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, June 23, 2006

Milky Goodness

Kenny has nearly finished the living room built-in. Once he installs the doors for the TV nook in the middle, it will be finished for now. If we have time and money, we’ll have tall, narrow glass doors installed to enclose the exposed shelves, but that isn’t a priority for the moment.

My wife was doing Zen mystic meditation to commune with the Devil Queen last weekend when she suddenly blurted, “We should paint these cabinets with milk paint.”

Surprised, I froze for a moment and then said, “Yeah! That would look awesome!”

So, after some research, we decided we’re going to try it. We’re going to buy the paint from these folks, The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company, Inc.

Milk paint was a traditional interior paint in centuries gone by. We’re hoping that painting our built-ins with milk paint will help blend their modern materials (plywood) with the old, original woodwork.

We haven’t settled on our final color scheme yet. We’re going to do a base coat with one color and then a top coat of one or two different colors. The top coats will be applied and then partially wiped off to give it more complex and “worn” finish. We’ve never attempted anything like this before, so it ought to be an interesting challenge.

In the mean time, we are still trying to finish a few things up so we can move into the Queen. If everything works in our favor over the next 4 to 5 days, we should be in soon. After work tonight, I’m hoping to pick up a drum sander for the weekend. If we get a dumpster delivered by Monday morning, our insulation guy should be able to start work.

Kenny has been knocking things off of his to-do list at a good pace. Nearly all the vapor barrier is down, door frames are getting trim, all the window weight pockets should be capped off sometime this morning, and countless other projects are in the works. Last night I put in a few hours scrubbing the master bedroom walls and pulling wallpaper tacks. Yes, I’m still at it. I didn’t make it nearly as far as I would have liked and somehow managed to pick up a mess of chiggers. My ass is just one big chigger picnic at this point. Nice.


Blogger amanda said...

Chiggers... ooooohh. That's not fun. My mom always painted mine with nail polish to supposedly suffocate the little guys, but I don't know if that actually worked, or just kept me from scratching. Might not work in your particular situation. Did you sit in some pine straw?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Archimedes24 said...

Hey John,

Are you dead set on glass doors? I sort of like the open look. Plus if you hung doors, you might find you want back lighting in each cubby, which would sort of be a drag.

I have a sneaking suspicion that you and your wife are big bookworms just like Red and I. You'll probably have no trouble whatsoever filling them.

Hope you got your drum sander & dumpster organized.

You're so close!

6:24 PM  
Blogger John said...

No, no pine straw. The revised diagnosis is that I got into seed ticks and not chiggers. I don't know which is worse.

I'm not dead set on the glass doors. My main interest in the glass doors is keeping dust out. I guess we'll just live without the doors and see how we like it.

And, you are correct. We are book worms. We've tried to thin the herd of books we keep on hand, but, even so, we already have enough books to completely fill those shelves.

8:08 AM  

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