If you love the look of distressed pieces, this is a simple hack that will save you tons. This simple before and after shows you how to transform an old dresser into a chic, modern one. Step by step tutorial with pictures here: www.ehow.com/...
I don't really think this is good 'upcycling'. Danish modernist style stuff is fine like it is. :P Unless the front was all scratched up or something this was pretty pointless and damaged a perfectly good piece of furniture. There are piles of actually ugly furniture which can be improved (see: overly clunky repro colonial-ish stuff), I wish people would leave the nice modernist stuff alone.
We turned an old, consignment store dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture with fresh paint and new cabinet hardware. But it's the stenciled top and drawer liners that really make this special. We have the full tutorial on The Home Depot Blog.
on top of base paint and applied design (painted or decopage, etc.)a layer of Annie Sloan Step 2 Craqueleur. For more noticeable cracks, apply the product thickly. use hair dryer to speed up drying process & help define the cracks. crackled effect. show with dark wax applied after