This is how I distress my mantle and it's so easy! How to "distress" painted wood furniture. The technique she uses is a little different than what I've done. Looks easier.with a little less dramatic of an effect.
Distressed painted furniture ideas, I d o this quite often and the results are great. The possibilities are wide because there are so many stiles to choose from. I at times make it into an easel too (Thrift Store Diy Furniture)