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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Friday, February 03, 2006

Why I Write Things Down

I write things down because I have the memory of a goldfish.

Once upon a time on someone's houseblog, I read about a great cleaner for dirty wood walls. I have an entire room with the original beadboard walls. They are filthy, but they've never been stained, sealed, or painted. I want to get the gunk off the walls so I can rub them down with Danish Oil.

What should I use to clean these walls with?


Blogger derek said...

paint thinner or denatured alcohol might work, they don't have water that will pop the grain. Tsp might work too, but it has water in it.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try the "Magic Eraser" by Mr. Clean. Available in grocery stores and target.

3:39 PM  
Blogger John said...


I may try both and see which turns out best.

10:41 AM  

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