Step by Step Trumeau Mirror


As promised, here is the step by step for the diy Trumeau style mirror, transformed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Efex furniture appliqués . The before mirror looked like this:

Denim Mirror RevisedHere it is in the French style Trumeau.

mirror2Using Chalk Paint, I painted layers of Old White, Coco and French Linen on the mirror and the appliqués.  I chose 2 pair of scrolls, an urn, and 2 corner appliqués. I ended up cutting the urn in half to make it fit on the already existing molding. The 2 corner pieces I cut into 3 parts each and used them to further enhance the scrolls.

Trumeau supply list copyTo attach the appliqués you have to use rubber cement, which is messy to work with. You apply it to the back of the appliqués, and also to the surface of the mirror. Let it dry until it becomes tacky, (about 30 minutes) and press the Efex onto the mirror. You might have to touch up your paint a bit.  Also be aware that getting the cement off your fingers and any other spots is very difficult, so be careful in your application process.

TM2In this image you can see where I cut the urn to make it fit and how I applied the pieces of the corners over the ends of the scrolls.( Efex can be layered on top of each other).

TM1I used the other 2 parts of the cut up corners on the bottom appliqués for better balance and weight on each large scroll at the bottom of the mirror. After the appliqués were dry, I used gold wax to create highlights and Dark Wax for shadows.



TM5 copy

Although I liked the mirror before, I really love the transformation. All of the supplies I used are available from several of the Annie Sloan stockists. If you don’t have one in your area, you can order online from my friend Robyn Story, who inspired this project, of Robyn Story Designs.  She offers the lowest price available on Annie’s amazing Chalk Paint and flat rate shipping. She also carries the Efex Appliqués which she ships for free. And if you are ever looking for inspiration in all things French,  you will want to check out her Facebook page, it’s amazing.

For more of my projects in French style, see my posts: French Armoire, French Curves, and Reflections on Mirrors

I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. I love the natural variations of shades and tones the lime creates within one paint color. Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at





Kathleen Herman

This is GORGEOUS Leslie. I love the new look, the finish is just perfect. I have to find the perfect piece for appliques. I did look around your friend’s website. Do you know the differences in the gilders “paste” and the gilders “wax”? What is a project that you would use the paste? Thanks.

Leslie Stocker

Hi Kathleen,
To be honest, I’m not really sure. I always thought they were the same thing.
Leslie xxoo


Hi leslie, I love your work. I’ve never upcycled anything but thinking it’s time for me yo give it a try. I have a small stand I’m planning to use as a practice piece before I tackle our dining room set. I want to use dark wax but I’m a little intimidated because I’ve heard it takes time to learn how to use it. What are your thoughts? Thanks jean


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