... I look forward to spending more time here...Cheers! Deb

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  48. I have been looking for something to put between two chairs against a wall in my living room. I am sooo doing this. It looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  49. Found this on Pinterest and I absolutely love it! I am going to have to try this out.

    Deb
    http://seekinglavenderlane.blogspot.com

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  50. I love the mirror and the room. It helps that's my fav color. I'd like to see if you decided on the window. Can you update. I also love your step by step.

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