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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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Exploratory Surgery or Rubbing My Nasty Door

Since the hall bath is ostensibly finished, I've begun flirting with the idea of refinishing the bathroom door. Genius, I know.

Unless I'm mistake as idiots often are, there are 4 layers of gunk to be removed on the bathroom side of the door and 2 layers on the hall side. The 4 layers are: mold, and three layers of shellac. The 2 layers are white paint over shellac.

Here is the bath side after I wiped and sand all the way down to the bare wood.

And here it is with some alcohol rubbed on it. It didn't really bring out the grain like I hoped it would.

My wife is thinking about painting this side of the door two shades of brown and an orange from the bathroom. If you want color samples or the actual scheme she has in mind, I'm at a loss because I just don't know.

However, looking at this bare wood and some of Gary's recent posts made me wonder about staining/shellacking or just shellacking the door. Hmmm. Sounds like we'll have to have an executive committee meeting about this.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

6 layers altogether? Sounds like you've got a fair bit of work on your hands.

9:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

I don't want to curse myself, but the side shown in the picture cleaned up with very little effort. Then again, my only point of reference for this kind of work is dry scraping 2 or 3 layers of paint off our beadboard ceiling. I figure I could get this side cleaned up in under two hours with my sander, but the side with paint will probably take much longer.

5:46 AM  
Anonymous davidLBC said...

I vote for stain and shellac. Together they will bring out any grain in the wood. However, based on my experience refinishing woodwork, multiply your time estimate by pi (3.14) to determine the actual time it will take. Since you have a deadline, it might be better to paint the door now then strip it when you have more time on your hands. I have to recommend Minwax Sedona Red stain and Zinsser Amber Shellac. The stain alone looks like red Sharpie ink, but with the shellac it is a great warm amber color.

11:05 AM  

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