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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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