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This is Your Roof. This is Your Roof off Drugs. (Applaro Wall Panel Rehab)

before & after

Hello everybody! So, it's been a while. A while a while. You move, you're surrounded by boxes. Life stuff happens and you set your jaw and do whatever it is you need to do, unpacking be damned. But eventually, there is sometihing you can't take anymore. And what I COULD NOT take is the view on our roof of the nasty, messy tar that the previous owners thought was a-ok, in fact, that was put in place just last year by those awful, nipple-light loving (hello, p0rn googlers! welcome!), apartment-neglecting people who lived here before.

Here it was:

This is Your Roof on Drugs

So, your options are, (a) get a roll or two of narsty reed fencing, the kind they cover chain link fences with in sketchy parking lots, (b) drop not a small amount of cash on decorative screens, or (c) desperately search the Ikea website hoping that someone in the Swedish Motherland has this problem. Guess what? They do!!

This is the ÄPPLARÖ wall panel from Ikea, answer to our prayers. For about 250 smackers, we covered almost 20 feet of yucky tar wall. Amen!

Wall Panels Side

These were a bit of a pain to install, since we had to attach them to the building next door, drilling into materials unknown. Tar, roofing, masonry, dead bodies, the neighbors themselves? We used these blue masonry screws, which provide just the right amount of grip without being too destructive:

For days we've been walking around saying "blue screws" in the voice of Leo Johnston from Twin Peaks. You Twin Peaks people know what I mean. "Blue screws!"

Anyway, we put up the bottom halves together, then my long-suffering husband struggled with these new shoes, I mean, blue screws, for hours while I was out of town.

Long-Suffering Husband

This is all after I dragged him to the South Philadelphia Ikea before Mother's Day brunch, just to hunt down these panels, which were unavailable anywhere in the greater NYC metro area. And then after they were up, he coped with me walking down the wall trying to get the screws in at preeeecisely the same depth all along the wall (impossible). Everything you've heard about C.W. Anderson being a saint is true.

We topped the panels off with Solvinden solar string lights, since we don't have electricity in our little rooftop haven.

One More

They flipped on when it got dark tonight, and I gasped. So pretty! And solar!

Sometime I'll show you the inside of our apartment, beyond our moldings. It's all too overwhelming at the moment. It is so much easier to buy plants than it is to remodel a kitchen. Cheaper, too.

This is Your Roof

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Aaaaah. I love when things work out just like you envisioned them. Don't you?

Posted by jess at May 17, 2012 7:59 PM | TrackBack
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We purchased this cairrer because our current cairrer, a hitch-based cairrer on the rear of the car, put too much weight on the rear of the vehicle, making it hard to steer in wet or icy conditions. The bag is made of VERY heavy vinyl-type fabric. So heavy in fact that it is hard to open, close, and zip. But once you get it worked out (I brought it inside to warm it up, which helped a lot) it is a nice accessory. The straps were easy to lace through the eyelets, and although it was not detailed in the instructions how to lace them through, I was able to work it out in no time. Instructions could have been clearer. The zippers are very heavy duty, but because the fabric is so heavy they are difficult to open or close. I believe this is a function of the fabric being water resistant. I found myself trying to stretch the creases / folds out of the fabric in order to pull the zipper. Even a TINY crease will prevent the zipper from moving as the fabric is so stiff. The zipper is covered by a large flap on the bottom that velcros to a large flap above the zipper, essentially creating a seal that I really can't imagine ever leaking (unless you put the bag on backwards, with the zipper facing forward instead of backwards). We never went through rain but we went through snow with no issues of leakage. There was NO flapping or moving about while we were underway. The eight way staps held tight and held everything securely, without putting stress on the bag itself since it covered the bag like a net as opposed to tying to the bag. Last of all, it held about 100 pounds of clothes and gear without any stress or strain. The van was much more manageable with the weight being put in the middle of the car instead of on the hitch. Very handy in the snowy conditions in which we were navigating. Of course it was much less convenient than the hitch mounted unit (hard to reach), but there are tradeoffs with everything (we spent $500 on our Cargo Carrier for our hitch). Hard to beat for $50! My only real complaint is the stiffness of opening and closing the zipper. I wish they had put straps on the zippers, and I'll probably find some and do it myself.

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I wish they had put straps on the zippers, and I'll probably find some and do it myself.

Posted by: mulberry bags outlet at December 28, 2012 2:46 AM

This looks incredible! I'm about to invest in these wall panels myself with the storage boxes as seating in our little patio area. I'm very excited and your plants look amaxing xx

Posted by: Kate at January 17, 2013 8:41 AM

That looks amazing! And, I see I'm not the only one who constantly mentally quotes Leo Johnston!

Posted by: Circa1972 at October 10, 2013 2:02 PM

This was posted on Apartment Therapy today. Me and a few others are worried that you didn't seal the tar/screws, meaning water and snow (?) can penetrate the roof membrane later on.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/before-after-the-great-rooftop-grossness-rectification-project-195886

Posted by: Lilli at October 10, 2013 2:54 PM

I'm curious how long those solar string lights lasted? I've tried (and tried and tried) to find some decent ones, and it's just not been in the cards...

Posted by: Lacy J. at October 10, 2013 10:39 PM

How did u hang the solar lights

Posted by: Laura at May 22, 2014 11:40 AM
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