The Devil Queen

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

My Photo
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).
Art: From time to time, I receive requests for my art. If you would like to look at more of my art, go to The Failed Artist. If you would like to buy my art, email me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Few Small Projects

Here are a few pictures of some of the side projects. First, we have the vanity for the master bathroom sinks. I filled the nail holes with wood putty and sanded it down. My wife then put two coats of primer over it. The next step will be me drawing a bunch of sunflowers on it and marking the cut-outs for the drains and faucets. Then we'll paint the sun flowers, seal it with four or five coats of polyurethane, and mount the sinks. Since we still don't have a finished bathroom to put it in, it is on the back burner for now.

This weekend we pulled the two old faucets and the remenants of the drain trap off the mudroom sink to take them to Lowe's for spare/replacement parts. The trap looks like it was installed in the 1970's and it is completely rusted out. The faucets are original and in working order but probably need new gaskets. They also have odd sized threaded nipples so we'll need special water feeds or adaptors. And, here is a picture of the hair line crack near the drain. We don't know how deep it is, but we're going to patch it with JB Weld just to be safe.

And here is the master bedroom ceiling after I finished caulking it. It went a lot faster than the kitchen ceiling. About a third of the ceiling boards in the kitchen fell after the move et cetera. It took a lot of work and caulk to make it look right. The kitchen ceiling needed a case of caulk (24 tubes) while the master bedroom only needed 8 tubes.


Blogger JLynnette said...

You guys are really cooking along. You'll be moved in before you know it.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Lenise said...

Ignorant question: what is the caulk for? Plugging up holes in the beadboard or sealing all the joints? The Victorian we'd like to buy had what looked like packing tape over some of the beadboard on the second floor ceiling, and I'm kind of curious if that was lazy man's caulk!

8:23 AM  
Blogger John said...

Lenise, not a bad question at all.

Once upon a time when the Devil Queen was new, all the tongue-in-groove ceiling boards fit snuggly together. No caulk was needed since they were new, perfect boards.

Since that day 116 years ago, the house has settled, been cut in half, rained on without a roof, and moved. The ceiling boards did not fair well. Some sagged, some migrated, and a few simply feel to the floor.

All of this can be fixed, but they are never quite the same afterward. First, we repaired the ceiling. Second, we scraped all the old paint off. Third we preped and primed it. Once that was finished, you could plainly see the gaps, nail holes, and crack in and in-between the boards (somewhere a couple of weeks ago there are some pictures of the precaulked ceiling).

To make the ceiling look smooth and nearly seamless, we used a white, paintable silicone based caulk. We use our fingers and a lot of wet rags to smooth/remove the excess off. Then it is ready to paint.

I hope that answers your question. If you want more inforamtion, let me know.

1:09 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 10.14
burberry handbags, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, replica watches, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton, uggs outlet, longchamp outlet, longchamp outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, michael kors outlet, uggs on sale, michael kors outlet online, oakley sunglasses wholesale, christian louboutin outlet, longchamp outlet, ugg boots, gucci handbags, uggs outlet, christian louboutin shoes, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet online, prada handbags, tiffany and co, replica watches, louis vuitton outlet, burberry outlet, ray ban sunglasses, chanel handbags, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike air max, nike air max, oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, nike outlet, jordan shoes, oakley sunglasses, prada outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, christian louboutin, tiffany jewelry, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin uk, michael kors outlet store, ray ban sunglasses, polo outlet

12:23 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

nike free run, coach outlet, burberry pas cher, new balance, polo lacoste, ray ban uk, louboutin pas cher, timberland pas cher, vans pas cher, coach outlet store online, converse pas cher, north face uk, north face, michael kors, jordan pas cher, hogan outlet, true religion jeans, nike blazer pas cher, nike air force, nike air max uk, sac vanessa bruno, air max, nike roshe, coach purses, oakley pas cher, nike tn, true religion outlet, ray ban pas cher, abercrombie and fitch uk, hollister pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, ralph lauren uk, michael kors pas cher, longchamp pas cher, nike roshe run uk, lululemon canada, nike free uk, michael kors outlet, coach outlet, true religion outlet, guess pas cher, nike air max uk, mulberry uk, nike air max, polo ralph lauren, kate spade, true religion outlet, sac hermes, hollister uk, michael kors

12:27 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

p90x workout, ralph lauren, vans outlet, mont blanc pens, herve leger, soccer jerseys, hermes belt, north face outlet, babyliss, celine handbags, timberland boots, iphone 6 cases, nike air max, gucci, instyler, mac cosmetics, bottega veneta, mcm handbags, baseball bats, abercrombie and fitch, hollister, chi flat iron, louboutin, asics running shoes, wedding dresses, longchamp uk, vans, ghd hair, nike trainers uk, beats by dre, nfl jerseys, giuseppe zanotti outlet, lululemon, converse outlet, converse, nike air max, oakley, new balance shoes, ray ban, hollister, hollister clothing, nike roshe run, insanity workout, ferragamo shoes, valentino shoes, nike huaraches, north face outlet, reebok outlet, soccer shoes, jimmy choo outlet, nike free, kate spade outlet

12:31 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

canada goose, thomas sabo, canada goose jackets, canada goose, louis vuitton, swarovski crystal, montre pas cher, louis vuitton, toms shoes, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, marc jacobs, wedding dresses, lancel, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, hollister, pandora jewelry, michael kors outlet, canada goose, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton, supra shoes, doudoune moncler, pandora charms, moncler outlet, juicy couture outlet, moncler, moncler, canada goose uk, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, replica watches, links of london, doke gabbana, canada goose outlet, ugg pas cher, michael kors handbags, louis vuitton, moncler, michael kors outlet online, swarovski, barbour uk, juicy couture outlet, pandora uk, ugg, karen millen uk, ugg uk, pandora jewelry, coach outlet, moncler, moncler uk, canada goose outlet, barbour
ninest123 10.14

12:34 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Free Web Site Counter
Website Counter