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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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Screwing Around

We're trying to recruit some family and friends to come out to the Devil Queen at the end of the month to help us paint. Since everyone is willing to paint but no one likes doing prep-work, I'm trying to get that finished up before everyone gets here. Last night I was working on my son's room, and I got sidetracked when I found my new heat-gun. I swear, I'm like a 16 year old boy with his first real girl friend with this thing. I just can't keep my hands off of it.

And, fifteen minutes later this is what I had to show for it.



I'm thinking boiled linseed oil and amber shellac.

Afterwards, I tore myself away and went back to work striping bits of canvas and nails off the walls. Once I finish, then I get to wash the walls with bleach. I can't wait.
What I really want to do is finish up so I can make it back to the laundry room. It's about ready to have the floor refinished (hand sanding, too small for a drum sander) and plumbing fixtures.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Patricia W. said...

Heat guns are awesome. I spent sooo much money on Peel Away 7 and then I got a heat gun and my whole outlook on stripping changed.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Felicia said...

I love the thought of a heat gun, although I don't have that much paint...and it might burn my house down if I use it on the wallpaper.

You and Chris Emery seem to love stripping things!

8:54 PM  
Blogger John said...

Yes, heat guns are awesome. Even my wife (who hates paint stripping) seems excited about it.

Felicia, what is there not to like about stripping? Naked wood, how much better does it get than that?

10:12 AM  

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