A lot of ppl are nervous about how to distress, how much to distress, or even if they should distress.
There are many different methods and tools that can be used but the simplest and easiest to understand is sand paper. When I sand I work with 220 (smooth) 80 (course) 120 (medium).
**The following information applies to sanding Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.**
220 smooth's the finish, sands out drips & runs, and is good for edge distressing.
120 removes paint quicker and in larger sections.
80 is very aggressive and should be used with great caution.
The first place to sand is your edges, this defines the shape of your project.
Secondly consider where natural wear is, like hands always touching the drawer pull.
I distressed this piece to match an inspiration photo I have (source unknown).
#1 Be aware that too much flat surface distressing is not as desirable.
#2 Always keep your sand paper moving in the direction of the grain.
Natural wear spots are made when the surface has been rubbed over time and in turn the
wood grain shows. If you start crossing the grain with your sand paper it will look like a hack job.
Most electric sanders move in an orbital motion so I do not use one.
Good luck with your next distressing project and be brave and bold.