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How To Weather Proof Indoor Art For Outdoor Use

Learn how to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use in this simple, step-by-step tutorial. You won't believe just how easy it is to decorate outdoor spaces with your favourite artistic finds.

I’ve always believed that the best way to create the perfect outdoor oasis is to take your cues from your indoor style.  And what better addition to your patio, porch or balcony than a beautiful piece of canvas art. It only takes a few extra steps to weather proof canvas art, but it is well worth it. And with so many ways to hang objects on exterior walls nowadays, including vinyl siding clips and other outdoor hooks, your walls need not be neglected. So today I’ll be showing you how to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is.

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MATERIALS You Will Need To Weatherproof Indoor Art For Outdoor Use

How to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use - materials


STEPS

Step 1:  Seal Frame (Polyurethane)

Spray the frame of the canvas with Krylon polyurethane spray sealer (or another you have on hand).

Weather proof art - spray sealer over frame

Be sure to roll back and tape down any loose canvas on the back to get thorough coverage.

Weather proof art - spray sealer over frameIf you have chosen white canvas art, avoid spraying directly on the canvas. Polyurethane can leave an amber hue after it dries and this will show through. Cover your canvas in newspaper to protect it.

Let dry.

Step 2:  Seal Canvas (Mod Podge)

Weather proof art - spray Mode Podge sealer

Spray the entire canvas, front and back, using Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer (or your acrylic sealer of choice). Make sure to follow the instructions on the can. Spray a second layer after the canvas has fully dried for added protection.

And that’s it! Now simply hang up using your choice of hanger (Vinyl Clips or Command Hooks for Outdoor Use).

Learn how to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use in this simple, step-by-step tutorial. You won't believe just how easy it is to decorate outdoor spaces with your favourite artistic finds.

Learn how to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use in this simple, step-by-step tutorial. You won't believe just how easy it is to decorate outdoor spaces with your favourite artistic finds.

Learn how to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use in this simple, step-by-step tutorial. You won't believe just how easy it is to decorate outdoor spaces with your favourite artistic finds.

Learn how to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use in this simple, step-by-step tutorial. You won't believe just how easy it is to decorate outdoor spaces with your favourite artistic finds.

Do’s & Don’t’s To Watch Out For

Don’tuse polyurethane spray on white canvas art.  Although I’ve read a couple of articles suggesting polyurethane for canvas art, many polyurethane sprays leave a slight amber hue when dry. This is because the spray is intended for sealing outdoor furniture. If you’re using art that is brown or dark, then you will not likely notice the difference. But for white canvas art, I would suggest limiting its use to sealing the frame alone.

Don’t…use Outdoor Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer.  Don’t get me wrong on this! I love Mod Podge! But for a project like this, Mod Podge’s outdoor waterbase sealer (which is a different product from the sealer I used for this project) can leave a ‘tacky’ almost sticky film on the outside of the canvas if you don’t have a lot of experience with Mod Podge in general. Mod Podge’s clear acrylic spray sealer, is easy to use and foolproof, in my opinion. For product information, click here to see the outdoor waterbase sealer and here to review the clear acrylic spray.

That being said, if your canvas hangs in an area that is especially exposed to the elements (unlike our little walk out which has a bit of protection), and you are a worry wart 😉 then I would advise the following:

Do…use Outdoor Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer before applying Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer.  If you would like added protection from the elements, then first apply a thin base layer of the Mod Podge outdoor waterbase sealer. After drying, follow this up with the Mod Podge clear acrylic spray sealer. The first will provide more waterproofing, while the second will seal that first layer in and provide a smooth, non-sticky surface finish.

For more information on the diverse uses of Mod Podge, both indoors and out, I strongly suggest you visit the amazing blog Mod Podge Rocks. For a great article on Mod Podge and the outdoors, see “Learn How To Mod Podge/FAQ.”  This is perhaps the single most useful article in clearing up some of the confusion that often surrounds which Mod Podge is best for which project.

Hope this post was useful for all of you looking to create your perfect outdoor retreat!

 

 

 

Learn how to weather proof indoor art for outdoor use in this simple, step-by-step tutorial. You won't believe just how easy it is to decorate outdoor spaces with your favourite artistic finds.

 

 

 

 

18 Comments

  • Reply
    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    August 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Very good idea about putting inside art outside. I love spray-on poly. Much easier to deal with than the roll-on kind. Visiting from Handmade Hangout.

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      Jelica
      August 4, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Victoria. I love the spray sealer much better as well. Easier to cover and leaves a smooth finish. Take care!

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    Debrashoppeno5
    August 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Adding art to your outdoor space is a great idea. It sure adds style and makes it very decorative.

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      Jelica
      August 6, 2016 at 6:11 am

      I love the idea of making the outdoors feel as cozy and stylish as an indoor sitting space 🙂

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    Michelle
    August 6, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Love this. I always get confused with the different Mod Podges, so I really appreciate the tips and do’s and don’t you shared. Thank you

    • Reply
      Jelica
      August 6, 2016 at 6:09 am

      You’re welcome 🙂 Take care 🙂

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    Sam @ A Happy Home In Holland
    August 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Super tips! I would really like to try this – pinned for later!

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      Jelica
      August 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks Sam 🙂

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    Celeste
    August 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Love that artwork! Of course I’m obsessed with the color. And such a great idea to weatherproof it so you can decorate outside, too! Your patio area is so cute!

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      Jelica
      August 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Celeste! Really was aiming to create a little cozy space there and just had to add some outdoors-y artwork 🙂

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    Theresa
    August 10, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I love your outdoor art and the tips! Your space is so pretty. When it cools down I need to fix up my yard again. It gets crazy hot here in the summer months.
    Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party. Pinned & shared.

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      Jelica
      August 11, 2016 at 6:10 am

      Thanks Theresa! We are going through a heat spell up here as well. Stay hydrated!

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    August 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Jelica, I had no idea that mod podge comes in spray. Oh goody! Would you believe me if I told you I just discovered mod podge about a year and a half ago? I was so excited when I first bought it that I took two packs with me back to Greece. Like a little kid in a candy shop.

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      Jelica
      August 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      I know what you mean Mary. It’s amazing the number of uses that Mod Podge covers. I continue to be amazed at the variety of things you can do with it 🙂

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    Carol
    August 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Great idea and pretty art. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

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      Jelica
      August 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks so much Carol!

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    K. Delp
    January 12, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Hi!…Just came across this as I’m looking for info on sealing my canvas in order to hang it in my bathroom. It is pretty BIG, and has an octopus painted on it. I don’t know about the paint, but it stands off the canvas. Was wondering if you think your method above might work for this painting?? I’m concerned about humidity from showers. Any info you can give would be helpful. Thank you.

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      Jelica
      January 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Kathy,
      The artwork I had was a canvas print, so the sealer I used was just perfect for it. It would probably work fairly well on yours, but since it is a textured piece (by the sounds of it), I would explore other options first. In fact, there is a new product on the market called “Never Wet” by Rustoleum (I have yet to try it, but have seen and heard good things about it). Here are 2 links that demonstrate just how water-resistant the material is: https://www.artmolds.com/blog/water-proof-your-art.html (this one has a video demonstration) AND http://www.blueistyleblog.com/2016/07/HowToWaterproofOutdoorArt.html. If you decide to go this route, first ask the manufacturer to make sure that it does not yellow over time (which can be the case with some sealers). Rustoleum is a great brand and has a solid reputation behind it.
      Good luck!

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