FURNITURE APPLIQUES - trumeau mirror

I finally made over my very own Trumeau mirror.
It has been stashed in my work room moving from place to place for years.


Trumeau mirrors are French wall mirrors originally manufactured in the 18th century.
The French word trumeau describes the space between windows.
Trumeau mirrors were originally intended to hang on a wall between windows,
providing a decorative element and to bring more light to the room.
The mirror is almost always rectangular and sometimes includes a decorative portion at the top,
with the mirror below it. A genuine antique trumeau can cost between US$2000 and US$20,000.
My trumeau is probably from the 1950's and was fairly flat with the perfect area to add a great applique.

What I needed was the right motivation and that came when I found the right applique.

The applique I used on my mirror is a reproduction that I bought from a storage unit sale.

Here is my Trumeau mirror in all her glory and I'm in love!

Another idea for appliques is these plastic decorative pieces that you find at thrift store.

With a jigsaw and some caution you can cut them apart into fancy applique pieces.
 Please be careful!!

When you are cutting plastic with an electric reciprocating blade,
the plastic melts from the friction and can fuse back together as you pass through it.

If you are not comfortable with a jigsaw try checking out small hacksaws or rodsaws
at your local hardware store. Both these options are manual hand tools.

While you are there pick up some new blades for your knife,
cause you need to trim the rough edges. This kind of plastic can not be cut with a knife.
Only use it to shave the rough edges!

Some rough sandpaper (80 grit) can also help to smooth the edges.

These are light enough to glue to a project but small nails could be used with pre-drilled holes.
DO NOT try to drive a nail through the plastic without drilling first. They will break!

Here is how 2 of these pieces were used.
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  1. You should be in love because it turned out beautiful. I too love Trumeau Mirrors. Your suggestion on using parts of plastic plaques is genius.

  2. Thanks for sharing what you obviously learned while doing this yourself; very generous. I always can count on great info from your blog, thanks again.

  3. Oh my, you clever little chickey! Those things used to be sold at "copper parties". I do not recall what that company was called but they sold all sorts of copper items and wall plaques, etc. that looked like copper, and you're right: now available at your local thrift store. Thank you for sharing such an amazing idea. The mirror is gorgeous.
    Do you sleep at night Kristy, or is your creative mind racing 24-7 ?

  4. Ha! I see those crap-plastic things in thrift stores and at garage sales all. the. time! And I pass right by them all. the. time. Never again. Thanks for the great tip. You are just too cool!

  5. I would never think to use and cut apart the plastic stuff from a thrift store. Once again, you are over the top. I have a Trumeau mirror, and I love it. I have always wanted a real one, but then a trip to France to see one there could be purchased for the same price. You can't have it all!

  6. Thank you chicky,,,,such a cool idea and i will look for some in my next thrifty trip...uggg tomorrow, better stop by best buy for a skill saw, shouldnt be too difficult,,,thanks again//////:)

  7. You are a genius!!! It is called 'Coppercraft' and I have a ton picked up from thrift stores etc.

  8. Luv ur posts...I'm a little confused about the connection between the FB page 'The Truffle' and ur blog...can u clarify?




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