UPDATE! I'm now gradually making these and adding them to my Etsy shop, Distressed Beautiful. Check out the sidebar! You can request your color and letter...wait until you see the red too! The Etsy version might be a slightly different shape of frame moulding, depending on availability (see the pictures on Etsy), and the letter is not on "spacers" so that it won't risk breaking off during shipping.
Today I completed one of my favorite projects ever! Last week I received my large metal letter in the mail. It was a Groopdealz, for $4.50. Surprisingly, I didn't have any thrift store frames on hand to paint, so I decided to try to make one.
Shanty 2 Chic's Vaseline method for distressing. It couldn't be simpler! You simply dip your finger in a bit of the Vaseline and lightly swipe your finger along the corners and edges where you want the paint to come off. Then you paint over it all (I did three coats). When it's all dry, you use fine-medium sandpaper and lightly sand it. Seriously, you hardly have to try at all. Wherever you put Vaseline the paint will come right off and show the stain underneath. It instantly looks aged.