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, September 28, 2007

Fugly, Meet Watertight

This week's rain provided the perfect photo-op for me. On the left, fulgy, unsealed concrete board. Notice how it looks as it absorbs all that rain. And, let's not overlook the old stains too. Actually, this particular corner is the worst spot on the Devil Queen since all the run-off from the porch roof splashes up on the skirt too. Gutters will take care of that problem.

Anyhow, back to the comparison. To the right, one coat of tinted Watertight. When we are finished, there will be two coats all the way around the house. Still, with just one coat, it looks so much better. It is worth every cent.

The color used for the skirt, Clear Corona, will also be used for the porches, window sashes, and crown trim. Gotta match, right?

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Blogger sarah said...

I like! Where did you find said Watertight, and are there other shades of that color?

10:37 AM  
Blogger John said...


Go to the Zinsser Website and click on the "Where to Buy" button ( It'll ask for your address and the product you want, and then it will show you the closets stores that carry it.

Watertight is a white primer/sealer for concrete/masonary structures. It is tintable. Just pick a color you like and take the color-card to the paint shop and ask them to tint it that color for you.

Hope that helps. If you have any more questions, please let me know.

10:48 AM  

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