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Post by Criss on Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:03 am

I have done murals & windows before, but I never knew how to charge properly. Anyone have any experience with this area?
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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:14 am

Not charging. I painted a mural in our bathroom once - one-stroke sunflowers around the shower enclosure.

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Post by Metzpah on Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:03 am

I have done one. I didn't know what to charge either, it was for the business I work for and I just said supply the paint and give my my hourly wage. I got the bid Razz

here's a link to a picture of it.
Disguises Mural (my bit)


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Post by Criss on Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:30 am

lol
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Post by Heather Timmons on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:53 pm

Only in my son's bedroom...space theme on the walls to match his custom built (g'pa and me) Space Shuttle Bunk Bed!
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Post by Criss on Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:01 pm

NICE you have pics of the space shuttle? hee hee
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Post by Captain-Savvy on Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:06 pm

I painted a mural in my own room... a fantasy scene on my double-door closet (the closet itself is pitifully small! ) Two trees as the border, rolling green hills in front of a blue sky, a castle and a dragon Very Happy I'm not sure what I'd charge either though...
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Post by Heather Timmons on Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:09 am

Yes I have pictures...Ill have to find them though...
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Post by Criss on Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:17 am

Sweet, I would luv to see it Heather
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Post by eva on Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:05 pm

I would charge whatever makes you comfortable. It is hard to set an amount, it depends on detail and time and color....wording definitely adds more because it takes so long. I did one recently, about 8x7 (didn't cover the whole area)..I charged 250 for a friend. If it had been a stranger I would of charged 550. It only took two colors.

The mural she wanted was from this poster

http://a1259.g.akamai.net/f/1259/5586/1d/images.art.com/images/-/Its-All-About-Character-Poster-C10298218.jpeg

But the words where placed else where and much bigger. I will try to get an image up.
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Post by Criss on Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:52 am

That would be fantastic, thanks Eva
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Post by MinnieKeane on Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:53 pm

Funny this thread exists because my lurker friend here got offered a window painting gig and doesn't know what to charge either. I too came on here wondering about it...I think like face painting, it's worth checking out what charges other window painters in the region are charging..also consider a per hour charge...if you're not sure how long it takes you to complete the project, consider what you feel you're worth per hour for painting services...5 an hour? 10 an hour? etc... you might be the pioneer on this forum for price estimates! Do tell what your experiences are!
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Post by Debi's Doodles on Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:22 am

I've only painted one mural on a High School dugout and only charged $100.... once I was done I felt I should have charge more cause it turned out to be ALOT of work. More then I thought when I started it. I didn't know what to charge either so live and learn . Rolling Eyes

This was a few years back and since then we've made friends with this airbrush/painter guy who lives up in L.A. and does murals besides alot of other things... anyway we got to talking about pricing and he told me I should be charging $30 per square foot. Hes been doing painting and airbrushing for years & years so I think he knows what hes talking about.
You could always surf the net and find other people who do murals and ask or maybe pricing may already be listed on thier site just so you get an idea..
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Post by illusionsart on Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:42 am

I charged $60 an hour.
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Post by Judy on Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:43 pm

I painted two 'murals' on two huge rocks. They were the silouette of a friend doing a sliding stop on her reining horse. The rocks/boulders appeared to look flat and smooth until I started working.. what a pain in the .....it took be about 3 days to do these two pictures. Of course with it being a picture of my friend and her horse, she was very particular that it looked EXACTLY like them....boy does she have an eye for detail. They turned out very nice and she was forever grateful but I haven't done anything like that since.

PS I didn't charge her a dime, but she's repaid me in many different ways since then.
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Post by Freckles on Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:01 am

I've been thinking about doing a mural in my room as well. Can you guys tell me how to prep the wall? It's of course sheetrock and my room is painted with water based paint and bathroom with oil base paint. Is there different prep work that needs to be done? I'm not sure if I'm going to airbrush or use brushes does it make a difference on the prepping?
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Post by Guest on Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:12 am

When I did a mural in our bathroom... I just washed the painted wall down with a damp towel, wiped it dry... then painted it with artist's acrylics. No problem!! The acrylics work great and are water resistant when dry...

All the murals in homes that I've seen are done in artist's acrylics. I don't think it matters much what is already painted on the wall.

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Post by modernmagik on Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:19 am

If your room is painted with a glossy finish, you may want to lightly sand over the area you are planning to paint to rough up the surface a little, then wipe it nice and clean of dust and debris.....then continue on and make your mural with acrylics or water based latex paints.

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Post by Freckles on Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:05 pm

Thank you both I will post pics when finished. I'm into fairies and one stroke flowers and vines. I also have a new grand baby so maybe a cartoonish mural for her room. Yay!!!
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Post by squiggle on Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:26 pm

I'd love to see pics when you've finished!

I did a "Disney" mural in my son's room when he was born- he's now 20 and it's still on the wall. The acrylic paint has really held up all these years. I've been tempted to paint over it many times but it's so colorful and cheerful and my kids love it (even though they're all teenagers now!) that I just don't have the heart to paint over it! It's now my daughter's room and she has her bunk beds up against it so I don't think she even notices it anymore.

This is the only pic I've ever taken of it- back when my son was a baby. The mural actually extends over the entire wall- 8' high and 14' long and has just about every Disney character there is in a wooded setting. It was my first attempt at painting so don't laugh! LOL (And that line going through the picture was because the picture was torn and we taped it back together before we scanned it!)

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Post by modernmagik on Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:50 pm

It looks GORGEOUS

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Post by WyndyO on Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:34 am

That is a huge endeavor for a "first" painting project. I did one in my youngest daughter's room - an ivy border. It looks pretty good......considering I was on a ladder 8 months pregnant!!! It is still up and I also used the artist's acrylic paints. Very easy to use!!! It is also nice that you can wipe off your mistakes with a damp cloth if the paint is still wet. I also did a bed frame with a faux granite finish with a sponge and 3 colors. The granite "look" is also very useful if you use on your styrofoam grave stones for Halloween yard decoration!!!
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Post by MandiIlene on Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:23 pm

Yep, I have have painted a few murals over the years, since I was 17. Face Painting for only 3 years now. Here is my little postcard size with some pics. I know I do cartoons well and I try to stick to it for charging full price customers. I start at $250 for about a 3x4 ft image on the wall and add more to it depending on my time. I try to keep it at the same rate I facepaint at $75 an hour. I use acrylics (99 cents a bottle), make sure to coat it with a good clear jesso and you are good to go. I freehand them all from reference books, printouts, coloring pages, etc. I did a huge DISNEY one too when my daughter was little, I never finshed the whole thing, it took up an entire wall and next corner wall.


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Post by Ashley Pickin on Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:15 pm

I do murals... I really enjoy them, though they can be a lot of work. I did a large 8'x14' wall this year and I charged $375... I should have charged more.. I was worn out after the two days that it took me to finish it!

I also did a fairy kingdom in a friend's daughter's room.. I did that one for free.. and I'm still working on it in my spare time.

Only those two for this year though! I try to stick to think that I know.. like cartoons and pretty things.... or really scary looking stuff.

Here is a pic of the jungle mural from May-

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Post by modernmagik on Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:16 am

I LOVE that one Ash.....it is so colorful, whimsical and FUN!!!!

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