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Today, I’m going to show you how I moisture proofed picture frames for my bathroom with stuff I bought on Amazon!
This process is:
- Super easy,
- And it actually works!
I’ve had the same 4 framed art prints in my bathroom for 6 years and my prints look as good as the day I bought them!
- Step #1. Pick The Right Artwork
- Metal Prints (Easiest Option)
- Art Prints
- Step #2. Picture Frame & Matting
- Step #3. Change the Back of the Frame
- Step #4. Frame Sealing Tape
- Step #5. Bumper Pads
- Step #6. Exhaust Fan or Dehumidifier
How to Moisture Proof Picture Frames for Bathrooms
Step #1. Pick The Right Artwork
Option #1: Metal Prints (Easiest Option)
If you just want to skip everything I write in this article, but you still want artwork in your bathroom, there’s another EASY option…
Metal prints (made of aluminum).
Not only do metal prints look contemporary, but they stand up to high humidity. They’re completely waterproof!
Option #2: Art Prints
If possible, choose art that’s printed on acid-free, archival materials because it’s more likely to withstand humidity.
I also recommend choosing inexpensive art for your bathroom. This way, if anything goes wrong, you’ll easily be able to afford a replacement.
Any artwork with monetary or sentimental value shouldn’t be displayed in a bathroom!
Option #3: Photographs
Similar to art prints, any photograph with sentimental value should not be displayed in your bathroom.
My suggestion for photographs is this:
Do not hang photos in your bathroom unless you have a digital copy or negatives of the photograph. This way, if there’s any damage you can have it replaced.
You can also use your printer to print your photographs. I recommend using water and smudge resistant photo paper like the HP’s Photo Paper Premium Plus (Amazon).
Step #2. Picture Frame and Matting
Frames, glass, and plexiglass all help protect your pictures and prints from moisture. Not only will these things protect your pictures or prints, but they will also make your prints look like an expensive piece of fine art!
For frames, stick to painted wood, metal, or plastic because these are water-resistant.
→ Check out an example of a moisture-resistant frame with glass and matting (Amazon).
Why do you need matting? It prevents the photo or print to stick to the glass/plexiglass by creating a space between them.
Step #3. Change the Back of the Frame
In the back of most frames, there’s a removable part that you take out in order to place a photo or print inside the frame. This removable “frame backing” is usually made of something called “fibreboard” (it’s like thick cardboard).
Fibreboard is OK for frames hung in most rooms. But it’s not OK for high-humidity bathrooms.
You need to replace this fibreboard backing with a piece of foam board.
My absolute favorite foam board is this one from Amazon because they come pre-cut in many different sizes, ready for your frame.
Foam boards will help with any moisture from getting all the way to your picture/print.
Step #4. Frame Tape
Now you want to put some frame tape to seal the gaps behind the frame to make it airtight.
Just watch the video below to see how EASY this step is. You can even watch the video with no volume on because there’s no need for instructions.
Step #5. Bumper Pads
On the back of the picture frame, place a bumper pad (Amazon) at each corner before you hang it on the wall.
The bumper pads will create a space between the picture frame and the wall.
This step is important because you need air to flow behind the picture frame. Without bumper pads, mold can start to grow and ruin the back of your frame.
Step #6. Exhaust Fan or Dehumidifier
Help keep your bathroom ventilated by turning on your exhaust fan when you’re bathing or showering.
If you don’t have an exhaust fan, you might want to buy a dehumidifier (my absolute favorite one is this one from Amazon).
And that’s it!