When I bought my newly constructed home a couple years ago, I wanted everything to look as nice and new as the home I was moving into. I may have taken this to an extreme when I purchased the Wicker & Wood Trash Bin (Item FK781-9030B) for over $100.00. Now I know what you may be thinking. What kind of idiot buys a trashcan for more than $100.00?? Let me try to justify the purchase to you, as I also had to do to my husband. My kitchen is very functional for me, tons of cabinet space, equipped with an island, large pantry, an adjacent breakfast room, and just the right space to include a hutch (which was also from JcPenney). This only leaves a small space left for a trash can. Unfortunately, this space is right next to the kitchen entrance from the foyer/front hall way. So when guest come into my home, do I want one of the first things they see is a plastic trash can? No.
I’ve bought quite a few items for my new home from JcPenney including an entertainment center, leather couch and recliner, hutch, and curtains. So when I saw this Wicker &Wood trash bin from JcPenney, I trusted it would be a good product. Made to look like a small cabinet, the door pulls open towards you and the trash bag sits inside completely hidden from view. In fact, very often when entertaining, guests have to actually ask where the trash can is even when they are standing right next to it. Sounds like just what I was looking for, right? Wrong. As far as aesthetics, and as far as trash cans go, this JcPenney Wood & Wicker bin initially was pleasing to the eye. However, after a short period of time, pieces of the wicker that covered the front of the can began to fray. Whole pieces have broken off which not only looks terrible, but it often causes my trash bags to rip and tear causing obvious messes. I personally always purchase the Glad Force Flex bags that NEVER ripped until we put them in this bin. Now they rip almost every time we take out the trash. If anything, I not only spent too much money on this horrible can, but I also now spend more money on trash bags because in an effort to not rip the bag on the frayed wicker, I try to empty them before they get too full. I have found this a pretty futile effort, but it has reduced my spills by about 10%.
So overall I’d have to say this Wood & Wicker Trash can from JcPenney is garbage! They have other corresponding pieces (9 Door Wood & Wicker Cabinet, Wood & Wicker Storage Cabinet, Wood & Wicker Corner Cabinet, Wood & Wicker Pantry) which range from $129.99-$199.99. Although these pieces appear nice, I wouldn’t dare try another from this set.