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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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Pantry Stain Test

There was no planning, no fore thought. One day, I simple jumped up, cleaned out the pantry, sanded down the counter top, and stained it. The counter top was made with some of the leftover cherry wood flooring from the main hallway. The staining of this wood was an experiment of sorts. I was hoping that a year of "curing" might have conditioned the wood in such a way that I wouldn't have to use a brush-on wood conditioners when I did the hall floor.

Here is the cabinets et al after the staining. Sorry, I wasn't in my right mind, so I didn't think to take before photos.

And, here is the counter top after the staining, nice but spotchy. Actually, it looks worse in the photo than in life. While I'm okay with this for the pantry counter top, I would not be okay with it for the hall. Looks like I'll be adding an exciting extra step of prep-work when I get to the hall floor and the crown molding too.


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