Step 4: Distress and Seal the Frame
Taking my various sizes of sandpaper, I began with an overall sanding around the edges, corners and along the sides of the frame using a size 100 grit piece of sandpaper.
I distressed the corners more using the 60 grit piece of sandpaper, and once I was satisfied with the final look, I sanded the entire frame with a 150 grit piece of sandpaper, cleaning it along the way with a cloth.
Lastly, I sprayed a coat of acrylic sealer over the entire front of the frame.
I figured if I didn't like the look of the sanding, I could have used watered down acrylic paint and actually painted on variations in color. I did not end up doing that, as I was pleased with just the look the sanding gave the frame.
I also knew I could just re-paint the frame and start over. I thought long and hard about spraying a top layer of black spray paint, and then distressing it, but I did not end up doing that either.
There are various instructables that discuss giving items a "distressed" look, if you need more information or other ideas on how to give your frame a distressed look.