I dry brushed (dip your dry brush in the paint and dab the excess off, then brush on without wetting your brush with water between picking up more paint). You have to do this somewhat quickly because it will dry fast. I used an Antique White Acrylic paint over the red and then used sand paper on the areas I wanted it too look more distressed. I printed off the number 4 and mod podged it to the box after the first coat of paint was dry. (I just used the numbers from Word document on my computer) There are some websites that will let you download things from them but some charged a fee, so if you use those make sure you read the "fine print" before you print! For less than $15 I have a new "old" toy box!