Step 4: Step two
I normally would not suggest sandpaper except that I am using it on this particular project. There were some pretty dark marker stains that penetrated where no finish was present to act as a barrier. Since I am going to restain the cabinet I am going a step further and sanding some of the particularly nasty spots. After all, not one side of the three tables was spared marker, pen or crayola damage. If possible, I will update with a picture of the table stained and finished.
I hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions. Thanks!