Sunday, 4 May 2014

Our garden makeover using the Outspiration app

We love the garden although sometimes it can be a struggle to get the motivation to get out there and get going. Sometimes I look at a forgotten corner and think - what can I do with this space? Luckily there is an inspiring new app, Outspiration, available now for the iPhone, that will help you with your outdoor DIY projects. 
Be Outspired
Outspiration from AkzoNobel, who produce the well known products Cuprinol, Dulux Weathershield and Hammerite, will encourage you to make the most of your outdoor space, whether it's the front of your house, courtyard, large corner plot, family garden or humble backyard. The app has a section full of help and advice that provide some great ideas of things to do from ways of decorating a shed to giving your home curb appeal with a brightly painted front door. There are some great videos of projects which are both inspiring and full of useful DIY tips for your own projects. I loved watching through these and saw some great ideas such as Sarah Beeny's pub shed! The app also has a neat Visualiser, take a photo of your space and then see how it would look painted in one of the many colours of paint available from the AkzoNobel range. 


At the back of our garden was a sad forgotten area, littered with junk, dull, boring and yet clearly visible when you look down the garden. Your eye was drawn to it, which isn't great in a small-ish garden.
A forgotten garden cornerBefore
As you can see, an area crying out to be transformed and what better way to do it than using some Cuprinol paint which is specialised for wooden surfaces.I have used this before in the garden and I love the huge range of shades available. For my project I chose the shades Country Cream and Coastal Mist. My idea was to make an upright planter using an old pallet - a bit of a thrifty project as this was going spare and I like creating things from junk, like our pallet fence and gate. You can upload your Project to the Outspiration gallery and take pictures as you go along. The project is shared with others and you can look through other user's projects too. I love this. It is so interesting to see other people's ideas and have a nosy! Over time this should be a huge resource of ideas to look through.
The Outspiration app also has a useful Promotions section where you can see products on offer that will be useful on your project. A great money saver to see where special offers are on. 
Cuprinol wood paintFirstly we needed to paint the fence area and for this we needed a dry day. The Outspiration app has a handy Met Office Weather Checker that will tell you what DIY the day is ideal for. Hoorah! A dry day! So off we went with paint brush in hand ready to turn a boring corner into something of beauty. 


country cream Cuprinol paint
The paint goes on very well and doesn't just seem to soak into the wood and disappear. Only a couple of coats was required to get the desired effect so the job was done quickly and easily. Weed suppressant was nailed to the back of the pallet in double thickness and then the next job was to paint, fill up with multi purpose compost and plant up the pallet. 
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two coats of Cuprinol
The pallet was then painted in lovely cool Coastal Mist which is a lovely contrast with Country Cream. I find the Cuprinol colours go so well together and it is nice to have a couple of them together to create interest. The pallet was then secured to the fence and posts for safety - very important. 
making a pallet garden painting pallet coastal mist by Cuprinol
Our little helper :) I like the garden to be full of interest for my little boy as he loves being outside. The pallet garden will create another sensory area perfect for him with plants, decorations and of course the calming colours of the paint. Inspired by the name of our paint, Coastal Mist, we decided to try and create a seaside theme to the pallet garden so planted some rosemary, thyme and maritime thrift, pretty bedding plants reminiscent of coastal displays and a seashell decoration. happy garden helper  planting up a pallet garden Over the summer, the pallet should have pretty flowers cascading down it in pinks and will look great against my Cuprinol colours.  inspecting the pallet garden pallet planter brightening up a corner of the garden What do you think of my pallet planter? Will you be outspired to have a go too? It doesn't take much to update your garden at all. A small project such as this or repainting a shed can make so much difference to the look of your garden and the Outspiration app really helps you to visualise this and it is FREE, so download today. DIY pallet planterTo celebrate the launch of this nifty app, there is a competition to win a fab barbecue and a personalised hamper worth £100 - ends Monday 12th May, perfect for summer entertaining in your garden. You can enter the competition when you install the Outspiration app

For some more great ideas, have a look at the Cuprinol Facebook page

Disclosure: This was a collaborative post for which I was compensated for. All words are my own based on my honest opinion. 







24 comments:

Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) said...

Oh wow! This app looks great, as I'm working on our garden, too. I love that cream paint and the planter looks brilliant! Now, where can I get a pallet from...?!

Katie R said...

The pallet planter looks great! I do love making them and I can't seem to stop. I like the paint job on it too- I always like the rustic look but it's something to think about. I find that the biggest problem with pallet planters in upright positions, is making sure they are getting enough water. I usually have to combine pouring from above and spraying from the front. We also secured ours to the wall for added safety- there are always lots of littles running round our garden! It's such a big transformation in small place- inspiring!

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

How wonderful to have such a resource on your doorstep, I'm sure there will be many activities and adventures in the future. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

sabrina montagnoli said...

Sounds like such a great learning experience and I love how your wee man is just absorbing it all.

Jen Walshaw said...

Oh wow I adore the pallet planter, it is totally fabulous. I needed this app when I was pregnant and made MadDad paint the fence blue. once I gave birth I hated

Victoria MyLittleLBlog said...

i started noticing adverts of cuprinol, lovely and lively colours, i think i would definitely picked something duller

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

That looks fantastic! I'm starting to tackle my garden and would love something like this x

sonya said...

What a great improvement! So much fresher looking, and love the use of a pallet as a planter, so pretty!

Gretta Schifano said...

This looks really great. The problem in our garden is that it all looks like your 'forgotten corner' so I don't know where to start to make it look lovely!

Mellissa Williams said...

That's an interesting app. We don't have a garden unfortunately, but I do have a balcony that can be spruced up.

Michelle Ordever said...

What an amazing transformation! Looks so much better now than before. I tarted up an old table using the Outspiration app as a guide :D

You Baby Me Mummy said...

This is fabulous! Well done hun x

laura redburn said...

you have a lovely garden, and i love the new look of this little corner!

hannah staveley said...

Seen so many good review on this .x

Keri-Anne said...

What an amazing transformation!!! It is so seasidey! I love it :) x

LearnerMother said...

That's really impressive! I can't wait to see the pictures when it's full of flowers in the Summer!

Michelle Ashmore said...

Your makeover is excellent :) I love all the Cuprinol colours. We used the country cream and a light blue to paint the summer house for the girls last year and it's still looking lovely :)

Nayna Kanabar said...

What a fantastic transformation.It looks wonderful.

Sarah Bailey said...

I love it what a transformation! That is amazing x

The Go To Mum said...

Love it, I really need to get this app

fritha strickland said...

love the colour you chose!

Kara said...

Seen this app a few times now - such a good idea!

Wild & Grizzly said...

What a great app and a fab way to brighten up this little corner of the garden, a bit of colour makes all the difference. x

bericebaby said...

Oh my goodness!
This is the best review I've seen using the app - So gonna try it!
How cute is the fairy garden (Very creative)

Thanks for sharing hun.

Lotte xo
Berice Baby - London Lifestyle Blog

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