Do you ever look out your window at your garden and think wow I really need to get around to painting, making or changing that? Followed by a large sigh as you turn away and instantly forget about it as you don’t know where to start? I know I do.
You may remember last year not long after we moved in, we managed to pick up a table and some chairs which a neighbour, just down the street, had put outside to be taken away. As I picked them up I remember thinking what a bargain, they of course needed some work doing to them but for free, I couldn’t complain.
We quickly got to sanding it all down and covering it in teak oil, which made it look beautiful for about four weeks; before the old grey wood soon peeked its way back through. So for the last 10 months it’s been my look out the window and sigh object – I had such high hopes for it and although it of course looked better than when we first picked it up it was hardly the beautiful table I had been dreaming of.
I knew this spring I wanted to do something with the table – to try again to get it looking just a little better, but until I came across the Outspiration app I wasn’t quite sure what to do., Outspiration is a new app from AkzoNobel the people behind Cuprinol, Duluex and Hammerite and is bound to outspire you to get working on those long put off projects.
The app has a number of different key areas: the Visualiser – where you can upload pictures of your project and then work out what product would look best on it, from picking the right brand for the type of materials you will be working with, to ‘trying out’ different colours to give you an idea of what sort of colour would really suit your item.
To use this feature all you need to do is outline the object you are looking to work on and then swipe through the colours available of the right sort of paint, meaning you not only know the brand you will be looking for when you hit the shops but also the colour you fancy – once you narrow down your selection, you can even view offers available on the product at selected stores from the application.
The application also allows you to view an indication of the upcoming weather, which is great for getting planning; as well as allowing you to see what other people are planning to help give you that outspiration you may need, alongside a search section to help you find your local store and the ability to view any offers they may be running, all of which is rounded off by professional advice, tips and inspiration.
I have to admit it took me a while to decide what to do with the table – but in the end I decided to stick with the natural look and try out Cuprinol’s Garden Furniture Restorer, followed up by a good old layer of Cuprinol Teak Oil in the hopes of managing to bring back the natural glow that it should have.
Thankfully we were able to keep an eye on the weather using the app and use the sun of Good Friday to start the process of getting the table looking better.
We managed to get the table sanded and one layer of the garden furniture restorer done, but I do think it is going to need another try before we really manage to get it starting to look a whole lot better, so it’s a task I look forward to keeping up over the next few weeks and hopefully by summer, I will have a beautiful looking table.
If you want to try the Outspiration app for yourself you can download it now from the app store (just click here) and don’t forget once you have downloaded it, to enter the fantastic competition, where you can win a barbecue and a personalised hamper worth £100 and really start getting your garden ready for summer. The competition runs for 2 weeks, and began on the 28th of April.
What do you think of the Outspiration application, do you think it will help get you outspired?