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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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Making Fugly Fly, Part I

The last few weeks, we (my wife, her friend Laura, Jack, me, but mostly my mother-in-law and her friend Liz) have been working feverishly to overhaul our fugly exterior paint job. We didn't get anywhere close to fixing the whole Devil Queen, but we fought and won several important battles.

First, every window, door, and piece of trim on the back porch plus the one master bathroom window visible from the back porch have been scraped, primed, and painted with a pale yellow. It looks nearly white next to the sunglow yellow of the house (Valspar incase you're wondering), but it's actually yellow.

I love the ceiling fans. It's amazing how much cooler the porch is with them. We're trying to decide if we want to get light-kits for the fans or not.

And, as you can see, we actually got one of the storm/screen windows back up. This is great because we can open the windows without cats, bugs, and God knows what else coming into the house. Since summer is nearly here, this is very important.

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Anonymous Julia said...

That looks very nice! I love the color and the ceiling fans on the porch sound like a great idea.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Pretty porch! I wish I had ceiling fans on the porch.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Also a mosquito fogger.

9:39 AM  
Blogger John said...


We're planning to screen the back porch at some point. To truely bug-proof it, we laid screen (stapled it to the joists) under the porch floor before it was installed so they couldn't come up from between the boards.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said...

It's looking really lovely. Would like to sit a spell on the porch if you'll have me:-)

4:57 PM  
Blogger John said...

Maryam, come on down.

5:27 AM  

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