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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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

An Old Look for the New Hall

The extent of our work on the Devil Queen over the weekend was meeting Kenny on Sunday to talk over some new projects we have for him. We got there early and inspected all his work from the previous week.

This is me saying, "Holy shit, he did a good job putting in this door." After four weeks, I'm still in shock that I have someone that knows what they are doing. We paid $5.00 for this door a couple years ago at an auction. It's missing a pane of glass, but there isn't much else wrong with it. Kenny had to remove the knob & lockset so he could trim an inch off each side of the door. I'll have to patch the holes from the original hardware like Greg did a month or so ago and install a new set. I don't feel too bad about cutting on the door. From what we can tell, it is probably only 30 some-odd years old.

Here is the same door from the inside. I am still baffled as to why people feel compelled to paint glass. Note all of that wonderful, old beadboard.

Here is more beadboard. This is looking into the mudroom-laundry-bathroom.

And here is the door and hall again. Note the exposed studs to the left. We'd originally intended to do the whole hall in beadboard, but we've finally run out of it. We'll probably have to do it with drywall because we're to poor to buy more new wood and don't have the time to tear down a house in few weeks. We like to think of our compromise with drywall as an "accent wall." I think I'll be able to live with it.

We're thinking about leave the wood in its current "rustic" condition. What do you think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually think a smooth drywall "accent wall" will look quite sharp. A nice smooth white wall will contrast nicely with the bead board, further emphasizing that it was a conscious choice to leave it "natural." Very sharp.

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