After I let the table dry, I applied my favorite Minwax Dark Walnut Stain with a clean rag. I applied two coats of the stain, letting the table dry between coats.
Once the stain dried, I lightly sanded where I wanted to see a little more "wear & tear" (mostly edges).
My next step is to apply the Minwax Paste Finishing Wax (Natural), just to give the table a protective coat. This is a very heavily used table and we have gone two weeks without a protective coat (just the stain) without any issues. The wax will just add a little more luster to the finish & make the table a little easier to wipe down after meals with two toddlers.
I AM LOVING our "new" table! It's so much more fun to decorate now that the color is more neutral & more rustic.