Raising the Bar . . . With A Mural

When Jeramy Larson told me that he and his friends were opening a bar and were considering a nautical chart mural of San Diego Bay, I wanted to be a part of the project! 

  "X" marks the spot where Goodbar is found on the Nautical Chart

"X" marks the spot where Goodbar is found on the Nautical Chart

Jeramy's idea was exciting. The name of the bar was "Goodbar" and he wanted to make the nautical chart pop with color, show off the San Diego Bay, and put his bar on the map -- literally! 

The logo of Goodbar is an octopus wearing a diving helmet. For certain, the octopus had to have a prominent place on the chart.

The color Jeramy and his friends chose for the land was Benjamin-Moore's Nottingham Green, with Georgia Peach denoting the Naval yards. Other color changes were also made to complement the green land without losing the nautical effect of a NOAA chart. 

But when I learned that he wanted to install it with his friends, I must confess, my blood ran cold!

I have always counseled ALL of my clients to go out and find a paperhanger who has hung wallpaper commercially.  Reason? It is not easy to match latitude lines, do a one-inch overlap and a double cut to match the edges. This is the sort of thing you really want a professional to do.

  The San Diego Goodbar Gang, just "hanging around" -- a Nautical Chart Mural, that is!

The San Diego Goodbar Gang, just "hanging around" -- a Nautical Chart Mural, that is!

So what did the San Diego gang do? They ignored me and decided to hang it themselves! As you can see in this picture, they had a wonderful time doing it, with a couple hanging a panel while others pasted the next panels to go up immediately after a panel was in place . 

Then came a phone call to me. Jeramy was worried we didn't have enough paper! I ran to the calculator. Allowing for the extra for overlaps, it should work out.  Jeramy wasn't so sure, but he hung up and got back to wallpapering.

I, however, paced the floor. Did we have bad measurements? Finally another call. "We had just enough and it fits perfectly." A collective sigh of relief was heard in both San Diego and Post Falls Idaho!

Well, THAT was an adventure!

From that point on, I now add even more extra inches the larger the dimension happens to be.

I don't like close calls. Neither do my clients.

  Add some running lights to the wall, and the nautical chart mural is ready for the soft opening in December, 2017. The Grand Opening is Saturday, February 10, 2018

Add some running lights to the wall, and the nautical chart mural is ready for the soft opening in December, 2017. The Grand Opening is Saturday, February 10, 2018

But the good news is that our mural was up looked fantastic, and really added to the atmosphere. Jeramy said his contractor couldn't believe he and his partners hung the mural themselves. 

  Jeramy Larson, and his sidekick Ralph, admire the Nautical Chart Wallpaper mural. A good dog likes Goodbar!

Jeramy Larson, and his sidekick Ralph, admire the Nautical Chart Wallpaper mural. A good dog likes Goodbar!

So if you are in the San Diego area, be sure to stop by Goodbar at 1872 Rosecran in the Point Loma part of San Diego and enjoy a tasty libation while marveling at the amazing mural over the shuffleboard table.

Then give us a call and we will order a mural for you!

It's Goodbar . . . and a good mural as well!