The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Monday, July 18, 2005

High as a Kite

Since it rained on and off for most of the weekend, I spent most of it working on the kitchen with my wife and not painting on the mural. The heat and high humidity augmented by our halogen lamp turned our kitchen into a sweaty, paint-fume filled sauna. It was great! Really, it wasn't too bad. We managed to prime (two coats) three of the four walls and half the ceiling before we ran out of primer and energy. I figured two gallons would prime the whole kitchen. I was wrong. I didn't account for the alcoholic like thirst of 100 year old wood. The first coat went on with a dry rasping sound. It sounded more like fine grade sandpaper than a brush.
I think one (?) more gallon of primer will finish the kitchen off, then we get to the fun stuff - painting with color! As it is, folks seems impressed with how good those old wallboards are looking with fresh coat of paint. Surprised even. It's very gratifying.


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