Clare Kinsey


vanity peek …

So I had to work today and Richo was left to busy himself with our list of jobs to do…
I called in after work to measure up a space in the bathroom to put a vintage cupboard I have found and just love!! Anyway…. I was surprised to see he had done the vanity!! I can’t even tell you how happy I am with it. It has been a vision in my head for so long and finally it’s real!! Just had to share a peek…. It’s not finished but I think this week is going to be the most transforming!!



Leave a comment

better & better …

Another couple of weeks has passed and we are making steady progress at #theshed. The kitchen cabinets are almost all done and in place and the benchtops have been measured up! I am so happy with the design and can’t wait to show you the finished result!!

IMG_8021 Doesn’t look very exciting right now but it will!!
ALL the floor tiles are finally done with just a bit of grouting to go. Richo has done such a good job with them, they look absolutely amazing and flow beautifully all the way through the house. Bathroom is waterproofed and the wall tiles have started in there… And the beginning of the vanity!

IMG_8138 I should also note that we now have a proper toilet inside – there were a few hiccups with this but sorted out by our award winning apprentice plumber, Travis, without me having to worry about anything.
This weekend I have done lots of tidying up jobs and of course my amazing mum has helped me paint!
My boy Charlie and our friend Jamie have almost finished the front steps. Just the finishing touches to go.

IMG_8180 It just gets better & better 😉 Before you know it we will be moving in!!!!!



I think it’s been a hard week this week … For me anyway. There just seems to have been a lot of “side steps” and mess and not much in the way of progress. Richo & I have been very busy though and although it may not look like much has changed this week we are all set now for lots of changes next week. I think also when things feel a little messy around me my stress levels go up which makes me feel worse.

Lucky for me though I had my “A team” on hand helping this weekend with my big list of jobs that needed doing and everything got done!!

My mum and dad even got stuck into the yard and did a massive tidy up so now it almost looks like a proper house!



Steve got stuck into the kitchen cabinets and they are just about all done now. It looks so lovely. I will be able to get the stone people in to measure up this week now!


Next week will be HUGE! The garage door will be fitted, kitchen finished off, and we will make a good start on the bathroom. Maybe even lay the timber floors upstairs! I will have to juggle it in around work this week which will be tricky.
Anyway… We have finished the week really well … And that is definite PROGRESS!!


today I am struggling …

Today I am struggling. I am tired and dirty. I need to get my hair done and my eyebrows sorted out. I feel nothing like me!
I am surrounded by mess and chaos and mountains of work to be done and I feel totally overwhelmed. I feel like it’s never going to end….
But it is. And it will be worth every bit of effort. Tomorrow will feel better I’m sure 😉


Leave a comment

let’s talk tiles…

The floor tiling is well underway at #theshed!

It can be a bit of a challenge deciding on what finishes and products you want to use particularly when there is so much to choose from AND if you are anything like me – you like it all!!! I always thought we would have beautiful timber floors but we decided that for the downstairs we would choose tiles. We live just down the road from the beach and I don’t want to be obsessing over sand scratching the floor which is a possibility with timber – so the simple solution for us was to use a very easy care floor and you can’t beat tiles for that!
We have chosen a large format tile that looks like concrete. I purchased them before we even started and the lovely people at Beaumont tiles in Mentone were very happy to hang on to them for me until we needed them. There were 5 big pallets so that was very helpful!

They lay quickly because they are so big! Also Richo uses this system which makes it super easy! Tomorrow I will have a go myself and I also want to get the grouting done asap as the kitchen is being delivered on Friday!!!


Thanks for visiting 😉

Leave a comment


Busy weekend at #theshed and a busy week ahead… I will try and post a little more often now that the changes that occur are a little more obvious but that will mean using good old iPhone pics rather than the real thing 😉

Last week all the tile underlay was put down and nailed with the gun but to be sure we had all the nails flush, we have had to check each one and then bang it in. Not a very pleasant job! Anyway it’s done now thanks to Richo & Steve. I did a little area but just not as effective as the fellas! We have chosen to use tiles downstairs as we are close to the beach and it will make dealing with sandy feet easy with little to no damage to the flooring.
We also got a heap of painting done so almost all of downstairs has had its prep coat!

Today Steve was on site early to let the gas company have access to get us hooked up which is a big relief because it initially looked like that might hold us up a bit.


Our goal this week is to get the tiling down – at least as much as we can so that we can get the kitchen cabinets built!!

It’s really moving quickly now with changes all the time!


16 weeks

Finding time to blog some pictures has been a bit tricky as we have been very very busy as you will see. We have a few things to finish off and then we will be starting the floors downstairs. Its really coming together now and has a great feel to it.

Photo credit to Steve 

SJA_1365 SJA_1423


SJA_1370 SJA_1376

SJA_1430 SJA_1418

SJA_1395 SJA_1392

SJA_1381 SJA_1389