The alcove in the picture was salvaged from demolition, then carefully placed back to the original place. I have two on either side of the wall, there are actually light fixtures inside!
( Back of the fireplace, also the inside of our master bedroom closet.)
Knowing what a stickler I am, the contractor sent out their best guy!
Here's the master plasterer working his magic, aka "saving my life." This guy really is quite good, the plaster part of job was keeping me up at night, but once I saw his work, I went home and had a sound night of sleep!
As you can see, the similarity is quite amazing!
A final picture of the finished product, in my opinion the end result is stunning! It's as if nothing happened, so shhhhh, please don't tell our house that it has just went through a major surgery:)