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, September 26, 2006

Executive Decision

We used leftover exterior siding to finish out the walls of our bathroom off the main hall. There were a lot of boards leftover after we finished siding the additions and replacing some of the old rotten boards. It cost a lot to have it custom milled, so we wanted to find a good use for it.

We’ve been trying to decide how we wanted to finish the walls since they went up over a year ago. Stain, oil, or paint? Sunday night we Danish Oiled & stained a portion of one of the boards to see how it looked. The left side has Danish Oil and the right side has the same stain we used on the kitchen floor.

So, can you tell any difference? Neither could we. No grain and no deep rich color, just wood with a hint of gloss. We were underwelmed.

So, we’ve finally decided to paint the damn bathroom. Once that is finished, the pedestal sink that has been languishing in the front bedroom for two years will be installed, we’ll buy and install a toilet, and the this room will be finished (minus light fixture, an exhaust fan, and few other details).


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