Every month's challenge has a theme and the theme for this month's is "Icing on the Cake" and happens to be sponsored by the D. Lawless Hardware, so the prize packages will be from them . They were generous enough to offer a first and second prize! Here's to hoping! (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I did receive product from them for this project)
As I browsed their online catalogue and saw that besides some wonderful hardware, they also had some wood appliqués, I fell in love. I then knew what I was going to do for the challenge… to finally make a trumeau mirror. I just needed to gather and put all of the pieces together.
I chose this hand carved 12" wood swag w/ribbons, leaves and berries. If I win the challenge, I will definitely be picking out more wood appliqués! They are just gorgeous!
The frame was already in my stash and it was just the right width for above the mirror. A thin piece of wood was cut to replace the glass. The swag was a little lost in the frame so I added the little mirror above it to embellish it even further and I think they work beautifully together.
This is the dresser mirror that I started out with. When I first saw the set of 3 a few months ago at the thrift store, I knew they would be great for making Trumeau Mirrors. Now I had to figure out what I was going to use to mount the mirror and swag onto. The plan was to use a table leaf as the background base, but when I finally bought it (I waited a few weeks for it to go on sale at the thrift store), it was not long enough to incorporate the swag and a few other items that I wanted. So on to plan B. While at Lowes one day, I found a piece of wood that seemed wide and long enough to do the job.
It was 24" x 72", which seemed too long at first, but then ended up being just right.
Anatomy of my Trumeau Mirror
Since I was limited by the tools that we have or rather do not have, I tried to use items that were ready made and didn't require cutting or constructing. The frame was just the right width to go above the mirror. And the shelf on the top (not seen in this photo, added after it was taken), and the shelf on the bottom were both the perfect widths. My husband secured all the pieces with screws from behind.
Now it was time to decide what paint I was going to use. And since I had the option of using any type, I decided to attempt to replicate an authentic antique French Trumeau. I knew that the techniques learned from the Farragoz class would do the trick to give me the "Old World" patina look that I love.
I put on 3 layers of homemade gesso and then one layer of light grey and one layer of dark grey homemade milk paint. It was thicker than normal and when I brushed it on, it really reminded me of icing a cake. Here it is with the last coat of dark grey paint.
Since it was already really heavy and I couldn't find any moulding that I felt would compliment it, and to save money, I decided to paint a border along the edges. I searched Pinterest and found a page from an old architectural ornaments book and replicated it with my Silhouette Designer program, mirroring it for each side.
After printing it out from the computer, I transferred it with copy paper down the sides. And then began painting it in gold. I also painted the frame around the swag and mirror in gold touches.
To see all of the entries in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest head on over to Dandelion Patina or Evey's Creations.
If you are a blogger who paints furniture and would like to take part in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest you can contact Stacy from Anastasia Vintage at email@example.com or Evey from Evey's Creations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope I have inspired you to get your creativity on!
UPDATE… MY MIRROR WON!!!
And a Huge Thank You to D. Lawless for Sponsoring this month's contest and for choosing my project. I look forward to picking out my selection of their hardware and wood appliqués for future projects as my winnings!
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