I picked up 3 of these black frames at the charity shop, since I am not a big fan of black I decided to strip the paint off. Using a product called RemoveAll from Plascon, it works wonders on removing paint, make sure you have a wire brush, scraper and scouring pad handy for easy removal.
Once most of the paint was removed rubbed a candle on areas that I wanted to "expose" to give it that distressed look, I didn't go too crazy with the candle, just along some of the edges and corners, revealing some of the wood and some of the black paint that was still left on the frames.
I gave it two coats of craft paint, from the Creative Talents French Collection.
Once it was dry I sanded it with fine sand paper. The paint came off on the areas where the candle was rubbed, to give it that distressed look.
The frames had glass but no back board, my handy husband cut some hardboard to put at the back.
I think the frames look stunning, but I think it is the little faces in them that really make them!