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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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Sea Sick Without a Ship

Well, we survived lunch yesterday. I've had out patient surgery that was less agonizing.

I'm still not sure how it went or how it'll work out. At this point, there is nothing else for us to do. We're already doing every thing in our power that we can think of to make it work out. Either it will or it won't. The ambiguity makes me sick.

In the mean time, we'll muddle through the best we can. I'm hoping to get 3 or 4 folks up to the Queen this weekend. If so, we should finish laying the kitchen floor, maybe get a couple more rooms wired, and perhaps finish striping the master bedroom's wallpaper.

My mother had a tip for wallpaper removal that seems to help. If you take a utility knife or razor blade and score the wallpaper before you soak it with water, it helps the water soak through to loosen the glue faster. It also comes off easier.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you use very hot water to soak the wallpaper, and add some white vinegar (about 1 cup per gallon of water), it might help it come off more easily. I've been reading for a while, but I can't remember the hot water situation at the moment.

I hope things work out for your house -- it sounds like it's going to be beautiful, and you're working so hard on it.

9:21 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

I used the Zinsser DIF stuff to strip 2 layers of 80 yr old wallpaper at my neighbor's house. We scored it, then soaked with stripper, then it peeled off quite easily by hand and she was able to fill, sand, and paint the wall. It looked like it was pre-1950s at its base layer. I know that the stripper is kind of expensive, but if it saves you some time...

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa ;o) said...

I use Dawn dishwashing liguid and hot water in a spray bottle. Or use a sponge with the hot soapy water.

3:56 PM  

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