Get some Outspiration

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?

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This article has 33 comments

  1. Kate Thompson

    Loving this app! I’ve seen it elsewhere and am really impressed.

  2. Keri Jones

    Just used this app to find a colour for our shed. It’s so cool! Can’t wait to show hubby & hopefully get the shed painted asap 🙂 x


    Brilliant idea – my sister used it for her fence, garage door, & garden furniture; all now a deep blue – so relaxing!

  4. Amy

    Looks like a great app!

  5. anna

    We have been using it too and it is pretty handy! I know what you mean I have so many little jobs in the garden that I keep putting off, atleast the app can help me think about them and get organised

  6. lisa prince

    aw i wanna purple table for the garden unfortunatly my table glass and metal so not sure how i could do that without loads of hard work

  7. You Baby Me Mummy

    We have been using the App too, it’s pretty handy isn’t it. Well done on your project x

  8. Polly

    being able to see what it will look like before you paint it is a great idea!

  9. Polly

    being able to see what it will look like before you paint it is a great idea!

  10. Nayna Kanabar

    This sounds like a great app and perfect to check out all the gardening products.

  11. Louisa

    It’s a brilliant app. It will save so much time with tester pots or costly mistakes.

  12. Stephs Two Girls

    Quite relieved you didn’t go for a purple table 😉

  13. Kara

    Love this idea!

  14. Globalmouse

    Wow that is so cool – definitely would help me to get motivated to actually follow through and do something!

  15. Mammasaurus

    This app is genius – love the range of colours too!

  16. Emily

    I do love the idea of this app.

  17. Kirsty

    I am so inspired to try some colour in the garden. We have lots of boring brown fence and I have always wanted to paint it a teal colour but never been brave enough. I think being able to visualise it on this app would help give me the confidence to go for it.

  18. Charly Dove

    This app sounds brilliant and seems to be so much you can do. Your table is looking great too 🙂

  19. Lindy Hine

    That’s a great idea – really useful and fun too

  20. Lori

    Great idea and that the app keeps an eye out on the weather for you so you can get painting/restoring 🙂 x

  21. Ruth Davies

    B&Q here I come today outspired!

  22. Fritha Strickland

    love the idea of those colourful tables! x

  23. debbie godbolt

    i love these bright colours what a great way to cheer up a tired garden
    thanks for the ideas i might just buy a tin or two myself x

  24. Stephanie Coals

    Those colourful tables look amazing – they reallly stand out and look gorgeous in your garden 🙂

  25. Sarah Fawcett

    If only I’d seen this post and the app before I threw away an almost identical table waaaaah!!

  26. Keri-Anne

    I love this app 🙂 xxxxxxx

  27. Angie McDonald

    I think this is a fab idea! Would definitely stop you making the mistake of painting it and then hating it! 🙂

  28. Kizzy

    So need to get this app

  29. dragonfly63

    Such a useful little app, thanks.

  30. Hazel Christopher

    Loving all the shades. 🙂

  31. Natalie Gillham

    great app love the colours 🙂 x

  32. Charlotte

    I think it looks like a great idea for an app, would be nice if the coloured in sections were a bit neater (my OCD talking) but it’s so good being able to see what your furniture would look like in different shades. Good luck with your table, I think it’s looking good already 🙂

  33. Dana

    Is the table actually teak wood? If so, you really shouldn’t be oiling it. I’m not surprised to hear that the oiled color faded after 4 weeks. That’s one of the big problems of relying on oil to give teak the appearance you desire. You’d be better off learning to appreciate the subtle beauty of the faded gray color, or else use teak sealer.

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