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, April 25, 2007

Paint Progress



First, many thanks to Fidge and Liz for painting the hell out of the foyer and hallway. Incredibly enough, they are actually planning to come back next week to do some more. Sure, it might not look like much of a difference in these photos, but they made a lot of progress. All the walls and wainscoting lack is for me to cut in the blue around the trim and crown molding in the foyer. Instead of doing that last night, I put a coat of paint on the ceiling. Tonight, I hope to follow up with some caulking, touch up painting, and light fixtures. Tomorrow, I hope to finish do the afore mentioned cutting-in of blue. Aside from the doors and that pesky floor, the foyer and hall should be finished.

For those of you who care and keep up with such things, I am officially sick of not only caulking but painting as well. Too bad I have three rooms, one hall, and a ceiling to finish. And some exterior touch up, trim, and detailing after that.

Did I mention I was sick of painting?

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7 Comments:

Blogger Poppy said...

It's looking good :)

Hang in there~

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Cat said...

You are cranking through the old bitch.

Someday I (and perhaps other readers) would relish photos of the interior of the house taken during the daylight hours. The perpetually black vista of your windows is perhaps an apt reflection of your outlook on the place, but someday, someway, that sun must filter inside.

10:32 AM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks Poppy.

Cat, while most of the picutures are taken at night, the bleak, soul-eating, light-killing blackness you mention is mostly because the zombie painters have taped black plastic over all the glass.

In any case, you are right; the light will filter in one day soon.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Tarr said...

This is looking great! Don;t forget to admire it from time to time.

Tarr

5:19 PM  
Blogger Tarr said...

This is looking great! Don;t forget to admire it from time to time.

Tarr

5:19 PM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks Tarr. I'll try to, but it's kind of hard at the moment. I'm getting wound so tight my eye is twitching.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I like the blue. Light and bright!

12:42 PM  

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