How to Distress Your Bottle! Step 1: Wipe it down with alcohol (make sure it has raised edges) Step 2: Paint the entire bottle in the color of your choice. Let it dry completely. Step 3: Using sandpaper, strip away the paint along the edges and the raised designs, such as the name or signature artwork. Step 4: Decorate! We used our favorite sand twine and some old earrings for a Valentine's Day twist!