Friday, November 12, 2010

Is it trumeau? Heck, No.

For a long time now, I have wanted a trumeau mirror. I thought just the word “trumeau” looked and sounded fancy. I also was somewhat confused about its definition. Architecturally, it seems that it is a section of a wall or pillar between two openings. It seems that the French or maybe some other Europeans long ago made mirrors out of these pieces of architecture. So a trumeau mirror has a painted or carved panel above or below the glass in the same frame. That is from the dictionary. They can be pretty pricey, let me tell you. Even the reproductions. And when it says trumeaux, it is even pricier (because that is the plural spelling)! Ha! Being the kind of person that I am (frugal, thrifty, conservative) o.k., cheap, I knew it was not in my future to own one. So when I bought this mirror

mirror from las vegas

from a hotel liquidator, I had a plan in mind. It supposedly came from The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. That’s a story in itself. It was obviously attached to a dresser or something. I thought it looked pretty as it was, but I could not get these off my mind:

trumeau mirror 2

Sorry, I don’t have the credits for the above.

trumeau mirror 6

Still no credits.

trumeau mirror 4

No credits.

trumeau mirror lars bolander

Ah, credits. Lars Bolander.

trumeau mirror leonards


trimeau via Cote de Texas

Image via Cote de Texas.

trumeau mirror wisteria


trumeau mirror 5

Back to no credits. Just photos in my files.

trumeau newel antiques

Newel Antiques.

trumeaux mirror inessa stewart

Inessa Stewart. Big $$$$. Even the camera was shaking.

(It’s scary, isn’t it, when you have to inquire just to get a price on something.)

So, of course, I did what I always do….I painted.

las vegas mirror after

las vegas mirror after 2

las vegas mirror 3

las vegas mirror after 4

It’s not easy being cheap. At the price I paid, I guess it would be spelled “ troo-mo meer.”

Linking with:

Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge

Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Fabulous Friday Finds at Frou Frou Decor

Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


Debra@Common Ground said...

OK, I'm laughing but I'm knocked out by the finished product, It's just wonderful!! You did a super job and it's just beautiful on that fabulous mantle.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Ohh I LOVE trumeau mirrors!! They are sooo beautiful and sooo pricey!! I love the mirror you found and your paint is perfect!! It came out amazing and it looks amazing in your mantle display!! Thanks so much for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! Nice to meet you! :)

trash talk said...

That's how I'd pronouce it...only with a Texas twang. Girl, you are passionate about those mirrors...what a collection of photos!
All I can say about the finished product...Viva Las Vegas!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

This turned out so pretty. The paint really transformed it. Love the colors.

michele said...

You've inspired me! I love mirrors too but I am afraid I have stuck with the same style. I love what you did and I am motivated to broaden my perspective!

Curtains In My Tree said...

you gave me an idea about how to paint an old mirror I bought at a yard sale of an elderly lady. everything was old. anyway love what you did to the mirror. Those fancy mirrors have nothing on yours.


clustres said...

Thanks, Janice, please be sure to send me photos of your found mirror!

Elizabeth Ann said...

Your mirror is beautiful! Perfect paint job.

Elizabeth Ann

Acanthus and Acorn said...

You did a fantastic job!!! Imagine what you could sell it for?! I have one and it's a reprodtion and much more casual the the French styles that are mostly yours