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, March 16, 2007

Answer to Yesterday's Post

After re-reading this post, I would like appologize for the bit about which wood has had what done to it. Even I found it confusing.

Here is the answer. Boards #1 & #2 were scraped and given a light sanding. Board #3, as the transition between the hall and laundry room got a mix of full-sanding, scraping, etc. Board #4 was finished with a drum sanders and then stain & sealed.
Even though Boards #1 - #3 don't have poly, I really can't say that they look significantly different than sanded board. The transition is virtually seamless. To my mind, this begs the question of why scrape a floor by hand if you get similar results with less grief with a drum sander?
The "distressed look" is reason most often given for scraping the wood. But, if you have salvaged/reclaimed floors or original, 100+ year old floors, how much more distress do you need? I have more than enough, thank you very much.
My final recomendation? Just say "no" to scraping.



Anonymous Leslie said...

I never got the whole deliberate distressing thing. I might choose to not get my floors sanded to the point of a new-finish look (I don't even think that would be possible and have any wood left!) and because of that they'll end up looking "distressed" but to deliberately do that to acheive an "old" look - especially when people do it to a new floor (or cabinet, or whatever) just makes no sense to me.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous davidLBC said...

I'm distressed just reading your list from the previous post. This why I don't make lists until I get to the "pick up" stage where there are many small tasks to track. When you toil a week or more on a big project it's not satisfying to strike off a single item on a huge list of other big projects. It's depressing.

Unless the list is prioritizing or sequencing tasks that must be done in a specific order, it really isn't telling you much. Except that there's a huge amount of work left to do. Any you knew that; thanks for nothing, List.

Of course, I stopped making deadlines, too, for my health. Bummer you don't have that luxury.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Peg said...

Hand scraping - that takes sooooooo much time, but I love the effect.
Yesterday, I went back and read a lot of your entries! I was tired just reading, I can only imagine how tired you and your wife must be by now.
I can see why she is the "Devil Queen" - the house that is, not your good wife!

6:57 AM  
Blogger John said...

Leslie, I tend to agree with you. If I could have used a drum sander on the whole room, I would have. My answer to distressing new construction is to use salvaged materials. My back-up is a 3 year old boy; it's amazing what their definition of "daily use" can do to things.

David, I hate lists too. I admit that I'm hoping this list will scary me into a frenzy of activity so we meet our deadline. Otherwise, I'd like to pretend it wasn't there.

Peg, regarding the floor, thanks! As for the Devil Queen, exhausted doesn't even begin to cover it.

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