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Now that the weather is starting to warm up and the rainy days are decreasing I have been looking at getting our garden up to date for the summer. Ever since we moved in back in September we haven't done anything to the garden, mainly due to the awful weather we've had this winter. 

To be honest I have been holding back on it partially due to the fact that I'm lazy and don't really do anything that involves the garden unless it's sunbathing or hosting an outdoor BBQ. This is until I discovered the Outspiration app which is a mobile app that provides inspiration and assistance to complete outdoor DIY projects such as painting, building work and restoration just what I needed! It enables the user to test different things such as checking the weather for the following week as well as being able to share your ideas with other creative project makers.

App Features:

Visualiser: Unique software that allows you to visualise the colour of your furniture or walls, so you can try colours before you even lift a brush. 

Weather: Weather forecasts personalised to your area to help you plan your project around the ideal weather conditions.

Help and Advice: Every month, the app will be updated with new content ranging from the newest trends to inspirational how-to tips, so keep coming back to the app to see what you can find.

Projects: View the Outspiration gallery of other users’ outdoor decoration projects and ‘Outspire’ others by uploading your own projects.

Promotions: The app will host regular competitions and offer discounts on products relevant to your chosen project.



The app is really easy to use and I have enjoyed documenting my project, we don't really have much of a garden as it's paved so I thought I would paint the fence as you can see from the photo above it was in dyer need of touching up! I wanted to paint the fence a slightly darker colour which would hopefully get rid of the murky green colour at the bottom but I wasn't sure on which colour to choose to match.


I used the Visualiser feature on the app and took a photo of the fence to see what it would look like with a fresh coat of paint. You are then required to use the mark out tool and select around the object.


Once you have done that you will be giving the task to choose the material of the object which was wood in my case and would be items from the Cuprinol range. 


I was then able to choose a colour and it offered me details of where I could purchase this product from.  I really do like this feature, and think it would be great for other pieces of furniture around the garden, perhaps a rabbit hutch, shed or playhouse. I also used in on the bird house as I was painting that a pale pink colour. 


I was then able to visit the B&Q website where I could purchase the colour given. I opted for the Cuprinol Garden Furniture Stain in Antique Pine as this was the closest match I could find and would do the job.


The next step was to check what the weather would be like for the day I was wanting to start the project. We've had quite a bit of wind and rain here recently so I had to hold of painting for a while. The weather feature is supported by the Met office and let me know when the perfect painting conditions were forecast, I then ensured that I had all of my equipment and decided on a day to get started. As you can see we didn't have the best of weather but I did manage to paint before it poured down. 


This is the finished project, when I say finished I mean half finished as I ran out of paint so I need to order some more soon. Luckily it's only the one side of the fence which you don't really notice but I will be using the app again to keep track of the weather to see when I can get outside again to finish off the project. I also bought a couple of bird houses which I decided to paint the roofs as I didn't like the blue which was originally on them. 

The app also allows you to browse the latest tips and inspirational trends curated by the Outspiration colour experts which I enjoyed browsing through. It's definitely outspired me to do some more DIY's over the summer and especially since I'm a novice with outdoor DIY I've learnt some helpful tips too. 

I would highly recommend this app to novice and advance DIYers as it's a very helpful app for anyone wanting to make the most of their outdoor space. I thought the weather function was very handy and liked the fact that is comes up on the first page when you open the app telling you weather to pain this week or to stay indoors. The Outspiration app is now available to download from iTunes and it's free!! Why not get ahead and plan your summer outdoor projects now? Also, once you have downloaded the app, to celebrate the launch of the app AkzoNobel are giving away a beautiful BBQ and personalised hamper worth £100 for you to enjoy this summer so do keep an eye out for that! The competition is live for just two weeks so don't miss out!

What do you think of the app? Is it something you would use?

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32 comments

  1. Looks good! I started painting my garden fence last year then got bored half way through and it was half done for weeks until Mr C got so annoyed he did it himself! x

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  2. Great post. The app looks fab
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  3. That actually sounds like a great app! We're in the middle of painting our fences but keep getting put off by the weather! x

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  4. looks good... Our fence needs repainting - last time the kiddos helped and loved it{?!} so might get them to do it again!

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  5. Looks lovely. I downloaded the app just the other day however it keeps crashing. I think a redownload should fix it though.

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  6. wow what a difference , i want that bright green lol in pink haha x

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  7. The fence looks so much better after that paint, seems like a great app to help out with those sort of things

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  8. Sounds like a brilliant app to give people like me the inspiration to actually get on with sorting our outside space!

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  9. What a great idea, love it . I think it will help a lot of us sort out the garden myself included x

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  10. Sounds like a good app, its always good to be able to plan around the weather x

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  11. oh sounds useful, my tech hubby would like it a lot

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  12. Good job! Hope the paint comes soon so you can finish it!

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  13. This is a brilliant idea - and it looks actually quite easy to use as well as useful!

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  14. This idea is awesome!! Wonder if it will inspire me to turn my jungle back into a garden?!

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  15. i always love app esp it is free! Would download it now!

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  16. What an awesome idea, we're moving house in June so i will totally be downloading this app! Need all the help and advice i can get when it comes to DIY! Great review sweetie xxx

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  17. This looks a great app - well done we are still at the point of building a fence.

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  18. Not sure I'd ever think of using an app but it looks like fun.

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  19. What a great little app. I am so terrible as visualising change and colours so it would be great to try out some new looks on the app before making the plunge.

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  20. Would definitely use something like this if and when we need to do anything!

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  21. I used this too, it's good isn't it. Well done with your project x

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  22. Interesting app, will be looking out for this

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  23. The app sounds great. I've got loads to do in our garden this year so I'm off to check it out :)

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  24. This is brilliant.
    We are currently redecorating the front & back gardens including new fence - Wish I had known about this sooner.

    Thanks for sharing hun

    Lotte xo
    Berice Baby - London Lifestyle and Kids Fashion Blogger

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  25. This app looks great for DIY projects as does the fence! x

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  26. What a fab idea. Need to do oour fence but the weather has been a bit hit and miss

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  27. This looks great - I must admit we have never painted our fence

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  28. Not sure I would use the app, but I like what you did to your fence :-)

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