New junky patio touches

New junky patio touches via Funky Junk Interiors - tuxedo cat on pallet sofa

The giveaway part of this post is over. (see winner below) But there’s a whole lotta great stuff in here… read on!

*P&G gave me these product samples to review, and I was compensated for this review, however all opinions are truthful and my own.*

I don’t know what it is, but my poor outdoor patio always ends up as my dumping ground. I’m scared to show you the before, but here goes nothin’…

patio before

 It’s summer! Won’t you take a seat? Here, let me grab you something cold to drink…

patio before

 … while you sit on a dead plant, beat up chair I never did complete, or pallet sofas with NO PADDING.

dirty grill before

Why, we can even grill something up on this super dirty grill! What? You have to go? Why ever for? ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t even have a good excuse to have my patio look like this. It just gets this way every so often until I wake up and do something about it.  So! I’ve been busy!

Bounty and Mr

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro

Tide Pods

Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Cleaner / Bounty paper towels / Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Eraser / Tide Pods

Cleaning is so not my strong suit, so when I was sent this team, it was like an omen. You kinda run out of excuses when the stuff arrives on your doorstep!

I think part of the reason I don’t like cleaning is because of all the back and forth with different products or trips. It’s just so much work!

dirty grill before

*The Mr. Clean Outdoor Erasers are easy to use, just wet them down with tap water and and get to work!*

But you can’t get much easier than a squirt bottle and paper towels or an eraser… right? It was worth a shot.

cleaning grill with Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro

 *The Mr Clean Outdoor Pro is powerful, geared for outdoor grit. It did the job on the stainless! The scent is strong, but if that’s what it takes to remove what it did, that’s ok by me, as it’s outdoors anyway. It may not lift all the grease though, depending on how bad it is.*

patio clean up

Put on your sunglasses, you’ll need it for this next shot…

clean stainless steel grill


*Mr. Clean lifted the grit off the stainless steel wonderfully, but because I used it super heavy, I did a quick spritz of an all purpose cleaner to lift off extra residue. I LOVE the results. Stunned actually.*

Good grief. I didn’t think this day would ever come. LOL

I will admit, I was a little shocked. Stainless is picky, so having these two simple things do the job without endless polishing kinda threw me. I have to believe it’s because they are outdoor strength. I didn’t even knew that was a thing to get!

cleaning up old antique trunk with Mr. Clean

I also experimented with the eraser on this old trunk. It changed colour! Sweet… 

line dried laundry

*The Tide Pods were so easy to use, I just popped one into my front loader tub and flicked it on. No messy measuring or pouring. They have a very faint, floral scent.. I was concerned because I don’t like scented products. But I’m happy to report, the fragrance lingered like an afterthought, it was barely there. They did a nice job, with no crunchy residue. I’d use them again!*

I even washed a couple of plain sheets for curtains… I was so pleased with the result, I stripped my bed and did a load of whites!

Well, that’s all it took. The floor got spot cleaned as well, and then I started playing and rearranging.  Wanna see?!

Junk inspired patio decorating via Funky Junk Interiors

 Come on in! The sofas are comfy, and everything is organized and sparkling clean for a visit! Check it out…

pallet wood sofa via Funky Junk Interiors

pallet sofa tutorial

pallet double wide chair, via Funky Junk Interiors


pallet chair tutorial

pallet sofa with burlap upholstery and sides

The pallet sofas got an extra treatment with coffee bean sacks screwed into place along the sides to hide the sides of the sponge seating. Worked great!

old trunk coffee table

The old trunk is ready for drinks! I left it low on the ground so a pillow could be plunked into place for a foot rest.

outdoor flowers on patio rail

An eclectic grouping of plants line the rail so they are there but out of the way.

outdoor plants and pallet sofa on patio

old ladder to hang blankets or towels

A ladder stands by, the perfect holding tank for a blanket or towels from the pool.

sheet curtains for patio

Here’s the laundry line side. Two sheets were just thrown in place to emulate outdoor curtains. They gave the patio a more cozy sitting place kinda feel. It’s quite amazing how something so small made such a big impact.

old trunk checkerboard tray

An old trunk and checkerboard tray were brought out for a grill or entertaining surface. But it does way more than that.

old trunk patio storage

Inside the trunk are grill, patio and pool accessories, staying nice and clean until needed. Notice my cleaning products are easy to grab as well? Easy is key for someone like me!

mountain view

I’m so very pleased with my pretty, and clean patio! Nothing like taking in this view while everything is set up nicely, ready to go.

And I want you to be pleased with yours too! Wanna chance to win all these products plus a $100 Lowes gift card?! Here’s how!

Win a $100 Lowe's gift card plus P&G cleaning products!

One lucky reader will win the following… 

Summer Done Bright Prize Pack


$100 Loweโ€™s gift card

Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Cleaner 

 Bounty paper towels

 Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Eraser

Tide Pods

Duracell AAA Batteries

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Thanks for coming out to see my patio and for playing. Good luck!

Contest is open to Canada and USA, excluding Quebec. Void where prohibited. Winner must be 18 or older. Canadians will answer a skill testing question in order to fully qualify. Procter & Gamble provided the prize, as well as any prize provided as part of this contest. Winner will be selected by random via rafflecopter and will be announced in the raffle copter widget in this post June 28, 2013.


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  1. I swear by magic eraser’s. Now, after seeing your grill, I can’t wait to try the Mr. Clean Outdoor Cleaner. By the way, your porch looks amazing. I am loving the pallet sofas.

  2. I would like to try and use these products to clean some parts of my Kitchen which I am having a problem cleaning with my old stand by of vinegar, soap and baking soda!
    I need Mr. Clean!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Your funky vintage look is so comfy and homey looking! We need to clean a grungy porch swing and a bike that’s been sitting out a while.

  4. My mom was the one who turned me on to the Magic Erasers and I’ve always been amazed by those things! 4 kids makes them very useful, but the thought of a heavier-duty version psyches me! LOVE your ideas and your “real-ness”, Donna. The Lord bless you and keep encouraging you to bless so many others with your creativity!

  5. I love P&G products!! They are always great! I am hoping that outdoor cleaner will get the green grime from my trees off of my windows!

  6. I too would clean my balcony which has a lovely table and chairs covered with all sorts of projects I’m working on or contemplating!

  7. i know what you mean about cleaning. i make a million trips in one day so i go to lowes a lot & i will pick up mr. clean when i go out there. thanks for the help & for the giveaway.

  8. First, I would clean the grill, also. Then the plastic chairs that I haven’t cleaned since last summer(yuck). If I have anything left, the screen doors.

  9. How do you get anything done girl! With that gorgeous view and adorable porch I would never go anywhere else! What an awesome idea with the pallet furniture!
    I could use a new car, if I were to drop off some pallets . . . .

    Love ya

  10. Well, let’s see, the list is long when it comes to the things I could clean with these products: my grill, the sink in my basement that is used for paint clean up, the basement shelving, the greasy handprints left behind by hubby and the grandkids after automotive projects, the garden hose holder and the storm doors-just to name a few.

    I enjoy looking at the projects on Funky Junk Interiors. I am inspired!

  11. Donna, today it’s working and I can see the boxes. Didn’t have to change from Firefox. So, what would I clean ? Everything on my porch that needs it! Everything needs to be taken off so we can pressure wash the siding and floor. The wicker needs to be repainted, but cleaned first. All my planters need cleaning, too, before I fill with new plants. There’s no end to cleaning around here! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  12. love your porch! it turned out fabulous! I definitely want to try the outdoor products to clean up our gas grill! what a shine! my husband always forgets to use the grill cover he had to have!

  13. I like anything that makes outdoor cleaning easier. I would try the eraser on our glass table and would also like to see what it would do on the vinyl railing.

  14. Would love the cleaners to brighten up my dingy deck table and chairs! And I love the pallet pillows!

  15. I’ve yet to try the Mr. Clean Outdoor Magic Eraser, but I’m DYING to! I have SEVERAL things that I could try it on. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for such an awesome giveaway. And, your porch looks FANTASTIC!!

  16. Wow-I think we were separated at birth! My best friend owned a coffee shop here in town and 10 years ago I started using the coffee bean sacks she gave me as cushion covers on my Cargo furniture. I was cool as you then and didn’t even know it! I wish you could come share ideas on my porch watching the chickens and horses while were drinking tea! Tried the pods..WOW!!! Used the super Mr Clean scrubber on my YETI-fan-freakin-tastic!! Keep up the cute, adorable, cool (and numerous other adjectives)DIYS..they’re AWESOME!!!


  17. Your yard is beautiful! And your patio looks great!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win :-).
    God Bless You ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Oops! I forgot to say what I would clean! LOL I live in a 25 acre farm with red clay dirt, in a really big dusty farmhouse. EVERYTHING needs to be cleaned and shined!

  19. You did an amazing job! I love all the touches of burlap. My fave! Is the landscape in the background even real? So beautiful!

  20. Oh my! It would be a cleaning bonanza! The porch swing, the wicker settee, the wrought iron bench, the grill, the vintage metal chairs, the porch posts too….and so much more.

  21. Patio looks super. Perfect place to hang out. Love how the trunk perked up too. I never would have thought to use those products on the wood. Going to have to give it a try!

  22. I wish I had your patio. But great ideas to make my little patio over! Going to try the mr clean outdoor pro!

  23. I would clean all my windows with bounty and the grill could use an overhaul with pro cleaner, hoping it comes out as good as yours did! Hoping it might work on the steel decorative doors I have by the old sheds as well

  24. I’d clean my grill. It could really use a good scrub. Oh and the patio furniture, porch furniture could use a good cleaning also! Thanks for the chance!!

  25. Most definitely my stainless steel grill could use a good scrubbing!

    What a beautiful view you have from the deck!

  26. I’d clean my front porch and ALL the furniture on it. I just painted the railings, all 48+ feet so I need to remove the junk and clean everything else.

  27. There are so many areas of my house needing cleaning I’m not sure where I’d start! Probably the big ‘ole covered porch

  28. I would love to try it and see if the Mr. Clean would really clean my metal porch pillars. I am at my wits end trying to get them pretty again! I love your porch and am in love with the little side table also!!

  29. I would love to try these products on my outdoor kitchen area! I’m a big fan of the Magic Eraser, but have never tried the outdoor version!

  30. Oh My Stars!! Love your patio, you have a flair for decorating! Come and help me…lol. I have stainless appliances, out door grill, painted rocking chairs, shower stalls, faucets…. the list is endless of what I could clean!!!

  31. I would use the P & G products to clean my front porch and my back glassed in sun porch. The sliding doors are always getting trash in the tracks. There is also a painted concrete floor in this room.

  32. If I won these Items I would use them to clean up all the outdoor toys that have been pulled out for summer outdoor play. The picnic table and chairs, the barbecue, the kids swings, and whatever else I find in the yard that needs some cleaning up. It is the season to play and that means that we will have some heavy duty cleaning to do as well!

  33. Wow Donna! I’d give almost anything for such a beautiful view! Always love reading your blog, it so inspires me. I have an enclosed breezeway and wrap around porches and live in the country where the dust from the fields and dirt road always blows. I am always cleaning (or needing to ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and I know P&G products are great as I use them often. From the porch walls and windows to the rockers and porch decor they are such a help. I even use the erasers on my truck and car. Works great!

  34. I got one of those magic eraser mops. Mop I say! I have this terrible kitchen floor I inherited with my old house, and it really works getting gunk off old floors. I probably should mop my floor this weekend. Even though the mop is great, it only works if you use it.

  35. Oh the things that I could clean with these products….My back patio and BBQ island are in desperate need of cleaning! I LOVE the Mr. Clean magic erasers and can’t wait to try the other products!! *beautyFULL* patio! Looks like a perfect place to lounge ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all the inspiration!

  36. I’d clean my Big Green Egg and the outdoor buffet table I have next to it,
    Love your backyard, so lush and green!

  37. Love this! I just made a pallet sign the other day for my wedding and remind me of your blog style ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to send you a photo!

  38. I use the magic eraser sponges to clean the ring around my pool that accumulates from sunscreen. one swipe and it’s gone!