Our outdoor DIY project

May 5, 2014

Painting our front doorThere’s something fantastic about having your own front door, isn’t there? I never realised it until we moved from a flat with a communal entrance to our new house with a door that we were solely responsible for. Of course, such awesome power does bring with it it’s own share of junk post and overzealous religious visitors, but for the most part it’s great; your very own window to the world.

One of the things we were keen to do when we moved in was change the colour of the paint. We didn’t mind the original sage green, but as it needed painting it seemed like a good time to put our own stamp on it. But what colour to go for?

With such a change in mind, I was interested to be given the chance to try out the new Outspiration app, developed by the people behind outdoor DIY stalwart brands such as Cuprinol, Dulux Weathershield and Hammerite.

The Outspiration app is designed to help you with outside DIY projects, make decisions about the creative process, and generally get you inspired about ramping up your outdoor spaces.

The app contains a number of features, including:

  • A weather forecast with motivational hints – e.g. ‘sunny and dry – get painting’
  • A ‘top tips and trends’ section, with videos and written content to inspire various DIY projects you might want to undertake
  • There’s currently a competition running, where you can win a BBQ and a personalised hamper worth £100
  • The Outspiration Visualiser, where you take photos of your project and can then select different colours to help to see what it will look like before you paint.

The Visualiser is the most interesting and useful part of the app. You take a photo of the outside area you want to improve, then can mark it out using a couple of different features:

DIY app

You can then fill in the area with a selection of paint colours to see what it would look like with each. Once you’ve picked, you have the option to visit the product websites to buy the product online.

So we could see what our door would look like if it was black:

Black front door

Summer Surprise 3

Pink front door

Or Teal Ripple:

Teal front door

There’s also a ‘cut out’ feature, so you don’t just have to look at  a blank square e.g. you could cut out the detail around any windows.

After going through the various options, all of which are from the Dulux Weathershield range, we picked the teal colour. We were also given a £30 Homebase voucher, which we spent on paint and the primer.

The app was also useful when planning to paint, as we also used the weather function to see if there was going to be torrential rain (luckily, there wasn’t).

So what did we think? While it’s not the sort of thing you’d check first thing in the morning along with your Twitter and Facebook, the app is a really interesting idea (especially if you’re really into DIY, or in the middle of a house renovation meaning you have a lot of projects on the never-ending house ‘to do’ list).  It’s useful to be given an idea of what your project will look like, and helps you visualise when making choices about things like paint and colours. It will be good to see it develop when the app’s more populated with projects (so you can have a good old nose at what other people are doing).

Outdoors DIY projects can be quite dull, can’t they? So it’s good that this has the potential to make them that little bit more exciting.

Download the Outspiration app here.

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11 Comments

  • Polly

    May 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

    certainly useful being able to see what your project might look like painted in different colours!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    May 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I really like the bit that lets you test out different colours. Your door looks fab! x

  • laura redburn

    May 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    i have to admit, i do like a nice door. sometimes the outside of a house can look really dull, but a door painted in a lovely colour ..perhaps a tiled pathway gives it so much more personality.

  • lori

    May 5, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    It’s always great having a welcoming front door and fab that you can test the colours with this app first. Great that you can check the weather on it too. x

  • Globalmouse

    May 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    This looks great. I’m always wary about doing anything for fear of picking the wrong colour and having to do it all over again so this would be perfect!

  • Laura

    May 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Oh how exciting, I am a huge fan of pretty painted front doors – there is something lovely about them. It’s great to see you can visualise what the door looks like before painting it

    Laura x

  • fritha

    May 6, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    love a brightly painted door! Ours in made from pvc, so horrible! I wish I had a lovely wooden door x

    1. maria

      July 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      If you are unlucky enough to have a yellowing old uPVC door, you can paint it (and your window frames too) using MSP paint (google it). They do some really nice colours.

  • Lia

    May 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    That’s a good idea!

  • Jenni

    May 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    This sounds great, is it just on iphone? I couldn’t find it on android. We painted our old front door yellow the first weekend after we moved in with a gold undercoat. Our new door is plastic 🙁

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