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, October 11, 2005

Scraping Paint

Above is a close up of the bay window after a few hours of work. The panel on the bottom left is a great after view and the panel on the bottom right is an excellent before view. Even after the wood is scraped down, it still shows some color. The bay window was originally red, and the paint seems to have stained the wood.

From what I can tell, the house was completely scraped down between 1940-1950. There is very little paint left from before the army surplus green and white. As I've been scraping, I've been using a nail set to resink a lot of nails. It's amazing how much a difference this makes. I originally thought that I'd be using a lot of caulk on the bay window, but the trim is tightening up so well that not too much will be needed.

Who ever put this together did a beautiful job. And, they didn't have power tools. I can't imagine getting joints this tight with a hand saw.


Anonymous Brian said...

i have detail on the house as well. but the former owner didnt paint as needed. i put my wirewheel on my angle grinder and went to work. i am replacing the siding but the trim is part of the houses charm. so the trim stays. the wirewheel is cool cause if the wood is dryrot it removes the rotted wood with the paint. and i gotta keep it away from delicate details and screens. but it will save me 400 hrs of scraping. realy!! I can do a window in 5 minutes and i can feather in paint that comes off with paint that wont. and in 20 minutes a window theres nothing but wood. I Love the bay window. something like that would lesson the rest of my house but it looks nice on yours.

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