Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Perfect Scone and Utility Closet Makeover

I absolutely love scones, so when I saw a recipe for fruit filled scones on the blog OliveJuice, I had to give it a try. All I can say is **WOW**. They are the best I have had. You can make fresh blueberry, strawberry or blackberry scones from this recipe. I didn't have oranges for the zest, so I used orange extract and that worked too. Thank you OliveJuice!

A few days ago I saw a linen closet on the blog Notes from a Cottage Industry, and that gave me an idea. I have wanted shelves in my closets, but even the wire shelving from the hardware store is more than I want to spend on closets. I saw the tall dresser Tracey used in her linen closet and I ran down to the store to see what I could find. I picked up a used, warped, pressboard bookcase that fits perfectly in my closet. Here is a very scary "before" picture (yes, many closets in my house look like this).
I primed the entire bookcase with spray primer. Then I took off the back and covered it with toile wrapping paper I bought at the grocery store. I painted the rest with a very light blue paint I already had.

It's not bad for a closet. It also helped me de-clutter because anything that doesn't fit on my beautiful shelf is getting the boot (the pile in the garage is growing, and I'm still debating whether to have a garage sale).
The closet is very tall, so I also put hooks in the ceiling to store the chandelier and plate stand that were previous hanging from the wire shelf.

"My soul finds rest in God alone; My salvation comes from Him."
~Psalms 62:1


Cindy @ Romantic Home said...

Those scones look so good! I'm going to make some to bring to work tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

Martha said...

You, my dear, are inspiring!!!

Your closet looks incredible.....I would DIE for a utility closet like that, girl. You are amazing.

Oh, the scones look yummy, too :)

Have a great day!

Cindy @ Romantic Home said...

I had to come back and tell you that I made the scones...they are good!

Cindy @ Romantic Home said...

I used strawberries/orange zest. I also used vanilla sugar (put a split vanilla bean in a jar and fill it with sugar and then refill sugar as you use it). The icing was really good with the vanilla and almond extract. I really wanted to try it with blackberries but they were too expensive this time of the year.

Martha said...

Hey there, Pal!

Hope you and your kiddies are having a great spring break! Whatchya doin'? Anything fun?

Did you get any of that snow you were talking about?

Hope you're having a great week...

cityfarmer said...

You've gone and DONE it!!!
I love it

Trish said...

Your utility closet looks BEAUTIFUL! I am inspired to make some changes in my linen closet upstairs and after seeing your pics I know exactly what I need to do! And the scones look scrumptious!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Oh, my, what a fabulous job on the closet!! You are inspiring me. Thanks, too, for the scripture. I have been so blessed today with God's word at lots of blogs.

Happy Easter! Lidy

Pen said...

YUM-O! The scones look very good!

Fabulous job on the bookcase! The closet turned out wonderful!

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