Build a Mantel

Welcome to the 41st Metamorphosis Monday!

What would you do if you didn’t like your mantel…just felt it was too plain and not large enough? Well, that’s how Pinky and Joe felt about their mantel. Originally, the fireplace didn’t have a mantel at all, so Joe added a very simple shelf to create a mantel that Pinky could decorate at Christmas time. Recently, they decided it was time to give it more substance and styling, or as Pinky put it, “dress it up.” In the pic below, Joe has begun the renovation process by enlarging the existing mantel.

A side view…

Here’s a view from the front as the mantel metamorphosis continued…

Definitely looking much more substantial! You can see Joe beginning the staining process in this pic below. They were loving the bigger mantel, but Pinky felt like something was still missing. The mantel still seemed a bit too plain.

Pinky used a lot of oriental pieces/accents in her family room, including the lamps on the mantel. This gave her the idea…how about adding some bamboo trim! She searched online and found just what she needed at Amazulu, Inc. Scott Cook assisted them and he can be reached at:(352) 243-5309 ext. 102 or [email protected] . They are located at: 1239 Commons Ct. Clermont, FL 34711

Here’s the “After”…WOW…just beautiful! And here’s our blue for Blue Monday…a painting with blue matting and beautiful blue and white porcelain. LOVE blue and white together!

A gorgeous custom designed mantel! I hope Joe got a big kiss for this redo…it turned out really great!

Now the fun begins…adding those decorative touches. The berries are so pretty paired with the blue and white porcelain.

And at night…so romantic! This is my favorite look!

Pinky and Joe liked the bamboo trim so much on the mantel, they decided to spruce up the area on either side of the fireplace under the balcony.

It ties in so nicely with the fireplace mantel, you’d think its always been there.

Amazing how small changes can make such a big impact!

Pinky and Joe…thanks so much for sharing your mantel renovation! I know this is going to provide tremendous inspiration for a lot of folks who have always wished their mantel was larger or had a bit more character.

You may see more of Pinky’s beautiful home at Rate My Space by clicking HERE. She has some some gorgeous tablescapes posted on RMS, as well as a beautifully decorated fall porch!

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  1. Love the blue/white porcelain against the stone. And the edging of bamboo on the mantle is fabulous!

  2. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    I think the bamboo trim is amazing. It adds a special texture that I've never seen on a mantel!


  3. tales from an oc cottage says

    That's one thing that everyone needs…a mantel!!!!

    m ^..^

  4. Susan, thanks so much for featuring our NEW mantle! We just love it now, it is deeper and thicker, just more substantial! Thanks also for giving the link to my RMS posts! I hope I get lots of new visitors and comments! Thanks again, you are a wonderful friend!!!!! Love, Pinky

  5. nannykim at spindle cottage says

    lOVE this–the berries also add such a warm and cheerful affect!!

  6. Definitely a WOW. I wish I had the skills to do something so unique.

    And a day late, but another huge WOW on the dish heaven post. Oh my I am so green with envy on both of these projects.

    Best, Jane T.

  7. Kelee Katillac says

    Neat-o mantel embellishment Susan!

  8. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

    I love this! The Bamboo trim is fantastic! Can you post where she found it?

  9. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Very nice. I love the ginger jars on their nice new mantle. They did a great job!


  10. Very clever work with the bamboo. Deserves a blue ribbon.

  11. texasdaisey says

    That turned out very pretty. I love how the trim made it look.

  12. Paula Grace Designs says

    What a great job! The mantel looks wonderful.

    I'm joining the Monday Metamorphosis as its time to vote for the winner of my E~Design contest. The lucky winner will receive a full interior design for a room of their choice ~ now that could be a fabulous metamorphosis!

  13. Blue Creek Home says

    I don't have anything for Met Monday, but I had to come over and see yours and all the rest!!
    The mantel looks much better.

  14. Ooooh, Susan my sweet chick, that is just fantastic! I wish our home was big enough to do something regularly but alas it's our "forever/retirement/don't even ask for another house" house. Love Bunny means it this time!

  15. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    What a beautiful mantel! The bamboo trim really works well with their decor. I also noticed they have outlets there ~ what a great idea!

  16. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Wow, I didn't see that coming. I thought it was going to look somewhat primative. I was certainly wrong, it is elegant.


  17. carolinajewel says

    I can't believe how much difference the bamboo trim makes! Great metamorphosis! 😀 Jewel

  18. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) says

    Beautiful! It makes a huge difference in the look of the fireplace.

    Thanks for hosting Met Monday, Susan!


  19. Hi Susan …. I just sitting here looking at my very unsubstantial mantle and wishing Mr. Joe could come out to Bend! I am so 'chicken' to make a change, but this post might help me out.

  20. cindy@cottage instincts says

    Showing hubby this…LOVE that bamboo! Thanks for hosting :o)

  21. Beautiful mantel, love the blue and the bamboo together. Thanks for showing.

  22. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! Wow! Pinky and Joe did a great job of beefing up their mantel! I love the Asian touches!! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie
    PS…I've got the whatsit that I found in Braselton on my post!!

  23. Very inspirational! Thanks to both of you for sharing the metamorphosis. Sally

  24. You have to have a mantel to hang the stockings! I do love the bamboo. I don't believe I have ever seen one with an Oriental flair! It's perfect with her decor!

  25. Nancy @ La Chambre Rose says

    The fireplace change is wonderful and gives us the inspiration we need right now. This is next on our to do list!

  26. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for featuring such great posts from other sites. It's fun discovering new places to visit!
    The mantel redo is great, looks terrific with the bamboo – very clever and unique.
    We have a major mantel/fireplace surround redo coming up, hiving the hardest time making a final decision on the design. But this post helped a lot!
    Have a great week, Susan.
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  27. It looks just BEAUTIFUL 🙂

    Even more exciting – I think this is my friend Pinky!!!!! I have to go find out.

    Thnaks for the inspiration… now I want to do my mantel!!

  28. Tammy@InStitches says

    Oh, bamboo trim is my favorite ! It looks great.

  29. I've looked forward to Mondays for forty weeks now. It is always so much fun to see the changes people are making and soooo many ideas too. So, today I've added my own post to the list and plan to add more as I work on decorating my new place.

    Vail in TN

  30. It looks lovely! I would never have thought Oriental with that stone…

  31. Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst says

    I love great DOY projects! Nicely done! 🙂

  32. I never would have thought of using bamboo trim, but it works!

  33. I love Pinky's entire fireplace, it's gorgeous!

    This is my first time participating in met monday! I usually plan to and then forget!

  34. Cottage Rose says

    Hi Susan;; What a beautiful make over… he did such a wonderful job,, I love love it… and all the lovely decorating she did as well. I wonder how she will do it for Christmas….


  35. How I wish I had a fireplace…sigh..
    Thanks again for hosting Met Monday. Hope you can come by and see my kitchen. Best wishes, NM.

  36. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    The mantel is beautiful. I love the Asian inspired wood choice!

    Thanks for the link up!

  37. I could barely take my eyes off of that fan. Gorgeous.

  38. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    The Bamboo Trim detail is quite unexpected…great outside the box thinking!
    Thanks for hosting this party! I've linked up a redo of two chairs that now sit in my redesigned bathroom.

  39. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    The Bamboo Trim detail is quite unexpected…great outside the box thinking!
    Thanks for hosting this party! I've linked up a redo of two chairs that now sit in my redesigned bathroom.

  40. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    The Bamboo Trim detail is quite unexpected…great outside the box thinking!
    Thanks for hosting this party! I've linked up a redo of two chairs that now sit in my redesigned bathroom.

  41. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    The Bamboo Trim detail is quite unexpected…great outside the box thinking!
    Thanks for hosting this party! I've linked up a redo of two chairs that now sit in my redesigned bathroom.

  42. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    The Bamboo Trim detail is quite unexpected…great outside the box thinking!
    Thanks for hosting this party! I've linked up a redo of two chairs that now sit in my redesigned bathroom.

  43. Rinkly Rimes says

    I'm not a great interior decorator but you might like this little tale in verse.

  44. Fifi Flowers says

    FAB mantle! I need one!

  45. Julie Harward says

    WOW…what a difference! I can't believe how the bamboo made it come alive…so beautiful!
    Come say hi 😀

  46. ImagineCozy says

    The larger mantle made all the difference! It helped to balance out the heavy rock of the fireplace.
    Nice transformation!

  47. I love the mantle, especially the bamboo trim!!!!

  48. Wow I love the mantle If I had a fireplace it would fit perfectly in my oriental family room! Thanks for sharing this room with us (I love to know where she got the crane picture) If you get a chance please check out my jewelry giveaway at

  49. Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria says

    Very clever idea…Just loved it and now Santa has a place to fill the stockings…Susan I just did a post on my liitle tassels making…not fancy like her's but then I just started…Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps I hope I hooked up right..

  50. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Hi Susan,
    When you get a chance could you remove my first link as it's not the right one. Thanks for sharing this awesome mantle redo. Gorgeous colors, mantle and really gorgeous home! Cindy

  51. Melissa Miller says

    It's really gorgeous! RMS?
    I forgot about them. Thanks for the reminder Susan.

    Many Blessings, ~Melissa 🙂

  52. The bamboo trim really made a big differece. Thanks for featuring Pinky's and Joe's fireplace, Susan. I enjoyed seeing the transformation….Christine

  53. Tamara Jansen says

    I love the bamboo accents! Great re-do 🙂

  54. SmilingSally says

    Ah, the blue and white … you KNOW that I love that look. What a dramatic change you've made. Gorgeous.

  55. says

    Yay for Pinky and Joe! It looks great. My fireplace is on my to do list…
    Susan, thanks for hosting this wonderful party!

  56. Those tassels are so darn creative, love them! The mantle makeover was very interesting, I wasn't sure about it until you showed the finished photos, and it turned out great!

  57. Susan,
    Thanks for sharing the change on the mantel piece in your post this week. They did an awesome job.
    It's inspiring, and gets the wheels going for transformations to do around here.
    Love seeing all the changes on Mondays.

  58. chubskulit says

    Oh my goodness I was blown away with your photos.. Great photos!

    Here's my first Blue Monday entry.

  59. Miss Mustard Seed says

    The mantle looks wonderful! Well done!

  60. bonnilynne says

    What a wonderful update, Pinky! It's a beautiful focal point for your Asian inspired room.

  61. ~Country Lady~ says

    Wow! What a fabulous job. I love the mantle and the bamboo trim….perfect! Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting this wonderful event each week.

  62. Brenda @Cozy Little House says

    Very creative thinking with that bamboo! Unusual and very striking.

  63. Denise Marie says

    great mantel fix. I'm trying to get my mom to do the same thing.

  64. Denise Marie says

    great mantel fix. I'm trying to get my mom to do the same thing.

  65. I love the blue porcelain against the stone. The mantle makeover is amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you are having a wonderful Blue Monday.

  66. What a great idea for a bulky mantle… just beautiful.

    It's been a while since I've participated… I'm actually re-participating… remember the vellum book covers that I couldn't figure out where I'd found the idea? Well, I found my inspiration for the book covers so I've reposted the original with a link and credit for the original inspiration… now if I can just get those books finished!

    enjoyed the post of you GA Bloggers recent get together… you girls look like you're having so much fun!

    hope to visit soon.

  67. Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating says

    That mantel is stunning! I've never seen one like it, and I never would have thought to add bamboo to it! Beautiful.

  68. High-Heeled Foot in the door says

    This is such a fun idea! I love seeing what everyone else has come up with.

    Off to check out all of those links!

  69. Que bella transformación, realmente una metamorfosis, porque le salieron alas a esas maderas, una preciosura, hermoso!!!
    Yo tambien transforme algo en hermoso adorno para mi habitación pasa y mira:


  70. Katie@Yoga Gal says

    The mantle at night is breathtaking! Thank you for hosting this, what fun!

  71. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage says

    How beautiful. Love the final results, and how it was simple enough to do.

  72. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Hi, Sweet Ms. Susan!

    This was a very interesting met post, Susan. I particularly enjoyed seeing how they used the bamboo as trim. I didn't know you could get things like that. Learn something new every day! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Happy Blue Monday!

    Love to you…


    Sheila 🙂

  73. Long time lurker, enjoyed your posts for so very long. First time linker!
    Loved the post on the dish room, my heart is still beating wildly!
    Love tassels too.
    I always enjoy your photographs…they are spectacular.
    Thanks for having this party, I appreciate all your hard work & consider it an honor to be able to link up!

  74. blushing rose says

    Holy Moly! That MANTLE is gorgeous! Now I am going to be brave enough to do the trim on our mantle! AWESOME!! TY for sharing.

    Have a warm, wonderful week. TTFN~ Marydon

  75. Hi Susan
    I did a little project this morning so I decided tojoin in today. Thanks for hosting this each week.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  76. I think Met Monday is one of the biggest and greatest link ups around! Great work keeping it up, thank you.

  77. Cass @ That Old House says

    This makeover looks fantastic — it fits the room beautifully! Love the mantel — love the porcelain with the bamboo, too — great look.

  78. How gorgeous and delightful!
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  79. That's a fantastic looking mantle! I love Asian architecture and true Asian decor. The room is delightful! Would love to ogle it in person. 🙂

  80. Design Junkie says

    forget the mantle–I'm amazed by that wall of glass I see just beyond it. What a beautiful setting.

  81. My first entry – I'm excited!
    GREAT mantle re-do – I love it!

  82. Atelier de Charo says

    And oriental look, it´s great!!!

  83. Blue and white china has always been a fave of mine. Love what you did with it!

  84. I just went to a wonderful blog. Thought I would share it with you. It's a Halloween theme.

  85. Journey to Charm says

    Awesome! I'm flabberghosted!

  86. Serendipity Chic Decor says

    Two words…."just perfect" 🙂

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