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, April 27, 2007

Home Improvement Blue Balls

Sometimes there just isn’t a climax.

I finished painting the hall ceiling last night and installed the three light fixtures. Woohoo.

[In case you're wondering about the decidedly non-Victorian lights, there will be a post devoted entirely to them soon.]

I was expecting an immense sense of accomplishment, but I felt like I'd eaten ash. Maybe it's because the crown still needs to be stained? Maybe it's because I need to scrape the excess paint of the transoms? Or, maybe I need to paint the doors and install the cherry flooring? Whatever it is, I just can't get excited. As I polished off a midnight snack, I even indulged in some photo therapy. How is this for an extreme before photo?


This is our hall rolling across Crow Mountain three-some-odd-years ago. The hall has definitely come a long way since then, but . . . I don't know. Maybe I just need some sleep?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Patricia in Jackson said...

I think the crown molding getting stained will make a huge difference and offer enough contrast to make everything pop. I think your house looks so incredible and look how far you've come in three years. You need to give yourself a pat on the back. Really.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Wow, that really is some before picture! As Patricia says above, you've come a long way.

8:02 PM  

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