Hello! Kristi here from Making it in the Mountains and I'm SO excited to be back at AKA Design sharing this DIY Trumeau Mirror with y'all today!!!
I'll tell ya, this project has been such a long time coming!
Since first laying eyes on this beautiful trumeau mirror from Restoration Hardware, I've been
wanting dying for one in our master bedroom. I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore each and every thing that Restoration Hardware carries! Honestly, how dreamy would it be to live in a room that looked as if it was pulled straight from their catalogue? What I don't love about Restoration Hardware, are the prices. Especially in Canada, where we have to pay duty and shipping on top of that already high price tag, not to mention all of the money we loose with our crummy exchange rate when we have to pay in US dollars. It's painful really.
My sad truth: I can't even afford to window shop there. At least not until we return to those glorious days of a higher Canadian dollar. Or win the lottery. I wonder which one has a better chance of happening?
I came across this brilliant tutorial and I just knew this was the way to finally have a lovely trumeau mirror of my very own!
Curious about how I did it? I cannot wait to show you!
- -mirror (I snagged mine at Walmart for just $8!)
- large piece of MDF (or plywood) for the base
- ornamental wood moulding (I found mine at Home Depot for $10)
- 3/4″ trim to surround the mirror and create a box the ornamental moulding (I actually used two types – a plain style of trim around the moulding and one with a notch cut into the bottom to surround the mirror so that it would hide the edges)
- 2.5″ baseboard trim for the top and bottom
My first step was actually laying all of the pieces out on the floor to get a general idea of how I wanted everything to fit. This was a great chance to play around with the spacing between all of the different pieces, which helped me decide on the overall size of my piece as well as the placement of the mirror and decorative moulding. Here's an idea of how I decided to set mine up (it's a terrible photo, but you get the idea):
Once I had the layout all figured out, it was time to start trimming all of the wood.
I started by cutting my MDF back board to size and then glued the mirror into place using some plain old construction adhesive. After that, it was simply a matter of cutting down and nailing on each of my trim pieces. I used the 2.5″ baseboard trim to wrap the top and bottom of my MDF base.
Then, I surrounded the mirror with the 3/4″ trim, matching the notch cut-out with the edge of my mirror.
Once I had my decorative moulding centered over the mirror I attached it with a bit more construction adhesive and finished it off with a box of 3/4″ trim around that too.
With all of my pieces attached, it was finally time to prime and paint!
My go to paint is almost ALWAYS chalk paint. I just love how simple it is to work with and distress, which helps to add dimension and character to any piece. I've been waiting ages to try out this brilliant chalky paint powder from Vintage Storehouse. And let me tell you it did not disappoint! My favorite thing about this chalky paint powder is that I can use it turn any old can of paint into chalk paint!
I will say that with endless possibility comes, well, an overwhelming number of options (at least for an indecisive gal like me!). I really thought I had it all figured out. White is what I'd been picturing in my head all along (and remember, this one's been in the books for quite a while now). So, white it was. Seemed simple enough.
Until I went to our local paint store that is …
Who knew there could be SO. MANY. VERSIONS. OF. WHITE.
I brought home a few (as in 20 or so). And tried my best to compare and eliminate. Some were easy to toss out, looking a little too yellow, too grey or even too white. But honestly, SO MANY of them looked exactly the same – at least on that little paint chip anyway.
SO, how did I finally choose the one?
I didn't actually.
My son did.
That's right. I let my just turned three, don't care a lick about the difference between whites, just want to get this over with so I can play son choose the paint colour and, on his way out to the sandbox even. Ha!
Without even trying, he saved me the trouble of worrying about white for days on end – checking each little paint chip at different times of day, with different lighting and holding it up with the wall colour I'm planning to use when I get around to it (don't even get me started on how we chose that one!).
Luckily, I think he did a pretty great job with this Cloud White from Benjamin Moore!
It's exactly as I'd hoped it would be and I couldn't possibly be any happier with how this gorgeous mirror turned out! I cannot wait to see it displayed in our new master bedroom (whenever we finally get around to that), but for now we've got it just tucked in this little corner beside our bed.
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
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