I was recently contacted and asked if I would like to review a new iPhone/iPad Application called Outspiration, that helps you transform your outside space.  As we have a lot of things planned for our garden it was a perfect opportunity for us to get involved.  This App from AkzoNobel aims to give people inspiration and factual know-how; to motivate people to make the most of their space by offering support and promotional incentives.

I can’t wait to complete all our garden projects, so that when the weather is lovely we can relax and enjoy the space.  Rather than waiting for the sun and then having to work in it!

The Application has five different functions;
• Visualiser – Allows you to visualise the colour of a wall, fence, bench, or any outside area.
• Promotions – The App offers regular competitions and promotions relevant to your project.
• Weather check – Personalised weather for your area, making planning your project easier.
• Projects – The Outspiration gallery shows other user’s projects. You can add your own project and ‘outspire’ others.
• Help and Advice – Every month the App will feature new trends and how-to-guides.

The project we wanted to complete was painting the inside of Baby’s new playhouse. I was undecided as to which colour to use.  Firstly I downloaded the App, and then I went and photographed the back wall of the playhouse.  Next, I marked out the points of the area I wanted to fill with colour using the Visualiser.  The App highlighted the area in green.  You can then select whether the material you are painting is wood or metal, which opens a colour gallery underneath your picture.  This is great as it allows you to quickly drop a selected colour on your project and instantly see how it looks.  I tried a couple of darker pink and cream colours, and then selected a Cuprinol colour called ‘White Daisy’.  I think this is the best option to make the space seem as large and bright as possible.

1st stage
So after we decided on our colour, Outspiration shows where you can get the paint and will notify you of any special offers.  Baby and I then had to do our favourite thing….shopping!  Off we went to Homebase with the vouchers the project gave us to pick up our colour.  Although, it’s easily available to order direct from Cuprinol’s website.
2nd stage
There was only one thing left for us to do….paint!  Mr Hubby kindly obliged and soon the dark space was transformed.  I plan to paint the window frames, railings and stairs pink, so they were just given a light base coat of the white colour.

Finished playhouse
I am so pleased to have partly completed our project.  We have a few bits to finish inside, the last bits of painting, flooring, curtains and then all the lovely fluffy stuff! Making it look pretty.  The outside needs to be painted and I have so many ideas to personalise this for Baby.  Check back soon to (hopefully!) see the finished playhouse.

It is so easy to get outspired, simply download the App from the Apple App store. To celebrate the launch of Outspiration, AkzoNobel is offering all of my readers who download this great App, free entry into a prize draw to win a beautiful BBQ and a personalised hamper worth £100.  The competition runs until May the 12th so get downloading.  The perfect way to celebrate the completion of your project. Look out for this in the WIN section of the app.

So why don’t you head outside and get outspired?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.



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