Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Trumeau Mirror

Do you remember this old door?
 Now it's this.
What do you think?
I LOVE IT!
It turned out exactly like I had it pictured in my head.
Right down to the color.
This is how I did it.
I found an old door at a thrift shop that was closing.  
(I don't even want to think about what that means in terms of the economy.)
So I only paid $2.50.
A steal, right?
I didn't know what I wanted to do with it right away, but when I got it home and turned it upside down, something clicked.
A trumeau mirror!
First, I stripped the old paint off the door.
 I used the citrusy smelling stuff, which I like. It took several applications. I started wondering why I was even stripping it after awhile. Oh, yeah. Lead paint.
So after I stripped and sanded it smooth, it was time to add the trim. I put a chunky block of wood on top to make the crown molding stand out more. I used gorilla glue for most of this, and the clamps I got from Rockler were invaluable.
 So was duct tape. 
There was no real rhyme or reason to where I put what pieces of trim. I just played around with it and put it where I thought it looked best.
 I used a lot of this stuff to fill in any gaps.
It's very lightweight, almost like foam.
It's really easy to work with and it dries fast. You can paint right over it, too.
After I had all the trim on, it was time to turn the glass part of the door into a mirror.
I used this.
It took four cans. 
This paint is becoming increasingly hard to find. I was told at one craft store that the government had decided it was unsafe for the consumer and that they weren't allowed to carry it anymore. I found some online at
Rudy at Home Depot told me he thought chrome spray paint would do the same thing. I decided not to take his word for it, but if you do, let me know how it works.  
After I was finished with the mirror, it was time to do the paint finish.
I wanted a soft gray color.
I really like that chalky look some older gray pieces have, and I wanted to recreate it.
After giving the whole frame a coat of gray
(it's a custom mix, sorry.)
I glazed the whole thing with this.

Titanium white by Decoart.
I used my old Purdy brush, too. There really is a difference in paint brushes.
I watered the paint down a little so it would sink into all the crevices. I just brushed it on, waited a minute, and wiped it off.
Then I dry brushed some non-watered down paint onto the frame.
I'm happy with how the color turned out.
It has some of that chalky look.

I want to attach this to the wall. It's heavy, and if it fell it could do some real damage.
I love the top.(so much that I'm showing it twice.) My dad gave me the applique. I bought the crown molding and the rosettes. The rest of the trim we already had.
 So that's it.
Thanks for reading!













62 comments:

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I just love this! I want a standing mirror in our bedroom but the "pre-made" are a little simple and all the same. This has character! Thanks for the idea!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

What a wonderful makeover! I'll have to keep on the lookout for that mirror spray paint around here. :)

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

Dear Gawd you are a genius! I love it. Mirror in a spray? WOW

Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

I love it. I never find anything cool at thrift shops. (like doors or shutters...) It turned out amazing! I'll be bookmarking:)

Sticks and Stones Home Decor said...

I love this project. This is one that I may copy.

C'est Magnifique said...

It's beautiful Suzanne! And $2.50? Wow, what a deal!!

Tania

Stephanie said...

That is a wonderful gorgeous beautiful piece! Love love love it! Good job!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Hi Suzanne -
Oh My Gosh!! What a gorgeous piece you have created!! I have a door that would be perfect for this project! You did a fantastic job, I LOVE it!
Toni

Rita said...

I LOVE this project! You have such great ideas!

Suveliina said...

Suzanne!!! That's a big WOW !!!!! I love you project. It turned out so beautiful. You deserve to win the best DIY price. The color is perfect too. YOu know, I think it looks really pretty with just leaning to the wall.

Hope you had a great day! We are having snowstorms...Me no like...

Take care
Suvi

Stephanie said...

GORGEOUS!! Love it! Beautiful job :)

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

Hi Suzanne,
That is beautiful, and so inexpensive. I love to see you before and after projects. I had never heard of that glass product, I'll have to get some, I'm sure it will come in handy one day.
Hope you're having a great week.

Erin @ The Little Apartment said...

You are ON A ROLL! I smell another winner! Gorgeous.

Lolo said...

Suzanne...AhMAZING! Absolutely love this :) You would never know it was a $2.50 door. So cool...

LOLO

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

Stunning! And what a brain you have!!! I wouldn't have ever come up with that. Just beautiful. I'm so glad you kept it, I kept thinking as I was reading, please don't tell me you are letting that go...

NanaDiana said...

Suzanne- You constantly amaze me! You might not go all out decorating for the Holidays (per your word) but Man! What a job you do on furniture and pieces! I am impressed beyond words! That piece would cost you a fortune to purchase! Hugs- Diana

Roseanna said...

Great job, Suzanne! Love the mirror...crown molding, wow!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

YAY Suzanne!!!! That came out fabulous!

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

You are amazing. This is just beautiful. I need to learn to do trim. I stare at it at the Home Depot and just get overwhelmed with what to do.

It looks great just leaning against the wall...and the color? Swoony.

Karrie said...

Amazing!

Tamarah said...

Suzanne your creativity NEVER ceases to AMAZE me....! I LOVE what you've done here....It REALLY is 'smoke & mirrors' what with the paint you've used to actually CREATE the mirror & the molding you put together from what you had lying about the place....Absolutely AWESOME my CLEVER Friend....!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

kathie said...

It is gorgeous!! I had no idea there was even such a thing as mirror paint :) I love all the details you added and the color as well!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Absolutely amazing. Thank you for the in-depth tutorial. What a great project!

oops! said...

I Love it! Talent, Talent,Talent! To see the possibility of a mirror from an old door! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

gina3 said...

Speechless...just speechless I am. This might be one of my most favorite things I've seen next to your lockers and Funky Junk's stairs. I have a old door but the window is so small. I would love to do this!

Lori said...

You are at it again! Just great, hope you win.

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Get out! That is sooooo great! I love the whole thing, door, trim choices and color.
Perfection!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful!!! i love it as a mirror and love the color!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

You made magic my friend! Love the mirror. I had no idea that spray stuff would be that mirror like. Love the color and the trim. Sometimes all it takes is looking a piece in a different way, like upside down, to see what it could be!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Wow, this is crazy good!!! You're amazing, woman!! I see some DIY Club packages heading your way.

Btw, the Looking Glass stuff IS hard to find. I was having the same issue down here. Found one lonely can at Micheals.

maureen said...

Oh my gosh. *swoon* I L.O.V.E. it. I can't believe how wonderful this turned out. Okay, I can believe it, I've seen some of your other projects. But still. Really, this is just beautiful. You have an amazing eye, and do amazing work to make it happen.
Really love this Suzanne.
♥maureen

{ The Painted Home } said...

wow!!! -denise

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Suzanne, I will be featuring your beautiful Trumeau Mirror with a "before and after" on my Boardwalk today. Please feel free to grab a button in the left sidebar..."Bookmarked on the Boardwalk". Congratulations on such a marvelous project.

Linda said...

Just hopped over from Bobbypins Boardwalk...your project is amazing...I really LOVE it! I am a new follower!

artteachergirl said...

So glad I found your blog! What a wonderful project! Amazing mirror! Good job!

Angela said...

AWESOME!!! I really want to find an old door, now! Thanks for the inspiration!
~Angela

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

gorgeous! I love love love how this turned out! I love old doors.
gail

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Love how your vision played out! This is absolutely beautiful! Your hard work paid off. A one of a kind!

Betsy said...

I never would have guessed this was once a door. All the trim and the paint choice is beautiful. A lot of work indeed, but well worth the effort.

A little old house said...

Simply fantastic! I featured you on my blog (where I intend to keep track of cool projects for future reference)

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

Gorgeous!!! Now I know what to do with any old doors I find!!! I'm inspired! Visiting from Gail's Catch as Catch Can!

poindextr said...

you did a wonderful job on this. It was a nice old door before, but now it's just this amazing addition to your room. Really spectacular. Bravo!!

Life in Rehab said...

Amazing....just amazing. What a fabulous makeover!

Claire said...

OMG- This is truly the most beautiful mirror I've seen in a long tome-the details, the moldings, the color- beautifully elegant-so very inspiring-I'm your newest follower!

Lindy said...

No way! That is way too smart. I can get old doors for a dime a dozen (free) around here. I will keeping my eye out for one like yours! Wonder idea and wonderful job!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

GREAT job!
-Trish

PamMa said...

This is beautiful!!!!

The DIY Show Off said...

Oh wow! It's gorgeous! Your hard work paid off - stunning! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial.

Roeshel

Its So Very Cheri said...

I LOVE IT!!! There is No way I would have guessed that used to be a door. FABULOUS JOB GIRL!!!

Thanks for sharing it with us at the diy club.

I hope your week is wonderful.

Cheri

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Fantastic! Love it. Congrats on making the Top 10 at The DIY Club

Holly said...

This is gorgeous. I love all the detail you gave in the tutorials and the finished product is amazing.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

You're on fire!! Congrats on the DIY win!!

freckled laundry said...

Congratulations on your DIY Club win Suzanne!!! Mirror in a can?! Never heard of such a thing. Cool.

Candace said...

FABULOUS!!!

I Play Outside The Box said...

Beautiful!!!!

AntiqueChase said...

Drool worthy!

Denise from Ark said...

Just checked out the Looking Glass question and couldn't find a thing about it being discontinued or too dangerous online. As to the question about the chrome being "good enough," I happened on to this blog where she did a side by side comparison and the answer is a resounding NO!! http://www.takethesidestreet.com/2010/11/mercury-glass-side-by-side-paint.html

Just Spiff It said...

You are brilliant!! I think it it the most wonderful thing!! I have 3 doors sitting out in our garage because of the remodel we are doing and I might try to see what I can create with them. i was getting ready to send them to the dump!!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Suzanne--great job. We are featuring your mirror over at www.decor2adoreable.com

Cheri

jbond said...

I am in love! I would have to say I look forward to your blog more than all the others. I can't wait to see what amazing project you have each post. You are short sweet and to the point and make it an easy read in a busy world. I can read your post, get inspired and be on with my day. Keep up the amazing creativity!

The Sterling Cherub said...

Wow, I am late to the party commenting on this gorgeous project of yours, but I was just TODAY Googling "how to make a trumeau mirror," which explains things! Anyhow, I must say, this is one of the nicest trumeaus I've seen in blogland, I love that you used an old door! It turned out amazingly well. I was so surprised to see that you made the mirror part using the old glass from the door and Looking Glass spray (how many cans did you use?!) - just a really awesome use of an existing vintage piece with some new "technology" as it were. I also love all the trimmings you used, it really makes it look authentic because many old antique trumeaus have lots of "candy" like that one them. Anyhow, I love everything about this project and how it turned out, and will stop gushing over it now!

Gena Burnette said...

I love love what you have done!! SO many ppl throw old pieces of wood out when someone like you or me can turn trash into something wonderful! That's a 3-$400.00 piece of art in this town!! :) GREAT JOB!!!!

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