First was I got to sand, distress and glaze the legs heavily
and then I sanded the top right down and was able to try staining.
I went with Min Wax polyshade in antique walnut. I did the stain and polyurethane combination because I was being lazy and thought, "one step is better than two."
Here was the before....love all the dust from other projects.
and once again the final product.