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I am drawn to wicker like Paula Deen is to butter.

If I didn’t have Ninja Man to consider when decorating the house, everything would be wicker, rosy, fluffy, girlie, pink, vintage and… well, you get the idea. But I do have Ninja Man, which is better than all the pink girlie stuff in the world, and Ninja Man hates wicker. Therefore, I cherish the few pieces I have managed to sneak into the house.

I saw this wicker entertainment center at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bluffton, South Carolina. It is very heavy wood with wicker on the outside. It is strong enough that a heavy television can sit inside.

Ninja Man and driven me and a friend to Bluffton and Hilton Head for thrift store shopping, and we were actually looking for storage for her house. I helped her with organizing some rooms in her home and our last task was to find shelving and cabinetry. I love my friend dearly but might have tackled her over this, but thankfully her hubby doesn’t like wicker. Um, that sounds familiar…

Judging by the “artwork” I’m pretty sure a clown must have been the previous owner.

A clown with a penchant for paper flowers and a jar of decoupage glue. Egad.

Ninja Man may hate wicker but he loves a challenging project. Either that, or he can’t bear wicker to look worse than it already does and it was going to give him nightmares to think about it. He didn’t even come into the house upon arriving home with my “treasure” but began working immediately on removing the horrid “improvements” made by the previous owner. He fired up his hot steam cleaner. I didn’t watch. Steam was rising from either him or the tool… not sure… but either way, he got the flowers / paper / ick off and was ready to go to step 2, which was painting over the, um, artwork.

It took Ninja Man about several cans of spray paint to apply five layers over what must have been an oil based paint. Every afternoon he would come in from work, roll the piece out to the yard and spray. This isn’t just ANY spraying of paint, let me tell you… no, Ninja Man has a specific method he uses to prevent running paint and he does a great job.

And finally, about a week or so later, Ninja delivered my wicker entertainment center to its home inside the house. He did have to cut out the back so the TV would fit, but other than that it is just perfect.

And by the way, the piece was only $49. Add about $12 worth of paint and this is a huge bargain!


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