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, February 27, 2007

Shellac vs. Paint on Rim Locks

Actually, this post is mainly for my wife's benefit. She likes a good compare & contrast.

Here is one of Gary's rim locks with shellac & dye:

Here is a replica with what looks to be a painted finish:

They both look good to me, it is just a matter of what you like & want.

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Anonymous Patricia W. said...

If they paint those new rim locks with the same stuff they painted my new 'old look' hinges with I'd stick with the shellac. The paint peels and flakes almost immediately because it's so thick and gloppy. Of course I'm not sure about shellac but I'm willing to bet it has a longer life.

3:42 AM  
Blogger John said...

You may be right about that although I'm not sure what paint they used. Spray on Rustoleum goes on pretty thin (worked like a charm on the tub), but it's hard to beat shellac.

6:56 AM  

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