The lazy girl distress technique: I let the paint dry overnight, then I used a clear coat of sealer. You definitely don't want to skip this step, because it's what seals the paint in. And remember, I didn't sand or prime first, so unless I want the paint to continue to rub off, it has to have that final coat of sealer.
How to Paint and Distress a Frame Ornate frames with lots of detail are perfect for painting and distressing. I check Goodwill pretty regularly and have been able to come across a few cute frames. To paint and distress them, here are the steps I follow: