Friday Fluff Up: Update For A Plain Alcove



Goodness it seems like it's taken forever to finish up with this little project, so I'm oh-so-ready to show you what my smart-amazing-uber-talented-sweet husband has been up to! 

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When we bought our home, it had this weird dark alcove at the top of the steps upstairs. It didn't have any electricity nearby (I wish we could have plugged in a lamp at least?), and while I knew I was probably supposed to put a long skinny picture in there (or maybe two or three?), I just wasn't loving it.



So, for months I've hemmed and hawed over different ways to make it just right.


James (and my 14-year-old Jackson, pictured working above) were finally ready to tackle it a few weeks ago, and we debated putting beadboard in back of it to kind of give it more texture. He was pretty adamant that he didn't love that look (I really thought it would be fine?), but on a whim I mentioned that it might be pretty fun if we had brick in the back half. (Y'all, I did not think he would go for it.)


We looked at the trim work in other areas around our house, and James managed to match it exactly. I've got to say, I was pretty impressed (and honestly I think he surprised himself too!)




We measured the space, headed down to the basement where all the extra odds and ends from our home builders were, and sure enough had just enough brick left from the brick on our kitchen backsplash to finish the project (with eight pieces of brick to spare.)





You know what? That smart husband of mine was actually excited about the project (he loves to tile), so now I'm dreaming big for our next laundry room project! 😉



I decided since Valentine's Day is right around the corner I'd add a little pink ~ Kroger had their bunches of flowers on sale for $3.99 and they were worth clipping a few coupons for this week! 


I'm guessing we spent around $100 in wood, grout, and paint to do this project (I should have kept better track), and I could not be a bit more pleased with the results. I'm still working on finding exactly the right “stuff” to go on those shelves (chalkboard writing is clearly not something I'm gifted at), but am so pleased with it even the way it is right now. Love love love it! 



I'd love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)


See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!




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  1. so pretty…………

  2. I have one in my kids/ guest bathroom. I hate it. Yours looks great.

    • It’s the weirdest thing – I didn’t like ours either before Crystal so I totally understand! You could probably do something really neat with it in a bathroom though (love the idea of putting beadboard in there!)

  3. Candielynn says


  4. How did he cut it so its thin?

    • Hi Amy! It’s special tile that was left over from our kitchen backsplash that is already cut thin. 🙂 Hope that helps!

      • Virginia Opatsky says

        Did you already mention where you originally obtained the tile for your kitchen backsplash? Sorry if I missed it. The brick/tile appears to have a mat finish in the photos. I have been looking for a similar brick/ tile. Thank you for any information

        • Hi Virginia! It was a new build and we got it from whomever the builder got it from – I have no idea where it’s from, but it does have a mat finish (we’re actually looking for more for a project right now but not sure where to start!) I wish I had a name for you but if I do ever find it I’ll be sure to post!

  5. Claudia Haviland says

    Very nice!

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