I used Jenny from Little Green Notebook's tutorial to gold leaf a frame but distressed it up a lot. I used the materials she used , found at Hobby Lobby and they were great. This was a time consuming (it was a giant piece of art and all the hand distressing) but easy project.
So worth it.
I just folded and played with each piece so it wasn't perfect and then used a paint brush to brush it down onto the adhesive.
Voila. Hand distressed frame. (PS I know this is not the picture frame its a firescreen I did the same treatment to.)
Is it ever a bad idea to gold leaf anything?