An economic approach to your nautical chart mural

The good news first.

In our fourteen years as Nautical Chart Wallpaper, we have not raised our price.  Despite major fluctuations in the economy, our price is still $170 for setup and preparation and $10 per square foot. We'll do all we can to keep it that way through 2018.

But even so, a nautical chart mural can take a bit out of your remodeling budget. So how can you have one of our magnificent murals and make it more affordable?

The Restaurant at Madison Beach Hotel/Restaurant in Madison Connecticut used large beadboard with our color-treated murals of the Connecticut coastline.

The Restaurant at Madison Beach Hotel/Restaurant in Madison Connecticut used large beadboard with our color-treated murals of the Connecticut coastline.

One solution might be to consider a chair rail, beadboard, or wainscoting for the lower part of your wall and install your mural on top. 

Subway Tile makes a nice surface in a bathroom. Note the bottom part of Lake Michigan above the cap and decorative nautical decor.

Subway Tile makes a nice surface in a bathroom. Note the bottom part of Lake Michigan above the cap and decorative nautical decor.

As a rule of thumb: the cap, or top of the wainscoting/beadboard/chair, rail is 1/3 of the height of the ceiling. So if you have an eight-foot ceiling, figure the cap to be mounted 32 inches above the floor.  A nine-foot ceiling will make the cap three feet above the floor, and so on.

Sometimes a nautical feature such as this river makes a charming eye-path as it wends its way inland across the top of your beadboard.

Sometimes a nautical feature such as this river makes a charming eye-path as it wends its way inland across the top of your beadboard.

Your mural would be installed above the cap, which, of course, will save you 33 percent off the cost of the having the entire wall be a mural.

But a word of caution. Chair rail, wainscoting, and beadboard all have their own costs. By the time they are installed, you may discover that you have not saved that much money and find yourself wishing you had ordered a wall-to-wall, top-to-bottom mural.

Still, whether it is a full-sized wall mural or a mural that tops off the wainscoting, you still end up with a very attractive wall!

Need help in a cost comparison?

Contact us at 801-367-7945 or skippersteve@gmail.com for more information.