Remove veneer either with a heat gun using safety precautions or with wood stripper.
Once you have removed the veneer you can sand down the wood until smooth
Use the Country Chic paint sponge to apply your glaze. Its very easy and gives an even application.
Apply your glaze to the wood. Moving back and forth to cover the surface.
Add several coats if you want it darker, letting it dry in between coats.
You can see the difference here.
Apply tough coat
Finished wood top