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.
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