In all my years of refurbishing second hand furniture I have never witnessed the proper use of the crackle medium. It seems people just grab a bottle of the stuff, smear it over the surface of a piece willy nilly and call it a day. You can witness the tragic results here. Sigh.
I found this sad dresser at the thrifts and it was crying out for me to rescue it. Stay tuned for the "after" pictures.