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? 🙂

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 Lowe’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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299 thoughts on “New junky patio touches

  1. There is always something to clean with all the P&G products…my biggest cleaning area is a screened in porch….since it is always in the elements of the season, it can get pretty nasty at times…wood floor, screened door furniture, roll up bamboo window shades, and wicker furniture/and the cushions….also the end tables/lamps…so a good cleaning…(like what you did in your clean up)is needed to go from spring to summer….it needs good ole fashion elbow grease to get the dinghies away….and believe me since I use P&G products I know they work….

  2. I can’t wait to run out and buy that Mr. Clean Outdoor Cleaner to use on my BBQ grill. Your’s turned out sparkling clean. Btw, Donna your patio looks so comfy and cozy, a great place to hang out this summer! ~ Robyn

  3. I would use these products on my double doors at the back of my kitchen that opens to our patio and pool. My door is very dirty from our hands and grand children’s hands going in and out:)!!

  4. What are the batteries for…? lol. Ooooo…are the paper towels powered and self scrubbing?!!! (I can dream right?) ;D

    • Haha, I don’t know yet! I meant to pick up something cool to use them for before the post went live but the store closed on me. BOO! Will search for something and repost again. 🙂

  5. Wow! I love your pallet sofa and chair! I need to find some coffee bean sacks and get busy! Thanks for sharing your new look and inspiration.

  6. Great job! I use the manic erasers on my glass shower doors. Takes away all soap scum, hard water spots. So easy to then just wipe every week. Best invention. Mimi

  7. Don’t you just love those erasers? I use them all the time and it is shocking to me how quickly they get grime off of stainless steel and porcelain as in a bathtub. I love your porch – I scored a free hand pump antique cistern this weekend and am headed to search your blog to see if you have done anything remotely close because while it is so beautiful, I have no idea what to do with it! You would love the rust and patina!

  8. My hubby’s uncle gave him a gas smoker so I would love to give it and our grill a good scrub down!

  9. I have been looking all over my small town for the Mr. Clean outdoor products, but have had no luck finding them. I haven’t had time to travel the thirty miles to Lowes, but I will this weekend, unless, of course I can win them, but then if I do I will have a really good reason to travel to Lowes that my husband can not argue with!! Lol thank you for such a great and inspiring blog I love it!!!

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